...well, some clean, intense white floral gave Luca Turin that same feeling. Recently. Any guesses??
You can hear him talk about that mystery perfume, and other perfume-related matters, in an interview with Eurovox at dw-world.de:
Luca Turin is a biophysicist, a molecule designer and a perfume critic - one of the few in the world. He talks and writes about perfumes the way other people might discuss wine or gourmet cuisine. Eurovox speaks with him about the surprise behind Chanel No. 5, how bad smells make good scents - and why men should maybe try women's perfumes.
Thanks to Joy for the link! She also found this link to an older WNYC radio show on odeo:
We get nosey with smell. Biophysicist Dr. Luca Turin and psychobiologist Dr. Charles Wysocki explain what odors are, how our noses work, and what kind of information humans can gather by smell.
For more background on Luca Turin, see: an interview with Luca Turin at Now Smell This, a review of his last book, The Secret of Scent, a review of Chandler Burr's book about Turin, The Emperor of Scent, and an announcement of his forthcoming book with co-author Tania Sanchez, Perfumes: The Guide.
Well, DK Gold makes my lips go numb, so that would be my bet! But I'm thinking it's probably something cheaper. I wonder if the sinus-headache review will make it into the Guide?
A friend of mine swears she gets a blinding headache when she smells Clinique's Happy. My vote would be White Linen or Beautiful – they kill me. Thanks for the links, looks like interesting reading.
Oh, but he likes White Linen (and Beyond Paradise too, which somehow makes me faint…).
I think Pure Poison might be the one (haven't heard the interview), although personally I like it quite a bit.
Even though I personally adore it and it's one of my all-time favorites, my vote would also go to White Linen. I've just heard tons of people over the years say that it inspires exactly this kind of reaction in them.
Bulgari Black my first reaction 'yikes burnt rubber!”, Organza Givenchy the first sniff caused me a migraine for about four days!
Did any of you guys listen to it yet? I really thought he was referring to something new. Could be wrong, listened last night and I'm useless in the evening…
Oh, didn't see that he's a fan of White Linen…well, then, I'm stumped! For me personally, the only fragrance that's ever done this to me is Eternity. Even though I sort of actually like it – but that heavy freesia note just gets me right between the eyes, it's so sharp and biting.
I'm at work, can't do those kinds of links here. (but I can read and speculate while I'm holding on the phone!)
Something new…maybe a Jo Malone? Haven't a few people said those were headache inducing?
I listened to it twice and I think he is referring to a more recent fragrance.
My guess is Issey Miyake, one of his Eaux. But that is only a guess.
Sounds like he's talking about a new fragrance. Great interview, in any case (although I wish the interviewer had been a little more sophisticated). I'm such a fan of Turin. Was dismayed when he took his site off the grid to concentrate on his research. He is so articulate, knowledgable and bright/wittty, it makes my little head spin! Looking forward very, very much to the April release of his book
EL Tuberose Gardenia? But he's such a fan of White Linen and Beyond Paradise…
That was my guess — that, or Tom Ford BOVdF.
Hmmm, Maybe I can find his book through Amazon.com..
Yes the interview was very interesting but also too short.
The very first impression goes via the nose!! Or was that the other interview? Anyway, lets cherish our noses and spoil them and spoil them.
Really, though, would EL TG give someone that ice-cream ache?? To my nose/head, it is extraordinarily smooth and un-sharp, un-shrill, non-pain-provoking in the beautiful extreme. Must smell the new BOVdF; it's just in at Holt Renfrew here in Vancouver. If Turnin is talking about it, serves Ford right; his ads hurt my brain, too
I'm the worst for typos! Turin, not Turnin!
That was my guess too, I really like it but it super strong.
He said it was “a really clean, intense white floral” that was launched in the last couple of years. Does that narrow it down a lot? He was also critical of, naturally, the flood of fruity florals we've all had to endure recently, so it's possible that the scent he's speaking of is one of those, though he didn't specifically say so. I got the impression that it wasn't a particularly high-end scent, though I'm just reading between the lines.