Hey there A Bottled Rose, It’s a Mood Scent 4 week. WOO HOO! This month the crew are looking at Joyful Spritzing perfumes. My thought for Joyful Spritzing is the ones I like to spritz a LOT of. Ones that not only give me happiness through their smell but the simple act of giving myself a few good blasts of them. The memories and feelings that I know will join me through the life of the scent. The whole wonderful experience of having, holding, spritzing, smelling and remembering are so much more than just what I smell.
Obviously, these choices are subject to change, daily.
Can’t wait to read about your favourite Joyful Spritzing perfumes in the comments too.
Mood Scent 4: Joyful Spritzing
Aromatics Elixir by Clinique
This old charmer is iconic for a bunch of reasons, not least of which is that it smells amazing on everyone who wears it. Created in the early 1970s by Bernard Chant it was the sister of Cabochard (1959), Aramis (1964), Azuree (1969) and the precursor to Cinnabar (1978). A quintet of spicy, herbaceous, leathery beauties smoothed with resins and incense. There are no wallflowers in the group. All are handsome divas but it’s Aromatica Elixir that stands out head and shoulders above the others for me. It has a soaring grandeur and elegance. It feels perfectly poised yet ready to take on the world. My mate Scotty once dared me to wear 35 sprays and it was like walking in a cloud of fragrance. The fact that it’s still available so reasonably and in really good nick makes it a definite joyful spritz in my books.
Bulgari Man In Black
Released in 2014 Man In Black feels at least 100% better made and thought out than it ever needed to be. A very niche inspired offering with the woods, leather and oud referencing darkness you would expect from a much higher priced product. My first spritz was in a Duty Free hall in some airport on one of Jin’s and my adventures. Being 2014 it may have been on the way to or from the USA or South Korea. All I remember is standing there with my mind blown, what a sensational surprise. I know it’s not listed as a note but I get a very clear fig note in the heart, a slightly juicy lactonic sweetness that persists right through to dry down. When I wear Man In Black I like to go heavy and it always brings a smile to my face that something so beautiful could be this affordable and available. The discounters have it for next to nothing nowadays so I have a back up just in case. I gave myself four blasts before starting to write this post and it is so damn good, smiling as I type.
Curious by Britney Spears
OK, if we are talking joyful spritzing then this little lovely HAD to be included. Curious is a juicy floral aquatic. Not mind-blowing, not groundbreaking, does smell a LOT more expensive than it is and does that fresh waterlily in the rain excellently. I had the box for ages but only recently opened it. Since then it has not left my desk and gets spritzed with gay abandon regularly till my chest is wet with it. I get so much simple joy from sitting at my desk doing comment answering, eMails, FaceBook and reading perfume blogs while wafting crazy amounts of this pretty, fresh, fun and super cheap perfume. Even the ridiculous bottle makes me happy. Aren’t you the least bit Curious?
Niki de Saint Phalle
Anyone who has read any of my perfume writing over the years will know that Niki de Saint Phalle the artist and the perfume hold a special place in my heart. It is the most me chypre of them all. Sadly discontinued and becoming impossible to find anymore for reasonable prices. Fortunately I saw the writing on the wall and stocked up enough to last me till the day I die. Friends have also grabbed them when they see them and so I am still able to joyfully spritz it. There is something incredible lavish about having enough of something I love, even though when I use it there will never be more. So when I wear Niki de Saint Phalle it is one of my most bittersweet joyful spritzes, which makes it all the more precious.
Pour un Homme de Caron
I might have talked about Pour un Homme de Caron here before but it seriously bears repeating. Smelling like lavender lollies is Ah May Zing! Sweet, fresh, relaxing, energising and green; lavender itself is a weird combination of so many different facets. When you add vanilla and sugar to the mix it heightens the pleasure. Now add in a generous dollop of slightly animalic amber and you have the most elegant masterpiece that no-one knows about. In production since 1934 and getting harder and harder to find, I seriously worry if we are about to lose it from the face of the earth. Caron has been in all sorts of trouble in the 21st century and I think they may have been left behind in the rush towards new. I don’t care, I’d rather joyously spritz this rare enigmatic beauty and enjoy it while I can. Then one day when I’ve drained my bottles I’ll look back and remember how much I loved it and how glorious I smelled.
Rahele by Neela Vermeire Creations
When it comes to joyful spritzing I’ve left my most important till last. Rahele is the least flamboyant of the Neela Vermeire Creations oeuvre. This 2016 release was a complete let down for me. I thought it banal and pedestrian and unworthy to sit within the line. Though I’d tried it and not liked it, out of love for my friend Neela I bought a bottle while in Vienna, which was the first place I saw it for sale. It was also the first bottle I bought on that holiday. So I started wearing it. You know when you like something but don’t love it you feel that you can give yourself extra spritzes just to use it up. Well, this quiet violet, osmanthus and leather beauty stole my heart. It needs time to appreciate its charms. Since then it has vied with Mohur as my favourite of the line. It’s calmness is perfect, especially for days when you want to smell exquisite but also need to get stuff done. It will not constantly derail your thoughts. Rahele sits beautifully in the background till you want to smell it and there it is, perfection. I wore it for our wedding day and it shone, garnering loads of “you smell amazing” from our crew. Yet it never intrudes, never takes over and is a subtle reassurance that the world and my place in it is OK.
So what are your favourite Joyful Spritzing fragrances, and why?