Two Fragrance Reviews by a person who does not wear fragrance
Last month we visited with a writer who doesn’t wear scent. He thinks that scent…is a disguise.
Since then I have sent him two bottles to review. Let’s see what he has to say.
From Woon Tai Ho
The first scent is heavy and deep, it overpowers at first but the lingering impact is comforting. The second is sweet, almost like a flower.
I could get used to the first over time. I am suspicious of the second. If the first was a person, I would want to see the person again. The second is like a teasing breeze. I am less trusting of it.
The first scent is like a strong wood. It stays powerful. Not sure if I want a scent to last that long.
The second is candy. Not a smell I am comfortable with. I can do without it.
You say surrender to scent. I could surrender to the first scent. I think it could lead me somewhere.
But I don’t think I have made up my mind about wearing either. If I must I would be pulling myself out of a comfort zone. I think I would be very conscious of wearing the first scent. I would feel frivolous wearing the second.
I need to get used to wearing scent, especially in hot Singapore. A day like today – the temperature is above 30 degrees C. My natural body oils would feel invaded, usurped by a scent.
I am also going through an emotionally trying time, finding it very difficult to be trusting, so perhaps a scent could be good company once I got used to it.
Wearing a scent is probably the most personal thing a person can wear. It externalises one’s soul.
Pores are windows of our body.
So a scent is like a breeze that visits.
When the soul avails itself, the scent can be an agreeable stranger.
A beautiful stranger.
Jordan: Thank you Tai Ho for your insights into a realm you have not visited before.
Woon Tai Ho reviewed Dzongkha by L’Artsian Perfumuer (the first scent) and Neroli Portafino by Tom Ford (second scent). His sister has received Neroli Portofino with delight. Tai Ho has Dzongkha on standby in case a rare scent-wearing moment should overtake him.
Classification: Woody Spicy
Dzongkha was inspired by the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. Dzongkha is a language, the spiritual language of Bhutan.
a quiet, introspective scent, a study in tasteful understatement
Perfume Smellin’ Things
Perfumer: Rodrigo Flores-Roux
Classification: Citrus Aromatic
lavender thyme rosemary bergamot
neroli orange blossom
herbal musk woody amber
exhilarating… It has a cool, crisp character, which is retained even in the drydown.
Bois De Jasmin