This is the last in a series about the remark of Olivier Creed that every woman needs a perfume to make her fell brave, to make her feel beautiful, and to make her feel comfortable. Today’s topic is the comfort perfume.
This is absolutely a matter of instinct. Only you know what lowers your blood pressure. It may smell of anything. You may find the scent of tuna fish salad relaxing. Whatever it is, if it works for you go ahead and buy it and use it. There are no rights and wrongs here. This is a case in which the opinion of scent critics is as pointless as anything can possibly be so if Luca or Tanya hated it – who cares? It simply has to make you comfortable. No one else even needs to smell it and if they do – so what? An individual’s comfort perfume is their castle.
Myself, I like a number of perfumes that might normally be outlawed here.
Spiritueuse Double Vanille – Sexy vanilla
Shalimar Parfum Initial – Dior Homme and Shalimar had a baby – this is it
Les Nereides Opoponax – Powder heaven
Jean Patou Normandie – Ultra plush amber (if you can find it)
Caron Pour un Homme – Lavender and vanilla
Lubin Idole- Rum and wood, like a good Tikki bar
Parfumerie Generale Cadjmere – A fuzzy sweater of vanilla and wood
Private Collection Amber Ylang – Heavy and somnolent on the amber
Solange Azagury Partridge Stoned – Vanilla patchouli party
Parfums de Nicolai Maharajah- Heavy lavender then heavenly amber cinnamon
Houbigant’s Quelques Fleurs – One easygoing floral
Farmaccia SSA nnuziata Fiore di Riso – Rice and white flowers
Parfums de Nicolai Cologne Sologne – A sleepy orange blossom
Ineke Ruhland Balmy Days and Sundays – Green grassy floral
Kenzo Le Parfum – A vanilla poppy flower
Revlon Le Jardin – Old bottles are still flowery and pretty
Lanvin Arpege – This is less starchy than No5
Berdoues Violettes de Toulouse – Violets, pure and simple
Caron Fleur de Rocaille – Notice I wrote “fleur” in the singular; “fleurs” is different Fleur without an s is a sort of caramellic bouquet
Etat Libre d’Orange Like This – Pumpkin Pie
Coeur de Vanille, DSH – Cinnamon buns on Sunday morning
Que Sais Je? Jean Patou- Apricot over nut pralines and unexpectedly… leather
Oriental Brulant Guerlain- Yeah yeah it’s an oriental, but really it’s another Guerlain Vanilla
Love Coco, Honore des Pres- Thai take out over vanilla
Hermes Elixir des Merveilles- Orange Milano cookies
Farmacia SS Annunziata Chia- Every form of sucrose from caramel to rum
Hilde Soliani CioccoSpezzissimo- Chocolate panforte over incense
Hanae Mori original- Vanilla and berries
Libellule and the Poppies Poule de Luxe Lemon Pie Crazy- Lemon meringue pie
Please note I’m not recommending chypres or citrus scents because I’m guessing that these smell too efficient for the average person in search of relaxation. Still, if you’ve managed to re-purpose one of them, then good for you!