16 December 2005

Senses Meme (Part 5) - Smell

The title of this blog entry reminded me of one of my favourite movies - "Scent Of A Woman", starring Al Pacino. The sense of smell is perhaps the strongest of my 5 senses as I have a very sensitive nose. I can detect and differentiate a lot of different smells both pleasant and unfortunately unpleasant as well. Did you know that if you lose the ability to smell, you will also lose the ability to taste?

Anyway, coming back to the "scent of a woman". Yup, I want to talk about fragrances i.e. Parfum, Eau de Parfum, Eau de Toilette, Eau de Cologne and Splash Cologne.

I remember being 15 when I put on my first fragrance. Nothing fanciful. Just a modest Eau de Toilette by Gatsby and I remembered buying it from Oriental Emporium on the second floor of Holland Shopping Centre (Holland Village), where House of Lim handicrafts is occupying now.

Then, I graduated to my first "non-supermarket" fragrance. It was an Aramis and I was in JC1. Cost me a bomb back then as it was pretty expensive by student standards. Fortunately, a bottle was able to last me about a year and so it really ain't that bad if you amortised it over 12 months.

I also remembered my first "fragrance disaster". It was a Thursday morning after swimming PE class in ACS Barker Road. We were in ACJC then and so after swimming and the subsequent shower, we changed back into our school uniforms and I accidentally over-dosed on the Aramis. I forgot I sprayed already and I applied it a second time. As the chartered bus is packed, my overpowering Aramis must have gagged the back half of the bus all the way back to Dover Close East. Big mistake and an important lesson learnt that day.

As there are so many difference fragrance out there in the market, I made it a point to try a different one every time though I have an affinity towards the fruity and the flora. From the first Aramis to Tuscany to Armani to Boss to Obsession to Egosite and countless more. Last check? Bvlgari Aqva. The only time when I stuck to one fragrance repeatedly is when it was the then-girlfriend's favourite and so for those who have been long time friends of mine, you would have guessed that it's Christian Dior Fahrenheit and Davidoff Cool Water. Separate times of my life, of course.

Enough about me and let's move on the scent of the woman. Like Achilles' heel or Kryptonite on Superman, the sense of smell can also be my greatest weakness. I am not talking about just taking and spraying any perfume off the shelf to get me hooked. I am talking about that intoxicating and totally mesmerising scent arising from the perfect mix of a woman and her perfume in the perfect dosage.

Take me! Enslave me!

Different perfume reacts differently with different people. That's why, you can have a scent that smell so good on a woman, and absolutely horrid on another. Some can have the scent linger throughout the day, while other last as short as 30 minutes using the same bottle.

Then there is the art of figuring out the perfect dosage. There is breath-taking and there is breath-taking. The difference? One takes your breath away while the other simply asphyxiates you.

The rule of thumb is that if you have people coming up to you and ask what fragrance you are using, you have used too much. The fragrance of a woman can be used as a tool of seduction. It draws the guy closer to the woman in order for him to continue to soak in her little piece of olfactory heaven. However, the natural scent of the woman should be the main ingredient of this nasal drug for after all, the perfume smells the same everywhere on its own. It is the woman's body bouquet that elevates her above the rest.

Never overdo the fragrance. After all, the guy want to smell you and not Jean Paul Gautier.

So. To the good people out there, what is your scent?

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1. akk left...
Friday, 16 December 2005 10:45 am
BO. :)

2. JayWalk left...
Friday, 16 December 2005 11:53 am ::
akk: BO? Hmm... now that's a tricky one. Perhaps there is such a think as an acquired smell?
I mean take durian for instance? Some love it, other loathe it. Go figure.

3. hitomi left...
Friday, 16 December 2005 5:59 pm
You mean to say you like BO? *LOL*

4. Lynne left...
Friday, 16 December 2005 9:44 pm
What a coincidence, my ex used to wear Christian Dior Fahrenheit too, seems like it's a common choice among guys in the late teens.
I am going to get/hope to receive Dior's Pure Poison for Christmas XD
I think I have about 8 - 9 bottles of perfume at home, my fav now is Hugo Boss Deep Red, very sensual ...

5. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 17 December 2005 8:16 am ::
hitomi: Hah! I knew someone is going to come up with that! Might as well be you.
Well, the answer to that question is no especially if the BO is due to hygenic reasons. Yeeew.....
I am just saying that different strokes for different folks i.e. I can't represent everybody. e.g. some girls like the sweaty smell of men. So how do you explain that?

Lynne: Hmm.... you sure we have never met hor? ~LOL!!

6. vanna left...
Sunday, 18 December 2005 11:15 am
i like romanceeeeeee...
anyway, cannot spray too much.. there was once i did tat too.. same exact scene.. the bus got over-powered with my perfume.. abit embarrassing.

