Some scent-imen­tal favourites ... and odours you want to avoid

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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.

Star Power:

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.”

Ed Kaiser/Postmedia News

Kent McKay col­lects per­fumes and colognes, us­ing scents to com­plete his daily wardrobe.

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