My Perfume Profile

I got the idea for this post from the blog of the lovely Undina. She made the point that when you read blogs about perfume you will at times feel the need to know more about the writers personal tastes. She remedied this by writing a Perfume Portrait detailing her perfume loves, likes and dislikes. I thought this was such a good idea that I'll do something similar. :)

General taste:

In general I tend to enjoy the following.

  • Unisex niche perfumes with an attitude.
  • Gourmand notes, boozy notes, white and yellow florals, immortelle, soft spices, sweet resins, animalics, leather, tobacco, oakmoss, sweet aromatics, conifers...
  • Contrasting perfumes, unexpected note combinations. 
  • Floral macabre. Anything innocently floral or gourmand "despoiled" by some rot, decay or skank!  
  • Opulence! Dense and syrupy perfumes that are overly luxurious and decadent.

And I tend to dislike these:

  • Anything too steretypically masculine or feminine.
  • Any sharp, screechy or overly dry notes. Mainly aldehydes, galbanum, incense, olibanum, birch tar, sharp florals like rose, muguet, lilac, jasmine, dry spices or herbals.
  • Labdanum turns sour on my skin. Almond usually goes very plasticky.
  • Dominant wood notes, juicy fruits or berries, fresh citrus, aquatics... 
  • Boring stuff that's been done a hundred times! The generic stuff that is so traditional that it lacks any sort of attitude. Even when done well it just bores me to death.
  • Scents that are overly elegant or refined. I need a bit of dirt in a scent!

Top Perfume Favorites:

Slumberhouse Rume
Slumberhouse Zahd
Slumberhouse Sova
Slumberhouse Ore
Xerjoff Mamluk
Olympic Orchids Tropic of Capricorn
Mona di Orio Nuit Noire

Other perfumes that I do not want to be without:

Slumberhouse Norne
Slumberhouse Grev
Slumberhouse Jeke
Histoires de Parfums 1740 Marquis de Sade
Histoires de Parfums Tubereuse 3 Animale
Mona di Orio Cuir
Smell Bent Werewolf Lumberjack Reclining on a Bearskin Rug
Carner El Born
Annick Goutal Sables
Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Snake Oil

Gorgeous, when I'm in the mood for gourmands:

Kerosene Unknown Pleasures
Creed Virgin Island Water
Indult Tihota
Perfumes by Terri Douceur Brulee
Smell Bent Prairie Nymph
Reminiscence Dragée
Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille

Recent crushes, not sure if it's true love yet:

Guerlain Metalys
Jovoy Lys Epona
Kerosene Unforsaken
Roja Dove Reckless
April Aromatics Tempted Muse
Stéphane Humbert Lucas 777 Une Nuit a Doha
Smell Bent Gimel a Break

Perpetual Lemmings:

Slumberhouse Kere
Aftelier Tango

Vintage classics that I enjoy:

L'Heure Bleue
Bal a Versailles
Moment Supreme
Rochas Femme

Perfumes that don't work for me:

Jean Patou Joy
Guerlain Samsara
Robert Piquet Bandit
Givenchy Ysatis
Guerlain Songe d'un Bois d'Ete
Creed Aventus
L'Artisan Seville a l'aube
Tauer L'Air du Desert Marocain
Tauer Reverie au Jardin
Masque Montecristo
Amouage Memoir Man
Amouage Beloved Woman
Etat Libre d'Orange Jasmin et Cigarette
Tom Ford Black Orchid
Tom Ford Sahara Noir
Tom Ford White Suede
Serge Lutens Fille en Aiguilles
Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan

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