7. nadnut left...
Sunday, 18 December 2005 11:24 am
i like ckone!

8. JayWalk left...
Sunday, 18 December 2005 5:28 pm ::
Vanna: But sometimes you happened to be out for an extended period of time are concern about the scent (or rather the lack of) towards the end of the day.
In that situation, perhaps it would be wiser to carry the bottle along and have a refresher spritz somewhere in the middle of the day.

nadnut: ckOne is nice but when it first launched, I refused to buy it coz the whole Orchard Road was smelling like ckOne due to an overly aggressive marketing efforts by all the shopping malls.

9. An left...
Monday, 19 December 2005 11:50 am
yah.. I also like Ckone and Estee Lauder's Pleasure. But both were too 'popular' when they were first launched. Other favs include Issey Miyaki, Davidoff Cool Water and Polo Raphl. Currently... Friend's nose allergy to perfumes made me forgo them all. haaa!! The bottles are languishing in my cabinet... sigh...
I really dislike people who do excessive spraying. It clogs up my nostrils and I will start gagging...
If u have BO, pls use anti-deodorants and a bit (not over-powering) of perfume to hide it. :)

10. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 20 December 2005 10:14 am :: 
You have to forgo all perfumes just for ONE friend??? *raised eyebrow*
Actually the thing about BO is that if it is mild, they can be resolved with the application of anti-perspirant. For more serious case, a trip to the doctor is definitely a good idea.

11. zeenie left...
Tuesday, 20 December 2005 12:48 pm
I loved that movie. Scent wise, i used to be a polo ralph lauren user, but now quite hard to find the particular one that i used to use.

12. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 20 December 2005 5:35 pm :: 
Zeenie: Polo Ralph Lauren is not bad although it is a tad to woody for my liking.
I am more inclined towards fruity and flora scents.

13. Lynne left...
Tuesday, 20 December 2005 9:44 pm
I dun think so lah, unless your name is Daniel and you went to CJC in the late 80s? :)

14. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 21 December 2005 9:02 am :: 
Lynne: Wah heng ah... not me though I did go to CJC in the late 80s.. er... acherly it's ACJC to be exact. :P

15. aloe left...
Wednesday, 21 December 2005 10:59 am
?? Then let my friend suffer arh?? She will go sneezing and sniffing and gagging... Anyway if u bath regularly, and no have BO, then wat for?? It will also be alright if u dun spray any perfume. hehehehe!!!

16. akk left...
Wednesday, 21 December 2005 11:55 am
haiz...i didn't mean that i like BO lah...You asked 'what's your scent?' so I answered.
I used to put perfume a long time ago, now I just spray lavender talc. only I can smell myself, its too light. but i like it this way. :)

17. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 21 December 2005 3:00 pm :: 
Anna Koh: This must have been one special friend! Could the sneezing, sniffing and gagging be a case of being overwhelmed or more of a case of being ultra sensitive?
Then again, the smell of soap from a freshly showered body can also smell pretty good too.

akk: Hmm... so that's the scent of lavender lingering in my car??

18. Lynne left...
Wednesday, 21 December 2005 9:23 pm
Why you said "heng ah", be my ex-bf very "suay" meh?!?!?! :(

19. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 21 December 2005 11:06 pm :: 
Lynne: wah so touchy! I meant "heng ah" as in the world is not THAT SMALL.
Arh bor have to go buy TOTO/4D liao.

20. aloe left...
Thursday, 22 December 2005 9:17 am
sensitive nose. She gives her perfumes away when she gets them as gifts. LOL! And usually her sis the one who gets them. Hiaz... but I did get the last one that she receives! Hahahahah!!

21. JayWalk left...
Thursday, 22 December 2005 9:38 am ::
Anna Koh: So what was the last one that you received?

22. Lynne left...
Thursday, 22 December 2005 9:22 pm
I am sure we will make a fine couple ... a couple of notti students!! Hahahaha

23. JayWalk left...
Friday, 23 December 2005 8:50 am ::
Lynne: Ooo.. juicy... blog leh! :P

24. aloe left...
Friday, 23 December 2005 10:21 am
I was always a good student... hahahahaahahhahaha!!! lol!! :P
I can't remember... it was from shiseido though...

25. JayWalk left...
Friday, 23 December 2005 12:03 pm :: 
Anna: "Good" as in "You are Good!"
"Good" as in "You GOOD!"
Which one? :P

26. Lynne left...
Friday, 23 December 2005 9:30 pm
Haha, you wish man!!
Wish harder ...

27. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 24 December 2005 12:08 am ::
Lynne: Aiyah.... you no fun one...
Can't blame me for trying though. :P

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