As we continue to travel the realm of real this week, let's talk scent. I
often leave my house without makeup, without lip gloss, without brushing my
hair. But I never leave the house without a spritz of perfume- it's my
desert island staple and I'm simply a zealot for smelling good. I don't feel
right without it (Don't neglect the backs of the knees ladies, they like to
smell nice too...).
There is nothing more transcendent than scent- amazing how scent can
instantly take us back to childhood or remind us of a random café somewhere
or an old love. I think one of my dream jobs would be master perfumier- its
a bit PT Barnum to create scents for people in accordance with their body
chemistry and personal preference while mixing up woodsy and florals and
exotic notes- a bit of olfactory magic, non? I once dated a guy because I
loved his scent- I believe it was Route de The from Barney's, a yummy green
tea number that smelled super fresh, clean, and distinct. I stopped dating
the guy as his laugh was a deal breaker, but that's for another time...(men
should never snort or over chortle- that's all I'll say on that topic).
There are so many yummy fragrances on the market these days, to suit any
mood or proclivity. That's what good perfume or cologne does- it's an
alchemist for your frame of mind and it just makes you feel good and lovely.
And smelling good is the best revenge.
I live in Miami so my mood is usually on warm weather and fragrance to suit
the balmy temperatures, thus leaving heavy scents to those in cooler climes.
Here are my go to's that are a pleasure to wear- maybe you'll try one this
summer too...and if you don't like to anoint yourself, no problem. There are
plenty of folks that revel in their natural funk and that's right as rain
too. But if you like to enhance what the Lord gave ya, then let's go...
FOR THE LADIES
CALYPSO MIMOSA -probably my all time favorite warm weather scent. It screams
tan feet, silky softness, and white linen. This is Calypso's signature
fragrance and it's beyond delicious and super happy- it's a blend of mimosa,
rose, jasmine, and green leaves. I am not normally a floral girl in terms of
perfume (too heady) but this one will have you sniffing at your wrists all
CALYPSO GARDENIA- I was surprised by how much I love this one, as again I am
not a huge florals fan. This one has notes of citrus, white gardenia,
narcissus, peach blossom, jasmine, vetiver, coriander, vanilla and musk and
is deep and sexy. Perfect for summer nights, bare legs, and upswept hair.
(How else can he smell your neck?)
FOR THE LADIES AND THE GENTLEMEN
KIEHL'S ORIGINAL MUSK- this one is seductive as all get out. Men can wear
it. Women can wear it. The scent lasts all day and changes and turns, in a
lovely way. You can't go wrong with classic musk- dark and mysterious and
super hot. Musk is all about sex and that's that.
ACQUA DI PARMA- This one is traditionally for the boys, but I love to wear
it too. Lemony and fresh, this one screams summers in Capri and quite
literally drives me nuts, in a good way. It's what men should smell like and
what chic women can borrow from their husbands while on vacation. It's
beyond. It is a classic beyond classic and I love it to bits. Probably my
all time favorite.
VETIVER BY GUERLAIN- another goody for the boys. Fresh, citrusy, and super
classic. A good one for summers at the office as it's super light and clean.
I love to wear it too and it smells differently on the chicks than it does
on the boys, which I find pretty hot.
EAU D'HADRAIN ANNICK GOUTAL- This is a super classic scent for men but
again, I love to wear it. It's a citrus yet again, but with notes of
cypress, patchouli, and ylang ylang to cut the tang a bit. It' a go
anywhere, do anything scent. It is the scent you want if you don't like
scent or perfume or cologne- it blends in nicely with the skin and won't
overwhelm. It comes on strong at first but fades beautifully.
That's the scent wrap up. I usually return to the classics above but love to
try new ones as well. This is all a highly subjective material, but that's
the fun. You may have liked that guy's laugh I dated, but it wasn't for me.
You may love Thierry Mugler's Angel, but it makes me kind of nauseous. You
may regale in your man funk sans scent, and that's cool too. There's a real
joy in personal scent and wanted to share my favs with you. You interpret
how you wish.
And that's the real deal on this sunny Tuesday in Miami. XO