Have you had unsolicited compliments on your perfumes, if so which ones?
Are the compliments only from friends and family or have you received them from strangers?
Do you live in hope that someone will one day recognise that wonderful “Scent of the Day” you are wearing and congratulate you on your good taste?
Do some perfumes get more of a positive reaction from men than women or vice versa?
Do you only wear perfume for yourself and therefore have no desire to illicit such attention?
Recently the husband of a friend of mine pronounced my perfume “Gorgeous” and asked me its name. It was Une Rose by Frederic Malle and I was quietly thrilled. The reason I was so pleased is that I hardly ever get complimented on my fragrance. I wear perfume for my own pleasure and would never wear one chiefly to gain praise, but because it is such a big passion of mine it’s nice when it’s appreciated by others.
I like to blame it on the traditional British reserve but the fact is I can remember each of the handful of times I have received fragrance compliments since Perfumania set in a few years ago. My sister told me I smelled great whilst I was wearing Parfumerie Generale’s Aomassai, my work colleague once remarked that my perfume was nice (Osmanthus by Ormonde Jayne) and when wafting Portrait of a Lady (another Malle), my mother commented on how lovely my perfume was.
It’s common sense that high concentration fragrances are most likely to get noticed and that a lot depends on whether your perfume is appealing to others’ tastes, however it’s always interesting to hear about the fragrances that others respond positively to. So please tell me about the occasions you have received compliments on your perfume, so I can live vicariously through you!