I usually dislike aquatic fragrances because I was overexposed to fragrances such as Acqua di Gio, cK One, and L’Eau d’Issey when I was growing up as a child and teenager. Even today, when I’m back in Sunny Singapore, I catch more than the occasional whiff of these marine-themed fragrances on guys and girls alike when walking along the streets. A well-dressed young man who’s probably an executive at some corporate firm walks by. Acqua di Gio. A guy in a singlet (sleeveless t-shirt, for those who aren’t familiar with this term) and flip-flops walks by. Acqua di Gio. What can I say, most Singaporeans like to smell ‘clean’ (this is a generalisation and I sincerely hope to be proven wrong). One can easily see how being so exposed to these fragrances so often makes me want to not wear them. It’s not that I don’t think they were brilliant for their time. I can appreciate their technical composition. It’s just that they are so ubiquitous that I have nary an aquatic-dominated fragrance in my perfume wardrobe… save for Un Jardin Après la Mousson by Hermès. Continue reading
This picture of Chanel 1932 is more exciting than the perfume will ever be. Chanel 1932 is a snoozefest, created for those who want to smell like ‘sweet-nothingness’. Following my excitement over 31 Rue Cambon, I decided to review another fragrance from the Les Exclusifs line. I’d tried 1932 about a month or two back, right when it was released. I’d read reviews about how it ‘sparkled like diamonds’. So when the kind Persolaise gave me a sample, I happily spritzed it on hoping to ‘shine bright, tonight’ like the Diamonds sung about by Rihanna.