Perfumes For Special Circumstances

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I don’t mean weddings, anniversaries, or birthdays. I mean things like an office “no perfume” policy or a particular nostalgic scent you might like to pull out to remember someone. Most people have a signature scent or a summer/winter signature scent set but some of us have more than those. I have a few perfumes in my collection that are for circumstances like those I mentioned and I’d like to share them with you and dialogue in the comments about special gems in your collection you only use when the time is just right.

1.  Comptior Sud Pacifique Vanille Canelle is the perfume I like to wear when I’m sick or in need of comfort. It’s one of the most powerful aromatherapy items I’ve come across but it’s a fine fragrance, not an oil or synthetic cheapie.  It’s official notes are: Ginger, Cinnamon, Vanilla, and Brown Sugar. It’s slightly sweet and very spicy. On me, it smells like a snicker doodle cookie just rolled in sugar and cinnamon while it’s still warm. It reminds me of baking sweet treats, snugly blankets, and often of better times. It’s not a terribly long lasting fragrance (4-8 hours) and it hasn’t much in the silage department.  I find it lasts best on clothing. This is a hard one to find. I linked the Amazon info but the fragrance was discounted just recently. I’ll be hoarding and sparing with my stash!

2. Hermes Hermessence Osmanthe Yunnan is the perfume I wear to the office if there is a no scent policy. This masterpiece by Jean Claude Elena is a sheer but delightful composition that is detectable, but in no way perfume-y.  It’s so close to the skin, it might as well be scented body wash in terms of it’s silage. It’s like the sheerest silk veil floating atop the skin. Just because it’s so subtle doesn’t mean it doesn’t smell incredible! It’s notes are: Tea, Orange, Freesia, Osmanthus, Apricot, and Leather. I once heard this described as how Hermione Granger would smell like if she was a real person. I agree completely. I love this enough to wear it as a signature scent in the summer but it’s so hard to obtain and so expensive that I save it for times where anything more would be frowned upon.

3. Chanel N0. 5 Eau Permeire is a Chanel No. 5 flanker. It’s a lot like the original but a little warmer and friendlier. The notes are: Adelhydes, Ylang Ylang, Neroli, Jasmine, Rose, Vanilla, Vetyver, and Sandalwood. It’s fairly linear and after a few hours turns into a skin scent. I like to spray this one when I need to relax. Often about 10 minutes before bed I’ll spray some on my midsection. By the time I’m ready to hit the sheets, I’m much more relaxed. I don’t often wear this during the day unless I know something is going to make me very anxious such as an interview. It smells expensive and classy but also fresh and inviting.

Do you have any perfumes for special circumstances? Tell us in the comments below!


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    faithful follower says

    Wow, Osmanthus…haven’t thought about that tree in a long time! I always wanted one! The flowers smell divine. Now you know what you can buy me for my birthday! HAHA! Shalimar smells good on me…do you think Osmanthe Yunnan would be good on me?

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    I never contemplated having a sick-scent, but it makes a lot of sense. The desire for comfort and fragrance go hand in hand. I collect Diptyque. I don’t mind blind buying Diptique fragrances (even though you shouldn’t blind buy) because they’re so well crafted and each one evokes something different. My favorite is the astoundingly green L’Ombre Danse L’eau

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