As many of you may have noticed, or not, Patty just did an upgrade of our WordPress, the platform behind the blog. We´re hoping some of the odd bugs on the site will be less buggy now, and I personally am grateful the blog didn´t blow up when she did it. I was on here Monday evening, answering comments, when the whole site lurched and burbled and I thought: nooooooooooooo. But other then the hopefully temporary absence of our emoticon plugin (you can still type them in manually) we seem to be … well as functional as we get over here.
And now would be the part where I blog on some great new or vintage fragrance. I am, right now, sitting on an amazing selection of samples. Unfortunately due to sinus issues beyond my control, I have nothing useful to say about any of them. It must be a side effect of pouring salt water up my nose via my neti pot, but everything smells either fresh or like sperm. Now, I like the smell of fresh sperm as much as the next gal (huh, my self-edit button must have broken in the upgrade, although it didn´t work very well anyway) but if I dab on one more vial and get either of those smells I´ll scream. So let´s chat about something else. It´s been awhile since we talked about layering.
Layering fragrances often happens by accident when you are being a big sample whore, to use the technical term. Some of the combinations are more … fortuitous than others. The nice thing about layering is you wind up with a scent that probably nobody else is wearing.
Today I invite you to share some of your favorite combinations. If you feel like sharing. If you don´t feel like sharing because that would defeat the whole point of your Secret Layering Perfume Mojo, by all means don´t. If you´re feeling it, layer a couple things you think might work, or not, and share the results with us. Or share one of your amusing not-so-fortuitous layering stories. Whatever makes you happy. If you’re sick of sharing because Facebook now makes you share, I feel your pain. Go spray on something cheerful and get in the bath, but don’t take your laptop with you.
So. I´ll go first. Some of these you might have read before.
Purely accidentally, I discovered that Fendi Theorema layered with Donna Karan Chaos is darned wonderful. This works nicely for folks who find Theorema too sweet and/or Chaos too woody.
I have attempted to layer Mitsouko with all sorts of things, mostly out of some perverted masochistic desire, I guess, or stupidity. The Queen does not like to be layered.
Some of you already know that a couple weeks ago, again out of masochism/stupidity, I layered Feminite du Bois with Poison. I know, I know! You´d think: Kill.Me.Now. The funny part was, FdB completely obliterated Poison. No contest whatsoever. Godzilla vs. … Thumbelina. However, further tinkering (one dab FdB, three dabs Poison) reveals that the combo is really nice. Poison adds that dark plum note to the FdB. Again, those who put on FdB in the EDP and think, gah, this could use a little fruit – try the Poison.
Finally, Musette did some hilarious layering combo, let´s invite her to chime in. It was Femme with something. Femme and Jolie Madame, maybe?
image: Smith Island layer cake, washingtonpost.com