Once you pass the five-perfume mark, choosing which perfume to wear every day starts getting trickier. Once you pass the Dear-God-you’re-like-the-hoarder-woman-from-Labyrinth perfume mark, it’s damn near impossible.
So today I thought that I would share my perfume decision-making process, and ask y’all to share yours in the comments!
My daily perfume choice is usually based on the day’s activities. If it’s going to be a big study day, I look for perfumes that will help keep me sharp and focused, such as peppery perfumes like L’Artisan Poivre Piquant or Lolita Lempicka Si Lolita. If the occasion calls for human interaction and sociability, I reach for my most charming, effervescent scents; Tokyo Milk Gin & Rosewater or Jo Malone Vanilla & Anise usually do the trick.
If a friend comments positively on a particular perfume, I make sure to wear that perfume when I’m around her. Unfortunately, this strategy does occasionally backfire. One of my closest friends loved Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille when she sniffed it from the bottle. When I wore it the next time I saw her, however, she innocently asked, “What smells like a Yankee Candle?”
I also have certain outfits that I always pair with the same perfume. For example, I have this terribly summery dress from Anthropologie that I can’t imagine wearing with anything other than Kai.
Then there’s the basic black H&M dress that just doesn’t feel right without a spritz of Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille.
I always wear this umbrella shirt with Guerlain Après l’Ondée, because I like to pretend I’m clever.