Jackson Pollock didn’t say “Is this perfume?” He famously said “Is this a painting?” after finishing one of his genius artworks but had he been a perfumer, he certainly would have! And you know, recently, I’ve been asking that very question. It’s a sad state of affairs when an SA hands you a scent strip and you ask yourself, “Is this perfume?”
Take Lady Gaga’s Fame. It’s a black juice that smells fruity. Over time, it smelled chemical on my skin and I looked forward to washing it off. There was no subtlety… no evolution… no top notes, no bottom notes… no nothing. And I wondered, “is this perfume?” Or, is it an idea of a perfume? There’s a bottle, there’s a black liquid in the bottle, there is a box and a name… and it smells like a fruity concoction. I just don’t know if it’s perfume, really.
Maybe I’m off my game. I started a new job 3 weeks ago and for some reason I don’t seem to know what I like in perfume. Even my old faithfuls don’t do it for me… Pour Monsieur by Chanel, vintage Givenchy III, Lalique’s Encre Noire. Luckily my secretary wears Chanel No. 5 so even if I don’t wear something beautiful at least I know I’ll have something beautiful to look forward to. And two colleagues wear Guerlain’s Pamplelune… lucky me! When they walk by, it smells like spring.
I recently bought Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle edp and I’ve worn that a little but I’ll get back with a full review later. Sorry for the delay in my writing but I’ve had a few things on my plate. Luckily, I have 5 perfume lectures coming up in the next few weeks and that is always fun!
Have a nice week everyone!
Image : Detail of Autumn Rhythm (1950) by Jackson Pollock