Why do you sample a certain scent?
What makes you decide to try a new (for you) perfume?
Are you attracted by the noteslist?
A review on a blog or a forum?
An advertisement or press release?
What draws you in?
How do you pick your way through the crowded jungle of fragrances out there?
What sparks that initial burst of interest?
I wish I knew for sure what sets off the hunt. I read blogs obviously, but while I may like and/or admire the author, I don’t run out and try everything they write about. But some descriptions of scents strike a chord within me and I MUST smell it.
Often it is the notes list that draws me in, but more often it isn’t that obvious. I might like the bottle (yes, I’m superficial and I stand behind that, but it goes only as far as to the point of actually smelling the scent, when it is bad, the most beautiful bottle is useless and spoiled for me), it may be the name (for example, I tend to be more engaged by a name like Philtre d’Amour than GS01, but in the end, after smelling both, I vastly prefer the latter).
Then there is the category of must-tries, the perfumes I will smell in any case, no matter what the notes list says, or how they look or are called.
Perfumes by noses I admire, or releases in certain lines or brands fall in this category. I will smell a new Hermessence in any case, I will smell a new Duchaufour, or if the inimitable Christopher Chong launches a new Amouage I’m the first in line. If indie perfumers like Mandy Aftel or Maria McElroy create something new, I’m honored to be able to try it.
But when it comes to perfumes I have never heard about, have no connection to the brand in any way, this is where the magic happens. The quest to find the one perfect scent starts here: the anticipation, the uncertainty, the hunt, the hope.
Is it out there, that one perfect creation, the one perfume to touch my very being, the one scent that is simply and oh so complicatedly me? Does it exist (yet)? Do I even want such a thing?
I’m told the reward is in the journey.