Friday, October 19, 2007

On choosing your perfume first...







Well, perfume is a recent thing for me. I always avoided it, reluctant to partake in a mass Chanel sillage down Grafton street (and if you don't know what sillage is, go here). Finally, I caved and started to look for the right scent, eventually alighting on Burberry Brit for the warm vanilla spiciness of it. But I had to have more. Still avoiding Chanel, I found Flowerbomb, just as it was released. But then I got snobby about it and have since flitted around smaller perfume houses like Penhaligon's (Artemisia), L'Artisans Parfumeur (Safran Troublant), and Rancé 1795 (where to start?), although it has to be admitted that my favourite evening perfume right now is back in the mainstream:Hermes Eau des Merveilles, full of peppery warmth.

However, pretty as all of these bottles are on my dressing table, I feel that they could almost be hidden in the drawer and replaced by, or decanted into, the gorgeous bottles that you can find everywhere here in Marrakech. They are prefectly decadent, marvellously delicate and there must surely be *no* limit to how many you could have cluttering up every available surface. I confess that I haven't taken the plunge yet, but I will certainly have five or six of them in my suitcase when we leave here. Oh so much more accessible than Lalique, don't you agree?

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6 comments:

Joan said...

I'm a perfume junkie too! I love it! Have you been to Parfums de Soleil? I bought Soir de Marrakech and Mogador, which join (in no particular order of preference) Mitsouko (Guerlain of course), Thè Vert et Jasmin (L'Occitane), Baldinini, Jardins en Mediterranée (Hermès) and various Aqua Allegoria from Guerlain.....

Lisa said...

(Perfume)
Yet another thing we have in common...
L'Artisans Parfumeur’s, "Premier Figuier" is my favourite! Last time my husband & I were in Paris we stopped in Printemps and I stocked up on my fig perfume in addition to Les Nuits d` Hadrien by Annick Goutal…
I grew up smelling #5 ~ my mom’s favourite!

A Fanciful Twist said...

Yes, you must tuck a few away indeed!!! I used to have a giant collection of exquisite perfum bottles. One day on a 2a.m. flight to L.A. I hit the table they wre on with my huge suitcase and they all fell over and broke. I was in such a rush, I could not even do anything about it until I returned. SO sad.... But, I love them and have a tender collection once again, smaller this time though. Love perfume. I have been wearing the same super secret scent since 1991. xxo

paris parfait said...

Burberry Brit also sits on my dressing table. Those bottles are divine.

Sarah said...

I'm so glad that I have perfume-lover readers! I haven't been to Parfums de Soleil yet though - where is it?

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