Although many (most?) of us would agree that sprayed is usually the way to go to fully enjoy and experience a scent, I seem to hit a skid periodically where I find a fragrance that demands that I dab it. And I reached that point with a recent fragrance love: MFK’s Ciel de Gum (which Patty loved and wrote about last month). After going through one dab sample vial, I snagged another one, and midway through that one, I decided to splurge and get a spray decant. I was hoping it would live up to my previous experience and just keep the love going stronger longer, but …
Just as Amouage’s Beloved Woman sprayed seemed a little off-putting in its first spritz on me, so, too, does the Ciel de Gum. It seemed to be missing a tad of its charm and its smoothness, replaced by something a bit more sharp and brash. Almost as if the tippy-top notes disagreed and were having it out on my wrist when they landed straight out of the sprayer.
Thankfully, though, just as with the Beloved, Ciel de Gum settles down and returns to its remembered loveliness fairly quickly, into the middle stages and on through the home stretch.
With notes of amber, pink pepper, jasmine, rose, cinnamon and vanilla (per Fragrantica), it’s a smooth yet spicy floriental that starts out a little dark and mysterious but overall ends up hitting my craveworthy sweet spot (slightly gourmand but not too foodie, and very cold-weather comfy). When I wear it, I can hardly keep my wrist away from my nose. Not to mention that it has a plush, elegant feel to it that makes me think Ciel de Gum would not have been out of place had it been released under the Guerlain banner.
Now it makes me happy to know that I can keep getting dab samples, enjoy to my heart’s content, and my poor little wallet can sigh with relief.
So if any of you haven’t sampled this already, please don’t judge Ciel de Gum by my quirky, oddball skin. You might just fall in love with it sprayed. The truth is, if you try a scent first as a spray and really like it, there’s very little need to even venture into dab territory, right? Just spritz away and enjoy.
What about you — what scents do you wear that just seem to do better with a dab to the wrist and other pulse points?