Updating your Scent
Fragrances are commonly regarded as one of the most personal items in a man’s or woman’s grooming cabinet. Undoubtedly, when it comes to sensorial perception, smell plays a primordial role to the point where memories of particular persons or places are inherently associated with specific scents. It’s like part of memories are comprised by an olfactive fraction which comes into play whenever you come across that particular odor. Developing such an intricate relation with its wearer as well as those around him/her, fragrances easily become a tough, personal choice based solely on individual taste.
Despite the never ending amount of available alternatives, categorized according to its main notes and family such as floral, spicy or woody, there are those who develop a special bond with a unique scent which often becomes somewhat of a trademark. Then again, others prefer to continuously rotate their selection to cover the widest possible spectrum. Whichever group you fall into, I believe one should have at least as many fragrances as “fashion” seasons.
Much like what happens with garments come a new season, your scent should follow and adapt to the days to come. Summer is time for fresher fragrances, with hints of fruit or citruses overpowering the more wintery notes of spices and wood. If you’re looking for a unique essence with strong personality give Diptyque Philosykos a try; I’ve been wearing it for a while now and I must say it has become a personal favourite along with the discontinued Paul Smith London.
Word of advice? If you’re struggling to find that perfect gift, stay away from perfumes: unless it’s someone who religiously wears the same one for years, there’s a high risk of missing it by a long shot.