Is there a particular note you seek out in every perfume you smell?
Do you crave some notes more than others?
Do you obsess over one note?
I go from one mini-obsession to next, but there are some notes I crave with a passion. The funny thing is that these obsessions wax and wane, mostly associated with the seasons. Every year in summer, faithfully and like clock-work an obsession with one note in particular surfaces. It is a note I almost despise during the rest of the year, and if despise is too strong a word, I certainly don’t seek it out in the colder seasons: coconut!
In summer I invariably start craving coconut as soon as the temperatures start to soar. My ideal coconut scent is Honoré des Pres Love Coconut, but to be honest, the cheap as chips Noix de Coco by Yves Rocher (even available in a mini-obsession friendly 20ml bottle for 3€) is just as satisfying. My coconut is not thick, sweet and creamy, but more milky-fresh, reminiscent of my favorite drink in the world – fresh coconut juice.
I also love coconut in tropical alignment with tiaré, jasmine or tuberose, I love the sun-screen scents, I love coconut with vanilla. Summer time is coconut time and I am not ashamed to admit it!
Iris is another note I go through obsessive phases with and some iris-heavy perfumes are among my all-time favorites (Armani Privé La Femme Bleue, Prada Infusion d’Iris, Malle Iris Poudre, Guerlain Iris Ganache, Parfum d’Empire Equistrius and By Kilian Prelude to Love). My collection without an iris scent is unimaginable to me. The obsession with iris peaks during the moderate seasons (spring and fall).
In winter nothing beats a good amber (here is an interesting one). Rich resins, thick, treacly, dark, that is the smell of cold winter nights… but you knew that about me, didn’t you?
What are your notes of obsession?
Any coconutty recommendations for me?