The subject of the last line is, of course, Peter Pumpkin Eater. Pumpkin is not on the short list of things that make me enthusiastic about anything, but according to the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago, it’s the combination of pumpkin and lavender that does it for men.
You can forget your Shalimar, never mind the Mitsouko, detonate your Flowerbomb without him because it’s pumpkin and lavender that men love and respond to (the smell of cinnamon buns come in second by the way).So, strictly in the interests of science I went and got my sample of Like This (you know the Etat Libre d’Orange perfume featuring pumpkin, spritzed it on a card and wafted it under the hub’s nose?
(Furrows brow.) “What is that?”
“You like it?”
“No. Actually, would you please get rid of it?”
So I deep sixed my sample, and informed him it was supposed to be alluring, sexy, provocative. The Hub looked kind of irritated.
“Well, I can tell you right now, it wasn’t working.”
And that was that. Was it the lavender? Did that make all the difference? Should I have drenched the thing in a couple of sprays of Pour un Homme or Blue Grass?
Somehow I doubted that it would have improved matters. The Hub knows what he likes, and whatever the scientists from Chicago may think, my Hub’s top pick is still Tabac Blond with kudos to Krigler for Established Cognac, and the occasional white floral.
All of which makes me pretty skeptical about other men and their favorite choices. I am doubtful that many guys find Like This terminally sexy. I even wonder about classic Guerlains, but know some guys at least do go for Carons. My older brother, a classicist, always likes a woman in Chanel No 5. And my father loved anything with vanilla in it (hence the Arpege which contains a smidgen) my father-in-law upheld the Chicagoans’ findings by enjoying lavender – or so he told me. My mother-in-law though was a floral aldehydic lady.
So, what does that leave us with? No.5 after all? Vanilla Fields? Spiritueuse Double Vanille? Tabac Blond?
For the record, on the subject of man magnet perfumes, and over the years, here is my list of those that garnered the best comments:
Annick Goutal’s Passion
Van Cleef et Arpels Gardenia Petale
Jean Patou’s Divine Folie
Caron’s Tabac Blond
Parfumerie Generale’s Cadjmere
Serge Luten’s Sarrasins
Chanel No 5 or Gardenia
Dawn Spencer Hurwitz- Rose Vert
What has worked for you? (Or what not, for that matter.)