It didn’t take long for one fragrance to pop up: Clinique Wrappings. It bowled me over (almost literally) when I first sniffed it way back when (1990, according to Basenotes). “Fizzy,” “boozy,” “effervescent,” and “nose tickling” were a few of the impressions that ricocheted around in my head after my initial spray. I remember thinking, “Mmmm, now this is what champagne ought to smell like.”
Wrappings is such a great hot-weather scent that I’m not sure why Clinique only sells it around the winter holidays (and only at select dept. store counters). Sure, I get the play on gift wrap, and I can understand that it might be seen as having kind of a winter vibe to some noses, but I think it easily could be a best seller for them year-round. Maybe they could market it as “the sophisticated girl’s Happy” (or “the tipsy girl’s Happy,” ha!) or something. I know people who simply adore it and would buy it by the caseload in any season.
Anyhoo, fast-forward a few years. The fashion editor at my newspaper brings over a magazine brief about a new fragrance from a French perfume house with which I’m only vaguely familiar. Intrigued, I called the store carrying it to get a sample for us to try.
When it arrived, I kept sniffing its top notes and getting flashbacks to another scent, wracking my brain for what it was, until it finally hit me. It was a a near-scent twin to Wrappings. Granted, it was more sedate and tea-like in its middle and drydown stages, but the two shared a similar sparkly opening. That scent was Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier’s Camelia Chinois.
A few years ago when I wanted to try the Gantier again, there were no samples available, so I broke down and bought a bottle on eBay. I eagerly sprayed, awaiting that burst of bubbly magic. Imagine my disappointment to find that its top notes had gone off so much that it was almost unrecognizable. I nearly cried. It smelled fairly true after the ruined top notes faded, but I really wanted my fragrant fireworks. Guess I’ll wait until winter and get my fizzy fix with Wrappings.
So tell me, what fragrance sets off sparks in your brain when you sniff it?