Perfume Project: Hayfeverus Interruptus

A surprising and fun thing that’s happened with the Perfume Project is that people have been keen to give me a shot of their favourites. I thought they might have been protective of them but it’s been more like when you really love an album and you want others to get their ears around it. You must get a whiff of this. It will change your life.

At the Up & Running retreat in Bologna some of the ladies brought out their favourites from their suitcases. I felt like a movie gangster selecting an illegal firearm; it was awesome. I tried Sarah’s Givenchy Hot Coture and Tessa’s Chopard Wish, both really lovely. And Honor bought along three Serge Lutens samples: her own favourite Clair de musc (so elegant), A la nuit (gorgeous but again reminded me of an unspecifed old lady) and Un bois vanille which I really liked as it made me smell like a classy bakery all day long.

It’s really interesting trying someone else’s favourite perfume; it feels like you’re sneakily learning more about them. With the Up & Running ladies we’ve connected via workout reports, toil, torture and hair shoved into ponytails. So after getting to know Clair de musc all day long, for example, you start to think about the woman who likes to wear it… wow, this Honor woman, she’s very mysterious and sophisticated! I must know more!

At Bologna Airport duty free I fell for Hermès Un Jardin Après La Mousson which many of you legends had recommended. It lived up to the name and it was very earthy and sexy. I am still rubbish at describing a smell or pinpointing what all the bits are; I’m still going with how it makes me feel. So, even though it smells nothing like Coco or Elie Saab, Après La Mousson joins those two at the top of my list so far as it made me feel good and foxy. That’s really scientific, I know.

Unfortunately there’s been no perfuming for the past six weeks. I dunno if it’s just coincidence but my hayfever has been bloody awful, my nose stuffy and head like cotton wool. Whenever I put on perfume I seem to sneeze even more. But I am dead keen to get back to it because, holy crap I have a lot of good stuff to try…

Back in April the legendary lass Debra Bee offered to send a huge bunch of perfume samples that she had left over from her own perfume project a wee while back! After some frustrating faffery at the local sorting office I finally picked up two parcels at the end of May. Just look at this loot! Look at it!

Debra: Perfume Pimp Extraordinaire

Thank you a gazillion times again Debra, I appreciate your generosity! So I haven’t been testing yet, but I did arrange them in alphabetical order the other day just for kicks. Stay tuned!

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10 thoughts on “Perfume Project: Hayfeverus Interruptus

  1. I love this idea and meant to ask whether you’d tried Mandragore by Annick Goutal (Harvey Nichols cerainly used to stock it) or Krizia’s Teatro a la Scala (which seems to have dropped out of the general ether but which I adored).

    1. I’ve not tried either of those but they do sounds really good… have added them to my To Try spreadsheet 😀

  2. I recently settled on a new signature fragrance after years of searching. As soon as I spritzed it on my wrist, I just knew. It’s called “Let Them Eat Cake” by Tokyo Milk. According to the package, it’s got vanilla, coconut, orchid, and musk. I feel almost unbearably sexy when I have it on.

    1. Oooh that sounds good. And I like the name! Is it wrong to want to like something coz the name is cool? 😛 I’ve tried another Tokyo Milk one (called Dead Sexy; aspirational title. Ha ha)

  3. This is such a brilliant idea and I am adding it to my list of adventures to try once I am moved into my new place. And “Let them eat cake” is at the top of my list!
    Sorry about the hay fever – hope you feel better soon!

  4. If hayfever is still giving you grief, have you tried a dr prescribed nasal spray? I would suggest Avamys nasal spray – I was having major trouble with hayfever and is now 1000x better with my daily hit – but google implies you can’t get it in the UK :/ Flixonase looks like the next best thing…

    1. Joveyyyyy! Hello! 🙂 I have a spray called Beconase, I’ll see what the ingredients are compared to your one!

  5. Newbie here, but I just have to mention my favorite perfumes for your project. As someone whose eyes water and who starts sneezing uncontrollably at nature-identical or lab-made scents I’m pretty limited in what I can use, but I think if you can find it Eau d’Amouage by Amouage might be up your alley (it’s not manufactured anymore so you might have to hunt it down on e-bay or something), also Amouage Gold and maybe Dia if you like rose scents.

    Can’t use them myself but you might like some of M. Micallef’s seasons perfumes.

    Etro has great single scents that you can layer into a personal fragrance or just use the pre-made ones.

    Have heard good things about Molton Brown but have only ever tried their scented candles and found them a little too intense for my tastes.

    Used to love Royal Water by Creed until they changed the formula, now I can’t use it anymore but there might be some fragrances by that brand you might like (maybe Bois du Portugal even though it’s marketed as a male scent).

    It’s very expensive and too… I don’t know, heavy? for me, but I think you might like X for women by Clive Christian if you can get your hands on a sample. My grandmother used to wear Crown’s 1872 for women (she loves rose scents), and Clive Christian took over Crown perfumery so… maybe it’s good? His No.1 is… may I say not so nice? Too sweet, too heavy, smells like a weird mixture of a boudoir and what I imagine a fictional harem to smell like? OK, not my favorite obviously.

    My own go-to fragrance is Amouage Ciel but I think it might be too light for your taste. It’s airy and woodsy and has some nice light florals but it’s more of a “background scent” than an “I’m wearing perfume” scent.

    Biggest scent mystery: Something in a green bottle from a company called “Xerjoff” my gran wears on special occasions. Too heavy for me, but it’s the most seductive, sexy scent I’ve ever smelled. If you can find it, that might be it?

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