One the most debated and discussed topics in the online perfume community is the compliments one gets (or doesn't get) on his or her scent of the day. I have a feeling that even those of us who feel the strongest about wearing perfume for nothing but personal pleasure enjoy an occasional acknowledgment of our good taste and marvelous sillage. Which is why many find themselves baffled when no one seems to notice them wearing the latest Lutens or Amouage. One theory that kind of makes sense that since people tend to like and respond to the easy and familiar, you are much more likely to get compliments for wearing something like Stella, Daisy, or Acqua di Gio than for your Comme des Garcons. Another popular notion is that if you're a woman, men will find you most attractive if you're wearing something that reminds them of their mother's sugar cookies or pumpkin pie. I have to tell you that other than my husband (whose mother never baked a pie in her life), nobody ever comments when I wear Like This (Etat Libre d'Orange). But vanillas in general and various Shalimars in particular do seem to generate approval.
Here are the seven perfumes from my collection that seem to have garner a substantial number of compliments over the years- many are from strangers or casual acquaintances who crossed my sillage, but also from family members who don't always share my taste. I'm not counting the husband in this case, because he truly enjoys the journey and has a high tolerance for almost anything. He says that his favorite perfumes for me to wear are Tauer L'Air du Desert Marocain, Panthere de Cartier, Miel de Bois and MKK. As you see, not exactly the average nose or taste.
I don't think there's much of a theme here, except a leaning towards oriental perfumes. Then again, a substantial part of my collection consists of these sweet fragrances, so it is kind of biased:
Cuir de Lancome
Frederic Malle- Musc Ravageur
Le Labo Santal 33
Guerlain Shalimar Light
Guerlain- Angelique Noire
Serge Lutens- Bois Oriental.
What do you think? Do you have a perfume or ten that get you plenty of praise?
Image: detail from a vintage Revlon ad via myvintagevogue.com.