I’m repeating it again and again (hope you don’t find it boring) but I will always keep on highlighting that one of the most interesting part of being a perfumista is making discoveries. Each bottle is not only different by shape but it also keeps different juice which means there’s a lot to explore, evaluate, appreciate or detest. Every time I reach for an unknown perfume flacon or a sample vial my blood-pressure rises and I get excited because even though I check notes lists before I apply – I truly never know what really is hidden inside the glass. I think it’s amazing to learn new things.
Now, many months after I discovered this magnificent world of perfume and few months after I started exploring a niche part of this industry I noticed that every perfume bottle is a valuable lesson. Some lessons keep on repeating, sometimes there’s a new lesson but each and every one is worth remembering. It’s been a while since I wrote an article of general kind so I thought it would be a good idea to share with you what perfume taught me during last few months of my quite intensive sniffing.
Learn about your greatest “enemy.” I think every one of us knows a note or two that doesn’t usually work for them. They try to find one they’ll overally enjoy, sometimes they succeed sometimes they fail, life. In my case I have lots of issues with vetiver. When I first encountered vetiver I didn’t become a fan of it. People say that with vetiver it’s an instant love or instant hate. I’m gearing towards the negative feelings. I tried some other perfume with more prominent vetiver but neither of them was fancied by me. I just seem to be repelled by its smell. But I’m not strikingthrought the note.
We change, our tastes change too! If you asked me at the beginning of this year if I would enjoy perfume with tobacco note in it I would definitely say something like “are you kidding me, I don’t want to smell like an ashtray.” But not so long ago it turned out that I can actually quite enjoy the tobacco vibe, such as the one offered by Parfum d’Empire Eau de Gloire, Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille or Sonoma Scent Studio Tabac Aurea. I believe that as the time flows I will keep on finding out that I might enjoy some different aromas that I don’t like at the moment. Incense in perfume has never been my trump card but I’m making my baby steps with it too. So far I learned to love Comme des Garcons Kyoto.
Expect the unexpected. That’s one of the most important rules in my opinion. You can read as many online perfume reviews as you wish but nothing will replace trying one scent on your own skin. Our noses work different and each of us has unique skin type which turns just one fragrance into as many different fragrances as many there are people in the world. Perfume that sounds great by its description might turn out to be a scrubber and vice versa – something rather not appealing may give us a lot of happiness. It’s the funniest part in perfumistahood as you can never be 100% sure if you’ll like the fragrance.
Have something to rely on! I know that nowadays sticking to one perfume only is impossible and that all of us prefer to have impressive and well built perfume wardrobes. There’s nothing bad about it (unless you’re not spending your every penny on perfume!) but I think that it’s good to wear at least one bottle of perfume that you can rely on. By rely on I mean something that can be worn anytime, anyplace, to every occasion. Something that always should be in our wardrobes. In my case those would be Prada Infusion d’Homme and Prada Amber Pour Homme. I’ve grown up wearing these two perfume and I can’t imagine not having them in future. I will always want to buy a backup bottle.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help! I’m a shy guy but I never had problems with asking for help when I was in need. For the last months I learned that perfumistas are one of the kindest, most helpful group of people one could imagine. They’re always happy to help, lend a hand and they’re so generous they’re even ready to send you a sample of something they have and you have no access to it, no matter how far you are. It’s amazing and unbelievable how supportive they can be.
Finally I noticed that there are few brands that have a special place when it comes to giving perfume lessons. To me those houses offer fragrances that are more educative that wearable. They’re worth exploring and sampling but I wouldn’t particularly wear those scents. Let’s be quitet about brands I have in my mind here. How about you? Is there any valuable lesson perfume taught you? If so, please share it with us!