A few comments on a recent post of mine gave me pause for thought about how others perceive our fragrance. The perfume we wear can elicit strong responses, both positive and negative and sometimes in unexpected ways.
One of my earliest perfume compliments came back in the ’80s. I was wearing Prescriptives’s Calyx for the first time at work and walked into our small newspaper’s composing / pasteup room. One of the guys there had just put the story type on a page and it was running too long for the space allotted it. So after I had marked where it should be cut, he leaned in to trim it, looked over at me and said, “Wow! You smell absolutely delicious!” I think he liked it so much that he ended up buying some for his girlfriend. And I still like Calyx; if I were more inclined to wear more than just a dab or two, I think I’d probably still be hearing about it (in a good way, I hope.)
Then a few years ago, just after the Chanel Exclusifs had come out, I decided to test-drive Chanel Coromandel to work on a chilly winter day. (This was before the trend of offices cracking down on perfume, of course.) It evoked oohs and ahhs from several of my scent-loving co-workers, who remarked on how rich and elegant I smelled. So I pulled out my vial, and they dabbed away. It was a unanimous hit and I think that one or two of them got compliments later on it as well.
And we’ve all heard about people being chased down by strangers asking them what they’re wearing. Never happened to me, but, wow, wouldn’t that be flattering?
So what’s the best (or most interesting, odd, unusual, etc.) perfume compliment you’ve ever gotten? Or what do you wear that you know will get you noticed? For instance, I feel pretty certain that if I were to wear Carnal Flower to a party, wedding, etc., I’d get some positive feedback on it.