Calvin Klein, "Truth." When I wear perfume, that's my scent. I have a tendency to stick to one scent for years, and then tire of it. Liz Claiborne "Realities" was what I wore before I switched to this one, about 8 years ago.
I've lately decided that it's time for a change, again. Knowing this, for Christmas, Clint gave me a home-made coupon for a bottle of perfume, the scent of my choice.
The problem is, nothing's grabbing me. I have to love the scent I'm wearing, or honestly, I'll never put it on. I make pit-stops in the Macy's perfume section, choose one that might be tolerable, spritz on the tester, and wear it for an evening. That which I think I like, I do not, after 20 minutes.
I tear the perfume samples out of tawdry Glamour magazines, and try them on. I thought I'd found one: Tommy Hilfiger's "Dreaming." It smelled pretty nice, I thought, after I'd rubbed the page on my wrists. But this evening I spritzed on the sampler, and disliked it immediately. It smacked of "White Shoulders." I like White Shoulders, but if I wanted to wear White Shoulders, I'd buy White Shoulders. So, Dreaming's out.
I also like Ralph Lauren's "Romance," but that's Diane's signature scent. I'd just walk around thinking "man, I smell good; I smell just like Diane." Anyway, you can't steal your friend's signature scents.
Maybe you can help me out: I like spicy, almost masculine scents. Clean, but not too soapy. Something reminiscent of sandalwood, perhaps. I don't want anything fruity: no coconut perfume for me! And nothing too floral, I generally find them too strong. I took a whiff of something called "Picaso" today and nearly keeled over. I've no interest in smelling like a little old lady's compact face powder, circa 1917.
Any suggestions? What do you wear?