Some scent-imental favourites ... and odours you want to avoid
What’s the difference between perfume, cologne and eau-de whatever?
North American culture has defined perfume as women’s territory and cologne as for men. But the words actually describe the strength of the concentrations.
Perfumes are the strongest scents. Eau de parfum is slightly less intense. Eau de toilette contains up to 10 per cent of the essential oils and eau de cologne less than that, making it almost ephemeral. It can be applied several times a day. Fragrances in Kent McKay’s
Eau D’Hermes: “A rich, sophisticated leather (smell), like a handbag. It’s been described as ‘(Robert) Mitchum’s jock strap in Grace Kelly’s bag,’” McKay said.
Millesime Imperial (Creed): “You’re on vacation. You’re smelling salt water — and lush, ripe melons. It’s beautiful for summertime because it’s refreshing.”
Shalimar and Mitsouko (Guerlain): “Traditional perfumes that might remind people of their grandmothers.”
Narciso Rodrigues For Him: “It’s affordable. It’s a sad fragrance for a lot of people. It reminds them of a rainy day. ”
Amen (Thierry Mugler): “It’s really sweet, chocolate, licorice, vanilla, and it lasts forever. It’s almost edible.”
Lady Gaga: McKay regrets buying this perfume.
Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez rank hundreds of scents in their book Perfumes: The Guide.
Poison (Dior), : “The fragrance everyone loves to hate, the beast that defined the ’80s.” Cool Water (Davidoff ),
: “CW belongs to the category of things done right the first time.” No. 5 parfum (Chanel),
: “Alone among fragrances, it gives the irresistible impression of a smooth, continuously curved, gold-coloured volume that stretches deliciously, like a sleepy panther, from top note to dry down.”
Black (Bulgari), : This combines “sweet amber” with a “floral note” and “a bitter-powdery fresh rubber accord such as one encounters while repairing a bicycle tire.”
Love Spell (Victoria’s Secret), : “The plain, slightly sour fruity-floral (scent) seems designed for young ladies in their early 20s named Elizabeth who never wear black.”
Sexual pour Femme (Michel Germain), : “As relentlessly perky and brainless as a Stepford wife.” Paris Hilton (Paris Hilton), : “Competent but depressing.”
Kent McKay collects perfumes and colognes, using scents to complete his daily wardrobe.