It is almost All Hallows Eve, the night before All Saints Day when the spirits are free to walk the earth. What better time to talk about perfume you want to wear to feel mysterious or perfumes that make you just a little scary. What mysterious perfume fits you this Halloween?
When you want to be the Woman or Man of Mystery, your perfume has to do most of your talking, so I’ve picked out some perfumes that will hold a conversation that only the senses can hear.
If you want your scent to be whispering of old-world elegance, mystery, long conversations in the bar car of the Orient Express, vintage Guerlain Mitsouko or vintage Dior Diorling will do that and so much more. Both of these will not only keep your secrets but start manufacturing them out of thin air as it telegraphs to the world that you are mysterious and mercurial and you might stomp your foot and storm out at any moment.
Gender-bending Mysterious perfume is Caron Yatagan all day long. And it works for the brooding, slightly swarthy guy over in the corner of the bar as well as the woman in the black leather pants and white lacy camisole.
Serge Lutens de Profundis or Arquiste Anime Dulcis drop hints of years in in a monastery or convent, maybe vows left behind for love? What past is hidden beneath her fluttering aroma of chocolate and spices? Something a little more earthy and feral? Oh, yessss. Are there secrets buried beneath the crushed chrysanthemums whirling out from his scarf that came untucked from the beautifully tailored coat?
Dark, veiled, stockings, red heels, almost impossible to see her face. The dark roses of Amouage Tribute Attar shroud her in mystery which no amount of scrutiny will pierce.
Pale, crimson lips, hypnotic eyes, hot and cold, and the Etro Messe di Minuit musty scent of the grave remind you that the danger here is not always alive. Or is it the scent of dry, dark roses from Frederic Malle Portrait of a Lady that calls you in closer to him while repelling you?
For hanging out in the graveyard or in the church nearby hiding from whatever chased you in – Comme des Garcons Avignon. L’Artisan Passage d’Enfer if you want to infuse a little white floral to attract an unsuspecting spirit.
You walk through the alley alone at night, a hand reaches out of the darkness for your arm. You tense and freeze. You should be frightened, but the comforting smell of rum, tobacco and immortelle surrounds you, relaxing you, hypnotizing you. As you back up against the wall, you recognize briefly Naomi Goodsir Cuir Velours and then you don’t remember anything more.
A smoky bar full of people who shouldn’t really be there… or anywhere… is wafting Serge Lutens Chergui, Mona di Orio L’Nombres Ambre and Annick Goutal Mon Parfum Cherie.
What are the mysterious perfumes you choose to wear? And if you are sitting on the East Coast luckily with power, tell us how it is! i’m nervousing for all of you.
I think I have most of these, so we’ll do a giveaway. Comment to be entered by Sunday November 4, 2012 – either here or on Facebook or Tweet it or share it. Winner will be announced on Monday, November 5, 2012. Make sure to follow this post or subscribe to the blog so you are notified of the post announcing the winner!