What do we think about no-fragrance fragrance? I’m really conscious when I wear full-bodied scents like Pomegranate Noir or Pardon that I don’t want to overpower people and at this time of year, I’m more drawn towards subtle woods and naturals. I think that might be where my musk obsession came from as well. I love smells that are like ‘skin’ scents, that you smell when you’re close to someone but it’s not trailing in their wake.
This sounds silly but I almost prefer the way my perfume smells at the end of the day, when it’s dried down to practically nothing. I think that’s where I’m coming from with the no-fragrance fragrance thing. Or when you put on a sweater from the day before and it’s still got the faintest suggestion of scent on it. Apparently that’s the vibe of Glossier You (which I haven’t tried); it’s a contradiction of clean, warm, musky and animalic and smells different on everyone.
This is also the vibe I get from Hermès Terre d’Hermès Eau Intense Vetiver Eau de Parfum, the latest iteration from the Hermès classic. This is marketed to men but I’d easily class it as unisex, from the chunky square bottle, to the amber nectar, to the nutty-woody-with-a-hint-of-citrus smell. It’s a perfect autumn weekend jeans-and-jumper scent. It doesn’t shout but it elevates your mood just when you need it (hello 5pm energy slump).
Also in this family: Chanel Sycomore – the most elegant wood ever, and Jo Malone English Oak and Hazelnut, with its slightly tart edge. Actually, I think Sycomore and Terre d’Hermès Eau Intense Vetiver are great paired together. For that subtle no-fragrance fragrance effect, diffuse the scent by spraying it into the air – or just a little on your sweater…
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