What is a “reset-button” scent? You won’t find it in the dictionary but for perfume lovers it’s easily explained as a perfume in which a person can take refuge when nothing smells good anymore or, conversely, when everything smells so good it’s hard to choose.
Sometimes after smelling, testing or wearing a lot of perfumes or from wearing the same scent for a long time, olfactory fatigue can set in and nothing seems right. When this happens, it helps to step back and literally take a breather. Some may do that by abstaining from the use of perfume altogether, but for others, such as myself, scent is an important facet of the total person and abstinence is not an option! When feeling conflicted about what to wear, I reach for my reset-button scent.
These days that would be Guerlain’s Cologne du Parfumeur. Its herbal and citrusy notes take me back many decades to when I first discovered the exhilarating lift of classic eau de cologne, an accord created centuries ago and still used in modern perfumery. Leafy green overtones evoke a timeless image of being transported to a pristine forest glade and reawaken the joy of smelling.
Despite its roots in history, Cologne du Parfumeur is a relative newcomer on the scene, having been created in 2010 by nose Thierry Wasser. Before it came along, my reset button of choice was Chanel No5. No5 is the prime example of my favourite category of perfume, the aldehydic florals, and it worked equally well, by taking me back to the source of my own preferences.
Do you have a reset-button scent? It can be anything that re-centers your olfactory perceptions, something you can rely on to help put other perfumes into perspective based on the smells you love the best. Which perfume was your first love? Which perfume lifts anxiety and makes you feel serene? Which perfume makes no demands on you and at the same time delights with some of your favourite notes? If anything like that is sitting on your dresser, it could be your reset-button scent.
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