Some days you really don’t want to have to give too much thought to fragrance. What to wear today, you ask yourself, restlessly poking through your collection, searching, searching. And after waaay too many days of doing just that, I’ve finally put together a collection of scents that are the perfect antidote, and am keeping them within easy reach, so I can grab one and go. Especially for those days when I’m in a rush and can’t stop to make than one quick decision.
This time of year (summertime temps), Annick Goutal’s L’Ile au The, Chanel’s Eau de Cologne, and Guerlain’s Cologne du Parfumeur have made their way into my box. Goutal’s Eau d’Hadrien is also nice and refreshing, and doesn’t require a ton of thought. If I want something with a bit more oomph, perhaps for evening, I reach for Frederic Malle’s Eau du Magnolia or the AG’s sultrier cousin, Les Nuits d’Hadrien. Part of me would like to include Carnal Flower here, but as beautiful as it is, I fear it could be a bit polarizing in the wrong circumstances.
Of course, some of you daring souls wear what you like any time, anywhere. But for those of us with office restrictions or allergy-minded friends and co-workers, an innocuous scent or two is a must, especially when traveling in close confines, such as an airplane cabin, the family car, or a train or bus.
What go-to scents do you keep close at hand, knowing that you can reach for them and spritz (or dab), with no thought required, knowing you’ll be well-scented without causing olfactory upset around you?