Hey there A Bottled Rose, It’s a Mood Scent 4 week. WOO HOO! This month the crew are looking at Made For Me. Sometimes you smell a fragrance and it is everything you dreamed a perfume could be. Suddenly there is life before and life after discovery. Fortunately for regular people this is the end of their search and they find a signature scent. As a perfumista though this may (hopefully) happen many times. I’m one of the lucky ones and it does happen fairly regularly around here. So I’ve picked a few that exploded in my life over time, some are still available, some not, all changed me because I found a new fragrance that felt perfectly Made For Me. Some of these I talk about a lot, of course I do, they’re Made For Me!
Obviously, these choices are subject to change, daily.
Can’t wait to read about your favourite Made For Me perfumes in the comments too.
Mood Scent 4: Made For Me
Blonde by Versace
Versace Blonde is such a time capsule for me. I remember the first time I ever smelled it. We were doing a club night and giving out spray samples of Versace Dreamer, Mugler A*Men and we had about a dozen 5ml splash testers of Blonde. Well, that very first sniff had me swooning. Though I had loved the big white florals of the 1980s nothing came close to this ridiculously OTT tuberose/ylang bomb. It suited drug fucked drag queen ethos down to the ground. In the instant that I smelled it the Fendi I had been wearing faithfully for years fell out of favour and I was wearing Blonde. Oh, and can we talk about the bottle?
Granville by DIOR
This is the strangest Made For Me of them all. Released in 2010 with the original DIOR La Collection Couturier Parfumeur. The range was groundbreaking and took a bunch of fragrant chances that other design houses of the time were much too timid to contemplate. Granville is a riff on cologne but done so impeccably that it doesn’t even feel like the same genre. A peppery, herbal, lemon and pine fragrance that is called aromatic on Fragrantica. Intended as a womans fragrance but done in the masculine style. Its longevity is astounding and even still, wearing it feels exceptional.
Mohur by Neela Vermeire Creations
No surprises for anyone who has read much of my writing. Mohur changed the whole perfume game for me. Its rich, intricate style with sweet, heavy, thick roses and a truckload of whistles and bells is eye rollingly swoon worthy. Still when I spritz Mohur its tantalising story unfolds differently every time, the nuances are unbelievable. Not only did I adore the fragrance it prompted me to seek out this Neela Vermeire and find out what sort of person could inspire such magic in a perfumer. Since then we have become dear friends who talk regularly on the phone for hours and catch up whenever we can.
Niki de Saint Phalle
I admit the snake bottle was what drew me to Niki de Saint Phalle. Then researching her story and art pushed me over into obsession. The fragrance is one of the chypres of its era. A perfect representative of the style that I adore so much. When I finally got to try the scent it clicked in a way only vintage Miss Dior had done before it. They are same family but very different. Suddenly a couple of years ago Niki de Saint Phalle became very cheap at the discounters and I knew its time was up so I bought truckloads. I never want my collection to be dry of this beauty.
Shalimar by Guerlain
Shalimar has been part of my life since I can remember. Mum and a couple of her girlfriends wore it so I remember it as the scent of hugs and love. What’s not to adore fragrantly here? Every time I spritz that lemon gelato swirl descending into vanilla rich labdanum and incense with the lot it brings me a rush of joy so pure. No other perfume in my life has travelled so closely or felt so definitively Made For Me. Strange, isn’t it that something so fragrantly ubiquitous can make a perfumista feel like that. Another thing I love is that though the vintages in my collection are all slightly different, they all still feel like me.
Trouble by Boucheron
Luca Turin calls Trouble a mess, and I admit he’s right. Thing is though, it’s a mess Made For Me. There is something about the screaming, sweet, heavy, unbridled OTTness of it all. Suits my personality. You can see above I’m currently on a flanker called Trouble Iridescent Eau Legere. It’s a less bombarding attack on the senses and gives a much lighter, more spacious hit of the scent. Still based on a sticky rich amber accord it’s more modern and wearable. Another perfume I noticed becoming extremely cheap on the discounters and stocked up. PHEW! Prices have gone through the roof.
So what are some of your Made For Me perfumes, and why?