Hey there APJ,
It’s Mood Scent 4 week. I was filled with questions about this particular Mood Scent 4 project. As I’ve never had to “Grow Up” as such my mind is fairly well situated around teen level. My tastes in so many ways reflect this too. So am I remembering my teen years and my fragrant choices then OR am I thinking like a modern teen? It is a conundrum. One of the good things about this crew is that there is little guidance and we all get to give our very personal agenda. So I’m picking five fragrances; some from my own teen years and some that modern teens should be sharing with us..
Mood Scent 4: Rediscovering Our Inner Teen
Aramis by Aramis 1966
Still a heady floral & herbal, woody fragrance but it’s an attenuated whisper of itself back in the early 1980s. This was the first expensive fragrance my Mum ever gave me a bottle of. It was a Christmas gift. I felt utterly grown up. Aramis smelled so masculine and manly but was much more glamorous than Blue Stratos and Norsca that were the fragrant mainstays of the school sports change rooms of the time. It was as if I’d crossed an invisible line into the future.
Kouros by Yves Saint Laurent 1981
Most of you remember, or at least know of, the hairy chested, screechy, honeyed animalic, herbal, leather shitstorm that was Kouros. Back in my teen years it was already considered a fragrance worn by caricatures. The hairy chested, medallion wearing stallion. When my Mum bought it for me one year I was appalled. Once on though it did a remarkable turn around on my skin and became a cozy, herbal leather scent. It was still big but not overpowering and I felt that I was really rocking it.
Givenchy Gentleman 1974
They call Gentleman a Woody Aromatic but it has always smelt like a Chypre to me. The honeyed citrus top, earthy green floral heart and sweet mossy woods dry down feels very modern even now. My original bottle was a gift from my first long term partner when I was 19 years old (so just scraping in). We both bathed in it and loved wearing this slightly old fashioned but beautifully crafted scent that was quite different to what most of our friends were wearing.
Our Moment by One Direction 2013
STOP IT! This smells like a Guerlain to me. All the sweet, screechy berries and grapefruit over white flowers and a modern, clean patchouli musk base. Sure, it’s probably done with the cheapest ingredients, isn’t particularly elegant and screams teenage heartbreak BUT it also manages to smell fun, alive, young and ready to fearlessly face the world. You can see there’s quite a bit of air in my bottle. I also loved the band and saw them live a few years ago, they were wonderful.
Insolence by Guerlain 2006
More berries but this time paired with violets. Drizzle the lot over cool iris, resins and a creamy sandalwood. A much more finished affair but still with the unmistakable fun of youth. Insolence is a dreamy confectionary of scent, like the moment you open a mixed bag of candy and jellies. Enough sugar to send the anti-sweet brigade into a diabetic coma, I find it superbly dense and intricate. I love that they did this without an overload of fairy floss.
So there are my Rediscovering My Inner Teen Fragrances.
What are your choices? What are your teen memory scents and what do you think the kids should be sharing?