Hello folks. Welcome to the latest edition of Mood Scent 4, a joint blogging project with my perfume partners : I Scent You A Day, A Bottled Rose and L’Esperessence. Today we’re focusing on Night Out Perfumes to prep you for the party season.
December signals an uplift in the social calendar. If you have an office job it’s usually rounds of client parties and then the big one at your own workplace. I have some rather questionable memories of Xmas end of year shindigs that I won’t delve into here, just to say that thank goodness mobile phone cameras were not around back in those more hedonistic times.
Now with more wisdom (😉) and wear and tear, nights out are now a rare occasion but if and when the opportunity arises I endeavour to make a good go of it. There was a rather large one in London this year that didn’t really end well but it was a lot of fun while it lasted. These days a night out usually means a dinner down the road at the local Italian with the kids.
So this is for those of you whom are putting in a lot more effort than moi to get out and about. I’m going to propose a few scenarios and the perfect perfume. Please chime in at the comments with your preferred selections.
1. Foxy : DSH Perfumes : Dawn Spencer Hurwitz : 2017 : An intimate date night out as a Foxy Lady (or man)
This is a retro nouveau perfume and is just the style that Dawn Spencer Hurwitz excels at. Foxy is an ambered animalic with a boozy apple whiskey that dries down to a wonderful furry textured loved up snuggle. If you want to be a foxy lady (or man of course) for the evening then sign up right here. I do think this may be more appropriate for intimate date nights but do give it a whirl whatever you’re up to.
2. Black Orchid : Tom Ford : Givaudan Perfumers : 2006 : Femme fatale at the Xmas party
I admit I have written about this one before and it’s one of those perfumes that can absolutely thrill then at other moments repulse. I quite like the bottle that tries to be fancy even though it’s so plastic fantastic. Black Orchid has been worn on many a night out and it certainly has a vamp effect (in one’s mind at least). It’s a heady, rich scent with florals galore, a wonderful truffle note and a dash of chocolate to top it off. A modern bombshell.
3. Angel Les Parfums de Cuir : Thierry Mugler : 2012 : The casual night out
Angel Les Parfums de Cuir is the 20th anniversary Angel. It’s the Angel we know and love (or loathe), augmented with a leather facet. The cuir is a more wearable version of the classic scent but also think of it as a night out perfume that lifts the heavenly Angel skywards. The fruity aspects are there but dialled down a notch or two and the perfume seems a little darker in tone. It’s by no means a hard-core leather but just seems a tad smarter. Ideal for a casual night out and well worth seeking out.
4. Fille de Berlin : Serge Lutens : Christopher Sheldrake : 2013 : An elegant scent for somewhere fancy
A luscious dark rose appropriate for many moods and occasions in all reality. For the purposes of this piece though I definitely envisage it being worn for a more elegant evening, the kind I fantasise about, wearing an incredible dress and having makeup done just for the occasion. The sort of evening that unfortunately never calls my name but I’m right there with you in my mind. Fille de Berlin is a full bodied nearly purple hued rose with a jammy quality and a sense of greenery contained within. It also has a slight metallic bloody tang but only a hint. Personally I think this was one of the last great Lutens creations, although I haven’t tried all of the highly priced Section d’Or line yet. Wear Fille de Berlin when you need to take it up a notch and smell absolutely divine.
5. Incense Rosé : Tauer Perfumes : Andy Tauer : 2008 : I bet you smell good on the dance floor
This scent is for those of you who like a bit of the wow factor when going out. Incense Rosé is one of the few perfumes I own that attracts favourable comments. I do think that part of Incense Rosé’s success in this regard is its enormous projection ability comparable to the joys of an IMAX screen. It has a fizzy citrus sherbet like smell with the glare of hot pink rose and incense that lights up in neon brights. This was one of my first Tauer purchases and even though I wear many of Andy’s scents this does remain a favourite. I must warn you that it’s very potent and predict it would be perfect for the dance floor, accompanying you and your fancy footwork into the early hours.
Do please tell me your Night Out / Evening choices.
Notes : Featured photo from Inez & Vinoodh for Vogue Paris November 2017 and others by Megan In Sainte Maxime.