April wasn’t my best month: I managed to hurt first my back (many things contributed to that) and then my neck (that happened in a heartbeat – who would have thought that a simple morning stretch in bed might be that traumatic!).
I discovered that while effecting my perfume wearing1 routine these types of health problems did not impede much my perfume testing2: I could still entertain myself by sniffing perfumes even while it was difficult to move.
Since I wear most perfumes just once per month – not intentionally, it just happens this way – I realized that as soon as for whatever reason I repeat the same perfume two-three times the favorite notes calculation gets skewed towards notes from that perfume. I’m not sure if it makes that part of my findings less accurate (or more?) but this month I decided to skip that point.
At the same time I got curious how often with that pattern of a single wear I reach for those perfumes that I chose this month.
So I didn’t neglect most of my favorites: I wore 18 of them (75%) within the last six months. It was interesting to find out that I wore Diorissimo 364 days ago – for May Day 2012. It wasn’t a full year because I knew I would be working from home on that day so this year I wore Diorissimo on the last day in April. Two perfumes that I didn’t wear for the longest time were Dior Diorella and Giorgio Armani Eclat de Jasmin. The completely unexpected was the fact that I wore them 499 and 498 days correspondently before I wore them again this April.
Quick April stats:
* Different perfumes worn: 24 from 16 brands on 26 occasions;
* Different perfumes tested: 40 from 21 brands on 44 occasions;
* Perfumes I tried for the first time: 18 (I liked 5; disliked 5; and felt indifferent about 8);
* Perfume house I wore most often: Guerlain (yep!);
* Perfume house I tested the most: Jo Malone (I was testing Sugar & Spice collection before it’s gone to decide if I wanted to buy any of those. PUBLIC WARNING: Bitter Orange & Chocolate is almost sold out; jomalone.com is the only online retailer that still has it);
Do you think in your collection there are perfumes that you still like but for which you haven’t reached in a long while?
1 When I wear a perfume I apply it to at least three-four points and usually I plan to spend at least 4-8 hours with the same scent so I’m prepared to re-apply if the original application wears off.
2 For the testing I apply a perfume to one area on my arms easily available for the repetitive sniffing. But, most likely, I’m the only one who can smell it. I can test two, sometimes even more perfumes at the same time.
Image: my own