Finding Comfort in Yatagan?
by, 10th February 2008 at 04:14 AM (626 Views)
Caron's Yatagan has a reputation as a balls-to-the-wall, uber-masculine fragrance. It's almost certainly added to the list whenever someone asks on the Forums which fragrances project an I-Don't-Give-a-Damn-What-You-Think attitude. That would suggest that Yatagan is rather harsh, brutish and aggressive.
Yet, that's not at all the kind of vibe and impression that I get from Yatagan. Far from it.
I pick up the celery note, the pine note, and certainly the bitterness and woodiness of the wormwood note. I pick up all of that, and yet the final effect for me is one of comfort, mellowness and calm confidence. Yatagan calms my heart and brings a smile to my face. Far closer to Mr. Rogers than Rambo.
I had purchased Yatagan expecting something bold, brash and aggressive. When I first tried it and rode it all the way from its topnotes all the way through the drydown to its basenotes, I was disappointed. This wasn't what I was looking for! But when I wore it the second time, without trying to force it to be what I wanted it to be, I started to appreciate it as calming and comforting.
I'm sure many BNer's will say this is crazy-talk, but that is seriously how Yatagan comes across for me!
I write this on a Saturday, and I had a relaxing day planned - hit the wine store and pick out something nice, grab some groceries for some new recipes I'm trying out in the kitchen, and then get to work on the new dishes. It was very much a jeans and sweatshirt kind of day (and jacket and winter boots... hey, this *is* Canada in February!), and I must have had a mischievous smirk on my face when I reached for Yatagan this morning. Then, for the rest of the day, I have enjoyed the unique experience that is Yatagan! Each time I caught the bitter, herbal notes, it strikes me as something warm and soothing, something with masculine strength but also softness.
I suppose sometimes different people can pick up the exact same notes but their minds interpret it completely differently!
I may be the only one calling Yatagan a comfort scent, but that's just part of what makes choosing which fragrance to wear such an individual choice
If you also find Yatagan far from aggressive, write a comment. If you think this is completely bonkers and that I've got a few wires crossed, write a comment
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