Some perfumes are big old honking Sillage Monsters. The ones you put on that you can smell almost all day, even when they seem to have faded, you move, and up wafts the most wonderful sillage. Before I go on, what do you think Paris will wear when she goes into jail? Before she gets her orange overalls?
My top two sillage monsters:
Clive Christian No. 1 for Women
I know, this is a ridiculously priced perfume, though you can sometimes get deals on eBay, but nevertheless, no matter how not as extraordinary (read worth $$$$$) as it may seem when you first spritz, Clive Christian No. 1 for Women is the one I come back to if I want big sillage that lasts and is beautiful. Notes of pineapple, plum, mirabelle, bergamot, lemon, cardamom, rose, jasmine, ylang ylang, orris, orchid, vanilla, tonka seeds, cedarwood, sandalwood, and musk amber. This thing goes on with what seems like a very pretty, but mostly ordinary floriental, certainly nothing that would justify the price, but the drydown lets out some of the deeper notes that are just enchanting in their mix. Every time I move when I wear this, I get another waft. It’s like a diamond that keeps hitting the sun. So way too many $$$ or no, Clive Christian No. 1 for Women loves my skin and just sparkles.. and it only costs me on spritz, so approximately $4… that’s a cheap thrill.
Le Labo Patchouli 24
There is nothing in this perfume that should say I would like it. Most of it says I should loathe it. But this goes on, and I feel like I am enclosed in a cloud of creosote and wood smoke. So scrap the patchouli, this is the best smoke scent in the world, and it lasts, and every time I move, I can smell it. Rich and pungent and perfect.
So what’s your favorite one or two sillage monsters — scents you love that just leave a smell train behind you as you waft through your life?