Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume
Can you believe that the original Michael Kors Michael is 15 years old now? I remember when this perfume launched and was its height of popularity. Michael Kors was on Project Runway, he was one of the first designers we got to knew via reality TV. He wasn’t just a designer but some guy from Long Island with a sense of humor. We heard stories of his Jewish mother, his love of tanning and his personal career experiences. The perfume matched his accessories line and fit with his “story” and brand. When I first smelled it, I was first taken back. It was so much tuberose. It reminded me of an homage to Coty Sand & Sable, another huge white floral originally launched in 1981. And this inspiration makes some sense based on Kors’ age and well, general love of really big accessories¹. Over the past 15 years, I have smelled this perfume on other people, coworkers or a stranger at a crosswalk². It’s a tuberose that reminds me of a few things but it’s distinctively Michael.
Michael opens as a synthetic, almost too-perfect floral. It’s a heady yet cool freesia and tuberose. There’s a tangy, fuzzy peach accompanying the huge tuberose. The heart is a dense, luscious white floral of tuberose with lily and something sort of acrid. It dries down to a shower-fresh incense (if there ever were such a thing) and warm woods with remnants of a creamy tuberose.
Perfume confession time – I only bought a bottle of this because the person I was with said he liked it³. I have never done anything like this before. It was like the first time I “sold out”. At the time, circa early 2000s, I couldn’t stand wearing tuberose perfumes. Out of this weird “well, maybe I should try to please him” (my punk feminist self never really did that before) and as a personal challenge to myself to wear perfumes I wasn’t comfortable with, I bought Michael. I never completely felt comfortable wearing it. I still don’t. Over the years tuberose perfumes have grown on me. However, I only really like wearing Malle Carnal Flower and Hiram Green Moon Bloom when I’m in the mood for tuberose.But, oddly, when I wear Michael I feel like I’m trying too hard. And I don’t like that. I know that some of this is me, my unusual reasons for wearing this to begin with, but it’s also the perfume. It tries really hard to be really perfect and pretty. I may think it tries hard but the reality is that the final product really is pretty. So, Michael, it’s not you. It’s me.
Notes listed include freesia, incense, osmanthus, tamarind, tuberose, iris, peony, orris root, arum lily, musk, cashmere woods and vetiver. Launched in 2000. PERFUMER – Laurent Le Guernec
Give Michael a try if you like tuberose or white florals. Or if you like perfumes like Kim Kardashian, Annick Goutal Tubereuse, Diptyque Do Son, By Kilian Beyond Love, Maison Martin Margiela Flower Market, Coty Sand & Sable, Kat Burki Tubereuse and/or Tocca Florence.
Projection is above average. I find longevity average. I have read on online perfume forums complaining about the longevity. I don’t understand because this stuff lasts 12+ hours on my skin…in the summer. And that’s too long for someone like me.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – A dense peachy tuberose with modern woods. I’ve said a lot but I really do like this perfume. It’s not my personal favorite tuberose but it’s good. And I have to admit, sometimes I like to smell like I’m trying too hard.
AND a big congratulations to this designer perfume for hanging around for 15 years! That’s an accomplishment. See, pretty will always be in fashion…
¹Can a person where an accessory that’s bigger than any big tuberose perfume?
²And I’ve always liked to smell it on other people. It does have nice sillage.
³And in a few weeks, I’ll be celebrating an 11th year wedding anniversary. And it wasn’t this perfume that made that happen.
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