I really like the idea of having a signature scent. I like wearing one fragrance consistently; it makes me happy to think of a certain scent being associated with me.
Usually, the fragrance I wear (& love!) is YSL’s Black Opium. I’ve loved it for more than a year now, & after emptying several travel sprays of the fragrance, was finally gifted the full size fragrance for Christmas last year.
I truly, truly do love Black Opium! It’s the scent that my friends & significant other associate me with. It’s powerful, but not overwhelming – doesn’t make me (or anyone else) sneeze, it’s sexy, but super laid-back. So, yes…I do love my Black Opium.
The one problem I have? Black Opium is, admittedly, a little heavy for the summer. I’d wear it on a night out, but during the day, not so much. Don’t get me wrong – I love the scent – but there’s a difference between loving a perfume & loving it so much that you’ll wear it at 9 a.m. on a morning stroll. This definitely isn’t the fragrance for that occasion.
I’ve been playing around for the last few months, searching for a summer fragrance. I’ve been loving two of Margiela’s fragrances – Lazy Sunday Morning & Beach Walk – but Lazy Sunday morning was just…a little too heavy at times. I’m not sure how to describe it…it just got too far up my nose once & a while, not in a good way. Beach Walk I truly do love, but several of my friends already have it, & I now associate the scent with them! Not to be that person…but if my friend is wearing the fragrance, I probably wouldn’t want to be wearing it as well. It’s kind of like stepping out in denim overalls & white Converse on the same day…without meaning to.
So…yes! I love the little Margiela rollerballs that I picked up. I also gave the Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb a go – but that was a no for me. For once & a while, maybe…for every day? I love floral scents, but this one was a bit much.
I kept playing around with these three options, wearing them to bed, when I woke up, right after a shower, or on a night out. I just couldn’t make up my mind.
I recently came into contact with Europerfumes, & started speaking with one of the PR Coordinators: Claudeene. I mentioned to her that I was sometimes sensitive to various scents (hence my unfortunate rashes when I apply rollerballs directly to my neck or wrists) & asked for her opinion on what might suit me best. She discussed with her colleague, then got back to me, saying: “We all decided that the bottle we would like to send you is from the brand, Juliette Has A Gun, and the fragrance is ‘Not a Perfume.’ We feel that this is a great addition to you and your followers as it is a fragrance with only 1 ingredient! It smells differently on everyone’s skin as people have their own chemistry. With this fragrance, once you spray it on your arm, don’t rub it in with the other arm as this will take away from your skin chemistry.”
I was truly intrigued by the “1 ingredient” claim, & did a little research myself. According to Claudeene, as well as some other fragrance retailers, this fragrance is a #1 bestseller. Although I didn’t have it myself yet to see why this was so, I looked up reviews & the famous “1 ingredient.”
This one ingredient is Cetalox, also known as “synthetic ambergris.” It’s usually used in perfumery as a base note (onto which other fragrances are added). This perfume, however, contains only Cetalox. Sephora describes it as a “woody & earthy” fragrance, “minimalist, fresh, & clean…ideal for those who don’t normally wear perfume. Additionally, it’s hypoallergenic – aka, unlikely to cause an allergic reaction, even for those who are sensitive to fragrance.
I really liked the fact that it was hypoallergenic (great for me & others who might have more sensitive skin!) & really liked Claudeene telling me that it smells differently on everyone who wears it. Like I said – I’m all about individuality, & a perfume that smells different on everyone was really appealing to me.
So, having digested all this information, I sat back, eagerly awaiting my package.
When it arrived, I got a sweet note from Claudeene, saying she hoped I (& my followers!) would enjoy the fragrance, & see why it was a #1 best seller. The box it came in was luxurious, to say the least. At the same time, it was minimalistic, clean, & fresh – just how I hoped the perfume would smell when I unwrapped it.
I got to the inside of the box, & took out the bottle. It was quite heavy in my hands, &, unusually, was completely opaque. Most fragrances are packaged in some sort of transparent bottle (even if the whole bottle isn’t transparent, usually some part of it is, so you can see the actual liquid). Not so with this fragrance. The bottle is white, & you cannot see the fragrance itself. I could only spritz it onto my wrist, & hope for the best.
I immediately liked it! It’s very, very fresh, & very clean. I wouldn’t describe it, however, as being “woody” or “earthy” as Sephora called it. There’s quite a bit of sweetness to it, but there’s no unpleasant powdery effect that so many sweet fragrances have – the freshness of the fragrance cuts the sweetness. It’s truly a perfect cocktail. I sprayed it first on my wrist, then on my mother’s wrist. We waited half an hour, & compared. Indeed – both of us smelled similar, but there was definitely a difference. I’d compare it to two people wearing different fragrances but from the same line. There’s similarity, but also noted differences.
I tried it in the morning, the evening, on a walk, before bed, & after getting out of the shower. My conclusion? This is my summer fragrance! It’s fresh, yes – but also sweet enough for me. There’s no musk to it, however, which is what makes it so summery, in my opinion. Best of all – I won’t feel weird about spritzing some onto a friend’s wrist when they come over before going out. I know we’ll smell different in a few minutes.
I first thought it was a little…edgy…that someone was trying to call a perfume “Not a Perfume.” However, after wearing the fragrance for a few days, I can see why. First of all, the one ingredient is usually meant to be built on, not used on its own. Second of all, it adapts differently to everyone’s own chemistry. That makes it more of a fragrance, less of a fixed scent…or a perfume.
As I’m writing this on a lazy Sunday afternoon, I’m wearing this on my wrists & neck. The window’s open, & it’s just warm enough. I wore it a few nights ago on a crisper evening for my sister’s high school graduation. I’m sure I’ll wear it next week for some other occasion, as well. This really does fit every situation, & I see myself returning to it again & again. Who knows – maybe it’ll even become my fall, winter…my year-round fragrance! If it changes with the weather, the temperature, & with my own chemistry, it just might become my lifetime fragrance. Time will tell.
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