Monday, September 22, 2008


Consider the equinox. Sun directly overhead, day time equal to night time. Things in balance.

What perfume to wear for such an occasion? Do we bring in those which continue a balance throughout their development? Or which turn equally from one extreme to another, as our day will turn to our night today?

Balanced presentation throughout: Lancome Magie Noire, which continues a steady if subdued rose underneath is animalistic veneer. Armani Pierre de Lune, which keeps the violet and lightly metallic whiff of green going throughout. L'Artisan Fleur de Narcisse, which keeps the tobacco and hay going against narcissus and leather throughout the run.

Turn arounds: L'Artisan Poivre Piquant, which starts as a sharp peppery single note on me, and transitions into a creamy blended skin scent. If you've been reading for a while, you already know that SIP Black Rosette goes here. Molinard Habanita, which continually bounces back and forth between gently fruity floral and tobacco on me--which I guess means multiple turn arounds, so it is good for a few revolutions.

I'm not ready to vote one approach more correct than the other; after all, it's important to maintain a balanced view of these things. But if you've got additions to either list, I'm all--erm, half--ears.


Jenavira13 said...

Interesting way to view fragrances. I've never really given it thought before. I'm wearing Omnia today, which I think is a balanced presentation throughout; cream agains't woods.

The Daily Connoisseur said...

Hmmm... I have never worn it before but based on reviews and its cool bottle, I would say Hanae Mori Magical Moon would be a good one to wear tonight...

ScentScelf said...

Will add Omnia to the balanced column. It sounds nice; I wish I had better success smelling the Omnias. (Once in a great while, the Amethyste will burst upon my senses. Usually, nada.)

ScentScelf said...

That *is* a fine bottle. The HM rep at Chicocoa was careful to point out that the top showed the actual moon topography. Cool.
It's a pleasant scent, that Magical Moon...but I didn't really strike me in any particular way; will need to resniff and report to you.

Aimée L'Ondée said...

Hm, gosh, Poivre Piquant sounds lovely the way you describe it. I skipped it when sniffing in NYC. Or is it new??

ScentScelf said...

Aimee, Poivre Piquant has been around for a couple of years; I think it was introduced with the "love potions" coffret. Available singly.

The Left Coast Nose said...

I LOVE the idea of "turn around." I think of certain scents as extremely "stable", but I like the notion that the ones that do have a lot of changes in them, "turn back" on themselves, still smelling like themselves, but revealing something new.

I just think that there needs to be a concerted, conscious effort to create the language needed to properly explain perfume.

Rita @leftcoastnose