This, my perfume friend, is my discovery in playing around with Stella McCartney Stella, a perfume that at first pleased me but after my second or third wearing left me feeling somehow empty. Stella is like a good Hugh Grant movie: it's amiable, well-constructed, light on its feet, but it lacks an essential core, an emotional nucleus that would make it truly memorable.
And while I'm usually not comfortable with your brand of enthusiasm for mixing perfumes, I felt Stella needed that sort of boost. It needed its core. Because everything in Stella seems to be rounded down, as if there's a limiter on each ingredient: it's not too woody, not too rosy, everything's in its proper place and proportion.
So I screwed with it, thinking it would mix well with Comme des Garçons Palisander, a soft woody, saffron-y incense. And, voilà, Stella found its core.
Now it's a decidedly more complex rose, not at all overwhelmed by its woody companion but instead complemented perfectly, in the same way Hugh Grant might be if producers were to ever cast a substantial actress opposite him.
Because the CdG woody perfumes are sheer and modern, I suspect they'd all blend well with Stella and next I might try CdG #3. But for for now, I managed to make a successful match. A small step, I know, but a crucial one in my development.
Fumies, any successful perfume rehabilitation stories where love blossomed after a fortuitous layering incident?