Hello Fellow Fumies,
At APJ we have a Saturday Question. Everyone gets to chime in with an answer, chat with other responders and it’s a fun event each week. Taking sides never means taking offence and everyone keeps it respectful and light, even though we can sometimes trawl the depths.
The idea is you’ll see it on the weekend or chime in through the week. Hopefully you will come back regularly and see if anyone has responded to your comment and you can reply to them. The aim is to generate real conversation and connection even though we are scattered around the globe.
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Saturday Question: What Do You Fragrance Cocoon With?
Fragrance Cocoon? What the hell? This is how I describe the feeling of being utterly encased in fragrance to hold the Black Dog of Depression, Fear and Anxiety at bay. Most of us go through amounts of all of these at different times in our lives. Some more so than others. I’m not a very regular depressive but when they do come it’s swift, dark and brutal. A swampy spiral into the abyss.
More often though I have constant anxiety which is basically low level PTSD from growing up a gay kid in the 1970s-90s. It’s become more pronounced as I get older and less able to physically choose either fight or flight.
One of the ways I deal with this is to multispritz my fragrance and walk around with 1980s projection and sillage. I call it Cocooning because it feels like a real barrier between me and the world.
So, part of my coping mechanism is to catch myself before the spiral starts in earnest. If I can get some fragrance on my skin and into my nose then more often than not the Black Dog can be impounded. I have a couple of go-tos that ALWAYS work for me. They distract my mind, make me think of stories and take me on an adventure.
I will also say that these beauties also get worn when I’m not feeling down. Just for their sheer beauty.
Equistrius by Parfum d’Empire
If you can imagine a choc-iris-violet oriental fragrance. Of course you can’t! Nothing on earth smells quite like Equistrius. It is a wonderful fragrance, goes through many changes and has light and shade along its whole life. Excellent to overspritz and cocoon in.
Samsara by Guerlain
Most of you know Samsara. It’s the over the top ylang, vanilla and sandalwood fragrance held to the ground by iris and amber. Like wearing molten gold, it shimmers and glows. When I wear a lot of Samsara it feels like I leave incandescent trails of scent after me.
Sharp by Andrea Maack
Andrea Maack gives the shortest ingredient list ever. Orange blossom, vanilla and musk. This fragrance is so much more. There is something awkward hiding amongst its beauty. It peeps out and runs to hide, playing and enticing and leading my mind down new pathways every time. Ultimate cocooning fragrance.
Ubar by Amouage
Ubar is a favourite amongst the old school perfumistas. I have both the early iteration in the ugliest bottle of all time (that I never wear) and a new one. The modern Ubar wears so incredibly richly and beautifully on my skin. It is an utter Wall Of Perfume and light that fills my senses and leaves little room for darkness or the Black Dog. It also blooms brilliantly in the humid summer weather. Amazing.