I’ve been down the perfume rabbithole for quite a few years now, and I’m still learning to “never say never.” For it often seems that as soon as I do, I get blindsided by the very thing I mentally wrote off.
So I’m wondering today: What scents have you been “meh” about or even dead-set-against trying, but were won over
when you finally sampled them? Or perhaps it took a few tries for love
(or like) to bloom?
For me this year, it was Guerlain’s Lys Soleia. I’ve always considered the Aqua Allegoria line nice and a well-priced entry point into fine fragrance and the house of Guerlain. But none of them have really grabbed me, save for Mandarine Basilic and Pamplelune.
So when I sniffed the Soleia in the bottle at Neiman Marcus late this winter, I thought it OK, but wasn’t interested enough to spray it on skin. I took a blotter out of the store, left it in my car and didn’t give it another thought.
Lo and behold, when I opened my car door on a warmish afternoon a few days later, what a dreamy, creamy, gorgeous scent surrounded me! Even my sunglasses smelled heavenly (they were sitting atop the paper).
So it became obvious that I had been too hasty and I had to take this seriously. Samples landed here recently and I eagerly applied.
Now I like most lily-centric fragrances, but sometimes the note can be a bit overpowering. Not so in the Soleia: a dab of vanilla and a touch of ylang-ylang (among other notes) slide gracefully into step with the lily to cushion it and create a softly sunny scent; deliciously but subtly hinting at tropical climes. I can see this being a lovely, office-friendly choice for most of the year: comforting in fall and winter, and pretty for spring. Although I can’t say how well it will do in the dead heat of summer. But I’m game to try it even then.
Incidentally, the Lys Soleia was one of Portia’s Posse best of spring picks, so I’m in good company, albeit belatedly.
AND surprise love No. 2: Robert Piguet’s Mademoiselle Piguet.
It only mildly interested me when I first smelled it on a blotter, but after repeated sniffs, something about it compelled me to go back and give it a skin test.
Now some have pooh-poohed it, calling it too sweet, too girlish, and dismissive of it as a starter Piguet. Of course, to each his own. But to my mind, not everything has to be a blockbuster of Fracas and Bandit proportions, and not everything has to be rock-your-world amazing/intriguing/weird. Sometimes a charming, ingénue-like scent is just what’s needed in this uber-hectic world. As I wrote in the Posse best of spring this year:
“This orange blossom scent, warmed by tonka bean, isn’t fancy or complicated, but it is simply pretty; in fact, I’d almost call it a “pretty” comfort scent. I tried it on a whim, and really surprised myself by liking it as much as I did.”
Bonus points for this and the Lys Soleia for not being off-the-charts expensive and fairly easy to get.
BTW, hope everyone had a wonderful time at L.A. Scentsation and had (or will have) a safe trip back home.
I know that many of you, like me, weren’t able to make it and cannot wait to hear tales of the Posse’s scented adventures, see photos from the events, and of course, the BUS!