Me: "What does this smell like?" [offers wrist for a sniff]
Me: "Hmm. Okay. What else?"
Husband: "Nothin'. Just powder."
Me: "There's no powder in this."
Despite this discrepancy in initial opinion, we both actually liked the scent quite a bit (for those interested, it was one of Haus of Gloi's new scents for Spring, Milk Maid). But my rude awakening came about an hour later, when I went to sniff again. There it was, sticking its tongue out at me: POWDER. I wondered, is my husband's nose more sensitive than mine? Or am I extrapolating so heavily when I analyze a fragrance that I fail to get the overall impression, or "The Big Picture"? Admitting to either option is not very appealing to my sense of vanity, but I think I will (as humbly as possible) cop to the latter. I am analytical by nature, and when I smell a fragrance that is new to me, I pick out the dominating notes from each stage of wear and tend to focus on exploring those, and comparing them to similar (or identical) notes in other fragrances. This is sort of how I get my jollies.
What I'd like to know from you, dear readers, is what breed of perfume-lover are you? Are you able to glean the individual characteristics of a fragrance well, or do you mainly focus on the overall impression? Or, are you lucky enough to have a broad sense of fragrance that allows you to interpret both with ease?
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