That old saying about too much of a good thing was definitely NOT written by a perfumista, because when we love — really love — a scent, there’s rarely such a thing as too much of it (thanks to our hoarding tendencies, ha!). However, having said that, in terms of sheer numbers of scents and perfume houses, not only in current release now but also vintage, it can get a bit overwhelming. So many times we’re trying the latest and greatest, while last year’s L&G (or even last month’s) get relegated to the back of the pack or the drawer, closet, etc. So it’s way too easy to wind up with more than a few forgotten favorites. And they might stay that way, save for some scented reminders along the way.
For me lately, it’s been Clinique’s Calyx (and Wrappings), which I wrote about last week, and the Cartier L’Heure line. Musette’s recent post mentioning Brillante made me smack my head and say, “Whoa, Nelly! I need to be wearing some — now where IS that decant?” and also the lovely Folle and Fougueuse, all of which are so nice for summer. So into the stash I dove and finally came up for air with the L’Heure container in my teeth. Yay!
So a little bit of the crisp, sparkling Brillante on one wrist, and Folle on the other, with its juicy berry-ivy tang, and I was good to go. Later on, per Musette’s suggestion, I paired Brillante over Fougueuse: kind of a sultry, horse’s mane tea with an icy-cool ribbon of lemon and gin woven throughout to shake things up a bit –- brilliant!
But all that got me to thinking what other forgotten favorites I was overlooking and how to get a better handle on things. I try to have my scents collected by house, but some days I wonder if it might be better to have them divided into cool and warm weather categories. So when spring hits, I can just pull that batch to the fore, poke through it and find all kinds of goodies that are perfectly suited to the current temps.
Not quite sure how I would go about doing this, unless I organized them by house as well, i.e., Cartier warm weather, Chanel warm weather, Guerlain cool weather, etc. But the thought of doing all that is daunting, especially in the heat of summer, so there you go.
Anyhoo, what say you? What forgotten favorites have you stumbled across and were glad you did?