One of the great things about fragrance is its ability to “fill in the blanks” of your unsatisfying reality. Is your life lacking drama? Bring the theatricality with Chanel Coromandel or People of the Labyrinths A*Maze.
Broke? Fake it till you make it, dough-wise, with the money smells of Ormonde Jayne Ormonde Man or Parfums MDCI Enlevement au Serail.
Feeling hungry? A little Angel by Thierry Mugler or Vanille Sauvage de Madagascar by La Maison de la Vanille will do you right.
Need to wake up? Knock back a shot of Bond No. 9 New Haarlem or Jo Malone Black Vetyver Café.
In my case, reality was a little threadbare when it came to this year’s flowers. Owing to a stop-and-start spring of hot, cold, sunny and rainy weather, sometimes all in the same day, the local magnolia trees and orange blossoms never really got their groove on. And that’s where Kenzo Eau de Fleur de Magnolia came into its own. This eau de toilette is a creamy magnolia twirling her zesty orange blossom petticoats like a joyful debutante. All it took was a few spritzes, and spring was most emphatically here. So no prob, Bob: while Mother Nature figures herself out, Magnolia and I are holding it down.