Maybe this is an ooh la la sort of question, but I wonder what are the best fragrances for nudity? Now I realize that the answer is going to vary a good deal because the subject of skin and what works on the skin also varies considerably from one person to another, but factoring that in, which are the very best scents for nothing at all?
OK we already know that Marilyn Monroe’s answer was No 5, but then Marilyn may have preferred nudity because of the unforgiving fashions of her day. Dropping it all on the bedroom floor and putting on No5 (or some say L’Aimant actually) may have been a relief after ten hours of waist cinchers. The late Bill Blass made clothes for her after Norman Norell and claimed she was hard to fit because she was bosomy and…”All she cared about was that they were tight over the can. She was one of the few actresses who was more concerned with the appearance of her backside than her front.”*And what Marilyn poured down that front was a floral aldehyde.
Mr. Blass seems to have sided with Marilyn on this point himself. His own bestselling perfume Nude is a floral aldehyde, somewhat defaced by a bad knockoff but still quite wearable if found in the original bottles (not the recent Revlon ones) and probably closer kin to Rive Gauche than to No 5. Nude had a big galbanum component and narcissus in the original, which made the fragrance a green floral aldehyde verging on a green chypre with oak moss and vetiver in the end.
All this emphasis on floral aldehydes in the altogether makes you wonder if Chanel was correct in saying that a woman should not smell like a flower? Though Coco was inconsistent on this point being a gardenia wearer when it came to perfume, first with Krigler’s Pleasure Gardenia, and later with her own Gardenia spiced up by a sprig of pimento in the opening. Others swear by tuberose in the round, turning to Carnal Flower and Fracas. If you enjoy naturals ,then Atelier’s Cuir de Gardenia is extremely skin friendly and is in the same white floral mode.
Myself, I think a good fruit chypre is one of the most sensual perfumes on earth, with Le Parfum de Therese, Femme, and latterly dawn Spencer Hurwitz’s Mata Hari all good contenders for what to wear under the underwear, and if you find an old bottle of Guerlain’s Parure (Samantha from Sex in the City’s favorite) snap it up.
Best of all perhaps is a really subtle leather, Cuir de Lancome, Bel Ami, or perhaps Kelly Caleche. If you prefer something a tad stronger then Neil Morris’ Fetish (among his best sellers) with patchouli, ambergris, myrrh, musk and leather all putting in appearances in fifty shades of skin tone, is a winner.
Me, I like mimosas, they remind me of baby flesh, and so for me, the altogether fragrance is Farnesiana. What’s your preferred nude perfume?
* Quoted from Fashion, The Inside Story, by Barbaralee Diamonstein