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. Continue reading