This weekend I received the highest compliment a perfume blogger could ever ask for: a reader told me that she bought a perfume specifically because I had recommended it. (It was Jo Malone Black Vetyver Cafe! Shoutout to Debra, who now smells amazing!) I was so thrilled and honored that someone had found my Star Trek-studded ramblings convincing enough to spend non-Monopoly money on one of my recommendations.
That encounter got me thinking about all of the perfumes I’ve been persuaded to buy based solely on another person’s intriguing review. I don’t even want to think about how many perfumes I’ve bought and shamefacedly returned the next day because of Now Smell This reviews. I sought out Etat Libre d’Orange Fils de Dieu because Bois de Jasmin called it “a modern twist on Guerlain Shalimar”; I’ve had an eBay alert on Lanvin My Sin ever since reading Laren Stover lament its discontinuation in The Bombshell Manual of Style; I got a cat because all the other perfume bloggers had one. (That part’s not true. I got a cat so I could dress her in booties.)
Are you ever influenced by perfume reviews? Are you usually happy with the perfumes you bought “under the influence”? Are there any perfume bloggers who consistently keep you reaching for the credit card?