This I know. If you have two bottles of perfume, you will start to wear one or the other based on circumstance… perhaps one fragrance for day and the other for evening. Or… one to wear when visiting the folks and the other when you hope that the evening ends with you being asked to spend the night.
From my early perfume-wearing days in the 80s I had a fragrance that I wore when I needed that extra bit of chutzpah. It was Drakkar Noir. All my beloved citrus scents (Pour Monsieur by Chanel, Monsieur Balmain, etc.) took a back seat when I had that business meeting when sparks would likely fly. It’s like that today, too. When something unpredictable is ahead of me, I find myself reaching for Estée Lauder’s Azurée. It’s got that “Don’t mess with me” feel about it. In times of stress, I’m not interested in wearing things that pull people closer to me… no sexy ambers, no sublime chypres, no mouth-watering citrus scents, no well-behaved fougères. It takes leather… animalic, smoky and forbidding. Hermes’ Bel Ami is a good second choice… particularly with that cumin-peppery accord.
As for music, nothing gives me the edge as much as Wagner’s Tannhäuser’s Overture. I could march to my DEATH listening to that piece. Actually, it might be too over the top lest I should be seen skipping to my death!
Another musical piece that gives me strength, though not in the same way, is Mickey Newbury’s American Trilogy. For years, I listened to Elvis Presley’s shock-and-awe version but this one is like a prayer… serene, peaceful strength. In the face of criticism, in the face of adversity, in the face of negativity… Mickey Newbury’s American Trilogy centres me.
I’ve been busy with perfume lectures recently but I’ll get back to fragrance reviews now that the lectures are behind me. If you’d like to tell me what you wear when you need courage… I’d love to hear about it.
Video : Mickey Newbury with Marie Rhines and his American Trilogy