* About a month ago I went into Frivolous Spending Lockdown. But I totally cheated yesterday and bought some perfume. You see, I was at a party on Saturday and met someone who asked me if I'd been to that great new perfume shop on Milk Street. What?! What great new perfume shop on Milk Street?? I had to go, you see; I had to. It was indeed pretty great, and I bought some shit:
- A big bottle of YSL Nu, a discontinued woody incense scent I've been hearing a lot about lately (see Bois de Jasmin's recent review). There was no tester, but the owner opened it up for me so I could smell it. It's great, and to my nose very similar to Ormonde Jayne Woman in the top notes.
- A bottle of Giorgio Armani Sensi, which I became semi-obsessed with for about 24 hours a little while back, after watching this video and asking Brian about it. Since he owns every perfume in the universe, he of course just goes to his cabinet and sprays it on and proceeds to tell me how nice it is. (His exact words were "Oh wow I forget how gorgeous this stuff is. It seems soft but is strangely present. It's really lovely.") At the time, I did an online search and only found a three-piece set for $729.99. The Perfumed Court didn't even carry it. Now, however, it looks like a bunch of bottles have flooded the discount market again. Anyway, it's nice, a buttery jasmine floriental, and it may yet explode in value again.
- A small purse spray of Safari, which is one of the few perfumes I have always remembered the smell of clearly, even though I never owned or wore it. It had a serious cultural moment in the mid to late 80s, and was pretty ubiquitous. Somehow its floral chypre structure just burned itself in my brain. I didn't like it when I was 7 or whatever, but was able to say with confidence I would like it now, even after 20 years of not seeing or smelling it anywhere. It reminds me very much of the previous incarnation of Banana Republic, back when they were catering to a more outdoorsy, outfitter sensibility.
- A very small bottle of Paco Rabanne pour Homme. I consider cheap, small bottles of classics completely outside of the realm of frivolous spending and permissable in all cases.
In my defense I did pass on many bottles that interested me: a bottle of Jolie Madame of uncertain vintage, Balenciaga Le Dix, Gucci II edp (which I will probably buy eventually; this is just as TS described it, a sweet pink floral with a big savory sage note), Demeter Tomato (passed because he only had ginormous bottles and I'm sure I could get a tiny one online for about $3), etc.