It’s likely many ( most?) of us would agree that spraying fragrance is usually the way to go, but every once in a while I’ll stumble upon a scent in which a spritz is not where it’s at, but dabbed, baby, dabbed. And I have hit that point with an oldie but goodie that I’m re-discovering: Guerlain’s Spiritueuse Double Vanille.
I recently got another sample of it, and dabbed up a storm with it, as it was perfect on a chilly evening, so warm, cozy and boozy. I should have been happy with that, but nooo … when I spied a small decant of it, my fingers rushed ahead of my brain and applied a a hefty, full-on spritz. Whoa! Lovely in small doses, this beauty is a bit overwhelming sprayed (at least to my nose). The booziness really blooms on me and I feel like I’ve been soaked in a barrel of something or other, while doing a bit of tippling on the side. But a little while in, and it had receded to its more contained cozy self. Sheesh, when will I ever learn?
This happened with several other fragrance loves, including, most recently, MFK’s Ciel de Gum. After going through one 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 be fully true to my dab experience, except with a bit more oomph, but …
Just as Amouage’s Beloved sprayed seemed a little off-putting in its first spritz on me, so, too, did the Ciel de Gum. It lost a tad of its charm and its smoothness, replaced by something a bit more sharp and brash.
Thankfully, though, all of them it returned to their original loveliness fairly quickly.
With these pricey (and often hard to get) scents, I’m a pretty happy camper, knowing that I can make do with dab samples, enjoy to my heart’s content, and give my cringing wallet some relief.
So what about you — what scents do you wear that just seem to do better dabbed to the wrist and other pulse points?