I recently posted an excerpt from “A Guide to Elegance: For Every Woman Who Wants to be Well and Properly Dressed on All Occasions”, a delightful, little book written in 1964 by Genevieve Antoine Dariaux. Since there was a lot of interest, I decided to compile a series of other advice on selecting and wearing perfume. Some of it might be quite sensible, some–quite personal and esoteric, but I always find it interesting to learn how other women think about perfume and their fragrance wardrobes.
The following excerpt comes from a recently published book, Parisian Chic: A Style Guide by Inès de la Fressange.
“I change my perfume every ten years. I don’t like trendy perfumes, which I find often too aggressive. I prefer older, classic brands.
When you buy a perfume, test it on your skin, not a strip of paper. Define your initial choice using the paper strips, then test on the inside of your wrist, leave the shop and wear for a few hours before deciding whether it’s worth of your bathroom shelf.
Perfumes shouldn’t be treated like trendy clothes. Even if some perfumes become best-sellers calculated to appeal to everyone, choose a scent to match your personality. The Parisian never leaves a super-fashionable fragrance in her wake, preferring to cross town for that rare, individual essence!
Never wear too much perfume; you’ll give your friends a headache. Dab your body’s best scent spots; the neck and wrists, but also the ankles and behind the knees for maximum effect. Remember to keep an emergency bottle in your car.
Inès also gives the following as her favorite perfume houses in Paris:
Les Salons du Palais Royal/Les Parfums de Serge Lutens
Jardin du Palais Royal
142, rue de Valois, 1er
tel + 33 (0)1 49 27 09 09
68, avenue de Champs-Élysées, 8e
tel + 33(0)1 45 62 52 57
Éditions de Parfums Frédéric Malle
37, rue de Grenelle, 7e
tel + 33 (0)1 42 22 76 40
Maison Francis Kurkdjian
5, rue d’Alger, 1er
tel + 33 (0)1 42 60 07 07
34, boulevard Saint-Germain, 5e
tel + 33 (0)1 01 43 26 77 44
From Parisian Chic: A Style Guide by Inès de la Fressange, p 121. Available from amazon.com.