The last Monday Question about your passions revealed lots of book lovers, but also a good deal of foodies.
Perfume and food have lots in common and especially wine connoisseurs share lots of vocabulary with us Perfumistas. It is from them I take today’s cue:
Which perfumes go best with your favorite foods?
What scent complements a perfect dinner?
Which fragrance should be avoided with fine cuisine because it might interfere?
Do you ever consciously match perfume and food?
I love food, I love eating, but (cue collective outcry here) I hate cooking. It is just so much work. The shopping, the preparing, the fuss… I know, I am a bad mother and possibly a bad person. But what can you do?
I tell you what: Marry a man who loves to cook, that’s what you do.
During the week my kids have to make do with the simple things their mother is able to throw together, but on the weekends we usually get treated to a feast. My husband enjoys cooking, it relaxes him (how that works is beyond me!) and he loves to experiment. As long as meat in some form or other is present in the dish, he is willing to try it and the longer it takes to make it, the happier he is.
So on the weekends I do tend to match my perfume to the food. I’ve realized that florals don’t go all to well with most kinds of meals, so I wear soft orientals, woody perfumes and gourmands that are not too sweet.
One perfume that works really well for me with steak and red wine for example, is Hermès Hermessence Santal Massoia. It is light, delicate, but has a woody depth and a creamy milky softness that doesn’t distract from other flavors, but seems to enhance them.
What can I say? Ellena is what’s for dinner.
How about you?