Perfume Consultant

That would be me. 🙂

Honestly, I am a bit proud now. Yesterday I managed to find two matches for someone. I’m especially happy because it was for a friend’s daughter who is 12 (going on 70) and all I had to go on was something neutral, that she can wear to school and that won’t bother her nose like all other perfumes she smells all the time.

The really helpful part is I know her since the day she was born so I could add some more ideas about what might suit her. I’ll tell you what I chose for her to try and what she finally selected (which were also the ones I thought she might latch onto).

As I was selecting perfumes from my collection for her to try and for me to get an idea what she might like (because neutral can be so many things), I realized I don’t really do neutral, no sillage, nobody knows I’m wearing perfume stuff. 😀

Still, I managed to locate some things that could fit the bill.

This is what I took for her to try:

Eau de Cartier – because it really is unisex, although not really very quiet

Puredistance Antonia – I sort of sneaked that one in not expecting her to like it for herself, but to give her an idea of quiet elegance

Different Company – Un parfum de Sens et Bois – a completely forgotten sample I accidentally found and loved for her

Serge Lutens Bas de Soie – I always think of iris as being the soft, quiet flower

Rue Rance Eau Sublime – a forgotten bottle I only recently realized I enjoy immensely

Any Tauer Penta Verdant green=neutral? sort of, but more to see whether she would associate the two

Romea d’Ameor The Great Inca Priestess – one I really like and only had a sample of (have no idea why they don’t have a webpage?)

I wonder what you think would be her choice(s) among these?

She loved both Sens et Bois and the Incan Priestess. Which are honestly so very easy to love and smell perfect on her.

Then we went in search of where they can be bought. It turns out they are not so easily obtainable in Croatia. But it also got me thinking how the proliferation of perfume brands and perfumes had two really bad impacts (at least in my case).

  1. I lost all will to try and follow what’s happening in the perfume world because who can keep track anymore
  2. But while I was still trying to keep track, I ignored the beautiful perfumes I already had at home, which are really pieces of art how well they are done, and it doesn’t seem they are given the praise and love they deserve (this is just my opinion, maybe I’m completely wrong)

Then again, I always thought that The Different Company wasn’t given the love it deserves. Now I think the same for the Inca Priestess.

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10 thoughts on “Perfume Consultant

  1. bonkersvanessa April 22, 2021 at 20:30 Reply

    Oh, what a lovely project! Really sophisticated and wearable choices. The inclusion of Antonia reminded me of JEV telling me (at age 52) that I wasn’t ‘woman enough’ to carry Antonia off. I sense he may be restricting his market by recommending it for mature people. 😉

    I had a sample of Incan Priestess and also liked it. Takes me back to the old days when we were all trying new things like crazy…

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    • Ines April 22, 2021 at 20:39 Reply

      Omg! He actually said that to you?! 😂 It sounds like one of those things that even if you think them, you don’t say them aloud. 🤫
      Antonia and M are my Puredistance favorites, and I wear M, but keep Antonia for special events. Because for me it evokes the image of a really classy, elegant, rich aunt. Hopefully I’ll grow into it, I already am an aunt. 😁

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      • Undina April 23, 2021 at 17:41 Reply

        Funny: I’ve never thought about Antonia (my favorite Puredistance) as of such a “grownup” perfume.

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  2. Nose Prose April 22, 2021 at 21:59 Reply

    What fun! I tried to plant the first seeds of turning my then 7-year-old niece into a future perfumista a couple of years ago by giving her a choice between Le Labo Lys 41 (a big floral) and the quieter Thé Noir, which she preferred. We’ll see how it goes in a few more years!

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    • Ines April 22, 2021 at 22:05 Reply

      That’s a good start! 😀
      I think that when children are around perfumes (or anything new basically), they develop an interest. Leave her with a few samples you think she might like ever now and then, and you will have a budding perfumista in no time.

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  3. Undina April 23, 2021 at 17:38 Reply

    I realized how much I stopped tracking everything happening in the perfume world yesterday when I read in comment to Portia’s post on my blog about a new L’Artisan perfume from 2020: I didn’t even hear about it before or even thought about that brand’s new releases.
    As to chasing new perfumes while having gems at home, I stopped doing that about a year or two into this rabbit hole: I wear my favorite perfumes almost every day and do testing in-between.

    Loved your project, though I’m not familiar with the most of your choices. I’m surprised though that you chose perfumes without checking first how to get them: no matter how mature your friend’s daughter is, waiting for months (if that) to get perfume she chose would be quite cruel 😉

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    • Ines April 27, 2021 at 17:47 Reply

      In retrospect your comment makes sense but I wonder if most of my perfume collection is obsolete in the light of today’s new releases and “old” stuff being discontinued. Seems like a perfume from 2006. is now a relic. 😀
      But I did leave the girl with the samples to use and see if she still likes the perfumes once they are empty. Then we’ll know for sure if they are the ones.

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  4. Tara April 23, 2021 at 18:04 Reply

    You’d make a wonderful perfume consultant Ines.
    It seems funny to me that back in the day I rarely wore my favourites because I was forever trying new things. Like Undina, I now wear my collection 99.9% of the time.

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    • Ines April 27, 2021 at 17:47 Reply

      Ha, that’s true! I now wear my collection as well, only rarely do I put sth else on. Then again, I even wear my collection rarely as I don’t go anywhere much.

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