The truth is that I doubt I'd ever be willing to forsake all other perfumes for one signature scent, even if it's something composed exclusively for me. Still, the idea of a bespoke perfume is deeply appealing. Just imagine the possibilities: a perfumer you admire, carefully choosing notes and raw materials to create your fragrant fantasy...
I'm having a hard time even deciding on a perfumer. Should I go local with Brooklyn-based Christopher Brosius? I'm already emotionally attached to his fig perfume, Revelation, so just imagine the possibilities. And if we're speaking of emotions and connections, the closest I've gotten so far to a signature scent is probably Andy Tauer's L'Air du Desert Marocain, not to mention there's rarely a week going by without me wearing one of Tauer's perfume. Then there are some other dear favorites from American natural perfumer Anya McCoy who creates soul stirring perfumes to Dawn Spencer Hurwitz who amazes me again and again with her art. How can I even choose?
(And I'm not even thinking about international superstars such as Maurice Roucel or Christopher Sheldrake. I know we're fantasizing, but still)
Now, let's think what I'd like in my bottle. There are some notes I consider my signature- smoky amber, fig, vanilla, honey, tagetes, civet and leather. I'm pretty sure you can't put all of them together in one composition. Or can you? Would you? Would I? Doesn't it sound horribly wrong or so delicious it makes me weak in the knees? Can you imagine a leathery Miel de Bois with a side of civet and a fig opening (I can hear you vomit)? Or maybe a tagetes perfume over the incensy Tauerade base?
There you have it- some of my deepest darkest perfume fantasies. What are yours? Who would create them for you? Let's talk about it.
Photo of Barbara Pepper and her vanity from Stirred, Straight Up With A Twist.