I’m not going to go into depth about this in this particular post (maybe at a later date), but I wear fragrance for me. I get pleasure from perfume. I like to wear what I love. My goal is to not get compliments from my husband or from anyone else (oh, so punk). I’m not a parading peacock looking for other’s olfactory acceptance (OK, huge punky exaggeration). Now saying that, I’m human. I have been complimented on perfumes in the past and I admit that I rather liked it. It showed that someone noticed all of the olfactory space that I was taking up. When I get compliments it hits me that I could share my indulgence and pleasure with the rest of the world.
But, I tend to encounter problems with compliments. People tend to compliment me on perfumes that I don’t care for – the ones that I grabbed out of a sample pile or something I quickly sprayed on at the department store. It appears that what brings me pleasure rarely brings anyone else in my life pleasure. This is why I compiled this list of “My Most Complimented Perfumes” because it’s so far from what I typically volunteer to wear.
Now I haven’t taken official notes or made a graph in Excel, but this is me working from memory. This is what I remember people complimenting me on. Here they are in no particular order:
1. J.Lo Still EDP – What is more embarrassing: wearing J.Lo Still or being complimented on J.Lo Still? Let me explain. I tried a sample of this shampoo-y floral when it first came out because I was curious and I liked Glow (don’t judge). Anyway, I had three guys (not together ,three different guys) stop me while I was at the mall (where I sprayed this) wanting to know the perfume I was wearing so they could buy it for their girlfriends. Um, OK. I get home and David said I smelled great. What the hell? I ended up buying a 1 oz. and even now when I wear it, David will say something about how amazing I smell. And then I make fun of him. – 1.7 oz bottle about $25.
Explanation: I first tried this in 2003 and I was hot as hell back then.
2. Jane Booke Taken EDP – What is it with men and vanilla? Seriously. David loves this mango vanilla. It gets me kisses. Other men like it too but I don’t let them kiss me. Full review. – 1 oz bottle $84
Explanation: I can’t. I thought all of that “men find vanilla” mumbo jumbo “studies” were marketing ploys but honestly, I think there is something to it. Continue reading.
3. By Kilian Incense Oud EDP – This spicy, woodsy amber gets me so many compliments. It’s crazy how many it gets me…mainly from random people. And guys at bars. Guys at crosswalks. Guys shopping at J.Crew. Guys delivering pizza. All the men. All of them. – Full review. – 1.7 oz bottle $395
Explanation: I’m amazing. I’m not going to let By Kilian take credit for this.
4. Malle Outrageous! – This Devo of perfume is an odd blend of all functional fragrances rolled into one – laundry, green apple, flowers….gets me so many compliments from absolute strangers both men and women. Most appear to be stable. Full review. – 3.4 oz bottle $110
Explanation: I think it’s approachable and familiar to people since it reminds them of functional fragrances. Plus, Grojsman is a genius with the whole projection thing. It smells pretty good from afar.
5. Ormonde Jayne Woman EDP – This is one that I never really “got” and then I figured it out – it needs distance. This one gets me compliments from my friends, especially when we sit across from each other at restaurants. And the artsy butch types at co-ops say it’s good too. Full review. – 1.7 oz bottle $144.
Explanation: Smells better from afar. It’s Iso Super E or something.
6. Montale Red Aoud EDP – This is a loud saffron sugar cookie with Montale’s medicinal oud and creamy sandalwood base. It’s not my favorite but David always compliments it. I think it’s the sandalwood and the sweetness. Fragrance friends like it on me too. Full review.– 1.7 oz bottle $110
Explanation: It’s loud. And loud fragrances will be noticed. And apparently my husband and fragrance friends like loud, sweet fragrances.
7. DSH Perfumes Vanille Botanique natural EDP – This is a gourmand, luscious boozy vanilla bean pod that projects and lasts. It gets me so many compliments from random strangers both creepy and possibly “normal”. Full review. – 1 oz bottle $130
Explanation: People love vanilla. I can’t explain it. They do. They can’t help it.
8. Prada Candy EDP – It’s what introduced the general consumer to the joys of benzoin. My husband loves this one, random people at the coffee shop love it. And I love it. Full review. – 1.7 oz bottle $82.
