Hi Hi Olfactoria’s Travelers,
Sometimes we get so caught up in the newest niche and the most exquisite and expensive frags that we forget about the old faithfuls, the spritz and forget, the easy-wear casuals. About 60% of the time when I put on a fragrance I don’t need to smell challenging or outrageous, what I really want to smell is good. Good for me and good for others in my vicinity. When I’m not wearing fragrance selfishly or for review purposes it’s often for work, which as you can imagine in my line of work is pretty laid back as to what I could wear if I chose, rarely do I go all freaky though.
So today I thought I would tell you a few of my go-to easy wear spritzes, but what I really want is your input. Some new inspiration that I might to go grab for my casual, easy wear, designer self. I am sticking to designers only, so fashion and jewellery designers for choice because they’re the easiest and most obvious but if you know an architect, civic planner or garden designer who has released a frag and I need to know about it then let it rip.
Yes, the most obvious of them all is one of my faves. It has loads of familial scent memory growing up, is one of the most copied, wears so well and smells killer on me. It would be a lie to tell you anything but “I love it.” I like it when parading as a beautiful lady but I also think Chanel No. 5 smells great when I’m in dude mode. If you have been living under a rock your whole life and never tried Chanel No. 5 on your skin then go grab a spritz at your nearest mall. You may hate it, but at least I think you should give it a whirl.
Jean Paul Gaultier: Fleur du Male
Yes I love Le Male too but what I often spritz in both boy and lady mode is Fleur du Male, it’s pretty, fun and light. I can go spritz crazy and it doesn’t ever feel too big, like it’s older sibling. Another great thing about Fleur du Male is that you can currently buy it at the discounters for a SONG! Caraway, it will always remind me of eating goulash in Hungary with Jin (who has now taught himself to make it here at home. OMG! The man is so good). Add some lovely orange blossom and very little else, gorgeous.
Donna Karan: Chaos
This deep woods and spice dream is so badly named, though I do love the name in itself. Warm, herbaceous, and BarBQed wood that is totally cool. To be honest I think it leans a little masculine, which is wonderful. The girls should have some souped up wood powerhouses too. I can wear Chaos in both modes and it fits both sides of my persona beautifully. If you are a woman, be prepared for your paramours to expect you to growl.
Elie Saab: Le Parfum
This is the original one he brought out. I grew to love it on a friend and couldn’t help but own some myself. This is also the best accepted gift buy all recipients, everyone I’ve given it to has fallen instantly and irrevocably in love with it and I often smell them wearing it. Great fragrance, nowadays at an excellent price point on the discounters too. Francis Kurkdjian can do with white flowers, honey and patchouli what no one else ever has, beautiful.
Boucheron Pour Femme
Sold as a symbol of ultra luxury back in 1989 Boucheron had us all at hello with this incredible fragrance. Big and bold and effortless, Boucheron will walk a few steps ahead of you and fill the room once you get there. Totally inspired by the jewellery of Parisian goldsmiths from Place Vendome, it sparkles and thrums while you wear it and it’s a compliment getter almost every time. Even the current reformulation is quite nice though thinner than the original and more modern.
So what designer do you wear? Do you have a favourite that they have created? Which ones have I missed?
See you soon,