The original title of this post was: “What remains when the wild frenzy ends.”
But then I thought about Robert DeNiro’s character in Meet the Parents, who maintained a Circle of Trust, wherein only a very select few trusted individuals were allowed.
In the recent months, as many of you know, my perfume wearing habits have changed and today I want to explore a bit which perfumes are still with me after this transition and why.
I’ve experienced a narrowing of my perfume tolerance (not taste though!) and many things I used to love are not wearable for me at the moment (for example: Shalimar and Ambre Sultan are no-go’s for now).
Which perfumes do I still rely on (after an apparent loss of faith in many of them) to let them into the Circle of Trust?
Dior New Look 1947: A powdery cloud of abstact florals, comforting and feminine.
Hermès L’Ambre des Merveilles: An airy combination of fresh orange notes and a soft amber base. Cosy and so easy to slip into like a favorite sweater.
Chanel Bois des Iles: Like a Chanel handbag it works just as well in jeans or an evening gown. An ideal balance of sophistcated eleagance and comforting warmth.
Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle Iris Poudre: Warm iris and rose sparkle through a softly aldehydic cloud of enshrouding mists, subtly soapy, perfectly powdery.
All of these perfumes are somewhat similar (at least in feel). Apparently I crave abstract florals, modern aldehydes that create a powdery haze and a warm oriental base. Comfort seems to be the common thread here. Comfort and elegance, the cashmere sweaters of the perfume world are in my circle of trust. The leather jackets, the silk blouses, the taffeta gowns, the ripped jeans and the cotton shifts of my fragrant wardrobe are on hold.
So I conclude, it is not diversity I am after, but I crave the same kind of comfort, elegance and softness again and again. Complex stories, demanding perfumes, challenging scents, provocative fragrances – please take a seat in the waiting room. We’ll let you know when a vacancy opens up…
Honorable mentions, who are allowed into the circle of trust now and again:
I have found contentment, at least for now. And that is perfectly fine with me.
Do you have a fragrant Circle of Trust? What is in, what is out right now? What does it take for a perfume to get in?