I THINK THE ULTIMATE EYE-CANDY IS A TRAY FULL OF SHINY PERFUME BOTTLES. WHEN I BUILT MY CUSTOM CLOSET WITH CALIFORNIA CLOSETS, I MADE SURE TO INCLUDE A SPOT FOR PRETTY AND PRATICAL ITEMS I NEED TO ACCESS EVERYDAY - THINGS I DIDN'T WANT TO HIDE IN A CABINET, OR TUCK AWAY OUT OF SIGHT. THIS LITTLE LANDING IN MY CLOSET MAKES ME HAPPY EVERYDAY, PLUS I GET TO DIAL UP MY SCENT GAME SEEING ALL MY SMELLS IN ONE SPOT.
Currently I've got 5 perfumes and oils in the regular rotation. There's my ride or die - Jo Malone. I've been wearing it for about 7 years and it's got about a zillion memories associated with it from a very transformative time in my life, so it always gives me a little jolt as I put it on. I'll mix it up with Santal 33 from Le Labo,, which I've been wearing more in the last few years. A woman walked into Furbish one day, looking all interestin and smellin' all good - her scent was so stirring I had to ask - and it was my intro to Le Labo. Apparently it was the cool girl cologne a la mode, but it takes that shiz a hot minute to get to Raleigh. These are my two go-tos.
One time, I got into an uber in Raleigh, and the driver told me I smelled good - I was wearing By the Fireplace by Maison Margiela - so now when I take Ubers in Raleigh, I wear that.
And there's L'eau by Diptyque, which personally I don't think smells very good per se, but it evokes crazy nostalgia in me for a great-aunt, and a place in time when I was about 8 and perpetually bored, but imaginative.
Lastly - I've never been an advanced smellstress (made that up) who can layer scents for a brand new one, but I have found success in wearing a base of one of the above mentioned perfumes and then dabbing on a little perfume oil from my friend Lauren Harrell Godfrey - founder of her eponymous jewelry line. She did a small run of a very musky scent that comes in a small rollerball and it's perfect to dab on your wrist or behind your ear for a luxe layered approach to your scentery. It's mixed really lovely with everything I've tried so far.