What is it about some perfumes that make them life-long loves whereas others you may enjoy for the duration of a bottle or decant but not repurchase? I’ve loved Chanel 22 since college and will probably always love it. I remember the sales assistant at the time trying to interest me in No. 5 also, but it was 22 that felt right to me.
I’ll probably always have in my collection a couple of roses, a couple white florals, something springy, something woodsy, something incense dominant, and something with moss and hay notes. I expect to always have Chanel 22, Guerlain Nahema, a rose/violet like Drole de Rose or Poussiere de Rose, Chanel Coco, La Chasse aux Papillons, SL La Myrrhe, Creed Fleur de The Rose Bulgare, SL Bois de Violette, DelRae Bois de Paradis, FM Carnal Flower, FM Vetiver Extraordinaire, and some others that lead my list of favorites. Of course it’s fun to have some scents that you wear for a while and then replace with something new and different, but I think we all have some we hope to never be without. That gets tricky as you add new favorites and your collection expands!
What notes or fragrances will always be a part of your collection? Do you know when you first sniff a scent that it will be a staple, or do you just think it’ll be a keeper and many times change your mind later? I’ve had both experiences; sometimes when I instantly fall for a scent it really does have some quality that keeps me coming back to it, and other times it loses attraction over time.
When I’m working on fragrances, I think about what would make the scent right for me for the long haul, that little extra factor that makes a perfume really click for me. One of my goals for the boutique collection is to make it a group of scents that will be long-term favorites for me, and that’s challenging since my tastes have changed with time and will probably keep evolving. As I think about my own long-term favorites, I also wonder what makes a scent a keeper for other people and if there are any patterns that people see in the choices that last long-term. Always so much to think about and so much to learn!