A girl just wrote to me on YouTube for a recommendation for a "soft, summery and flowery" perfume, and when I went to her pink, polka-dotted channel to get a feel for what kind of person she was, under "Interests & Hobbies" she’d put "death, mummies".
Ah, the shifting tides of taste and desire. I know how it is. Here's a story: I love the smell of licorice and always enjoy wearing Hermès Brin de Reglisse (I'm wearing it today, in fact), and so I got a sample of Etro Anice a year or so ago. I wore it once and it almost killed me. It was so intensely anise-y, I felt as if the licorice was trying to swallow up my soul. (Tell me if I'm getting too dramatic.)
Licorice: soul swallower and colon cleanser.
But then you came along and had your little Etro fling with Sandalo and, y'know, I'm easily drawn in. So I searched my samples and found Anice, tried it again, and experienced none of the malevolence I had remembered. I liked it. It's a cruder Brin de Reglisse with less lavender, simple as that.
Wondering if you've tried Lolita Lempicka au Masculin? It's licorice!
Yep. I owned it. I liked it, but it gave me a bit of a headache. It smelled loud and cheap and relentless, not necessarily in a bad way, but more like that friend who often drinks too much and gets sloppy and vulgar and you love him at first, but later on, it's all you can do to get away from him. I got away from Lolita Lempicka. But I have semi-fond memories.
Rochas Man has a licorice tinge to it, too. But it's more smooth and rich than Lolita Lempicka. And also less fun. Yohji Homme is also a licorice, but I think it's now discontinued. That one was good, too. Though let's face it, anything with a prominent licorice smells like everything else with a prominent licorice.
I once read a smell study which concluded that licorice was the favorite scent of women, while men liked the smell of glazed doughnuts.
I guess it makes sense, at least in the hetero world, that men would then wear the licorice and women would wear the sweet stuff, but don't people sometimes want to wear what they like to smell, too? Life can't always be about attracting the opposite sex, can it?
I'd love to smell licorice on a woman.
I don't care about the smell of licorice one way or the other. And I really hate the flavor of licorice. But I'm definitely a woman. So the whole chicks dig licorice theory falls apart with me. On the other hand, I love glazed doughnuts, but would find it disconcerting to smell them on any flavor of human.
According to many of my YouTube teens, life (or at least, fragrance) is indeed all about attracting the opposite sex. And in the comments under my Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely review, hhsdance94 got her dander up about my suggestion that boys and girls swap fumes:
“Woah there is no way that is a unisex perfume. Men cannot be ‘lovely’ unless they're gay. Sarah aimed this for girls to be ‘lovely’ that’s why it’s in a girly bottle. Boys do not try it on, YOU WONT MISS OUT TRUST ME.”
For more licorice talk, see the Pen Pals' take on Lolita Lempicka Minuit Noir here.
I HATE the taste of licorice, too. Around my childhood backyard, there's surely the residue of all the black gumballs I accidentally put in my mouth and spit out like they were on fire. Ick. But the smell is oddly addictive.
Sounds like hhsdance94 is on her way to becoming a future Miss California.