Generally, I don’t mess with perfume until the afternoon. This is not a hard and fast rule so much as it is habit. There is simply no point in trying to get yourself completely turned out at seven a.m. or earlier-which it often is around here-unless you have to catch a plane or something.
Still there are times when the morning fragrance is a helpful prop, literally, when you have to get up and get going pronto. I have written about this phenomenon before, and then my choices were distinctly prickly perfumes, things that got you up and held up up at an early hour. But there are gentler ways of waking up as well.A choice for this business of facing the day with minimal stress is the citrus floral. They used to be slightly more common than they are now. Things like Jean Nate or Annick Goutal’s Eau du Sud, even Light Blue all fit this category. They possess an inoffensive sprightliness which is easy to tolerate in the morning hours. You can trespass into the territory of the fruity floral if you don’t get too decadent about those fruits.
Prescriptives’s old Calyx is still a pleasant and easy to wear fragrance that should see a lot of people through the morning hours. Lady Primrose’s Tryst is another inoffensive orange blossom scent that works well in the morning, as does de Nicolai’s Cologne Sologne which is sold as a cologne but has good lasting power on me (four hours) and is all about the orange flowers. At $US 40 for 100mls, it is also one of the very best such fragrances on the market.
If, like me, you enjoy looking for vintage, you’ve got some options there as well. Old bottles of Moyneux’s Quartz are to be had on Ebay, as well as early bottles of O de Lancome, both are wonderful for morning, and not too expensive when you find them.
Currently I confess that my morning perfume of choice is still the de Nicolai. Cologne Sologne has been my a.m. go to for many years now. There is nothing like it for making the morning hours not only easy to bear, but actually pleasant, and that is a better alternative than going back to bed. If I absolutely, positively, have to be up on my feet, sentient, and no fooling, this year my shot of B12 without the syringe is Philtre d’Amour.
I know, it sounds sultry. Nothing, but nothing, could be further from the case. This is a citrus with all the tart sharpened up to a cutting edge. You spritz this baby and you WILL wake up. The first three hours of this thing are alert, and so will you be if you wear it. Gradually after that Philtre relaxes into a welter of flower petals, mostly verbena and ylang ylang, but it has succeeded in getting you up in the meantime.
By the way, one house I avoid before noon is Chanel. The aldehydes can give you headaches, and don’t mix well with coffee or breakfast, (something that my other mentions here do actually rather well) and fellow commuters can complain about aldehydic scents. No Chanels on plane or train rides, unless it’s the return run when everyone is past caring about smells.
What’s you’re a.m. potion?