Sacrificial Scents

by Musette

 

When we were in our 20s (back in the Jefferson administration)  my galpals and I  fantasized about our married coworkers’ lives -a permanent partner for Chinese food and Friday Movies, sex every night, total validation on Valentine’s Day…and the cessation of the ignominy of the Blind Date.  One by one, we entered into couplehood, thinking our problems were all behind us, especially the Blind Date.

 

Then came an even scarier Event: Couples Blind Dating.   When you’re single, blind dating is weird enough – but usually it’s just between you and the date.   But once you are a couple, you end up occasionally dating other couples – folks you Might Not Know But Your Partner Does.   And the stakes are often higher.  Is this an old pal? A friend from work? A Business Connection?  What a pain.  Now try it when you’re older than dirt, you’ve worked all day and you are NOT in the mood.  What do you wear?  I struggled with this in the 20 minutes I had to throw on some lipstick and a heavier jacket  (it was a night to stay in with a hot cocoa and a good book, not go gallivanting off to dinner with strangers).  I toyed with the idea of my new love, Diaghilev but  if the night sucked CheezWhiz  I would be stuck with the association.  Mitsouko was out of the question – I’m working on softening my mien, not ramping up the terror quotient.   I needed a comfy scent that would remind me of me, in case I hated every aspect of them, but a perfume I could kick to the curb for awhile if the association was too tiresome.

 

I chose Bas de Soie. Just so ya know, this is NOT a review of Bas de Soie.   I think I’ve already reviewed it but in case I didn’t, here it is, in a nutshell:  I like it.  It’s got a facet that I find compelling/slightly irritating (which is the compelling part, I think)…but even though I really like it, I have no emotional attachment to it.  Vi-ola!   A perfect ‘sacrifice’ scent.  I threw it on, it was great – nobody sneezed or threw up and it kept me engaged through the whole evening, which turned out just fine, btw – they’re nice people and I liked them enough to hope they thought I was nice people, too.  But if it had icked out I could’ve shelved Bas de Soie for a few months with nary a tear.

 

On the way home  I started wondering ‘what scents would I be willing to sacrifice, should a particular occasion blow up in my face?’   Not throwaway scents; these sacrifices would be scents you like/love that you could rely upon to get you through a potentially challenging situation but if it turned ugly it wouldn’t kill you to retire that scent for a long time (this is of particular importance for those of you who have scent/memory issues ).   I thought about the following situations and here is a random list of what might/did/could work for me:

Cold Customer Meeting: Hermes Caleche. It’s confident and ladylike, with a coolness that gives pause…but its very aloofness means I could box it on the way-back shelf if that cold customer broke my day. Ask Caleche if it cares.  It doesn’t.

New Mother in Law: Fracas (I can’t believe I might throw Fracas under the bus; then again, I’ve had great luck with mothers in law – besides, NOBODY can keep Fracas down.  She would be back, like the Terminator)

Job InterviewTDC Charmes and Leaves. It’s lovely.  I love it.  But it’s innocuous.  Innocuous has a way of being expendable for the time it takes to get my guts back.

Amicable divorce lawyer meeting : Calyx. It was his fave.  If it got nasty, oh well.  If not, it’s a nice memory of a nice ending.  I got lucky on that one, both with the ex and the perfume. I still wear it now and then, 20 yrs later.

Wedding of someone you adore who is Not Marrying You: Shalimar perfume/extrait. It can take the hit and Lord knows, if you put enough on and  wrangle even a quick hug, the wedding night will have ‘you’ all over it.  Grab a slow dance and your aura might stick around through the honeymoon.  Not that I would know anything about that kinda thing…

Lunch with an old rival: Cartier Brillante. It makes me feel thinner and slightly richer…but if it turns out that the shrike is still richer and thinner than you it can go back in its red leatherette box for a Season.  Next time you take it out maybe you will have laid off the chocolate cake!  And you’re in fundages again.  Birkin-level fundages!  It could happen!

