Have you ever asked a stranger what perfume they are wearing?
In which social situations is it okay for you to inquire?
Are you afraid your query could be misinterpreted as flirting?
“Perfume etiquette is a minefield!” says my friend Lila, who inspired today’s question.
What do you think?
If I am really entranced by a stranger’s perfume (which happens seldom enough), I do ask him or her what it is.
I wouldn’t do that at a funeral or in church though…
The last person I asked was a young man at a formal dinner – he was wearing Penhaligon’s Sartorial – and since my husband was sitting right next to me, I don’t think he took it as a flirt attempt.
Generally, in my experience that people are very flattered when asked about their fragrant choices and often a nice conversation develops.
What are your experiences in that area?