There’s some very good advice out there for anyone who wears clothes (most of us, most of the time) and it’s that we should not buy anything that doesn’t fit in with our activities. This means what it sounds like. If you live in jeans and that’s what your life requires, or you are seldom out of Athleisure then don’t go buying the vintage brocade ballgown from Oscar de la Renta circa 1985. Though who wouldn’t want to rock a train in the coffee aisle of Shoprite?
Perfume though is different, or let’s say it ought to be. You can’t see a mismatch between someone’s dreams and someone’s aspirations, you can only smell them. This is probably what Roja Dove means when he says that “perfume can lie for you”, and it may be what is meant by those perfumers who claim a woman should have a perfume for “courage”.
On the other hand is the school of thought that says a perfume should reflect who we are and what we like to do. “I believe a fragrance should make you feel more yourself” says Massimo Ferragamo and somewhat unwillingly over time I agree with him.
Why unwillingly? Well, you know perfume is fun. You should be able to do what ever you like whenever you like and that should be all there is to it. However all these many years later what I have discovered is that you will never wear a perfume that doesn’t suit you for long. Believe me I’ve tried.
There’s a range of course. Some people can wear florals and orientals. ( It often shakes down that way). Others wear chypres and citrus scents ( not just men), still others like green scents and animalics (interesting characters these) and then there are people like me who have to have leather perfume in the line up no matter what (we’re often readers). Why?
I have not really got a clue but I know that just as we will buy the same pair of leggings fifteen times, we buy the same perfumes. Either they are the same note (always rose or tomato leaf) or the same brand ( Hermes again?) or else we choose the same perfumer (well I just happen to like Lys Mediterranee and Poison…and evidently Edouard Flechier too ). Maybe our Id is showing, better check your hem, zipper, button gap- the whole roster of involuntary exposure. None of which will help in
the least, because when it comes to what we love and re-buy reason is not what’s on display.
Like most people I like to think that I know what I’m doing and that my taste is cultivated and considered and etc. The truth though is that like everyone else I buy the same perfumes over and over and those are leathers, chypres and probably citrus perfumes usually by Ernest Daltroff or Patricia de Nicolai. Why do I do this? There’s no really good answer but I like to think it’s largely because of being… me.
Do you have a set of perfumes you return to over and over again?