Every anniversary, Andy and I exchange perfume and cologne. Some years we've picked it out separately, some years we've gone shopping together. The scent industry seems to have survived the economic downturn without a hiccup, as last year our selections cost almost twice what the ones we bought in 2006 for our wedding. I understand inflation, but not even gas and oil have increased at THAT speed. So we've been kicking around ideas for a new place to shop or a new way to pick out scents, and time got away from us. As it is now the Holiday Season, the mall and just about every retail establishment has descended into crowded and obnoxious trials of patience for both of us, so this year we decided to pick out scents on-line.
That was more fun than we ever dreamed. We started looking up scents we already had, then looked at things that people had also bought. The reviews were almost worthless, but the descriptions were delightful. I was sorely tempted by one described as "a sexy fruity fragrance you wear at your discretion," but eventually picked Amarige by Givenchy, which has notes of "Neroli, Mandarin, Violet leaves, Rosewood, Gardenia, Red fruits, Ylang-Ylang, Acacia Farnesiana, Tonka Bean, Woods, Ambergris." I have no idea what most of those things actually smell like, but I liked the sound of "ylang-ylang." I don't know how it is actually pronounced exactly, but it looks fun.
For Andy we looked up some of the male versions of perfumes we've bought for me. One of our favorites has always been "The One" by Dolce and Gabbana, which has a male version. We thought we were ordering the original, which was described as "The One for Men perfectly reflects the Dolce
Gabanna man: charismatic and seductive, elegant and sophisticated, he
loves taking care of himself. A modern hedonist who never passes by
unobserved." Without realizing it, however, we ended up ordering "The One Gentleman," which is for "a man who is multifaceted and knows how to treat a lady," I have no idea what either of those descriptions have to do with smells, but I love the descriptions. We've never gotten odd descriptions of fragrances at the fragrance counters--just a lot of cards with scent on them. They're nice in themselves, but the descriptions are less prone to giving headaches.
Our new scents arrived this week,
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