It’s the final week of August, the holiday’s nearly over and life will soon have to return to normal at Maison Persolaise. It’s going to take a little while for me to decide which ‘scented summer experiences’ I ought to blog about, but for today, I’ll briefly mention that the main question in my mind whilst I've wandered around perfume shops has centred around the need for the incessant flow of fragrance releases. I think I’ve literally lost count of the number of new scents I’ve tried over the course of the last four weeks: Madly and Flower Tag from Kenzo; Candy from Prada; No 19 Poudré from Chanel; Kokorico from Jean-Paul Gaultier (superb bottle!); Tresor Midnight Rose from Lancôme; Violet Blonde from Tom Ford; CK One Shock (for him and for her) from Calvin Klein… the list goes on. I suppose somewhere there’s a spreadsheet on which this punishing release schedule makes sense. To the average consumer it just results in sensory overload. But then maybe that’s part of the strategy too.
Changing the subject, I’d like to direct your attention to a couple of Basenotes articles penned by yours truly. The first is about a wonderful event I attended at London’s Wellcome Collection and the second is an interview with Mona Di Orio. By the way, if you enjoyed reading my interview with the Director of IFRA UK, please click here to be taken to her responses to some of the questions presented to her by Basenotes readers.
And finally, I think I’d like to bring the summer to a close by asking you which perfumes you most enjoyed wearing during July and August. Are there any old favourites to which you found yourself returning? Are there any unexpected discoveries you made as regards what worked well in the warmer weather? My two best friends turned out to be Dior’s Leather Oud and, somewhat surprisingly, Un Jardin Sur Le Nil from Hermès (its translucent, finely balanced frankincense note seems to have worked particularly well on my skin). But what about you? Any gems you care to share? I look forward to reading your comments.