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Fragrance Portraiture and Holy Grails

posted Saturday, 4 August 2007
There was some discussion of Holy Grail scents on the Perfume of Life forums recently.  Some people believe in them, and some don't.  Some choose to have signature scents that change periodically or not at all, and still others consider themselves scent "whores" who wear whatever they want whenever the whim strikes.  

I believe that there are Holy Grail scents for some people.  I'm just not one of them.  My husband, for example, swears by Obsession for Men.  I purchased a bottle for him when we were still dating, and he's worn it ever since.  The warm and sexy combination of spices is perfect for his chemistry.  He likes the way he smells when he wears it, and I adore it, constantly sniffing his neck when I can get him to stand still.  It's more of a cool-weather scent, so he'll switch off to Bath and Body Works Woodland for the summer, or something else on very rare occasion.  But when I push him to try new scents, he insists that Obsession is all he really needs.  In my way of thinking, if one scent is so perfect on him, perhaps there's something that's even more perfect?  Perhaps Obsession is merely the penultimate in perfection for his body chemistry?  Isn't it my duty to find out?

I'm just too fickle for one fragrance, so I don't quite understand his willingness to stick to a single favorite.  Recently, I've been pushing Musc Ravageur and Bond No. 9 Andy Warhol Silver Factory on him; if he doesn't want to wear them, I still will.

So why don't I have a Holy Grail?  As with most things, I don't play favorites.  I don't have one favorite color, I have three.  I don't have a favorite book, a favorite movie, a favorite food, a favorite song - I have several of each.  And they change.  My tastes are mutable and inconsistent, even if my sign of the Zodiac indicates otherwise.  So I wonder: what does my current list of favorite scents say about me?  Do they describe me at all, or are they merely the way I choose to smell on a daily basis, irrespective of nothing in particular? (Oh, except that color thing, matching the "color" of my scent to the color of my wardrobe. I seem to have broken free of that recently; perhaps it was just another fickle quality of mine.)

If I were to have someone paint a portrait of me in scent, what would it be like?  Juvy, another scent-fickle gal, posed this very question on her blog.  Considering that so many of my favorite fragrances are relatively new creations, I'm pretty sure the portrait would not be done in a classical style.  My tastes are modern and perhaps somewhat colorful, with both light and shadow playing among the hues.  Perhaps may portraitist should have Fauvist inclinations.

For my bright side
Hermes Un Jardin Sur le Nil
Ava Luxe Gardenia Musk
Hermes Rose Ikebana

For my girly side
Bond No. 9 West Side
Fifi Chachnil

For my completely frivolous side
Aquolina Pink Sugar

For my sexy side
Frederic Malle Musc Ravageur
10 Corso Como

For my gluttonous side
Montale Chocolate Greedy
Frapin 1270
Jill Stuart Vanilla Lust

For my smart side
Olivier Durbano Amethyst
L'Artisan Parfumeur Safran Troublant

For my warm and cozy side
Hermes Ambre Narguile
Ava Luxe Palisander
Must de Cartier

For my dark side
Donna Karan Chaos
Idole de Lubin

 




1. chayaruchama left...
Saturday, 4 August 2007 6:02 am

Ah. You ARE a modern girl... I'm a mishmash. Yup.

Although we share a lot of favorites, I fear I'm a scent slut. We DO have a lot of alter egos to express, though; I like that.


2. Arhianrad left...
Monday, 6 August 2007 8:09 am :: http://arhianrad.blogspot.com

Kathy! Hiyas! I'd honestly forgotten my password to your blog, so I had to figure it out first. Great list!