One recent dreary morning I could hardly drag myself out of bed and get moving. Cold, drizzly, gray, no sun in sight for the whole day: What’s a girl (or guy) to do? So I put on my favorite royal-blue turtleneck, my best red lipstick, poked through my perfume drawers and pulled out a couple of big (for me), powerhouse scents.
On the one hand (wrist), Hermes 24 Faubourg. On the other, I sprayed Givenchy’s Ysatis.
Now as some of you may know, I’m fairly understated with my scents, usually erring on the side of conservative application (I’m more inclined to dab the big guns, rather than spraying). So this was a big step for me, although I see some of you out there rolling your eyes and thinking, “Oh, good grief! What a ‘fraidy-cat she is.” 🙂
Hey, it could have been worse! Dueling sprays of Angel and Youth Dew, anyone? (Apologies to those of you who might feel a headache coming on at the mere thought of this combo.)
I must confess, for a moment there, I did ponder pulling out the Poison as well, but quickly thought better of it. Two’s company, three’s a crowd, especially if the perfumes in question have diva-esque tendencies.
Nevertheless, my spritzing did the trick; it energized me and had me feeling like a beautiful, fragrant force of nature. Who wouldn’t, with all that gorgeous orange blossom, jasmine, tuberose, floriental goodness swirling around you?
That went so well I decided to repeat the experience again. One rainy afternoon at home alone, I was looking through my Serge Lutens stash. I spied and applied two very different powerhouse scents: Tubereuse Criminelle and Ambre Sultan. For the rest of the day I kept getting wonderful wafts of one or the other. It turned out to be a great mood-lifting mix: a bright, energizing blast countered by waves of deep, rich, sultry comfort.
So if you want to pull out all the stops and make a scent statement, what do you apply? What are your powerhouse perfumes, your go-big or go-home scents?