Today something sort of big in my little perfume world happened; I made the decision to cut loose Tocade. It's not the first downsize I've made, but it is the biggest.
At the beginning of summer I decided to do some streamlining, as I wasn't excited about much of my summer wardrobe and couldn't justify fluffing it up when I had over-half full bottles of stuff I liked but did not love lying around. So I went after the fruits of last summer's vintage bender and sent some obscure
There's a thread on the Female Fragrance board on scents and personality that I began rambling on. I felt like it was becoming too introspective and long, so I cut it and pasted it here.
I noticed somewhere along the line what my favorites definitely aren't. I wear orientals well and am drawn more to exotic, darker scents. I'm really a happy, down-to-earth gal who dreams of adventure.
I think chemistry and id, if you will, determine scent insofar as we have
I first heard of Chanel No. 5 at age 13, when I began to read YM, Seventeen, and Sassy. I was not born of high circumstance, and my sisters and I went to private schools my parents made sacrifices to send us to. These magazines, while entertaining enough to read, had very little in common with middle- and high-school life as I knew it. Chanel No. 5 was spoken of as the ultimate in preppy, popular, prom-going sophistication, something that they needn't advertise because any teenaged girl who was
Two of my most highly anticipated niche samples, Borneo 1834 and Aomassai, have recently slapped me in the face and in no uncertain terms told me that no, we can't be friends, and no, we don't even want to hang out.
On the other hand, my very first blind buy, Mitsouko, hooked her arm through mine and said, 'Hey, we've actually got a lot in common! Let's take a walk and chat.' So we did. And here's what I learned.
Three of my five very favorites (Mitsy became a
Dominatrix in a bottle! Dead sexy. Is it supposed to be sexy? Is it the leather? I've never worn anything I perceived to be in-your-face sexy, but I never would have guessed it smelled like this.
I did, however, sense that I should proceed with caution on this one, so I wore to work a loose-fitting light turquoise colored crewneck sweater and minimalist makeup. But next night on the town with DH, I just may have to rock this one with the form-fitting black dress, knee-high stiletto