What are your challenging occasions?  And what scents would you be willing to sacrifice if the  scent association gods demanded?

photo:  Morning Glory/flower sacrifice

73 Comments

  1. I love this post! I’ve never heard this question asked before, and never thought about it myself, but it makes perfect sense to have these things worked out.

    I will tell the sad tale one of my long-time favorites, Dior Addict. I was wearing it when I got canned from a job I was at for over a decade. I haven’t touched it since, but you know what? I’ve got SL Chergui, which is similar, almost better. Ok, it IS better. Addict was not a perfume I willingly sacrificed, and if I could go back in time I would have worn something different that day (like vintage Amouage Ubar, liberally applied and touched up every fifteen minutes).

    • Carrie,

      The only reason I managed to work some of this out is …well, I don’t know, exactly 😕 I think it was due to the long drive home (we live nowhere near civilization, alas)..by the time the night was over I was thoroughly sick of BdS.

      I’m trying to imagine anybody having the nerve to can you! With you awash in vintage Ubar….:o hell, you could’ve RETIRED from there! I hope this tale was in the wayback and that you have moved to much better things!

      xo >-)

  2. Musette,

    Wow…you know this is a MUST to answer. I love your amicable divorce meeting one! Very significant to me right now…as is the interview one. (lining up sacrifice list now)

    The Split = FM Lys Med.- crisp but weepy beauty, restrained with hope for what springs next.
    The Interview = Chanel 19 vintage EDT..cool & because she always gets over it…oh, actually she IS over it!

    Carrie, gosh I have actually just gotten Addict out into my rotation these past few days. That would NOT be a willing sacrifice for me either,… but agree the Amouage Ubar (love it) would be the perfect “help me through it & stick it to them scent” or Habanita …you just don’t get rid of her all too easily;) She’ll leave when SHE feels like it!

    • Oh, yvree! Take GOOD care of yourself on these. Divorce isn’t the worst thing in the world to happen. I try to keep it amicable (we’re assuming there is no real viciousness or abuse involved, which would take it into a whole other realm). My reasoning is this: liking someone makes it easier to move them into another category of your life. Hate is such a strong emotion that …well, let’s just say that ‘like’ will more quickly allow you to segue into ‘neutral’.

      I like the idea of 19 for a job interview! Funny how those ‘greens’ work for that type of thing, innit?

      Best wishes to you in both situations, sweetie!

      xo >-)

  3. What an excellent idea!
    I must say, I have got a special scent for unpleasant official occasions like a visit in the Inland Revenue or a hard parents-teacher meeting. It is Organza Indecence – a scent I do not like especially, but can bear.
    If I would have to choose something beautiful for that occasion it would be Safran Troublant by l’Artisan Parfumeur or Penhaligon’s Elixir – both quite friendly for normal people and for me not indispensable for life.

    • I think that’s a great scent idea. I have a contemporary Mitsouko I wear for unpleasant occasions. I adore Mitsouko, everbody knows that – but the contemporary (pre-reformulation) is raspy and just teetering on the edge of vicious. Great for keeping people and situations firmly in their place!

      xo >-)

  4. This is my favorite post on PP!! What a unique and important way to think about perfume!

    Hmm… I’ll have to report back after thinking this through…

  5. I find that Chanel is always appropriate, so the ones in my collection get sacrificed a lot. I don’t have many challenging occasions–perhaps the doubled date night or the literary event. At such times, No. 5 Eau Premier always sees me through. A touch of No. 18 or No. 22 is divine also. No. 22 is particularly perfect for the “colder” events.

    • I have several iterations of 22 – the vintages are a bit heavier/oilier – they would blow a ‘cold’ event out of the water!

      xo >-)

  6. I have ALWAYS associated scents with occasions…..I loved with my heart&soul,Naxos,and got hundreds of compliments when I wore it(terrible reviews on MUA…go figure),but,when canned from my job,I could not ever wear it,again…conjured up terrible memories!…Whenever I ‘changed men’,I had to ALWAYS change perfume(all,of course,vintage,as I was MUCH younger),Royal Secret,Anne Klein 2,Casmir,Venzia,Galore,and my sweetie,late husband’s favorite:Shalimar…I still have the last bottle he bought me(empty,of course)…I wear NOTHING to the Dr/dentist,nuff’ said there….

