I have decided, as suggested in a recent post at Perfume Posse, to try wearing one fragrance – and ONLY one fragrance – for the week of Nov. 1-7, as a perfumista experiment. Will the experience be the same from day to day? Will I still love whatever I picked as much on Day 7 as on Day1? What new aspects will appear with multiple-day wearings? The idea of not picking a new scent every morning (and sometimes yet another in the afternoon or evening) is appealing, since I’ll be spending all my spare November moments working on this year’s novel. I do tend to pick fragrances for my characters as part of the background material, and wear those fragrances while writing. For example, last year during NaNoWriMo, I spent much of the month in Chamade, Le Temps d’une Fete, Coty Exclamation! and YSL Paris, because those were the scents my main female character had worn at different points in her life. I think it might be quite difficult to write scenes for a particular character if I’m wearing something that is all wrong for her (funny, my male character’s fragrance choices never figure into this…)
I’ve narrowed my choices down to four, all fairly quiet scents that have the advantage of being right in many different situations and weathers, and all of which I love: Le Temps d’une Fete, Mariella Burani, Smell Bent One, and Cuir de Lancome. (Chanel Eau Premiere is another that would work just fine, but I tend to save that one for times when I want to smell elegant and not too individual.) Not sure which I’ll pick, but I’ll announce it in the Scent Diary installment of Nov. 7 okay, fine, I’ll tell you Nov. 1, down in the comments.
Feel free to guess which you think I will pick, or should pick.
Image is of a rare complete collection of miniatures in the book presentation of Jean Patou’s Ma Collection, from seller perfumedepot.123 at eBay. (If you have an extra $700 lying around the house, it can be yours!) Ma Collection includes: Amour Amour, Adieu Sagesse, Caline, Chaldee, Cocktail, Colony, Divine Folie, L’Heure Attendue, Moment Supreme, Normandie, Que Sais-Je, and Vacances.
I have actually tried several of these (Adieu Sagesse, Chaldee, Normandie, and Vacances) and have samples of Amour Amour and Colony yet to test (thanks, Donna!). Vacances is one of the most beautiful fragrances I have ever smelled, and while I have not made a decision to sell my firstborn or an internal organ in order to obtain a bottle of it, I seriously considered it. It’s lovely. The other three did not suit me at all, although Adieu Sagesse came closest. There are reviews of several of the Ma Collection scents at Now Smell This, Perfume-Smellin’ Things, and The Non-Blonde, if you visit those sites and search for “patou ma collection.” I didn’t mean to go into detail about this set of fragrances, but was inspired by that gorgeous photo…