1. I don't know anything about perfume, and my experimenting with it has been very limited. So starting a conversation about it seems odd.
2. I realize this whole topic will seem a little odd. I mean, you've seen my Target clearance labels, you know I am not particularly glamorous, you'd probably rightly suspect that I don't even own a pair of high heels. So if perfume came up in conversation, you'd probably picture me with, at most, a clearance bottle of Charlie, right?
|Well, and you'd be right. I like Charlie. And it was on clearance.|
3. Sometimes I go a long time not wearing perfume at all, not interested in wearing it. Then suddenly I'm back in a Perfume Phase, wearing it every day, trying samples, filling out my perfume spreadsheet, feeling like my perfumes are A Treasured Collection, etc. So you could easily get the feeling that I'm interested in perfume, and later be surprised to find me not particularly interested.
4. When you hear that I am interested in perfume, you may want to discuss perfume with me. But see #1. I know...a handful of perfumes by L'Artisan. And a very few others---like, literally a few, like three.
5. And my knowledge of these is...sparse. I don't have a nose for it. I'll say, "That smells like a plasticky car air freshener," and there will be blank faces and "...No, it's rum and vanilla." And I say, "OHhhhhhhh. I see." And I use the word "perfume" to mean "scented stuff I put on"---I don't differentiate among eau de toilettes, colognes, perfumes, whatevers.
My first bottle of perfume was a present from my aunt when I was about ten. I think it was called Blue Jeans, or Jeans. In high school I wore Avon Soft Musk, Chantilly, and Charlie. In college I wore Sand and Sable, a pear scent that I think was from The Body Shop, and vanilla extract. By the time I was having children, I think I had a bottle of Charlie, a white gardenia scent, a bottle of Ciara, and a bottle of Tea Rose, and I wasn't wearing them.
Then I was reading a celebrity magazine, and it was one of those sections where they ask celebrities what they're currently reading/buying/wearing, and it was a perfume theme. And one celebrity said she was wearing L'Artisan La Chasse aux Papillons, that it smelled just like fresh-cut flowers, and that she was getting compliments on it wherever she went.
Something about that description caused me to go on a complete perfume freak-out. I started madly researching---and quickly discovered I couldn't try or buy that perfume at any store near me. I wanted a sample, but HOW?? I found it a little shocking that I would need to PAY for a sample, but quickly adjusted; after some research online, I placed an order for a sample of La Chasse aux Papillons plus a few others, also L'Artisan---I think the deal was something like six samples for $12 which, since that's what I HAD been paying for a WHOLE BOTTLE, was kind of weird.
I loved La Chasse aux Papillons, but the surprise success of the samples was L'Eau de L'Artisan, which made me want to stuff my wrists up my nose to smell them more thoroughly. For Christmas that year I got the La Chasse from my parents and the L'Eau from Paul. I also got more samples to try.
I've tried samples from other perfume houses, but so far I've never liked one enough to want to buy it. Most perfumes seem too sharp/nose-burny to me, or there's a scent element I dislike, or I think "Eh, it's fine, but nothing special---no better than my $12 perfumes." I still use Charlie, Tea Rose, and a bottle of Avon perfume by "mark." (annoying brand name) but I don't know the name of it and they don't carry it anymore.
My top favorites from L'Artisan, in the order I'd save them from a fire, are:
Fou d'Absinthe - I don't know what it smells like, but I LOVE it; could be for boys or girls
Tea for Two - it's like all the good parts of pipe tobacco with none of the bad parts; could be for boys or girls
L'Eau de L'Artisan - fresh, herbal, lemon verbena; could be for boys or girls
La Chasse aux Papillons - bouquet of flowers
Navegar - I think of it like a sharper and even less feminine L'Eau de L'Artisan; could be for boys or girls
Oeillet Sauvage - dressy floral, violets; discontinued but my parents found me a bottle
Right now I'm trying a sample of L'Ete en Douce and I really really like it; that might be my next purchase. It's soft in a way that reminds me of a musk, but it doesn't smell like what I think of as musk; it's a little bit floral but not flowery; there's a bit of a fabric softener scent. I'm not sure what it smells like, I just like it.
Now I would be interested in hearing YOUR Perfume Situation. Do you remember your first bottle? What did you used to wear, if anything? What do you wear now, if anything?