    • What a beautiful scent memory of your late husband!

      That stinks about the Naxos. I have the worst memory in the world so after awhile I forget ….which is a mixed blessing, I guess.

      xo >-)

      • He totally LOVED wonderful,rich orientals on me…we did have some fun,let me (not!!)tell you…live life with gusto,ladies…so worth it!

  7. The first scent I ever threw under the bus was Jo Malone French Lime Blossom. I used to think it was the epitome of innocuous, but alas, I was wrong when I chose to wear it to work a trade show (back in my working days).

    I was working for this small, family owned confectionery company, and was working the Philadelphia Candy Show. The owner showed up to drive us all crazy and apparently got a whiff of me. He proceeded to send a voicemail to the entire office issuing a ban on any and all fragrances worn at trade shows, claiming that scents would detract from the experience of sampling the finished product. I must have gotten about a dozen “was he talking about you?” queries in my voicemail. I was beyond mortified, and never wore French Lime Blossom again. I will also never purchase/consume this company’s products if I ever see them. And neither should anyone else.

    • Arrghhh … so sorry this happened to you, Nava. Horribly bad form on that jerk’s part (not to mention he ruined a nice scent for you!). Anyway, you’re well rid of him!!

      • Thanks Ann. I’ve run across even bigger jerks in the 12 years since that happened, and I’m over it. I may even revisit French Lime Blossom again one of these days.

        • I still, am always SHOCKED,when I come up against such a jerk…we read things we love,surround ourselves with good people,and;BOOM,there is some slimeball in our midst…eep…

  8. I too love this post. Nice to know I’m not the only one who worries that a bad day might ruin a scent for me! Lately, things have gotten so unpredictable at my workplace that I’ve chosen to forego scent altogether. But it would better to think of something pleasant and innocuous, that I could enjoy and wouldn’t mind shelving for a while. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • You’re welcome! Hope things smooth out at work! I find that light green-galbanum scents are the best innocuous ones for me, but ymmv!

      xo >-)

  9. Hilarious post! I especially enjoyed Wedding of Someone You Love Who Is Not Marrying You… verrrry sneaky. (No exes showed up at my wedding. Thank goodness… because The CEO sure had a lot of ’em.)

    For Unpleasant Interviews, I have my vintage No. 19 edt – which I love but which is steel-spined enough to survive just about anything – or relatively recent Jolie Madame, which can turn an unfriendly shoulder.

    I’ve got a 25-year high school reunion coming up this summer, August or something… what to wear to that? If it were in the fall, I’d grab Lyric Woman without hesitation, but for summer? Still on the fence. I’ve got a few months to decide.

    • I’m interested to hear the response to what to wear to a 25th HS reunion–I have one next year, am single, and want to make an impression on a couple of single guys!

    • August? Blow ’em out of the water with your fabulousness!

      Wear Tribute Attar. I would.

      xo >-)

      ps. I didn’t get any exes either and my personal ex-status is largely benign…but for an Ex Scent Memory from Hell – a friend’s husband cheated on her…he wore Aramis. She carefully peed 😮 into the shower gel and the cologne AND the aftershave – her quip was ‘ he’s gonna be wearing ME for a LONG time’…;))

      • LOL!!!!!!! This is awesome.
        Just reminds me of a landlady who threatened me with some nonsense and made me move out within a week- I was so angry that I contemplated hiding pieces of raw fishes here and there in the house. I would’ve liked to see her find tenants with all that stench…

      • But I don’t haaaaaave any Attar! Whine whine pout.

