Thursday, April 1, 2010
Hermes "Un Jardin sur le Nil" , Bond No. 9 "Chelsea Flowers" and other sniffs at Saks
I was in a sniffing frenzy Tuesday night - after meeting up with some family members for dinner after work (on the far east end of town - I live far west), I passed a Saks on the way home and just HAD to see what they offered.
Jo Malone, Bond No. 9, Creed, and Hermes!!!
I was like a kid in a candy shop but I only had about 45 minutes to sniff.
Oh woe is me. What do I do? What do I sniff first?
Before I go on, I have some thoughts:
1) Department store perfume counter folks really don't know perfume.
2) Clerks at ritzy stores sometimes come off as being all that, but I learned a long time ago just to silently giggle at them when they are snooty "you only WORK here, buddy, you don't own the place!"
Regarding 1) I know this is a huge generalization. But here I am, in one of the ritzy-est stores around where silk scarves are going for $300.00+, and the counter guy looked at me blankly when I said I don't like perfumes with aldehydes. Counter guy WAS really nice and complementary "you know your stuff" (I am actually just learning, but okay) but I really wanted to talk perfume and he couldn't. Sigh.
Okay back to the sniff-fest...After a few tries at the Jo Malone counter, I lost interest. I then saw the Bond No. 9 display and was all over that.
I tested New Haarlem which I thought too much honey, and their High Line- just green and citrus I thought. Silver Factory was awesome, but so much like everything I'm initially drawn to. I have it in my head that I need to learn how to appreciate florals. Lexington Avenue - ho hum. Chelsea Flowers - oh I'm in a non-stuffy non-fake flower shop!
Then to the Creed - oh my!!! Fleurs de Bulgarie is, dare I say, more intriguing than Fleurs de la Rose Bulgare? FdlRB is on my Want list - but can I also Want another Creed?
Back to counter guy. Hermes counter didn't have Un Jardin sur le Nil in plain sight, so he found it for me. I HAD to try that!! (BTW, he also made me a sample of Creed FdB after I asked for one - score!!)
Then there was another salesperson, a woman, who was really annoying. She showed me the bottle of La Prarie's Life Threads (cannot remember which one) and was saying something like this is the fragrance for the strong woman, blah blah blah. I sniffed and walked away, nicely of course.
I felt like I had to buy something - well actually I WANTED to buy something, but I couldn't decide between the Creeds and the Un Jardin sur le Nil was at the part in the drydown which smelt like rotten mangoes, so I went back to the Bond No. 9 counter and bought Chelsea Flowers. Again, because I need to learn florals (or so I think).
After my expensive purchase, counter guy asked me if I wanted some Bond no 9 samples and I had him choose for me - Silver Factory (yay!), Scent of Peace and Saks Fifth Avenue for Her.
Driving home, I was kicking myself for buying the Bond No. 9. I should have bought the Un Jardin sur le Nil because after awhile UJslN is was the most crisp and dry and wonderful thing ever! Arggh! Do I or will I ever really LOVE CF? Why did I do that!?!?
So yes, buyer's remorse.
Anyone want a sample of Chelsea Flowers!? I'll feel better if others will enjoy the purchase with me.
I wore CF all day on Wednesday - I would catch a whiff of flowers every once in a while and it hit me 'wow that's me!" So although I'm not over my remorse, I'm living with it! I must learn florals. I must!
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