Puckrik on Perfume‏: Part 1

Katie Puckrik ON May 08, 2009 AT 2:20 pm

Katie Puckrik taken by Martin Shaw

Katie Puckrik taken by Martin Shaw

When not sniffing up a storm, Katie Puckrik is a broadcaster, performer and journalist. Her television hosting work in the US and UK  encompasses the entire pop culture pu-pu platter. Her writing has appeared in Elle, Marie Claire and The Guardian. She began her career as a singer and dancer, including a tour across the globe with the Pet  Shop Boys. Her memoir, Shooting From the Lip, is published by Headline.  Her perfume review channel, KatiePuckrikSmells, can be seen on YouTube.

Read on below for the first instalment of her regular Friday column.

Fume Floozy
By Katie Puckrik

I’ve always been captivated and stimulated by odors. Clean or dirty, flowery, foody or funky – I love ‘em all. As crazy as it sounds, a whiff of garbage sends me back to my childhood when my friends and I would go to the local dump to play with the resident kittens. Garbage = Kitties = Joy!

A few years on, I turned my attentions from kittens to menfolk, and perfume entered the equation. A torrid crush on an older boy who worked in a bookshop conjured a spell out of the smell of new books, his sweat and my Coty Muguet des Bois. To this day, a sniff in a bookstore makes me go wobbly from
imprinted teen desire.

If you’re lucky, desire is a two-way street, and there’s nothing like a signature fragrance to leave an olfactory calling card with your beloved. Which is just peachy, until the next girlfriend after your break-up corners you at a party to complain that your ex insists that she wear your Chanel Cristalle. Ooops! There’s imprinting, and then there’s emotional tattooing. I’ll take some of the credit – and let Cristalle have the rest.

I reached fragrance maturity when I began choosing my perfumes for their effect on me, not on the men around me. Do I want to add light to the day and lift to my spirit? Dior Diorella. How about some vintage glamour? Jean Desprez Bal à Versailles. Feelin’ Fancy? Chanel Coromandel. In the mood for mystery? Etro Messe de Minuit. Male drag? Santa Maria Novella Acqua di Cuba. Snuggly coziness? Bulgari Black. Smutty musk? Le Labo Labdanum 18.

Click here to read part 2 of this column and to watch KatiePuckrikSmells on YouTube.

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