This is a post within a post so hang in there, okay? It’s going to look a bit like Shameless Self-Promotion but actually it’s not – not really. It’s more about ‘edutainment’. Awhile back Patty and I were discussing how cool it would be to provide ‘curated educational sample packs’ on her and Lisa’s new venture, Surrender to Chance. It’s an exciting concept – we are all curious to know what our favorite perfumers, historians, bloggers, writers would put in their Last Ship Off Earth Bag. Or, if given a brief, what perfumes they would choose as manifest. We’ve just started discussing the possibilities but as we go forward with these we will want to showcase them on the Posse. The point is not to create lemmings or drive you to point-of-sale. Most of you will already have 99% of what is listed anyway – but we do want to share the collections here – the notion of asking JCE, for example, what conjures the essence of ‘religion’ for him (we have not asked him that – I just made that up. But can you imagine?)… anyway, we thought you might be interested in what these luminaries will have to say.
The first curated collection is by the vaunted Michelyn Camen, Publisher and Mark Behnke, Managing Editor of CaFleureBon. I could go on and list both of their extensive perfume pedigrees but this post would then be 10 glorious pages long – it’s enough to say they Know Their Perfume. Historically, currently, chemically – you name it, they know it! If you’ve not read their blog, here’s a link to how they come by the chops to curate a collection. The editorial and curated list (below) are intriguing, reminding me of something my Tia Jeannetta, not a beauty by any stretch of the imagination – but possessed of such elan and a great jewel collection (alas, not left to me) – purportedly she was the madam of a high-end bordello in the 1940s – once said to me as I was entering young womanhood: “beauty, at first glance, is always seductive. But seduction is not always about beauty.”
Scents of Seduction
When we think of famous lovers, who comes to mind? Is it Cleopatra (the VII)? Is it Giacomo Girolamo Casanova de Seingalt? One almost brought down the Roman Empire and the other’s name has become synonymous with the art of seduction. History has turned Cleopatra into a beauty and Casanova into a man whose looks suited his reputation. The truth is that they were not particularly attractive, and in their day both were considered the equivalent of “fugly” So was it their charms, powers, sensual talents that were responsible for their notoriety? At CaFleureBon we believe it was perfume that brought their paramours to their knees.
Scents of seduction are deeply personal. They are enhanced by our chemistry and give us confidence – the ultimate aphrodisiac.
These are the fragrances that garner the most compliments – from our significant others and strangers (of both sexes) naughty and niche:
- By Kilian Back to Black
- Montale Red Aoud
- Ormande Jayne Tolu
- Guerlain Spirituese Double Vanille
- Serge Lutens Muscs Kublai Khan
- Shiseido Feminite du Bois
- Frederic Malle Carnal Flower
- Le Labo Labdanum 18
- Penhaligon’s Amaranthine
- Creed Vintage Tabarome
- Commes des Garcon Original
- Christian Dior Eau Noire
What are your thoughts about this list, dear Posse? I admit to a real curiosity ……am going to retry all of these (except #7 which I wear with such regularity that I should be awash in men by now!) . It’ll be interesting to revisit these scents from this perspective!!