PoP: Perfume Pen Pals

Katie Puckrik ON Aug 27, 2010 AT 10:07 am

Katie Puckrik

Katie Puckrik: Photographer Martin Shaw

Annick Goutal Encens Flamboyant and Myrrhe Ardente as discussed by Katie Puckrik and her perfume pen pal Dan Rolleri.

Dan,

I’m very much enjoying wearing Annick Goutal Encens Flamboyant today in the 90 degree heat, and it’s still going strong after a hindquarters-shredding Pilates class. In fact, it was a very nice smell to sweat in: clarifying and mountain-fresh during my hour of teeth-gritted voluntary torture.

Katie

Annick Goutal Encens Flamboyant

Annick Goutal Encens Flamboyant

Katie,

Here’s something sort of amazing: around the exact moment you were writing the words “Encens Flamboyant,” I was ordering another Goutal l’Orientaliste online: Myrrhe Ardente, the perfume you called “mushroom-flavored root beer”.

The thing is, I was a little intrigued because I like vegetal fragrances and I like root beer, even though I can’t imagine those two things blending well (this contributes to the weirdness, right?).

Dan

Dan,

Yeah, Myrrhe Ardente is so WEIRD! It’s sort of moist and dank and milkshakey and mushroomy. I kind of love it and want to vomit at the same time!

I think you might like it, though. The root beer/mushroom also reads as sweet smoke, and I know that’s your flavor of funk. MakeUpAlley poster Amy Kelley wrote that Myrrhe Ardente “smells like the inside of a box that’s been used to store sheets of Papier d’Armenie and black jellybeans”, and I think she’s right on the button (mushroom).

By the way, right now I smell really good — an unintentional combination of Bruno Acampora Musc and Encens Flamboyant.

Katie

Annick Goutal Myrrhe Ardente

Annick Goutal Myrrhe Ardente

Katie,

And back to Encens Flamboyant, I think you should write a “Top Fragrances To Sweat In” column. It’s an interesting angle and, at least for me, the results are often surprising. Certain heavy perfumes do seem predictably oppressive during exercise, while others fuse to the sweat and somehow manage to form a whole that’s greater than its parts.

And some simple, discrete perfumes are fine, giving off a pleasant little waft of pretty, producing a kind of yin and yang, flowers and toil (the name of my new band, by the way).

Others just smell annoying, they ridicule you, they say, “you think you’re some athletic tough guy and yet you’re wearing perfume, and everyone can smell it, and they’re all laughing at you, they’re saying ‘look at the tough guy running around in his pretty carnation perfume! I bet his mother still does his laundry.’”

And it’s not fair, KP, because I do my own laundry. I’ve always done my own laundry!

Dan

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