Not sure if my nose is up to snuff...( Embalming Fluid )
This is really interesting! I don't pay attention to this kind of thing at all, so it's very strange trying to come up with words that describe scent and how even strong lemon smells "thin" to me while the maybe-musk smells "thick." The only problem with this scent is that it fades in about two hours. I don't know if that is a long life span or not for a scent, but I like it a lot and wish it would last all day so I wouldn't have to reapply.
So. From my admittedly very small experience with perfumes and scents, I dislike anything too musky or thick or sweet (vanilla is right out). Chanel no. 5 is nice on other people but I don't want to smell it on me 24/7. I don't like things that feel like they're going to hang around in my nose for a long time, if that makes sense. I think I am not so good with florals, though I can't distinguish most of them. From smelling candles and stuff, I know I dislike the smell of lavender and lilac, jasmine is ok when it's light (like the tea), I love the smell of fresh roses but possibly not rose perfume. I'm not sure if florals smell right on me as well -- they don't smell me-ish or something. I thought I would like fruity smells, but Akuma's raspberry is too sweet and thick on me. I really like Gap's "Pink" perfume, which smells like grapefruit, so I'm guessing that I like citrus smells. Maybe it's that I like smelling food, but I don't like smelling like food, ergo, ixnay on most fruits and foody sweet smells (vanilla is my nemesis outside of the kitchen). For some reason, citrus doesn't make me feel like I smell like food. I smell like food peel, yes, but not food. Plus, the thought of eating lemon peels or grapefruit peels isn't very appealing.
So I think the general consensus for me is that I like clean smells that aren't too cloying and are fairly light. I don't like it when they smell too "cool" because it makes me feel a little nauseous, so maybe a touch of musk, like Embalming Fluid? It's very interesting trying to figure this out! I mean, I don't think about this at all. I think I would like sort of green, nature-y smells, or light clean florals. Although my definition may be different from most people's! I like the light honey smell of some roses, not overpowering. I don't like floral scents that remind me of pollen. I think I really like spicy/soapy smells that just fade into my skin and leave a little residue of spiciness. It's like... scents that make you feel hungry instead of full. Er. Or I guess scents that don't linger and only leave little wisps of scent, instead of overstaying their welcome and getting crumbs all over the place. I want scents that are nice houseguests that always leave before you get sick of them and leave you remembering them fondly.
I also realize that this list will probably make no sense to those of you who are not me (I'm pretty sure that's all of you, although reading Angel Sanctuary
has led me not to discount the possibility of an evil twin, twins, computer copies or reincarnations of myself). Apologies... it's really hard for me to find words to adequately describe how I feel about scents, particularly because I don't think about it often.
It's so strange thinking about this! I usually don't think of myself in terms of scent, so it's fun trying to figure out what smells like me. My hair smells like Pantene Pro-V or Dove (no idea what those smell like, in terms of flowers or anything), my skin smells like a combination of Caress bar soap and Nivea lotion. I love the smell of Caress. Nivea is a little too milky thick smelling for me, but it moistrurizes like mad, so I keep it. And now my wrists smell of Embalming Fluid! Where does one apply essential oils? Wrists? Neck? I miss smelling like Caress, because it had this spicy afterscent.
Anyhow, I am eagerly awaiting my first order of imps. After that, maybe I will trade around with people? I know yhlee
would like to swap, and I just saw the_red_shoes
do a BPAL post...
Perfume recs are also very welcome, though I think I tend to shy away from perfumes because I hate the way the alcohol base tinges the scent. Actually, any recs in general would be good because I have no idea what smells like what. Then again, the way I describe things, probably no one has a good notion of what I want to smell like! ;)