by our Mixologist, Ann!
Most days, it’s challenging enough to wear one complicated scent,beautiful though it may be.
But there are other times, when wearing something fairly simple, I’ve thought,
“Hmmm … how can I jazz this up a bit?” Or “Wouldn’t a spritz of XXXX really make this sing?”
I’ve not experimented a whole lot, for reasons of economy (I own
very few full bottles with which to spray with abandon) and fear
(if it’s awful, will I scrub my skin raw trying to get rid of it?).
Now I doubt that anything will help me to cover up or camouflage my nemesis, cumin,
(apologies to all you fans out there), but if you know of something that tonesit down, please share.
In my limited experience, however, I’ve happened upon a fewthat really work for me.
My utility player, Guerlain’s Cologne du Parfumeur, quite nice on its own,
creates a great base for nearly any other scent.
And, at least on me, has proved to have a sort of soothing effect
on scents have gone a bit off-kilter on my skin. If you can’t scrub ’em, dilute ’em, I say.
Then there’s Profumum’s Acqua Viva, sent to me by a sweet friend.
Its near-pucker-inducing tang is quite the wake-up call for quieter
scents. For instance, SL’s Fleurs de Citronnier is lovely alone but can
go a little too soft after a while. So when I want some real citrus fireworks, I light the SL
up with a tiny spritz of the Viva. The AV also pairs nicely with Kai, adding a new
dimension to one of my favorites.
I know that Bond No. 9 is not everyone’s cup of tea, but I find that a great
yin and yang vibe emerges from combining their Little Italy and New Haarlem
scents (each terrific on its own as well). It’s perfect for those in-between days when
one’s too light, the other too heavy — thus, they happily meet in the middle.
On paper, Bond’s Chinatown sounds like it should be perfect for me,
but alas, it lists something fierce on my skin. But in a happy accident,
I found that a spritz of Jo Malone’s Orange Blossom atop it rights the ship and makes the C-town go from nearly scrub-worthy to something approaching lovely.
Now I’m not much on fig, but in experimenting one day,
I tried Diptyque’s Philosykos under a spritz of their Do Son and it was unexpectedlynice.
The fig created an elegant base and toned down the brightness of the Do Son.
And I suspect it would be good paired with the line’s Eau Duelle too.
Because it seems to play so nicely with others, it might be the very thing to make a fig fan out of me.
Now it’s your turn. I’d love to hear what scent combinations (hits or misses) that you’ve created when playing mad scientist.