These are just a couple of things that have been on my mind for years that I ponder over and over, but have never really quite wrapped my head around an explanation. I’m hoping you can help me or just add some of your own Perfume Puzzlements.
Why do people ask you to recommend a perfume that smells like Perfume X that they currently wear that’s still available in the stores? If you like that perfume, just wear it why waste time trying to find one like it to wear? Or does that mean something other than what I think it does?
Old Lady Perfume, what does that mean? I used to think people used it just as a reference to powdery perfumes that you associate with perfumes women used to wear, notes that used to be in vogue, but it appears that it now encompasses aldehydic perfumes like the older Chanels and other formerly fashionable perfume trends. Will it always be a generation away, that label? Does that mean that Opium will one day be an Old Lady Perfume along with Paris Hilton’s Dreck and D&G Light Blue?
Why is it that when you spill or break something, it is either an expensive/ rare perfume or it is so noxious that, once on any part of your body or clothes, will stick to you and the room you spilled it in like a Stage 4 Stalker?
If you are given perfume as a gift by someone who doesn’t know your, um, eclectic perfume tastes and habits, it will always be the bottle of perfume you have despised for a decade or more. Perfume is something I could never gift unless I knew the person wore the scent or loved it and definitely wanted it. It would feel too much like gifting a thong without knowing that person’s personal panty preferences. I do allow that I’m probably a little too sensitive in this area.
And is a new potential relationship absolutely over the second your date offers an opinion on perfume that starts with “women should smell natural…”?
Let’s help each other either clear up these little puzzles, or at least commiserate over them. Add your own!