Kirsten, you're so right to specify “in the distance” when it comes to skunks. I'll never forget the time I was having a nightmare about corpses and zombies, and awoke to the full-on gassing provided by a skunk right outside my open window. Dawn of the Dead, indeed.
Ever since I was small, I have liked the smell of skunks in the distance. Not a close-up, just got sprayed, time to break out the tomato juice skunk, but more like road kill skunk the next street over. Is there a perfume that captures this scent?
But I agree, there is something appealing about the (extremely) faded smell of skunk. As anyone who's ever been to an Amsterdam coffee shop or a midnight screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show can attest, the earthy combination of smoke and burning pot paints a vivid picture of Pepe Le Pew.
Described in perfume notes, I'd say distant skunk smells of charred herbalness, smoky vetiver, tar, leather. Therefore, my Mouffette Lointain choices for you are the following:
Nasomatto Black Afgano: tarry hashish that mellows to fragrantly burnt weeds.
Vero Kern Onda: smoked-out vetiver with an incredibly gamey drydown.
Fumies, any thoughts on how Kirsten can skunk up the joint -- so to speak?