So I mentioned a little while ago that I hit up the Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab booth at Comic Con. I am a strong believer that regardless of one’s personal tastes in makeup, clothing, or skincare regime, most people (regardless of gender) should be breaking out the fancy scents for special occasions. Smell, after all, is processed near the same area of the brain as emotion and memory. I also personally believe it’s human nature to just want to smell good — seriously, the perfume industry has been around at 4,000 years and knowing human nature, we were probably doing it in small batches before the Bronze age. And no wonder, since certain scents have been shown to improve sexual response in both men and women.
Personally? I just feel hella confident when I smell good. But my husband is pretty indifferent or actively dislikes a lot of perfumes. Floral scents are on his no-no list straight off, as they irritate his allergies. A lot of fruity or spicy scents have an underlying note that he finds irritating as well. So I wanted to find a signature scent that wouldn’t irritate his allergies, that he would associate with me and good memories of me, and hopefully get him in the mood to be cuddly. I also wanted something I could wear to work that wouldn’t be overpowering when helping clients in the fitting room.
We found a primary scent at the booth, which makes me smell like high-end vanilla ice cream. This past week I’ve been trying the free samples the shop assistant put in my bag.
Advertised as: true Halloween pumpkin, spiced with nutmeg, glowing peach and murky clove.
Smells like: a little like nutmeg and clove, a little fruity, but it has no staying power on my skin. Faded to nothing within an hour. Darn, I wanted to like this one.
Husband said: Faded before I could get to the husband to smell it, so I gave it to a coworker.
Advertised as: Bawdy plum with amaretto, burgundy wine and black currant.
Smells like: Sweet, fruity, yummy with a little wine afterthought. I’ve worn it a few times and I wind up reapplying it after lunch, but it has a good staying power.
Husband said: Tolerable, reminds him of cotton candy. I like it, so it might be what I wear to work.
Advertised as: Three white cakes, vanilla, and red and black currants.
Smells like: Oh my gosh, smells like the rich, yummy fruitcake — the really good, moist kind that our wealthier relatives used to send us from expensive bakeries on holidays that dripped with rich, vanilla icing. Great staying power on my skin, I put it on right before my hubby left for work and it’s still there, though a bit fainter, seven hours later.
Husband said: “It’s all right.” Blech, I might just get a bottle to make ME happy.
Sweets to The Sweet
Advertised as:n Sugar upon sugar, honey upon honey: white cane sugar and honey absolute.
Smells like: Very sweet, and smelled “perfumey.” Will do in a pinch, but I never even ran it by hubby to get his opinion.