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Soundtrack of a perfume

No matter how you look at it I think we can say that in everyday life we are surrounded by art in some form. Be it architecture, painting or something more compact, like literature, film or music. Great thing about all these different aspects of art is that they don’t have any stiff boundaries. They are fluid and can easily entwine with each other. For example a book can inspire a painter, a musician can be inspired by a painting and so on. If perfume is an art, it can also serve as inspiration. For example I have a friend who creates beautiful paintings based on her perfume encounters, she calls them duftarts (german duft means perfume).


It’s a really original thing to depict own interpretation of a fragrance on canvas, using brush and paint. Just like perfume & painting seem like a great match, perfume & music doesn’t seem so obvious and easy to connect. Yet sometimes when I write a perfume review there is a moment when specific music starts to play in my head. It feels as if some note or accord was able to press play and turn on a specific tune. I’m not a musician, so perfume don’t trigger completely new melodies in my head. Music that sometimes starts playing in my head is a song I already know.

In some of my articles I mentioned experiencing a music association with a perfume. For example Puredistance Sheiduna had a hidden sound of Sting – Shape of my Heart or Van Cleef & Arpels Moonlight Patchouli had a vibe of La La Land to me. It’s hard to describe but I think it’s a specific mood created by an olfactory impression that allows to associate it with specific melody. Did you ever experience similar situation, when smelling a perfume gave you the idea of a song? Or maybe you like to listening to some music while wearing a perfume? Please share in the comments below.

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Love it or hate it

There are as many tastes as there are people out there. Of course this also applies to perfume. Each of us could make a list (short or long) of fragrances they love & they can’t imagine their life without. But if someone asked you, would you be able to name a fragrance that you hate and that you never want to smell again? Did you answer yes? Brilliant, because I want to talk about them.


Personally, there are a couple of perfume notes that I barely tolerate & any perfume that would contain it in higher amount would instantly cause a grin on my face and such fragrance would have to be rubbed off my skin. I react like this to myrrh, gardenia, indolic tuberose or cumin to name just a few. Generally speaking I’m a very curious person for discovering new scents but I’m always extra cautious for these few notes that I dislike. But what if your beloved perfume ingredient decided to trick you? For the last few years you had many chances to learn about my extensive love for anything with iris. I don’t know why did I pick iris nor how did it become my favorite essence but I’m always on the lookout for a new iris. With more or less luck.

Then came one day when I received a sample of Iris Silver Mist by Serge Lutens from a friend. It was famed as an ultimate iris and I really wanted to try it. To put it mildly – we didn’t become friends. An ultimate iris turned into an ultimate scrubber. As soon as I tried it I realized that on my skin it smells like a bunch of over boiled carrots thrown into a musty, underground tomb that stinks of wet soil, moist bricks and rotting roots. I just couldn’t stand it. Funny enough, my fellow iris worshippers (who read the blog) are big fans of this SL fragrance. Taste is such a personal matter.

Now you know what my nemesis fragrance is. Did you ever have a similar experience? Is there a fragrance that you hate & others love or a one that you love but others hate? Please share!

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