|Perfume, the most intimate of all “apparel”. . .|
One of my favorite Coco Chanel quotes is: “A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.”
I quite believe it. Fragrance is such a primal and integral part of our lives. We literally have no control over the emotions it can evoke.
Romantics believe that a woman’s perfume is a cadeau, something she wears purely for pleasure — hers and those who might be lucky enough to enter into the aura of her scent, even fleetingly on the street.
In the many interviews for my book, the brilliantly creative perfumer, Francis Kurkdjian, told me that a woman should take great care in choosing a perfume. It’s a complex decision, he cautioned.
We all know how easy it is to fall in love with a fragrance’s top note right out of the bottle, but we know too that once it mingles with our skin the essence changes, which may or may not delight us. Therefore he reasoned, never buy a perfume without “testing” it. We should always ask for a sample and wear it for several days to see if it was a fleeting fancy or the beginning of a lasting love affair.
Equally important, Kurkdjian said, is to make sure those closest to us also fall in love with our choice. It is quite an unpleasant experience to be subjected to a fragrance we find unpleasant or worse.
I was reminded of Francis Kurkdjian last week when I spent several hours over two days with a woman who was helping me set up my new laptop computer. Her perfume was so overpowering and cloyingly sweet I thought I was going to be sick.
|Speaking of my BFF, she has always worn Joy. It is her signature.|
Even though I am quite loyal to two perfumes, I thought I might try something light and citrusy for the summer — just a little flirt. But, I intend to try before I commit.