Tonight in The Scented Salon we meet…
The Doctor who married a Perfumista
Jordan: Welcome to The Scented Salon Dr O. Thank you for web-cycling in from Vienna. What was your first cologne?
Dr O: My first scent was probably Eternity for Men. I believe it was the aftershave balm although I may have had the cologne or EDT as well. I remember that I tried the deodorant as well – what a fail that was! I have since switched to Speed Stick and never looked back.
Dr O: On a regular day I will just use some Polo Blue, Dior Fahrenheit (my wife says it is the old formulation and that the current one is “dead”, whatever that means), L’Eau de Cartier Essence de Bois, or I may forget to put anything on, but on the weekend I like to go with a dab, never a spray, of Puredistance M or a spray of one of the Amouages (my favorites are Honour Man and Epic Man) or Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan.
I once owned a bottle of L’Eau de Serge Lutens, which reminded me of L’Eau d’Issey and Davidoff Cool Water both of which I liked in the nineties, but I just couldn’t stand my wife’s tirades against calone any longer, so I didn’t repurchase. The sequel L’Eau Froide was a bust in my book.
Jordan: Excellent taste with highly stylized curation. Your scent library covers a lot of ground. Amouage is ‘it’ for me in terms of Men’s fragrance. I have to ask you: Do you buy for yourself?
Dr O: I wouldn’t dare! I would probably buy a horrendous scent by the olfactory standards in our house so I usually end up with samples that I either may or have to try. If I like something and it is deemed worthy of being in our collection it will be bought for me. Then I use it up and move on.
Jordan: What are your perfume preferences or notes that you like?
Dr O: I was quite taken with the concept of Molecule 01 for a while for two reasons: I like the smell of Iso E Super and secondly I couldn’t believe that you could get away with such a stunt. But then again I have seen a blank canvas at the Tate …. These days I like fresh (I can just see my wife rolling her eyes) as well as incense and amber scents.
Jordan: Yes, Molecule 01 has been likened to The Emperor’s New Scent but in reverse.
What is it like living with a Perfumista?
Dr O: I have never thought about what it is like to live with a perfumista. I just live with my wife and kids and try to enjoy the little time I spend at home with them as much as I can. I am, of course, immensely proud of her and her achievements and secretly enjoy being a semi-celebrity by proxy without having to put up with a moody, anorexic, vegan actress in Hollywood.
Dr O: I try to stay away from too much perfume at work. I remember putting on Ambre Sultan one morning before work and not liking it after a few hours. Perfume just doesn’t mix well with blood, sweat and tears – my patients’ that is.
Jordan: Ambre Sultan is amazing for men. It is one of those ‘fumes that inspires stealthy acquisitive actions in others. Be careful it does not get snatched from your collection.
Dr O: Love is ….. not to say anything when you come home from work and your wife is testing a perfume that, I swear, I just smelled on the homeless in the subway station… but seriously it is buying a 300€ bottle of something we have plenty of at home, oohing and aahing over it and pretending to never having smelled something like it before.
Jordan: Such cleverness Dr O and not surprising that you have embraced the Viennese tradition of self-analysis for self preservation.
Jordan: Any scent memories?
Dr O: That one superhot, muggy day a year in Vienna when smelling the asphalt melting under my feet and walking by a trashcan suddenly teleports me to NYC.
Jordan: When the weekend arrives what do you do?
Dr O: What I love most is to eat and cook. I bought many of Mandy Aftel’s Chef’s Essences and love to experiment with them. Or I just throw a pork shoulder on the smoker and slowly roast it for 8 hours on the weekend. My dream is to take some time off work and spend it apprenticing with a few chefs wherever they are located in the world.
Jordan: Dr O, thank you for sharing your collection and your personal insights.
We will be talking again with Dr O next month in The Scented Salon when he reviews the fragrant Kampot Peppercorns which should be arriving on the doorstep in Vienna any minute now. We may even have a recipe coming up from Dr O for a Scent Dinner.
Photos: Stephansdom, Vienna and The Love Gate by Perfumista Birgit Oeckher.
Birgit, Dr O’s wife, is Olfactoria of Olfactoria’s Travels, an Internet-based travel agency specializing in web-tours to Perfumes, Beauty, and Senusal Delight covering destinations all over The Fragrant Stratosphere. First class travel is complimentary and you can board here anytime that suits you. Morning Tea travelers are welcome as are long-haul explorers.
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Top lavender mandarin orange bergamot lemon
Heart coriander lily orange blossom juniper berries basil jasmine sage lily-of-the-valley geranium
Dry Down sandalwood amber musk vetiver brazilian rosewood
As per Fragrantica
Reviews: there are none
Polo Blue – Ralph Lauren
Perfumers: Carlos Benaim and Christophe Laudamiel
Classification: Aromatic Fougere
Top melon mandarin orange cucumber
Heart basil sage geranium
Dry Down musk woodsy notes suede
Honour Man – Amouage
The Non-Blonde review “all kinds of little turns and twists”
Epic Man – Amouage
What Men Should Smell Like review “perfume harem” ” It is a scent with personality and requires a confident owner to show off the fragrance’s many facets.”
Pere de Pierre review “exhibits a peculiar incandescent quality – it may be nocturnal, but it’s lit by a silvery full moon”
M – Pure Distance
Kafka’s review – “molten marvel”
Smelly Thoughts review
Smelly Thoughts Too Young To Like It l’enfant terrible of niche perfume critique in a fragrant drama playing out now on Facebook. Corners please gentlemen.
Olfactoria’s Travels review “blew me away”
Personal Odour review “love at first sniff”
Olfactoria’s Travels review “Ambre Sultan is to sensuality what Muscs Kublai Khan is to sexuality”
Now Smell This review – Kevin justifies ‘ambergamy’ to this fragrance
File: Private Collection – Dr O in Vienna