February 1st, 2007
In the February issue of the Town & Country magazine, there’s an excellent article – “T & C’s Guide To The 85 Best Scents” (pages 154-159). It’s a comprehensive, well-written list, comprising five categories: Classic (1919 – 1979), Contemporary (1980 – 2004), Current (2005 to today), and Rare (the hard to find scents). This is the best magazine piece on fragrance I’ve seen in a long time. But today I’m not planning to recap it (do buy the magazine!) In each category, the scents are also grouped according to their staying power – “potent”, “medium strength”, and “barely there”. While I agree on most selections, some are definite eyebrow raisers. For instance, classifying L’Air du Temps by Nina Ricci as medium strength, L’Eau d’Hadrien by Annick Goutal as potent, and Allure by Chanel as barely there. However, my intent is not to question the author. I’m more intrigued by how much perfume staying power depends on our individual perception and/or skin chemistry. No doubt, it is also determined by quantity (how much perfume you put on). Do you have any peculiar experiences in this area? Some universally potent scents not lasting on you? What are your ultimate potent and barely there scents?
My ultimate potent scent is probably Angel by Thierry Mugler. My ultimate barely there scent is Jour de Fete by L’Artisan Parfumeur.
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