Happy Fourth of July to those of you who celebrate it! And for those who don’t, a happy first Monday in July! For many of us, the day will be filled with parades, cookouts and other celebrations, and of course, fireworks. So that got me thinking of what scents have set off fireworks in my nose.
The most obvious one for me: Clinique Wrappings. It bowled me over (almost literally) when I first sniffed it way back when (1990, according to Basenotes). “Fizzy,” “boozy,” “effervescent,” and “nose tickling” were a few of the impressions that exploded in my brain after sniffing it. I remember thinking, “Mmmm, now this is what champagne ought to smell like.”
Anyhoo, fast-forward a few years. The fashion editor at my newspaper brings over a magazine brief about a new fragrance from a French perfume house with which I’m only vaguely familiar. Intrigued, I call the store carrying it to get a sample for us to try.
When it arrived, I kept sniffing its top notes and getting flashbacks to another scent, wracking my brain for what it was, until it finally hit me. It was a near-scent twin to Wrappings. Granted, it was more sedate and tea-like in its middle and drydown stages, but the two shared a similar sparkly opening. That scent was Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier’s Camelia Chinois. I’m guessing they still make it, but haven’t looked for it or seen it in ages.
Another scent that seems to have built-in sparklers is also a Clinique offering: (the formerly Prescriptives) Calyx. Although it doesn’t have the champagne-like fizz of Wrappings, its burst of green, grapefuit and a market’s worth of other fruit, fairly explodes on your nose at first spray. As an added bonus, I love the shower gel in this, but oddly enough, it wasn’t listed for sale on the Clinique site. Sure hope it hasn’t been discontinued.
Others that give me an uplifting buzz include Chanel’s Cristalle and the Different Company’s De Bachmakov.
So please share: What sets off fireworks in your brain when you sniff it?