An Exasperated Nose

I received my samples from The Perfumed Court today and I’m disturbed. My great gardenia excursion has not gone as planned…

I’ve tried around 30 different samples. Krigler Schöne Linden and Penhaligon’s Gardenia are the only gardenias that have caught my nose as a possible signature. And that includes gardenias by Isabey, Guerlain, Byredo and Roja Dove. AND two Gucci fragrances without gardenia are the real standouts. Gucci Winter’s Spring feels so personal it actually genuinely triggers me. Ha! And Gucci Virgin Violet is also very me… Actually if I wasn’t worried I’d accidentally signal an erotic interest in other women I’d just give-up and start using that as my signature. Violet has a long history of being a flower signifying female same sex romance… The thing is…it’s a very innocent but sweet and sensual flower. Pretty. Not innocent as in simple or even grounded or childlike…but innocent as in without guile. Pure.

Honestly…as I sit here observing it’s obvious to me that I’m Gucci Virgin Violet or Winter’s Spring regardless of connotations. Oh well… I don’t want to communicate the wrong thing because that’s just annoying for everyone but…the Gucci Violet is such a close to perfect scent for my signature. I love Schöne Linden and Penhaligon’s Gardenia but Virgin Violet is the best fragrance to express my soul. *eye-roll*

Wait! In the drydown Casablanca Lily and Roja Dove’s Gardenia are intriguing me but Gucci’s Violet still feels like me… Very me. Maybe Casablanca Lily is me happy… Me when I was a very little girl then fast-forward to being grown-up without some of the worst parts of my life. Or maybe I’m just this frozen, lost flower of spring? Oh golly…

*eye-roll*