Changing perfumes a lot is the bane of the fume obsessed. We all do it. If you are in the business of reviewing on a regular basis you’re more or less required to change perfumes in order to write about the next one, and after a while all this can get dizzying.
What’s my smell you ask yourself, and you may even miss the old days when your signature smell was No19 or Chant d’Aromes or Stella, or whatever it may happen to have been. Sometimes you want to bridge that gap between the old perfume and a new one and make that transition without all the usual rejection problems you get with unfamiliar scent. My cure for this is to try a scented lotion. I find that lotions are much more likely to be adopted by people as their natural scent than perfume itself. The reason is simple you spread lotion over a lot more of your body than pulse points.
Whenever I changed perfumes in the 1990’s my technique was to see if I could buy the scent in a lotion form first. I’d actually blind buy them this way. It was cheaper, and the time that it took me to accept a fragrance as my own was fast tracked.
The problem these days is that it’s not so easy to find good lotion versions of your favorites. Perfumes generally have to be hits before they become lotions or bath oils or what have you. You can find them readily enough at department stores for heavy sellers, and I’d recommend those for the times when you want to effect a change and do it quickly and don’t want to spend that much. Even cheaper is to look on Ebay where bottles often come in at less than ten dollars.
What about those perfumes which don’t have a lotion? Hm. This is one I’ve been pondering over quite some time and if anyone has had good success making up his or her own lotion from perfume or eau de parfum, I’d like to hear it. I’ve read that some doyennes of make up recommend adding your chosen scent to a good unscented body lotion. The problem is that I find the lotion changes the scent, something about the formula does this, and I’ve tried Complex 15 and a few other old reliables on the market, but the results have been mixed and I hate to waste expensive stuff. Needless to say, I patch test all of these on my skin for 24 hours-I’m prone to hives-and don’t take chances.
I’d almost be inclined to choose a good body oil and put in a few drops of extract. I haven’t attempted this strategy with say, Farnesiana yet, but I might, and might achieve a better rate of success than with Eucerin.
As to the question of acceptance I find this works across the board. Nothing has ever failed this test with the sole exception of Guerlain’s Nahema, which wore me rather than me wearing her. Nahema was beautiful but I toiled underneath the weight of pink hyacinths, and the scent made me feel that I was not at all the woman my fragrance said I was. Otherwise everything I tried this way I accepted, all the way from Bandit to Annick Goutal’s Passion.
There is also one final point to make in favor of wearing your perfume as a lotion: your skin feels great.