Nose scoop on the new Chanel Exclusifs — Some of you laugh at my “I know a guy” things, but… I know a guy (girl) who has tried the new Chanel Exlusifs, and her favorites were the Eau de Cologne at first, but she said the No. 18 and Coromandel, which she wasn’t sure she would like at first, had a drydown that kept her nose glued to the Sweet Perfume Spot all night. 18 more days….
One of the best things about perfume is that you get to change your mind. The scent you turned your nose up last year may be the one you absolutely cannot live without this week — and those you loved and spritzed with abandon last week can quickly be rejected as no longer worth your time or attention. Your nose is very fickle.
Now… the only thing I ask is that March please not snigger when I recant — recanting on perfume is sober business, not to be chortled about. When we were at Tak in NY last August, March went on a squeeee about the Divine perfumes, and I sniffed them, curled up my nose and pronounced them horrible — not just one of them, but the whole line. Recently the lovely Nas at The Perfume Shoppe sent me samples of two of the Divines — the standard issue Divine and Divine L’aime Soeur. Divine has notes of peach, coriander, gardenia, Indian tuberose, May rose, oak moss, musk, vanilla and spice. These should be notes I love, and upon smelling them again, I do!!! Why in the world was this perfume so distasteful a few short months ago and is perfect now? This opens with a sparkly fruit note and has a gorgeous floral-spice-musk drydown.
So, puzzled as I was, I went on to the next sample, L’aime Soeur, which I thought was even more horrible than all the others put together. Notes of jasmine, otto bulgar rose, ylang and ambergris. What’s not to love here? There is one note that feels a little sharp on the open, but the sharpness disappears quickly, and this turns into a gorgeous, but still spunky jasmine-rose perfume.
Shall we continue? The largest single sin against perfume I have made was sniffing Jean Desprez’ Bal a Versailles, shrugging my shoulders and pitching the little bottle into my sample basket. Maybe I just hadn’t explored my inner slut enough then or maybe the parfum is just much better. I recant, regardless, Bal a Versailles is something every woman should have in her wardrobe for when she’s feeling like too much of a mommy, a wife and not enough like Miss Thing on the left.
So what brings about this change in how I feel about a perfume? I’ve thought maybe just aging is the culprit, but these are turn-arounds that I’ve made in the last year. Mostly, I think your nose becomes more, um, tolerant. You see past that dirty socks and sweaty man note of MKK to the glorious drydown it has. You overlook some of the more pungent tangy notes to see how beautifully crafted a perfume is, even if it’s not one you will wear much. One thing I am certain of, I would not have appreciated the gorgeousness that is Guerlain’s L’Heure Bleue parfum five years ago or maybe even a year ago.
What perfume have you done the biggest turn-around on?