Explanation: I have none for you other than I’m sure this smells amazing on me and people can’t help but to compliment me and my amazing smell.
9. Costume National Homme EDP – It’s peach pie, chai and buttered rum. This is the one that gets me compliments from guys and not just the vagrant rambling types on the street corner…like guys that are clean and dress nicely. Like guys I’d talk to if I were single and if they weren’t possibly gay. Full review. – 1.7 oz bottle $80
Explanation: OK, I think of this scent as unisex despite the “homme”; however, the spices may be familiar to men. Maybe they approach me because it’s strangely approachable and familiar? Or maybe it’s because the fragrance is loud. Or maybe because they like pie. And honestly, I don’t want people talking to me if they don’t like pie.
Explanation: It makes me smell rich and then ladies want to be my friend so we can brunch together and talk about fundraisers and leisurely actives like getting blowouts and attending pilates classes. I think if I wore this one more, I’d get invited to all of the garden parties.
11. Kate Walsh Boyfriend EDP – It’s a boozy tobacco vanilla. Like I’ve already said, everyone seems to love vanilla. David loves this one on me. And I admit that I do like it. It’s really great, especially for the price. Full review. – 1.6 oz bottle $65
Explanation: Vanilla is a government conspiracy used to control minds. I don’t trust vanilla. And I suggest that you shouldn’t either.
12. LUSH Vanillary EDP – OMG, I’m so sick of putting vanillas on this list! Anyway, this is skank-o-lank jasmine with vanilla. It’s like the tacky red lingerie of perfumes and my husband appears to like tacky red lingerie. Oh, well, so do lots of other men. Full review. – 1 oz bottle $43.
Explanation: Straight men like skanky gourmands. They’ve been conditioned by society to like tacky red lingerie and skanky gourmands…and vanilla.
13. Prada Amber EDP – This is a patchouli amber with some white florals. It’s one that has gotten me compliments since 2004. It’s very “me” because I wore it on and off for a few years. Full review. – 1.7 oz bottle $82
Explanation: I think it’s one of the few perfumes that people actually associate with me, so friends and loved ones mention it. It’s the patchouli. People like to associate the scent of dirt with me…
14. Juliette Has a Gun Calamity J EDP – It’s a powdery patchouli amber that reminds me of the Prada above. Another that gets me compliments from friends and loved ones. Full review. – 1.7 oz bottle $105
Explanation: Friends and loved ones think I’m wearing Prada.
15. Histoires de Parfums Ambre 114 EDP – This is one of the best ambers in my opinion. Camphoric patchouli over a sweet amber. One time a woman wearing a non-ironic wolf t-shirt at Lowe’s Home & Garden complimented my fragrance while I was wearing this. Beat that. – Full review. – 2 oz bottle $125
Explanation: Her cart was filled to the brim with some sort of rodent killer. My Ambre 114 was probably the only thing bringing her joy at the moment.
After compiling this list I can only conclude that people love vanilla and amber. Or at least that people love vanilla and amber on me. Isn’t that weird? I have two “shampoo” oddballs in there but the others are fairly sweet to full-blown sweet. I think this has to do with my age and the age range of people that approach me – we’re of the Mugler Angel generation, this generation expects for perfumes to smell sweet, gourmand. But, that’s one of my theories. The other is that vanilla controls minds.
But, really other than vanilla controlling minds (which I’m certain is true), I think loud perfumes will get compliments, because they’re loud. They’re what people will notice and I think if you wear a loud perfume, people think you want to hear that you smell nice.
Which perfumes gain you compliments? Is there a genre of perfumes that you find you get more compliments on while wearing? Do strangers compliment you or do only those close to you compliment your fragrance choices?
*I included prices just to see if there is any correlation between price and what people compliment. I don’t think price had anything to do with it at all. Only vanilla.
And don’t tell my husband I said these things about him. He’ll blush. And his sister told me that sometimes she reads EauMG, so really, don’t tell him. And there’s really no need to, he already knows he likes loud vanillas and nag champa on his awesome wife.