Nascent Fragrance Love
by, 28th June 2012 at 03:16 AM (3063 Views)
Very recently swept into manic limerence with scents of all kinds. In May 2012, I read Sanchez and Turin's guide to satisfy a passing curiosity about what "chypre" and "fougere" mean. I sent for samples of the most appealing descriptions, and the first four tested may just remain eternal favorites: Fracas, Visa, Bvlgari Black, and Gucci Rush. One month later, I now have around fifty+ assorted bottles, minis, and samples.
As of yet, I still can't pick out very many individual notes and have no familiarity with niche (putting it off, as designer has its campy yet high art appeal). Men's and women's fragrances alike please my nose, cheap and exclusive, including plenty of new scents, even in reformulation, but vintage does seem like the best concentration for my growing collection.
Natural is good, but synthetic is better, like synthpop of the 80s, I have a strong attraction to aldehydes but can't decide if they're wearable, as it's mostly a Wonders of Chemistry fixation.
(For personal reference)
Moods of fragrance I look for:
roles i like my fragrances to enhance:
hermit queen (Garbo)
dandy--mostly a 60s-70s reinterpretation, male
sequestered aesthete (Proust)
new wave walking art piece
Japanese street style-contradictions
1920s emancipated woman/"ballbreaker"
Stevie Nicks goes high fashion goth
LOVE: (a lot these are ones people consistently report as bothersome or undesirable) patchouli, rose, violet, galbanum, tuberose, musk, civet, oakmoss, jasmine, vanilla, incense, vetiver, coffee, metallics, aldehydes, poppy, daisy, sage, indole, lily, tobacco, chamomile, cucumber, aloe, juniper, witch hazel, cannabis, mint, ivy, rice, matte, nettle, tea, dirt,
ketones, milk, tonka bean, coriander, tamarind, caramel, popcorn!, salt, pepper
Favorite houses: Guerlain, Givenchy, Mugler, Vintage Balmain, Chanel, Piguet, Dior
Noses of most interest: Buxton, Cellier, Menardo, Caron, Roucel.
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