        I do have a decant of Ubar. (No, that’s not gonna work. *I* have to make it through the day, too. I could do Carnal Flower, maybe…)

        Ohhhhh boy. Yep, I guess The Cheating B****** thought of her for a long time.

        • Carnal Flower! Perfect! The Body Butter is even more gorgeous thanthe fragrance, imo.

          xo >-)

          on the cheating hub – the beauty of it was, he never knew!=)) Imagine soaping and splashing and spritzing….. (oh, what I wouldn’t give for Whistling Guy right about now..)

        • Yes, yes, Mals, Carnal Flower gets my vote for the reunion! (I’m guessing the Mary Greenwell Plum and the Ferre 20 would not work so well, much as you love them.)

          • I don’t know, Plum might work. It makes me happy, it smells perfumey and expensive, it wouldn’t smother me in summer… and I don’t hate *everybody* I went to high school with.

            • Plum does smell elegant and expensive. The most important thing is that it makes you feel good, so that’s what counts.
              Another nice thing about it is you know you’ll be the only one wearing it. :)

              • Oh, true! And if anyone asks, I can always mention that it’s still exclusive to the UK…

    • How about Hilde Soliani Il Tuo Tulipano? It’s SOOO pretty and not trying to hard.

        • What about BK Beyond Love, then? Robin or Angela described it as the tuberose that tosses its hair and says, I cost more than all the rest of you! It’s also beautiful and great for summer. L’AP Fleurs d’Oranger is also fab for summer.

          • Beyond Love is great! I have a small decant of it. Very pretty and natural tuberose, and I loves me some tuberose. Somehow, though, it doesn’t smell so ritzy to me. I mean, I know it IS expensive, but no one else will know. I don’t think it has that “if you have to ask, you can’t afford it” snobby thing I wanted.

            (I repeat, I’m pretty shallow about this reunion thing.)

  10. Name the company Nava! Why send a voicemail when a quiet aside would be much nicer and just as effective (he may have had a point but what an awful way to make it!) As for my sacrifical scents – while on the way to sit with my dad in the hopital during what I knew were his last days, I took a sampler of light cologne-y scents, wore a different one each day, and managed not to build a scent memory or offend anyone. Safety in numbers. And when I’m sick I stick with comfrot scents (vanilla, Grace scents, etc.) which I associate with such purposes already. Great post!

    • That’s a great idea, the cologne-rotation. For my scary hospital ventures I always wear contemporary Mitsouko (the pre-reform) – Mitsouko is very comforting to me but the contemporary one I wear is like girding myself in titanium. Keeps people on their toes. And it’s so redoubtable that it’s impervious to scent memory. It’s the Abrams tank of perfume!

      xo >-)

    • There’s really no point in naming the company, Maggie. The products are sold as “homemade” by whichever entity buys them. I will say that if you venture to any big tourist attractions this summer and see signs for “Fresh Cream and Butter Fudge”, don’t buy it. That’s the stuff…

      The owner isn’t exactly a pillar of common sense. He was pretty voice mail-happy when I worked there, and I can only image what he’s like now with e-mail added into the mix. So glad I no longer work for the jerk.

  11. What a fantastic, tea-spewing post! You’re the greatest! <3

    I'm probably in the minority on this one, but my perfume is such a personal, integral part of ME that I don't later associate my perfume with the event/person/issue anymore than I would my clothes or my skin.

    • Hey, doll!

      I am mostly with you on that except lately perfume has been more associative than it was in the past – perhaps because I have really gotten to ‘into’ the whole concept. The only one that still holds a strong association is Calyx – but that might have as much to do with the distinctiveness of the scent as anything else!

      xo >-)

