So lately I have been all about discovering new scents. My husband has no idea how I can order a perfume online and like it. I am not certain either except to say I am starting to know what under-notes, top-notes and scents I am drawn to: think white musc, bergamot, vanilla. That being said everyone has different taste (thank god or we would all walk around smelling the same). Here are some scents that I have smelled on friends and had to know what it was and vice versa. Yum.
This is the scent that stops people on the street for me. I think women may prefer it to men (my husband being my sole sampling of men) but it is a lovely blend of tuberose, jasmine and white musc. I find that anything that dries to a white musc makes me happy. Sometimes I find myself spraying this on before I go to bed just to drift off to the happy scent of bubblegum in hopes of dreaming of candy land. It isn’t cloying and without fail I am stopped by at least five people a day who ask my scent when I wear this perfume.
Byredo Bal D’afrique
So this is another scent people stop and ask about but it is a bit more mysterious and perhaps alluring than the lighter Bubble Gum Chic. It still has the musc under notes but also has bergamot, neroli and cedarwood. I wear this in the Hamptons in August and it really clings; it is a sexy, warm scent. I also wore it in the fall in Paris and was stopped (mon dieu) by some Parisian women who wanted to know what it was. This one isn’t for a woman who doesn’t want to be noticed. The brand gained some recognition recently when Jennifer Garner mentioned their fragrance Gypsy Water in In Style Magazine. Gypsy Water.
What We Do in Paris is Secret
This is a complex scent loved by the infamous and interminably chic “kirna” half of Kirna Zabete. As Sarah says : I am wearing a fragrance that completes me (ha) called (not kidding) What We Do In Paris is Secret, it is impossible to find.” The mysterious fragrance can attribute its sensuality to a combination of sandalwood, honey, vanilla and, surprise, muscs.
This is a scent by the French miracle worker Terry de Gunzburg. A trip to one of her Parisian cosmetic boutiques may (as my London friend said) “be life changing.” Parisian women swear by her primers, powders and impossibly plumping face creams. However it was her scent that caught my nose one cloudy afternoon in Paris. Orange blossom, spices, dry woods and, you guessed it, muscats give this scent it’s languorous sense of mystery.