Sharing my love of perfume — a passion based on scent — via the web is hard. How can I convey the fragrance of these lovelies?
As I look at these perfumes I wonder if I am providing any useful information to someone interested in finding a scent with orange blossom (or any note/ accord). Yes, these seven perfumes contain orange blossom but in varying strengths after dry down.
As I was taking and uploading photos, it was still nagging at me. The question, “How is this going to help?”
I filmed and uploaded a video (here). A video that was to be one of three to discuss 21 perfumes with a citrus blossom — orange, linden, neroli and mandarin — somewhere in its fragrance pyramid. In the back of mind, I was thinking, “This is a bit much.”
Some of these fragrances can be symphonic in composition. Chanel No 19 has 12 notes with neroli voted as the 11th most prominent note. 24, Faubourg? Fourteen notes with orange blossom at number 2 (much better).
For me, the answer lay in how I perceive notes in perfume. After dry down, I can usually distinguish the first three notes; after that a note supports the scent.
That is how I will now present scents for the next couple of months, focusing on a note and featuring a scent if said note is in the top 3 as rated on Fragrantica.
I have been organizing
Now that I know what and how, I have given time to getting it all organized. This has been a fun way to explore my fragrance wardrobe. I have a lot of great scents and focusing on a note or accord a month has let me delve deeper into them. I can now see where I have (or don’t have) gaps in my collection. Yes, in orange blossom. No, for rose. I bought samples, not with the goal to purchase more perfume but to analyze the scent.
Where am I going from here?
First, a re-do of November’s notes citrus blossoms. Nine days ago, I pruned out all the perfumes where the blossom is after top three — leaving 9 out of the 21 scents with which I started the month.
Second, I purchased candles with orange blossom for review. Many perfumistas love home scents a close second to personal fragrances. Quoting the lovely Arielle from Scents of Self:
But like many fragonerds, my perfume habit easily snowballed into a perfume-and-scented-candles habit.
Third, I am sampling perfumes for review instead of purchase. Oh, yes. I will still buy perfume if I am so inclined but I feel I can give a different and more helpful review if that is not my goal.