Small disclaimer, I have a very minute, undocumented case of ADHD. It rears its little head in the most obscure facets of my life, like, my sense of smell. I love fragrances, obviously, but what I do not love, are fragrances that tend to be linear. No matter how beautiful. No matter how masterfully executed. If any fragrance smells the same at hour two and hour five, ten or even thirty-six on my skin, :cough: Bois d”Argent :/cough: then I might as well wear lotion pour le corps from aisle 13.
So, I compiled a list of 5 fragrances that should be able to keep any nose on its toes, from first sniff until its olfactive-ride into the sunset.
Aaah, Musc Ravageur. What would have been every French gigolo’s go-to fragrance in the 80’s. I’m only partially poking fun at French gigolos and not the actual fragrance. What has been a love/hate affair for me, for the past 4 years or so, it’s a clove bomb to the umpteenth degree on my skin- smelling similar to a San Francisco Peace Rally circa 1975. This hippy aspect of Musc Ravageur is usually only a 2-3 hour period of what is usually, a 15+ hour ride of; fuzzy musk, spicy cinnamon, lush cloudy vanilla and creamy wood nuances throughout. It’s complex and sultry from top to bottom.
Hate it or love it, it’s on this list for a reason. If this was the 90’s Aventus would be plastered on every boy’s wall, smack dab between Pamela Anderson and the F14 Tomcat. Sure, it’s not the greatest, it’s not even the best smelling, to me at least, but it gives me something different every wearing. Without going into batch variation and all that nonsense (I’ve tried 15), wearing Aventus is a rollercoaster for the olfactive senses. Sometimes it’s a birch tar-laden, smoky-pineapple or in other cases a fresh, sparkly pineapple, if one is lucky- all these facets attack in the same wearing.
It still reminds me of death, in a good way. Black Gemstone is deep, dark, cryptic and complex as all get out. In a single wearing, one can experience; tart lemon, smokiness, leather, amber, vanilla. This is a tough one even for me to follow, because it’s something different every 30 minutes.
If Mr. 007 – Daniel Craig had a signature scent, it would be Memoir Man. It’s dangerously complex. I think Memoir Man was the start of me paying attention to the development of fragrances, because I did not initially like what I had smelled. One of those true to life “wait for it moments”, just wait for it. Memoir Man is three fragrances in one, part aromatic fougere, smoky-oriental and part woody.
Black Afgano takes the cake. It has a wizardly aura to it. Balmy at one turn and woody, smoky and green at others. I do not think I’ve ever reached its core, because it’s something different throughout every wearing.
But wait, there’s more! Honorable mentions; Amouge Tribute, Roja Dove Diagilive, Naomi Goodsir Cuir Velours.
If you know of anything that could cure my limited olfactive-attention span, please let me in on the secret!