How do you tell a great perfume?
“A great fragrance stands the test of time," opines Bertrand Duchaufour, the Perfumer in Residence for L’Artisan, "and the lines between commercial and luxury fragrances are blurred”. Certainly from a structural point, I agree. Great fragrances are the ones you wear, the scents you love; like fingerprints, no two people smell alike. Usually I test a fragrance on at least ten people of varying skin types - salty, green, woody, powdery, milky, and tannic (to name but a few) - ages, gender, and ethnicities. This way, it is possible to translate the perfumers’ vision on the person on whom it smells best.
There are a number of fragrances I love and find to be without comparison, and, yet, I find myself also attracted to a number of fragrances that smell eerily similar on my skin (milky, Mediterranean, carnivore). Will they smell the same way on you?
Probably not (although my friend Carol is as close to my scent twin as I have ever met; we wear 75% of the same fragrances). Either way, these fragrances are very close on my skin, although some last much longer and are more complex in the formulation.
Sometimes you do get what you pay for...and sometimes it's really close. So Luxe or Trust, there are fine fragrances for anyone and any budget:
LUXE: Nahema perfume by Guerlain 30ml $355 Guerlain boutiques worldwide
TRUST: Une rose chypree EDP by Andy Tauer 15ml $75 Luckyscent.com
LUXE: Hermessence Ambre Narguile 100ml $235 Hermes Boutiques worldwide
TRUST: L’Artisan Parfumeur Amber Extreme 100ml $155 LartisanParfumeur.com
LUXE: Hermessence Vanille Galante 100ml $235 Hermes Boutiques worldwide
TRUST: Serge Lutens Un Lys 50ml $120 BeautyHabit.com
- Michelyn Camen
Fashiontribes Editor-at-Large Michelyn Camen is a New York City based writer and consultant who is a former Brandweek Marketer of the Year and Ad Age 100 recipient. She slipped off her power suit to pursue her passion for beauty and fragrance. Camen is a fragrance specialist and the owner of FifthSense N.Y.C., where she consults for niche luxury, fashion, beauty and fragrance companies. She is an Editor for Fragrantica.com, the Fragrance Editor for UptownSocial.net, the former Senior Contributing Writer for Sniffapalooza Magazine, the former New in Niche Columnist for Basenotes and was the Editorial Director for Beauty News NYC & LA. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or Michelyn AT Fashiontribes DOT com.
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