Please note that this post title is a lot funnier if you are familiar with the hysterically awkward R&B “classic”, “Birthday Sex”.
So yesterday was Drew’s 22nd birthday, and we celebrated in a manner befitting a perfume blogger’s boyfriend! First, I handed over his presents: some chocolate covered salted caramels and a wee 30 ml bottle of Atelier Cologne Vanille Insensée. The Vanille Insensée smelled absolutely divine on him, all sweet wood tempered with lime. I then did my best impression of a domestic goddess by making Nigella Lawson’s champagne risotto for dinner. This was a mistake. I have the upper arm strength of a penguin (hint: penguins do not have arms), and proved embarrassingly incapable of the 20 minutes of constant stirring required for risotto-making.
However, the resulting risotto was absolutely worth it. I’m thinking of pretending to be Sephardic and making it for Passover. (Us lame-ass Ashkenazis aren’t allowed to eat rice during Passover!)
I really love the idea of giving perfume as a birthday present. It feels so personal, so celebratory! In fact, I buy myself perfume for my birthday every year. (Well, who the hell else is going to buy it for me?) For my 18th birthday, I bought a bottle of Bond No. 9 New Haarlem. I had just been through the hardest year of my life: my first year of college, during which I was forced to withdraw with only one month left to go. I felt weak and worthless. I needed something fierce, something brazen, to remind myself that I still had strength. When I turned 19, I chose a bottle of Guerlain Après l’Ondée from the tiny Guerlain boutique in the lobby of the Waldorf-Astoria. My purchase of Frederic Malle Lipstick Rose in Paris this past summer was a celebration of both my birthday and my first few months of eating disorder recovery. I wanted to remind myself that I could be glamorous even at my higher weight. (And a few months later, I really began to believe it.)
Have you ever received perfume for your birthday? Or, which perfumes would you love to receive as a birthday gift?