Happy Monday, y’all! Well, it only happens once in a while, but it seems I’ve just met another one of those scents that brings up the old dabbing vs. spraying debate. Although many (most?) of us would probably 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: Tom Ford’s Vanille Fatale (which our dear Patty has been loving and wearing a lot lately).
My first sample of it was a spray, and although I really liked, it was just a wee bit too “much,” if you know what I mean? And when it mellowed a little, it was great; just that initial “whoosh” of scent was somewhat overpowering. But shortly afterward, I got hold of a sample vial and yes! So lovely. The softer application of dabbing made it easier for me to enjoy it at my leisure, to parse out the notes better and just take it in more gradually and enjoy its warmth and gentle, boozy spice.
Another fragrance that sparked the dabbing / spraying debate in the past: MFK’s Ciel de Gum. 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 some years ago, Amouage’s Beloved Woman sprayed seemed a little off-putting in its first spritz on me, so, too, did 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 duking it out on my wrist as they landed straight out of the sprayer.
Thankfully, though, just as with the Beloved and Ciel de Gum, the Vanille Fatale does settle down and return to its remembered loveliness fairly quickly.
Now that I know this, it’s a great relief for me that I can keep getting dab samples, enjoy to my heart’s content, and happily re-apply as often as I’d like.
What about you — what scents do you wear that just seem to do better with a wee bit of dabbing to the wrist and other pulse points? Or are you a diehard member of the “spray big or go home” school?