Category Archives: fragrant thoughts

Weekend poll – snap out of it

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We all know that taste is nothing constant throughout entire life. Different situations and events shape us, just like an artist shapes a piece of clay, giving it a new form and application. There are also temporary fashions that we like to follow. We change. The world changes. So do our likes and dislikes. On different stages of life we like different colors, different food or… a perfume.

That’s why I would like to ask you today if there’s any perfume that you stopped enjoying through the course of you life as a conscious perfumista? A perfume that you couldn’t wear anymore, that you snapped out of?

In my case such thing happened with Annick Goutal Nuit Etoilee. That was my first bottle of a niche perfume and I didn’t really know what I liked then. After some time of having it I noticed that I don’t reach for it at all & when I did, I didn’t feel any pleasure while wearing it. In fact it was annoying and my nose kept reminding me of that way too often. So I made a decision for us to part & it went to a new (and hopefully) loving home. I snapped out of one more perfume but because I love the brand I’m not going to name it. Did this ever happen to you? Was there any particular reason? Do tell!

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Cuddlefluffs

Two weeks ago at NST Angela posted an article about different ways of classifying perfume in your own collection. Instead of going with boring families like citrus, floral & oriental, she would group her fragrance into families such as bombshell, old-fashioned chypre or comfort, to name just a few. She asked if others use their own classification systems. In fact, I didn’t ever pay much attention to categorizing my collection. But I liked the idea so much that it seeded an idea in my head.

I let my creativity run loose and few minutes later I had the idea of a few fragrance families of my own that would reflect the character of my perfume wardrobe. One of them was Pradaholic, being a class that would fit in all perfume Daniela Andrier created for Prada. Second one I named nostalgic, it was reserved for scents that put you in a contemplative mood or cause certain positive memories come back to your head. Surprisingly this class consists of many perfume with iris or rose notes. I described 3rd family as moodlifters. It would feature any fragrance that has the ability to cheer me up when I’m feeling down sometimes. Personally I find citrus, green notes and light floral compositions to have such effect on me, therefore this family would have lots of colognes in it.

However one of my fragrance families seemed more interesting to Angela and others who read her post at NST. I named the last category with a completely new word to me –  cuddlefluffs. Perhaps I should start by explaining that yes, it is a combination of cuddle and fluff. At Now Smell This I wrote that it would be an ideal family for amber and vanilla perfume but after giving it more though I realized it’s much more than that. To me a cuddlefluff by definition would be any perfume that smells soft & gentle. It’s a group of perfumes that envelop and embrace the wearer. A scented equivalent of a thick plush blanket you can wrap around yourself. A perfume that would be like a cat purring with content because you have him or her on your lap and you pet it gently.

That’s a theory, so I’d like to give you a few perfumes that would give you a more clear idea about what I mean by cuddlefluffs: Atelier Cologne Silver Iris & Santal Carmin, Aedes Cierge de Lune, Histoires de Parfums Ambre 114, Jacques Fath Bel Ambre, Maison Francis Kurkdjian Grand Soir, Masque L’Attesa, Puredistance Sheiduna, Serge Lutens Fourreau Noir, Van Cleef & Arpels Moonlight Patchouli, Huitieme Art Shermine – to name just a few. Cuddlefluffs seem like ideal perfumes to wear in autumn and winter season. Now that you know more about this gendre I created, what would you add to it? We could build an impressive cuddlefluff database together.

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