A while back when we here at the Posse were putting together our “best of fall” perfume picks, Amouage Beloved Woman was on my list of three. After initially not being wild about it, it has definitely grown on me over time and has become a favorite, especially now that temps are deep into the cooler autumn range. But up to now, I’d just been doing the dab thing out of sample vials and had not experienced the joys of this scent via atomizer. So I got industrious the other night and dumped one of them into a small sprayer and gave myself a spritz.
Oh, dear, it didn’t take long before it became obvious: This was not quite what I had come to expect. The spray brought a few elements up into the spotlight that were not there before quite so early or so prominently: I got a wallop of leather paired with a heavy animalic presence, leaving the florals and any other notes pretty much in the dust. Thus playing havoc with the smoother, gently fluctuating, sophisticated scent that I adored. It did settle back down shortly to what I had come to know and love, but the early going was a bit bumpy.
I guess less is definitely more with this one, on my crazy skin at least. So it’s back to dabbing only for this beauty. Which, considering its price tag, might be a blessing (no spendy decants or heaven forbid, full bottles for me).
I’ve also found a few other scents that I can dab only, among them: Bond No. 9’s Chinatown, Serge Lutens’ Jeux de Peau and Frederic Malle’s Portrait of a Lady (although I like that one best in the body cream).
So although for the most part, spraying fragrance is the way to go, I’ve found that several just smell better when simply touched on my wrist. (Oddly enough, I tried the dab vs. spray experiment with Amouage Memoir Woman, and although the sprayed side was obviously stronger in intensity, their scent progression was fairly parallel right from the start, so go figure.)
Do you have any scents that are either way too much sprayed on or simply beg to be dab-only?