  12. Hi sweetie, great post, as always!! When I got laid off from my longtime (16-plus years) job, gosh– almost two years ago today, I was so traumatized (and shocked) that, frankly, I don’t remember what scent I was wearing, so that was a small blessing.
    However, last summer during my son’s near-fatal accident, I wore Kai almost exclusively and its gorgeous simplicity was a great comfort to me. I tried to wear it at the beach last week and it was OK, but did remind me of last summer a bit, so back in the drawer it goes for a while longer, until the memory fades.
    For other tough, sad or stressful situations, I pull out Dior’s Escale a Portofino, of which I have a large decant, thanks to a generous swap buddy (waves to Karin!). It’s not offensive, lasts just long enough, and is so cheery that it’s like Teflon — bad vibes simply CAN’T stick to it!! :)

    • I had a feeling that Kai would quiver your liver – you probably need more time to recover than you think you do! The Dior sounds like just the ticket to keep your stress-free!

      xo >-)

  13. Excellent, excellent post, M. Neglected topic, funny writing, great list categories – very thought-provoking!

    I must be greedy because despite the 100+ bottles I have, there aren’t many I would be willing to sacrifice for an extended period. (Somehow it seems pointless to sacrifice those few scents you don’t really care about at all.) As soon as I thought about adding something to the list, I was immediately possessed by an overwhelming urge to go put it on. :d Like you I’d probably ultimately pick scents I like or even really love but that have a little grain of irritation in them for me – they’re too huge and monumental or proud and difficult for regular wear. They’re usually ones with a very recognizable, memorable structure so that I feel I can almost “smell” them in my head, anyway. Okay, let’s say: YSL Korous, Ormonde Jayne Tiare, Theo Fennell Scent, ELdO Rien, Bvlagri Black, and maybe Yatagan.

    • I am put to the blush! :”>

      I am also 😮
      You have 100+ bottles?

      Day-am!

      Your list is astounding. I couldn’t wear Yatagan on a bet (you should see El O’s reaction – it’s almost visceral!)… I like your description of a scent as proud and/or difficult – I think the most proud and difficult scent in my regular rotation is our old gal Mitsouko, followed by vintage Jolie Mme. Everything else I wear is pretty easygoing, I think (I hope [-o< ) xo >-)

  14. Love the post! It’s made me realise I probably need more of those sacrificial scents in my life.

    My absolute favourites are pretty much event-proof I’ve worn them through so much, but I had to give Cuir de Lancome a break last year because it was the perfect work event perfume and I began to associate it with professional performance anxiety…we’re back on good terms now tho.

    The replacement and my all-round useful neutral is Terracotta Voile d’Ete, which is pretty, innocuous and not so perfect that I’d cry if I had to axe it – tho so far it’s surviving everything I expose it to.

    Now I need to come up with possibilities for specific categories, like the couples dating thing…

    • I know what you mean about performance anxiety. Mitsouko actually got me through a tornado! But I had to put her to bed for a couple of weeks after that, just to break the association.

      Come back and let us know what you have for couples dating! I don’t mind couples dating – not even Hatey Couples Dating (that can be kinda fun, if you are in a Truly Bitchy Mood (and I nearly always am). It’s BLIND couples dating that freaks me right out!

      What would you wear for Hatey Couples Dating? Enquiring minds and all that…

      xo >-)

  15. This was so interesting. Ya know … I got into perfume recently enough that I’m not one of those people who had to give up Mitsouko because my first husband left me 20 years ago, and it was “our” scent, etc. And this comes up all the time on the Posse — people who loved a scent but it now has sad or painful associations. I’m glad I don’t have any of those. For dicey situations I wear something neutral/soothing, but they’re not situations I’m expecting something dire-by-association to happen. I mean, I probably wouldn’t wear a frag to see the divorce lawyer, unless it was some FU scent like Mitsouko (can I type FU?)

    • Yes You Can (you just did ;))

      I have such a lousy memory that I can barely remember what I had for breakfast, so I’m largely immune to scent-association. As I said to Rapple, the Calyx is as much a function of its uniqueness as anything else – is there anything that smells remotely like Calyx?

