This Monday Question is inspired by this post by Krista, who told us about her first niche fragarance, which happened to be Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan. I commented that encountering this one first would probably have had me running a mile. I don´t think I would have been prepared for this fragrance, I couldn´t have appreciated it.
That gave me pause – would my decent into Perfumeland never have happened if my first encounter with niche perfumes were any different? Would I still be untouched by this all-consuming mania, that has influenced my life in so many ways?
I will never know. I am happy that En Passant by my lovely Olivia Giacobetti took me under its gossamer wings, not that Uncle Serge hit me over the head with a moroccan fist. (I think differently about Lutens work now, as you all know, but I still remember that it can be a bit difficult to get into, when unprepared. It is like the difference of being used to hear a single flute playing a lullaby and hearing a symphony orchestra in full romantic cast performing Beethoven. Fortissimo.)
So, what was your first niche perfume?
What drew you in?
How did you proceed?
Do you still like that first one?
The first one was En Passant, as I said above. Its clarity of presentation of an image, a place, a mood, a feeling was fascinating. It is soft, clean, uplifting, inspiring, interesting and simply beautiful. I still love to wear it. My tastes have vastly branched out from there, but I come back to En Passant time and again and feel myself transported back to that sense of wonder and discovery I felt when I first smelled it.
I went on to explore many of Malle´s other perfumes, and as I wrote only recently, I have yet to be disappointed in the line. It is easily my favorite, because with no other brand I have such a track record of successes.
I went further from there, my blog is testament for that, and I am glad I did. Perfumeland welcomed me with open arms and gives me so much joy every day, through experiencing the perfumes, getting to know similarly afflicted people, getting the opportunity to write. It is all good, I wouldn´t want to go back, my life would be much the poorer. Like my pocket book is 😉
Now it is time for that Lutens…