While at Henri Bendel this past weekend for our Trunk Show (p.s. thank you to all those who came out to support!), I ended up falling in love with two fragrances…
Eight and Bob is my dream fragrance for my dream man. It smells like crisp, clean cotton T-shirts fresh out of the laundry. There’s just the slightest top notes of citrus and a hint of spice, but the overwhelming scent is the powdery warmth of detergent – kind of a lingering, light musk. I imagine that on a guy’s skin this would translate into actually quite a manly smell. There’s a quite elaborate story that goes along with the fragrance identifying it as the one JFK wore. You can read the lore here.
Fracas, an over-the-top feminine floral, was first launched in 1948. It’s super heady; tuberose being the dominant floral note. Tuberose is a wonderful flower, but its scent can be an acquired taste. It’s heavy and has a creamy aspect almost like coconut. The word fracas means promiscuous, and it is said that this is the only fragrance Marilyn Monroe wore, and that Madonna is also a fan (lots of name-dropping in this post, I apologize!). When I wore it I felt like I was on a tropical vacation one moment, then ultra sophisticated the next. The whole time I had it on I was aware of it. I wanted to smell my wrist over and over, and it made me self-conscious but in a good way.
I suppose I’ll make this a tradition. Here is last year’s holiday fragrance wishlist.