After 8 perfume talks, one thing is becoming clear. Women love Chanel’s masculine Bleu while men love feminine rose chypres, notably David Yurman. And so my question to my women readers is… do you love Bleu enough to wear it or would you want your man to wear it? As for the men, do you like David Yurman enough to wear it or would you be attracted to a woman wearing it… or both? Are women’s perfumes meant to seduce women at the perfume counter… or men in the bedroom? So let’s say a male friend asks me how to attract the woman who works in the cubicle next to him. Am I better to recommend Bleu or David Yurman? Or nothing! (No scent, that is. Naked doesn’t work… I tried.)
As for colognes, everyone loves them. The Farina eau de cologne that I distribute during my talks continues to get compliments about how clean it smells while Fracas is the great divide! It could part the Red Sea a second time! Half my audiences love it, the other half hates it.
Although I set up Muscs Koublaï Khän before distribution as an animalic musk, they don’t hate it. “Pas si pire”, they say. (Loosely translated, “not that bad”.) People don’t seem to know what to do with Chanel’s Cuir de Russie. I think they admire it for what it does (smells of leather)… but they’re not likely to run out and buy a bottle… although I did get an email awhile back from a woman pleading to tell her where I bought my own bottle. So when people get it, I guess they REALLY get it!
Everyone loves Eau Sauvage… in fact, many women confess to wearing it in the past. As for Diorella, not so much. Aqua Allègoria Pamplelune gets two thumbs up. They appear to be neutral to Chanel No. 5 and less than neutral to Shalimar although I quickly tell them about Shalimar Parfum Initial, pleading with them not to dismiss it altogether.
Last week’s group at Saint-Basile-le-Grand was absolutely charming! They asked intelligent questions and, more importantly, they laughed at my jokes! But some of those people already knew about perfume. While I was setting up Jicky as a confection of vanillin and lavender, one participant spoke out… Pour Un Homme de Caron! Very, very bright! Another participant yelled out “Angel” when I asked what perfume was the instigator of the gourmand family. Lots of fun and a great group!
Have a nice week everyone!
Addendum (Feb. 8, 2012) – Everyone seems to love Pour Monsieur by Chanel. Participants are encouraged to take scent strips at the end of the lecture and I never come home with Pour Monsieur scent strips. Never. The same goes for Caron’s Pour Un Homme and Knowing by Estée Lauder.