So, sure. This is NOT a post about shoes and it contains no pictures or recommendations related to shoes.
But, scent is a key element in attraction. As such, I thought it'd be fun to talk about some scents I enjoy for myself (great gift ideas for the man in your life) and one in particular I enjoy on a woman.
Plus, to all the guys reading this, Mollie thinks scent is pretty important, too.
I was first exposed to the fragrances of Penhaligon's in 2005 on a trip to Seattle. The hotel where I stayed featured "Quercus" soaps by Penhaligon's. A unisex scent, to be sure. Warm, soft and perfect for the summer. I was instantly addicted. The scent is amazing...and on a woman, even more so.
Upon returning home, I went to find Penhaligon's -- and ordered a bottle of the shower gel. You can get the soap, too.
Upon opening it, I was immediately transported to Seattle. To the five days in August that were lusciously summer. Bright flowers, sun shining until 10 PM, light rains, deep greens. It was magical.
I decided I needed to reserve this for special occasions. For when I needed a lift. And so I did. To this day, a hint of Quercus takes me back to one of the best work-related trips I've ever taken.
Up to that point, I had used cologne only sparingly.
I decided I should adopt a "personal scent."
I did some browsing around and discovered quite positive reviews of Blenheim Bouquet (another Penhaligon's staple).
It was billed as stately, elegant, traditional. Not overbearing, but noticeable and wonderful.
Opening it, I discovered a bright citrus. Upon application, I instantly felt energized. As the scent dried down, it developed a warm, woodsy scent with a hint of citrus. Clearly masculine, simple, and strong.
This seemed immediately "mine" and I began wearing it daily. I've since worn other colognes and there are several I've enjoyed. But only Blenheim Bouquet has yielded consistent comments (positive ones) from women. When wearing it, a friendly hug often illicits a bright-eyed response, a smile, even an outright: "you smell amazing." Of course, such a response is just what I want. And it is reserved for those in very close proximity, as Blenheim is a soft scent, not one that lingers far behind you or announces your arrival. Those in your personal space will notice it -- and greatly appreciate it.
Other than Quercus and Blenheim Bouquet, I've tried and LOVE LP No. 9 for Men. I received a sample in one of my orders and enjoy it immensely. Billed as "rich, sensual, and soft; the intriguing male personified," it certainly meets expectations. It is the scent I choose for winter as it blends nicely with cool air and if I'm wearing a suit in all but the hottest months, it is my chosen fragrance. It is sophiticated, wonderful, and it has incredible staying power. While I adore it, it has yet to yield the positive remarks I get with Blenheim. Nevertheless, it will continue to be my go-to finishing touch for the perfect suit and I love the warmth it exudes even as I shower at the end of a long and arduous day.
Finally, while I have certainly enjoyed a finely-fragranced female, it has been difficult to pin down exactly what those scents are. Sure, I know the more common choices. But the ones that stand out, without directly asking, are tough. That said, and not suprisingly, I do love a Penhaligon's scent for women. Though I've only known one woman to wear Penhaligon's -- she wore it quite well. Of course, her scent of choice would be LP No. 9 for women -- and when I get a hint of this scent (very rare) I immediately hear the words of the song "You're Beautiful" lightly ringing in my ears. If you want to get a man's attention (mine, at least) your perfectly chosen heels will be accompanied by LP No. 9 ...
So, there you have it. Some words on scent. I welcome, of course, your comments and suggestions. But remember, you can finish off that amazing ensemble by smelling great.