This MQ is inspired by Undina’s post of yesterday, where she recounted her story with Serge Lutens Boxeuses, a perfume that has a name that seems very fitting to the situation she describes.
What perfume name do you think is right on point?
What name inspires you?
Which perfumes are better than their names and would deserve a more fitting one?
Which perfumes do not live up tp their great name?
I think many perfumes would deserve a more creative name than the descriptive one they have, I’m thinking about all the Jasmin Ouds and Santal Roses, Vanille Incenses and Gardenia Tuberoses out there. To add an adjective (noir, blanc, extreme, intense, legère…) does not gather any points on the creativity front either, adding more than one, as is par for the course with the legion of flankers out there, is a quick way into ridiculousness.
What I absolutely hate is names that are numbers. I just cannot retain them, no, that is not really true, I possibly could, but honestly I just can’t be bothered.
I like perfume names that evoke a whole story by themselves. I love most older Guerlain names (Shalimar, Guet Apens, Mitsouko, Liu…), they give you an idea what the perfume is about and provide a bit of history and context – you can even learn something just by researching your perfume. I also like the names of Aftelier perfumes, Palimpsest (one of my favorite words ever), Tango, Secret Garden – there are stories in these perfumes and their name gives me a first glimpse.
The perfume name I love most of them all is one that never made it on the bottle: Les Ailes du Désir by Frapin. It became a number scent, 1697, after copyright issues that made the poetic name impossible. Ouch. Still, it inspired me so much…
Whether the perfume lives up to the name is a different story altogether, and unfortunately often it doesn’t. But that is not the point today anyway.
Which names do you find evocative? Which names spark your interest? Do you ever pursue a perfume solely for its name?