The Year of the Dragon Lady Perfume

How do you interpret the phrase Dragon Lady? Is it the vamp of the 40’s B movies in her skin tight re-interpretation of the cheongsam, or is it the lady simply born in the Year of the Dragon?

If  the latter, you’re probably not really looking for the sexy perfume, you’re probably looking for the perfume that smells the way that dragons would smell.

But now that we’re on the subject, how do dragons smell?  J.R.R. Tolkien in The Hobbit suggests that the smell was anything but nice; that is, if the phrase “vast reek” is anything to go by.

On the other hand, he also suggests that Dragons themselves have a very acute sense of smell. Old Smaug, the Dragon in the Hobbit, can smell little Bilbo Baggins even amidst his own quite considerable BO, and that must be the equivalent of any of us detecting a long defunct stink bug in a man cave.

Perhaps, therefore, the delicately allusive smell of heat may be the best choice for the dragon born rather than full-on capsaicin;  cinnamon, rather than three alarm Red Hots. Something with some heat and some smoke, but not enough to produce that vast reeking effect so undesirable to office workers, and to those not actually out on a rampage to destroy half of downtown Tokyo. (Although, of course, I don’t know how you spend your Saturday nights.)

My personal suggestion is Guerlain’s Bois d’Armenie.  It has the smoke and it has the faint suggestion of heat, but it is only a suggestion and it is much less intrusive than say Amouage’s Jubilation XXV which, by contrast, is a heavy incense perfume.  In fact, since Dragons are emphatically secular creatures, perhaps the heat should be emphasized over the smoke?  Otherwise you end up at Church and not in a Chinese tapestry or a lair, which are probably preferable venues to dragons.

So I would also recommend Caron’s Poivre, which still generates heat if not much light anymore. (The original ad campaign back in the fifties featured Chinese dragons.) For those who find it too similar to clove oil and therefore evocative of dentists’ offices, I’d alternatively suggest Van Cleef and Arpels Collection Extraordinaire Cologne Noire which is extremely peppery and only synthetic in its very far dry-down – this particularly for the laid back Dragon, or the successful treasure hoarding Dragon of a Certain Age.

At least by these means those who are Dragons can hint at banked fires without, as it were, actually burning down the house. Though as 2012 is the Year of the Water Dragon, perhaps that’s not too much of a danger.

Xin Nian Kuai Le!


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