1. Unfinished business – I have about fifteen friend requests in FaceBook I haven’t responded to; my daughters tell me this is terrible form but I don’t recognize the names. If you’re a perfumista and you want to friend me, I’m delighted – just put a note in there explaining how we’re connected.
2. For anyone who missed it on Monday, the discussion on the Art of Fragrance event last Friday, the Patricia de Nicolai perfume presentation on Saturday with her reconstructions (and IFRA blah blah) continues…
It’s been cool and rainy and I am not complaining one bit. Fall is here, apparently. It’s been wonderful digging out the wool sweaters, smelling the woodsmoke in the air, and curling up under a comforter and wool blankets in a nice, cold bedroom. Someone please remind me I wrote this when I’m whining about the weather in February.
I tried the Mugler Womanity, hoping for some caviar/fig love, being a big fig fan. There’s no extended review here for what is in that bottle — because it is sooooooooooooooo terribly sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet. It’s 30 seconds of fig and then a level of cloying sweetness that was actual scrubber level — as in I had to hunt down a sales associate posthaste and ask that it be removed from my arm with a makeup-remover wipe (if you’re in a department store, throw some skin care product at it. At Sephora, grab their silver cleanser bottles.) What a huge disappointment — shouldn’t fig/caviar from Thierry Mugler at least be an interesting flop? An aquatic fig newton?
I also got a mini of Mugler Angel in my gift bag from the Art of Fragrance event. So I tried it. Again. I’ll go so far as to accept Angel as interesting, a great technical scent. What baffles me is its popularity. I swear, I am sincere in my curiosity here. All the Pink Sugar and the sweet gourmand musky stuff? Coco Mademoiselle? The cupcake scents? I totally get why those are popular. The smell’s familiar, or at least friendly. Nothing “old lady” about it.
But Angel? Angel’s so weird. Angel’s in the Cartier Must/Dior Dune discordant mode, the “opposites attract … in theory, but you know, not really in this case” effect, a razor-edge shiv of lavender/patch drowning in a tub of marshmallow fluff. Wearing it is an endless distraction, like being stuck in a room with two mean girls drunk off their asses and pulling at each other’s weaves. (Bet you $20 that Real World house is awash in Angel.) I’m even on board with that bitter/sweet concept – I like it in Dune, I swear. But I wouldn’t nominate any of those scents for Miss Homecoming Queen. Why isn’t every third girl wearing, I dunno, Miss Dior Cherie L’Eau? Angel doesn’t fit in my understanding of what’s popular now and why. Angel fans – peace and love. Look, I didn’t use the word “vomit” once, did I? I made it the whole day and didn’t even wash it off (that stuff lasts and lasts, eh?) Do you find it soothing? Creamy? Sweet n’ cuddly? Maybe I really magnify the patch, I dunno.
So I put some Dune on instead and thought about other things, like how I really want to get my mitts on the L’Artisan Coeur de Vétiver Sacré after Kevin’s review. He says it’s not so much vetiver as tea-ginger, and that kicked my interest up enormously.
Throwing it open to you today in the spirit of the changing weather – in all our hearts, if not in your specific geographical location. What scent do you find perplexing? What scent has turned out to be much more (or less) appealing to you personally than you were expecting?