Friday, January 29, 2010

Perfume personae: A personality review

Although I haven’t been around long enough when it started in Egypt with esters and oils centuries ago, and I still wasn’t on the scene to witness the handing down of the trade secrets to Guerlain's Mitsouko (1925), Jean Patou’s Joy (1926), Marc Jacob’s Daisy or even Caron's Yatagan (1976), yet in my day I have come to love and appreciate fragrances particularly perfumes. I simply love fragrances and to me, there are only a few things in this world with deeper intimacy. With perfume, you could travel backward or forward in time, find or create personalities, and give you the opportunity of being an existing self, or a new one altogether. At different seasons, places and phases, I get different bottles and over the years I’ve had my share of flankers of Hugo Boss, Avon, Jean Paul Gaultier, Issey Miyake, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, JLo, Estee Lauder and Christian Dior.

This present season has united six bottles on my table which I use according to my mood or to create one. Scarlett Johansson’s lips, Vivica Fox’s face, Queen Latifah’s spunkiness, Dita Von Teese’s sass ... Plastic surgery aint got nothing on perfume!

Tiare Mimosa Acqua Allegoria by Guerlain
A dual personality in a bottle, Mimosa is gentle and confident which exudes sexiness in a most subtle way. Unassuming and composed, this simple lady has an eye for quality, style and has a certain presence about her that garners respect. Her favourite time of the day is evening, when she takes a walk and feels the gentle breeze caress her hair. She likes order and abhors noise. You’ll find this soulful soft-spoken lady at art exhibitions and galleries, poetry recitals like Taruwa listening to poetry, jazz and soulful ballads. Just when you turn your head wondering where she is, she whispers, “I never left.” Neither a weakling nor a trouble maker, she does have naughty motives and strategies to win her wars.
In a colour: Beige


Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel
My rapport with this mademoiselle is one filled with deep respects and as such not very often as I do not want to take her friendship for granted. It’s not like I don’t value the others, don't get me wrong but this lady, she’s a femme fatale. This female goes to black-tie events dressed in an LBD. She’s a fox on the red carpet.
In a colour: Purple


212 Sexy by Carolina Herrera
The boss. She won’t take no for an answer. She knows what she wants and works hard strategies to get it. She does not neglect her emotions and still communes with her inner child. One moment she’s sipping fine wine from foreign flutes, the next she’s working out on a treadmill. Full of ambition bridled with unparalleled zeal. You never met anyone like her. Neyo sang about her. He called her “Miss Independent.”
In a colour: Rouge


Live (Luxe) by Jennifer Lopez
The effervescent Sanguine: Agile, youthful and undeterred, living, loving and giving. Neither rain nor heartbreak could dowse her fire. Doing what she does best at every social function she attends, chatting to some cute lad. F-L-I-R-T alert! She’s the label freak – Choos, JBL, LDA, you name ‘em. She’s glamorous’ - I bet Fergie had her in mind. She’s the insomniac that never gets camera-shy. She’s loyal though, she loves her friends and family. Incurable romantic, this girl. She’s like the female version of Peter Pan.
In a colour: Yellow


Reserve by Perry Ellis
I’ll tell a little story right here. I didn’t pick this classic fougere, it was a gift. I had mixed feelings about this one, but allowed it to grow on me. One evening, I wore this for a walk and got quite a number of compliments and that has been the story ever since. Pure chemistry, it always works – the guys love it on me.
Reserve is fresh and clean and reminds you of a room window opened over a morning fresh dew-kissed garden. No fruits, no games, it’s a serious maturity with this one. Now the trip is that as time passes and the undertones are roused, Reserve switches from work to play mode – and gets all playful on you. Just when you start to take off your work overalls, there’s a new persona. She asks you to put Wande Coal on replay and delves into a bowl of Haagen Daz and Oreos. Child at heart.
In a person: Believer in Classical music, yoghurts, salads, no snacking between meals but indulges occasionally. Gets a regular pedicure but no artificial nails.
In a colour: Olive


Light Blue by Dolce & Gabbana
Has a semblance with Reserve but with a distinct personality. Similar because it is fresh and clean, distinct because its freshness is Ocean Fresh! This hydrophiliac loves to have summer flings and takes delight in sun-kissed tanned skin. Having a happy-go-lucky personality, she’s unafraid to flout convention and lives without regard to what convention dictates or what others expect.
In a colour: Aquamarine.

What are you loving? What are you wearing? Fragrance wise.