Is anyone else a little star-struck by Carrie of Eyeliner on a Cat? She’s been featured in Allure Magazine, serves as a committee member on the FiFi Indie Committee, and has a hardcore Dracula tattoo. Ultimately, however, her passion for Guerlain L’Heure Bleue parfum makes her all-too-relatable. Today she shares a picture of the gorgeous Troutie and tells us which perfumer she’s dreaming of a Christmas card from.
Why do you write about perfume?
I write about perfume because I’m a fangirl. Perfumery is an art just like any other, and the medium of fragrance speaks very loudly to me. I just want to share my love, enthusiasm and sense of wonder.
In “Bottled Seduction” your absolute triumph of an article for Allure Magazine, you suggest that perfume newbies need to “visit the nearest Guerlain counter and explore”. What’s the next step for those of us who know our way around the Guerlain counter?
Sample everything. We’re lucky enough to have places like Luckyscent and The Perfumed Court to order samples from, and there are always swaps with friends via mail. I don’t believe one should write something off before the juice meets skin, you never know what will move you.
What are your favorite perfume houses?
Aftelier, Le Labo, Guerlain, Odin, Ormonde Jayne, Liz Zorn…the list could potentially go on for days. I enjoy a healthy mix of naturals and synthetics, mixed media, niche and artisanal perfumers as well as the bigger, classic houses.
What is your favorite place to shop for perfume?
I love me some Bergdorfs, they have a nice selection of harder to find Guerlain fragrances, even online. Of course there’s Luckyscent, who I’m not sure I could survive without. They’re wonderful. Also, many times I will buy directly from smaller perfume houses.
Do you really have a tattoo of Christopher Lee as Dracula?
It’s true, I do. I’m a huge Hammer Horror film buff, and Christopher Lee is the great love of my life. My husband accepts this.
What are some of your other interests outside of perfume?
Music, film, cats, nail polish, books, television. And Mark Harmon.
What perfumes are you hoping to find under the Christmas tree/Menorah branches this year?
I’ve already gotten myself a bottle of Guerlain Tonka Imperiale, and have received Aftelier Oud Luban solid in a beautiful silver case as a gift, so anything beyond that is pure gluttony. But since you asked (and since gluttony is my personal forte) I’ll wish for the rest of the Guerlain L’Art et la Matiere line, a bottle of L’Heure Bleue parfum from Bergdorfs, and a Christmas card from Thierry Wasser.