At last. Twelve days off in a row, with no work (o.k., a little work), no family to deal with, and no obligations more taxing than making dinner and taking the dog for a walk. My whole daily routine will change. I’ll wake later, dress more comfortably, maybe nap, and spend more time reading.
Of course, my perfume routine will change, too. Instead of an office-friendly spritz in the morning, I can wear whatever I want, whenever I want. What will it be? Undoubtedly a smattering of fragrances from these categories:
The Big Personalities: With no officemates to offend, I can go wild with the powerhouse perfumes, the sort of perfumes you smell on your sweater for days. Guerlain Shalimar, Jean Desprez Bal à Versailles, Guerlain Samsara, Rochas Femme, Comme des Garçons + Daphne Guinness Daphne, and Frédéric Malle Portrait of a Lady are a few delicious perfumes with assertive character that aren’t exactly crowd pleasers. But hey, I’m already anticipating a few evenings watching old movies while wearing a pineapple-festooned 1940s dressing gown and expedition-weight long underwear (it gets cold in my TV grotto!), so I won’t exactly be a crowd pleaser, either. But I’ll certainly please myself.
Sybil of the Perfume Cabinet: One real beauty of spending days near my perfume cabinet is that I can switch fragrances the moment one wears off. For the holidays, I can flip through all my seasonal favorites — Tauer Perfumes Une Rose Chyprée, L’Artisan Parfumeur Safran Troublant, Caron Nuit de Noël, and Laura Mercier Minuit Enchanté — only having to settle on one for the duration of a dinner party or a drink with a friend. The rest of the day is fair game.
The Special Ones: A good stretch of leisure time means hours of being able to lift my wrist to my nose (when I lift that nose from a novel, that is). Why spend precious drops of my half-dram of Lanvin Scandal on a day I’m pounding on the computer’s keyboard, rushing to meetings, and snarfing Subway at my desk? No way. I’ll anoint myself with Scandal — and Jean Patou Joy parfum, Chanel Bois des Iles parfum, Caron Parfum Sacré parfum, and Lucien Lelong Indiscret parfum, to name a few treasures of which I have barely a teaspoon — as I read PD James’ Death Comes to Pemberley (can’t wait!) and finish my stack of New Yorkers. I also plan to use up my tiny bottle of Christian Dior Dioressence concentré pour le bain.
The Lost Ones: Buying decants of perfume is smart, especially when you already have enough perfume to fill a kiddie pool. The downside is it’s easy to lose the anonymously-bottled decants. Having leisure time means I can poke around in the ceramic box that holds my decants and choose a few of the overlooked to wear. Guerlain Dandy Arsène Lupin? How did I ever forget that one? The same is true for Kenzo Jungle l’Eléphant (see The Big Personalities, above), Chanel Coromandel (ditto), and Christian Dior Homme Eau Noire.
What about you? Do you change your perfume routine when your daily routine changes?