Well! It’s Official: I. Am. A. Snob.
Oh, I know – you’re all thinking “Musette? A snob!? Why, she’s a Woman of the People, a Regular Jo, etc etc“…. and you’d be right!
You’d also be just a teeeeeny bit wrong.
I am, in general, pretty loosey-goose about my place in the world, having had the foolishness beat out of me by Life lo, these umpteen years full of all the slings and arrows, etc….. but errrry now and then, I am reminded just how …smug(? yeah. smug) I can be – especially about perfume. Yes, yes….we all know how much I love the spendies like Amouage Tribute (and BELOVED! Oh, my days – how I love Beloved) and the lesser-knowns (at least amongst the hoi-polloi (insert snob-snicker) like the early Les Exclusifs and my vaunted Doblis…yeah, yeah, yeah…. but! I also pride myself on loving certain brands lauded by Drugstore Cowgirls – except they have the cachet of being vintages from yonks ago (Coty L’Origan! L’Aimant! Sand & Sable! Tuvache Jungle Gardenia!). I rocked the stones out of some vintage Heaven Sent the other day, swanning around with my ironic self (honestly, I’m way too old for irony – it’s not a good look on my wrinkled face)… I even took a great deal of pleasure in testing a couple of the early Jessica Simpsons because omg! The Perfumistas were going apeshit over them and, well, I had to find out what the fuss was all about, didn’t I? (spoiler: I didn’t love them – but not because they were Jessica Simpson (who IS Jessica Simpson, btw? I remember a lot of blonde hair and teeth – but don’t recall anything else about her)
…but now? Well. I am gobsmacked – and a little bit terrified (more about that in a minute*). Here’s what happened: So, on Friday I had to dash down to UPS to drop off my busted laptop (PSA: ALWAYS get the extended warranty). The young lady who came out of the back to take my package smelled…. well, she smelled DELIGHTFUL!!! Like Clinique Happy on a sunny, Spring day! So I said (smirking inside because I KNEW WHAT SHE WAS WEARING BECAUSE MUSETTE KNOWS!!!) ” gosh, you smell great! You’re wearing Clinique Happy! Right?”
She smiled, said ‘thank you! But it’s… Victoria’s Secret Love. And I love it because I’m wearing the body spray which is a whole lot lighter!”
Blessed be, she was busy trying to get my receipt printed out so didn’t see the rictus of ‘wtf?’ on my foolish face. I would’ve been less shocked if The Girl had started talking to me! I thanked her and beat a hasty retreat – because I had a lot to think about. OMGosh. SO. MUCH. THINKING.
- Why was I so shocked? I’ve never smelled a Victoria’s Secret scent so how am I to know what they smell like? Why shouldn’t/couldn’t one (or more) be halfway decent – or even Very Good? Or…GREAT?
- Was part of my shock the idea of a body spray (which I always equate with Axe (or its Severely Evil Twin, Bod, which my 90yr old father wore (in lieu of a shower) and the combo was LETHAL). I mean, I wear Jean Nate’ in Summer and the only difference between that and a body spray is the application! No5 body lotion isn’t much more than (an absolutely fabulous) emulsified liquid……right? why am I recoiling at this notion?
- Since when did I become such a Smugmuffin? Omg. I think I’ve always been smug – and have just glossed over it with an extremely thin veneer of reverse snobbery (Jean Nate’, thrift store ‘finds’ and loving handbags that cost a petard but do not showcase a logo, that sort of thing)…..
- How the HELL am I going to find that stupid body spray? A quick trip over to Fragrantica shows about elebenty-zillion fragrance-related items with the word ‘Love’ in their name. *(this is the ‘terrifying’ part). I don’t think I haz it in me, y’all. That’s a whole lotta Love to wade through!
So. I’ve confessed to being smug about Victoria’s Secret (though I used to love a cotton panty they had called Hi-Cut Rio. Alas, they no longer make them and my body no longer ……well, you know…. eh, nebber mind). What are YOU smug about? Perfume lines? Chocolate? Coffee? Shoes? Toilet paper? (don’t laugh! I have a friend who is a TOTAL TP snob!) Let me and The Girl know – we’re nearly done packing/mailing out Christmas in a Day winners so Herself is itching to throw a pawnail onto randomDOt again. We’ll pull a few goodies from the Messy Armoire to send to a lucky commenter!
Have any of you smelled any of the Victoria’s Secret scents? Thoughts?