I’d be willing to bet that nearly every perfume lover has at least one classic fragrance that just does not do it for her or him, despite numerous attempts, trying other versions of it, even body products. And if it still doesn’t work, most of the time, it’s time to give up. But I heartily believe in second chances, hence this post.
I have tried (and tried and tried!) to love Chanel No. 5 — heaven help me I did! But it was just a no-go every time. A few years back, I did try Eau Premiere, and found that to be at least moderately wearable on me, but I still wasn’t going to run out and buy a bottle.
So when Chanel launched No. 5 L’Eau last year, I didn’t give it a second thought. I figured No. 5 and I were too, too far apart to warrant any second chances or any hope of a friendship. But never say never, right? Because sometimes it’ll come back to haunt you. As I found out at a Chanel trunk show a few months back.
The rep chatted and joked with me, and after a bit, said she wanted me to try a little experiment. After asking me questions about my likes and dislikes, she had me close my eyes and hold out each wrist. She spritzed a different scent on each one and had me wait a bit before sniffing.
She must have been on to something, because I was quite pleasantly surprised with both of her choices. The first turned out to be Boy, one of the newest in the Les Exclusifs line. It was beyond yummy on me! And here I didn’t even think I liked fougeres! But the real shocker came when she showed me the bottle she had sprayed on my right wrist. Lo and behold, it was L’Eau! After sniffing it a few times, I did get the family resemblance, but it was wrapped in enough light-bright-fresh something or other, that I didn’t mind one bit! “Hey, I think I really could wear this!” I told her excitedly.
Now I probably won’t run out and buy a bottle of this either, but my few samples will be put to good use this spring and on into summer. When a friend of mine, a diehard No. 5 lover, asks what I’m wearing, I will have to eat crow and tell her. I guess this is second chances at its most ironic, eh?
So do tell: Is there a scent you’ve come around to after getting to know it a bit more? Or one of its siblings/cousins? Or are there still some fragrances that will never, ever make a convert out of you?