Today is lazy. Really lazy.
B-man leaves this morning to get a haircut and do some 'hunting and gathering' (his phrase for shopping).
When he comes back, his first comment, upon seeing me unkempt, with an ugly gray and black bandanna on my head - wash woman style - is, 'did you pick all the potatoes?'
I'm helping him understand how much time I spend ruminating about perfume when I have no other distractions to occupy my mind. For example, in preparation for a soiree with my sisters last night, I sample three perfumes to determine which is most appropriate for a hot, breezy evening on the deck.
The Candidates are:
1) Gucci eau de parfum
3) Dirty English
As you can see, I'm diverting from typical summer scents because I'm feeling persnickety and entitled.
Staycations mess with you that way.
As it turns out, the Gucci EdP is just too 'root beer' and it seems syrupy sweet. I read somewhere that this is meant to be a modern take on Femme. Perhaps because of that, it is quickly deemed All Wrong.
Bandit is a perfume that I love for about 30 minutes, then it just pisses me off. Seriously, every time I wear it, I find myself thinking, 'why am I so cranky?' My most charming self has limited tolerance for inconvenience, and Bandit shortens the fuse. Not wanting to risk my party mood, Bandit is a no-go.
Dirty English wins.
Disclaimer: In general, I dislike all things Juicy Couture and feel the apparel is overdone and overpriced. The perfume marketed to women is overwrought. In fact, had I not run across it accidentally, I may have avoided Dirty English, knowing it was a product of Juicy Couture.
Marketing power in reverse.
As it turns out, Dirty English is quite pleasant, with a leathery vibe throughout the perfume's journey. Actually, it's not all that dirty, with top notes of bergamot and cedar. Dirty English gets brighter (meaning more floral) in the heart notes and ends with a trail of leather, amber and musk. It brings to mind Frederic Malle's French Lover in the drydown.
Dirty English works well in hot weather, marries nicely with food, and it doesn't piss me off.
I like it.