Remember when I told you that you are all enormous nerds? I think the indie perfume brands are onto us. Lately I’ve been seeing all of these perfumes based on the most delightfully geeky themes. zomg smells (tagline: fine nerdy scents for fine nerdy people) carries the official perfume line for one of my favorite webcomics, Girl Genius. Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab has perfumes inspired by Hellboy and Labyrinth. (How exciting do the notes for Hellboy- “aftershave, candy wrappers, brimstone, and cat”- sound??) Esscentual Alchemy has a freaking Doctor Who perfume.
Obviously, my first instinct was to buy all the things. Except for the Doctor Who perfume. I don’t watch Doctor Who. It just seems awfully complicated. There’s time travel and reincarnation and TARDISes and Companions and Daleks and I only have so many hours in a day, you know? But then I started wondering: could these fine nerdy scents be too good to be true? Maybe the nerdy angle is just another kind of (super clever) marketing, a cute shtick meant to distract us from the fact that the perfume itself is mediocre. Does anyone have experience with any of these lines, or any other allegedly geeky perfumes that I’ve missed? Do y’all think that these are worth sampling?