      For a bitter divorce? Mitsouko all the way. With a side of Mitsouko. And a sidearm, just in case…8-x

      xo >-)

      • Well, I just tried the current version of Calyx in a store – and IT smells nothing remotely like Calyx. Ugh, it’s been well and truly ruined! :-(

        • Flora, I think it’s more likely you smelled on “off” bottle (or maybe the Calyx flanker?). Calyx is truly, truly notorious for going stale. For years, I’ve been smelling flat, heavy green-powdery testers of Calyx, no sparkle or fruit at all, and wondering what the heck is up with all the love for this scent. I bought a brand-new, just-arrived-at-the-store bottle recently, because it was so cheap, in an attempt to finally “get” it. By coincidence a friend sent me a small sample of Calyx from a few years ago. Both my new bottle and the sample are a complete revelation: gorgeous, sensually fruity, bright and effervescent.

          • Oh, yeah, baby! When it’s good, it’s good! But Erin’s right – when it goes bad….8-x

            E, any idea why it so quickly and easily goes bad?

            xo >-)

            • I don’t know why it goes stale so quickly, but I keep mine in the fridge, just in case. And it has been fine there for well over 2 years.

              • 😕 I wonder if it’s the tagetes (whichever species they are using?) you know how marigold gets that b-( smell? Well, I actually like that – but it might not work in Calyx once it’s had a chance to sit too long and think about it…

                ..just a thought.

                xo >-)

  16. I love this post too because it captures what I think when I get dressed for appellate oral argument. I want comfort and something imposing to give me confidence, but if it goes bad, nothing I won’t be willing to give up for a good long while. That said, I’ve got one coming up later this week. I’ll have to give it a good long think tonight, while I peruse my samples — anything I’ve got a full bottle of probably won’t qualify.

    • I’m still struggling with ‘appellate oral argument’.

      That sounds scary! I would probably wear Eau du Xanax

      xo >-)

    • En Avion is my go-to drag for those kinds of days– I love the image of flight, lifting over the obstacles ;)

  17. Great post Musette! I love this because it’s exactly what got me interested in perfume … the connection between scent and memory. Work is so relentlessly difficult for me that I don’t tend to associate any one scent with it. Plus I change my scent every day so there’s no lingering bad feelings associated.

    However, I was wondering the same thing about a 25th high school reunion. Mine is coming up next year. I also had to stop wearing Dolce Vita because it was the scent I wore while I pined endlessly after a man who was my best friend. We hung out about every day and I wore that scent exclusively in a vain attempt to leave the scent behind and have him think of me longingly. Never happened and my heart was terribly broken. I ended up feeling completely foolish and the entire episode is tied into that scent.

    That said, a whiff of Vol de Nuit brings my grandmother into the room and makes me smile to remember her. The good and the bad, tied up in scent.

    • Babydoll,

      Don’t sweat that one. There are maybe 4 people on the planet who HAVEN’T done that in some form or another (I once changed religions (I kid you not) in order to attach myself to a guy – who, it turned out, was gay. Lawd.

      No perfumes were hurt in that debacle, thank Floyd. It was a billion years ago anyway – so I wouldn’t even begin to remember what the scent was! ;))

      Crap on the job. Hope it gets easier for you!

      xo >-)

      • Awwww, thanks so much for your sweet words Musette. I guess we were all young and blind and mistake-prone.

        I’m glad no perfumes were hurt in your mistake! :)

  18. Like the others said- I LOVE this post!!!

    When I’m well aware that there are/will be difficult things (split, death, sickness…) happening, I just choose to wear nothing at all. For those nights with the “couple dates” you’ve mentioned, I wear By Killians’ Love and Tears or anything along its lines- pleasant, approachable, but still smells rich and I like it but not LOVE it enough to weep for it if it’s gone. For high school reunions I usually end up putting on things that “smell like money”…

    • Yes! Smelling like money would be good for the reunion! (I have a life now that doesn’t involve worrying about the mortgage, or the car repairs… or the college fund… but it doesn’t show on the outside because I don’t dress like it or drive a very-nice car. I’m not shallow enough to go buy designer clothes and rent a Lexus for a reunion, but I’m juuuuust shallow enough to want people to know I COULD IF I WANTED TO, SO THERE.)

