Puckrik On Perfume

Mimi ON Mar 22, 2010 AT 1:49 pm

Katie Puckrik: Photographer Martin Shaw

This week we’ve got another installment of Puckrik’s Perfume Pen Pals as Katie and Dan ‘Talk Fumes’

Katie,

This morning I’m wearing Jaisalmer, one of the less acclaimed of Comme des Garçons’ Incense line, the Goats Head Soup of incense. And it’s great. All of those CdG’s incense are great, and surprising distinct from each other. My next big check and I’m buying full bottles of all of them!

Dan

Dan,

Your insatiability for perfumes is astonishing. I can’t even make myself try the Incense Series samples that I have, let alone work up enough enthusiasm to want to own them. I circle my future perfume purchases cautiously, like big game.

Katie

Katie,

Why are you such a Debbie Downer about CdG incenses? They’re all quite lovely. Well, not Avignon. Avignon is hardcore Catholic shit. But you should appreciate that. The rest wear surprisingly well.

And we’re in the midst of an incense craze. Don’t you want to be part of the incense craze?

Dan

Dan,

I’m not a Debbie Downer about CdG incenses. I LOVE my Avignon. The others just didn’t grab me in the same way, but they’re fine.

And whaddaya mean “don’t you want to be part of the incense craze?” I was an early adopter of incense. There would be no craze without my original frothing frenzy for the stuff. Basically, I want to buy every incense I ever smell, and have to stop somewhere, and I stopped at all the other CdGs. But in the meantime, along with CdG Avignon, I own CdG 2 Man, Donna Karan Black Cashmere, Keiko Mecheri Oliban, L’Artisan Passage d’Enfer, biehl parfumkunstwerke MB03, Juozas Statkevicius, Satellite Padparadscha, Amouage Jubilation XXV, Creed Angelique Encens, Bond No. 9 Silver Factory, Miller Harris Fleur Oriental, Amouage Homage Attar, Perfumerie Generale Intrigant Patchouli. And I had to forcibly escort myself away from the Annick Goutal counter so that I wouldn’t purchase Encens Flamboyant.

Katie

Katie,

I knew you liked incense, but that’s some list. I don’t mean to argue your tastes but surely one or two of the CdG incense line are more wearable for you than 2Man. Have you tried Etro Messe de Minuit?

Dan

Dan,

Yes yes yes. Recommend all the extra incenses all you want. It’s like saying, “Oh, but the 59th Elvis Costello album’s an unmissable classic.” But albums 1-4 are doing me just fine, as it happens. At a certain point, the earhole will not accept any more Elvis Costello, or Tracy Chapman, or Ryan Adams, no matter how classic they are. And it sort of goes for incense, too. Actually, I take it back. It goes more for amber. Amber’s been releasing too many albums lately.

But to take up your points: I agree that 2Man is pretty unwearable. I got it in a rush when I felt I needed something to anchor and soothe me on a sure-to-be jangling trip back home. But then the DC humidity hit me, and I smelled like a virile fancy man from 1987. So it’s just there in my collection as “reference“.

Katie

Katie,

I’ve been thinking about your Elvis Costello remark and, looking over my bottles, I’m suddenly afraid I have fifty copies of Elvis Costello’s 27th record. Do I really need big bottles of CdG Odeur 53 AND Odeur 71? (And Dry Clean? And Escentric Molecules Escentric 02?)

Do I need seven different woody florals? CB I Hate Perfume At The Beach 1966 AND Bond No. 9 Fire Island? While eyeing Le Labo Neroli 36? And save for a few lame late-80s/early-90s Warners records, I have everything from Elvis Costello. (And I listen to almost none of it.)

You’ve sent me into an existential crisis. One from which I’ll surely recover by tomorrow because I’m going shopping with my perfume friend Beth. If I don’t come home with at least one Le Labo or Frédéric Malle, it probably means I got hit by a bus. So bad news either way, for my physical health or my existential health.

Dan

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