There is nothing quite like having a whiff of a scent and being transported to a certain time and place.
Consciously choosing different perfumes for different stages of your life is a surefire way to be enchanted by nostalgia (or just a surefire way to be labelled a ‘Perfume Geek‘).
For us, Brittany Spears’ Fantasy marked middle school, Yves Saint Laurent’s Parisianne evokes high school memories and Jo Malone stirs those from university.
As we grow, our tastes grow (and our budgets therefore defeatedly oblige); Diptyque, Byredo and Serge Lutens now among our most beloved.
When my perfume bottles appeared to be emptying, my sister would get the emergency call and we would be off to the shops to replenish.
That was, of course, until Covid came along.
But hope is not lost. I recently came across Wikiparfum and it the best alternative in the current circumstances.
Essentially like a Wikipedia for perfumes, the search engine has a database of all of the fragrances in the world (or so it claims).
You can explore by brand, name or raw materials. Once you find the perfume you like, you can also find perfumes that are similar to it.
Not only is it super useful and informative, it is all completely gorgeous online space to peruse all afternoon long.
As I wrote in my recent article Things I’d Buy If I Didn’t Have To Pay Rent, Tom Ford’s Lost Cherry is a scent I can’t stop thinking about.
Tom Ford describes the scent as “black cherry’s ripe flesh dripping in cherry liqueur glistens with a teasing touch of bitter almond.”
While it may be a little out of my budget (small bottles marked with a $450 pricetag), a quick browse on Wikiparfum was able to lead me in the direction of perfumes with similar raw ingredients.
According to Wikiparfum, Lost Cherry has ingredients cherry, rose, jasmine, liquor, cedar wood, maraschino cherry, musk, tonka bean, vanilla and walnut.
More to the point, Guerlain’s Aqua Allegoria Cherry Blossom Millésime 2020, Jette Joop’s Jette 7flowers Cherry Blossom and Nina Ricci‘s Les Belles De Ricci Cherry Fantasy all have similar ingredients (and justifiable prices).
A trip to a local department store to stock up on these other cherry scents is therefore pretty essential.
So if you are also a ‘Perfume Geek’ or simply a Curious George, then head on over to Wikiparfum.
What are some your favourite perfumes?