Ever made any mistakes in buying a fragrance, and what turned you off?
- One of my first ever fragrances I bought was Chanel Allure EDT. It smelled gorgeous in-store. When I wore it, however...the top citrus notes faded quickly and left a nauseatingly sweet, overwhelming peach. I'm very careful about not overspraying myself, but for the rest of the workday I would ask my coworker if I stunk; she said she didn't notice much. Yet all my nose could perceive was the sweetass peach and to this day I still shudder thinking about it.
- Atelier Cologne's Citron d'Erable from Sephora is a snuggly, slightly feminine (yet still mostly unisex) syrupy-sandalwood that I find comforting and warming. Sometimes I spray this before bed, just so I can go to sleep to it. I'm...trying to remember why I passed on Guerlain's Samsara (another heavy sandalwood scent) but it may have been because I thought this was enough for me.
- When I want to feel poised, professional...I wear Chanel 31 Rue Cambon EDT (since discontinued and only EDP now.) When I first sprayed a sample of this, it smelled very masculine and turned me off. A few hours later, it had softened and mellowed and I couldn't stop smelling my wrist. It's not as powdery as other Chanel ladies' fragrances, which is why I like it. This makes me stand (or sit) a little straighter, and puts me into a productive mood.
- Chanel No22 pur parfum I dab if I want to feel secretly super girly, which is hardly ever. Sometimes I layer on a lighter EDT over it.
- Estee Lauder Modern Muse Le Rouge Gloss. A very inoffensive scent, the cheapest of mine which has incidentally also gotten me the most compliments. It's a floral chemical leather cherries scent which I find mildly addictive. I use it for a regular workday or whenever I'm feeling casually playful. I'm not a huffer, but it's got a hint of the weird kind of attractive chemicalness of gasoline, whiteout, paper money ink, "new clothes smell." The chemical note fades quickly, though...then it's mostly cherries (yum) and dies to a meh floral.
- Lastly, I don't want to name it, but I have another premium perfume I used to enjoy until I read a perfume blogger trash it by pointing out its "animalic" notes. He highlighted its mildly pooish, uriney shades and it's like Inception: once the idea entered my mind, I can't shake it off. Now those notes are ALL I SMELL and I have to sell it. So I'm doing you guys a favor by keeping this one anonymous.
I'm still searching for a perfect happy orange scent. Something like The Body Shop's Satsuma...but not so functional-smelling, like air-freshener or cleaning supplies. Atelier Cologne's Orange Sanguine was close, but inconsistent in how I perceived it. Once I woke up to a dream, but most other times the drydown was so heavy on the "white musk" that it smells like laundry softener.
The scent I've been most complimented for from the opposite sex: bubblegum-smelling hair conditioner.