First off – the winner of the draw of my Christmas music, Jicky etc., chosen by
the fickle finger of fate random.org is…. mother courreges! I’ll shoot you an email.
I got into a discussion recently with some other perfumistas about what perfumes might be considered “dated.” This was prompted by Luca Turin’s description in The Guide of Chanel Coco as “terribly dated,” although he says lots of nice things about it and gives it four stars in the end.
I love Coco, and I agree with the entire review – except for the “dated” part. I understand that Coco isn’t the smell du jour, but I’d call it classic, in a grown-up way, along with other spicy Oriental scents like Cinnabar and Opium. Like those latter two, Coco smells smoothest (and some would say the most beautiful) in extrait, although I’m rather fond of my vintage Coco EDP from eBay. I like to layer that and the parfum for maximum effect.
You know what smells dated to me? Mugler’s Angel, which has been haunting us since the early nineties. I’m still waiting for folks to figure out that choco-vanilla + patch = vomit, but I’m not holding my breath, unless I’m standing next to you in the elevator and you’re wearing this monstrosity. Another smell that’s dated – anything reeking of laundry musks. I admit I was charmed when Clean first came out with Fresh Laundry or whatever it’s called. It was a novel idea, as if Demeter had made a scent called Clean Clothes. But as the musky border between mass-market perfumes and detergent grows blurrier, it’s a smell that annoys me. With the wide world of perfumes from which to choose, who the hell wants to go around smelling like a box of Tide, unless it’s emanating from your clothing? (For the record: I use unscented detergent and vinegar on my clothes.)
Finally, I nominate CK One and anything it inspired in the soapy/fresh/citrus “anti-perfume” category. Again, if I want perfume, I want perfume.
Okay, your turn! What smells dated, in terms of scents or scent trends? Remember, you can’t just hate it because it’s overly popular right now; it has to have been around long enough to be a boring cliché. (Lots of nominees in the men’s department!) On the other hand, what do you think is “classic,” particularly if it’s a newer scent? I’d say Chanel 31 RC and some of those MDCIs, off the top of my head.
image: Coco ad from the mid-1980s, featuring (I think) Ines de la Fressange