      Ahem. Leaving the childish things behind, or trying to…

      • no, you’re not. ;)) and none of us do. There are only two types of people who can leave that stuff behind: those who are so stinkin’ rich it doesn’t matter what they wear/drive/smell like and those who are too stinkin’ poor (or zonked out) to care. [-(

        And that’s totally cool! Otherwise, there would be no scholarship endowments! :)>-

        xo >-)

  19. Excellent topic!

    There are some crisp scents that I wear to work that I suppose I’ve sort of sacrificed already, but that’s what crisp scents are FOR, isn’t it? TDC Osmanthus is the best of them, also Bulgari pour Femme, Ines de la Fressange (octagonal bottle) and Guerlain Vetiver. Also with you on Caleche.

    If I really want bucking up I’ll wear L’AP Iris Pallida, which easily transcends the trials of this world and is irreproachable. When it’s too cold for IP I’ll wear SL La Myrrhe or Bois de Violette for the same effect. These aren’t really sacrificial, though.

    • I’m with you on crisp=sacrificial (and your list is sensational!). They seem to be able to take it better than lusher scents. Brillante, for example, is pretty happy-go-lucky elegance. If you put her away for awhile, she doesn’t care. She’ll just play with her box of diamonds until you call her for that bottle of vintage Bollinger

      xo >-)

  20. Cristalle and I go so far back one rotten day would not ruin it. I sometimes wear it when I am feeling fragile.

    When I think I might want to biff somebody by the end of the day I wear Rien and let it do the biffing for me.

      • …as in “biff in the nose” — I think the the closest synonym is “bop”, as in a punch, but not a go-to-jail one. I hurry to offer this definition since there is a similar word with a VERY dissimilar meaning…

  21. When I want to boost my confidence I wear something ladylike and poised. Like First VCA, Chanel Cristalle or Aromatics Elixir. However when I was still a medical student taking exams, it only took a few bonus sprays of Paris YSL ( my go to fragrance then and still worn fondly now) to feel I could pretty much face anything.

    • This is why I love the Posse! I knew there was somebody out there who considered Aromatics of Doom ‘ladylike’. Okay, Austenfan: I am now Officially Scared of YOU! ^:)^

      xo >-)

      • But it is ladylike on me! At least I like to think so. To be honest every time I wear it I giggle thinking that somewhere out there people call this Aromatics of Doom. It’s a great name and Clinique should adopt it for a limited edition or something.

        It’s a great post and very funny again Musette, thanks!

  22. I threw Cool Water under the bus without knowing it – wore it the year I got divorced, haven’t been able to wear it since even though I think it’s still very pretty. Fortunately I have now moved up to much better fragrances and since they’re constantly being changed around, I can’t over-associate them with Bad Days at Work (too frequent) any more than Wonderful Holidays (not frequent enough!).

    I think for a double date – in my future, I am probably going to meet my brother’s GF for the first time soon – I will wear something that says “I am expensive, don’t mess with me” more than something I don’t ever expect to wear again. Probably Plum. :-) Either that or an Amouage!

  23. Terrific post! I have such strong scent memories that I get nervous every morning when I spritz/dab as we never know what the day has in store. I truly love YSL Paris but wore it during a very “crossroads” period of my life – I’ve tried it recently and yup, 6 years later, it brings me right back to a spot I don’t want to be in. I always bring a new fragrance (including shower gel/lotion if avail) when embarking on a new vacation – vacation is always wonderful and I love having those scent memories.
    Loved your choices by the way, especially Calyx as many others here already stated.

    Received the Diag package last night!! Sooo incredibly excited to try it today (especially with the added bonus of those cotton balls!) but promptly woke up with a bangin migraine. Did not wear anything today – 1st time that’s happened in over a year. I am hoping for a speedy recovery and as soon as my head stops throbbing, I am all over it and will report back! A million thanks again…xoxo

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