Life has taken a turn for the better in several ways and I'm feeling kind of...new. Which of course, means a new perfume. But choosing a brand new perfume for a brand new time is harder than it looks. After a Sephora extravaganza earlier this week, I'm thinking perhaps Jean Claude Ellena's latest - and reportedly last perfume for Hermes - might be the one. As much as I love Jean Claude, several things about his perfume are pissing me off. Like the name, Un Jardin de Monsieur Li.
'What are you wearing?'
'It's Hermes Un Jardin de Monsieur Li.'
Yeah, I don't think so. My 14-year-old self is still snickering at Un Jardin Sur le
She said No means No. She's mean.
During an Ulta visit on my way home the other night, I start thinking my new 'it scent' might be Jimmy Choo eau de parfum. You know those cheesy online quizzes to find your perfect perfume? (Do you prefer romantic evenings, walks on the beach...or casual nights at home in soup stained sweats covered with dog hair and no bra?) I'm pretty sure that's what it said. Jimmy Choo must be a 'sweats with dog hair' kind of guy because this perfume is a frequent recommendation. Until a few days ago, I had never tried it on my skin because it has a hefty dose of patchouli, and my nose Daphne, is spoiled by Borneo 1834, the greatest chocolaty, dry roast beef patchouli of all time. Jimmy Choo smells too much like a colleague at the office who wears Coco Mademoiselle, a squeaky clean, twin set sweater kind of patchouli. Great patchouli is dirty, everyone knows that.
I've even tried going backwards to revisit perfumes I have worn during happy times in the past. This accounts for over-spraying myself with Victoria's Secret Heavenly last Saturday morning after a 20-minute stint on the treadmill while watching Pioneer Woman make fried chicken sliders on Food Network. And is it just me, or do you find yourself liking or hating a perfume more after reading reviews from Fragrantica and MakeupAlley? How else would Eternity Summer end up all over the collar of my favorite long black sweater?
Taking a little breather from my perfume search can only be a good thing at this point even though it's hard. I need more perspective before making a final decision about what perfume will mark this Very Special Time. Sit. Stay.
Image from google.com