*Currently Listening: "So Dance Samba" by Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto
*Current Fragrance: "Field Notes From Paris" by Ineke
I feel that this entry, should come with three disclaimers: 1) I know that most of the NDC#5 entries have been these life/memory fueled epics. I really do love writing them, although they do take a long time to write and I imagine a long time to read as well. I am trying to, in the near future, write more short perfume reviews; reviews of things coming out completely new to the market and some new to me (or I have had them for awhile, but feel as though they should be reviewed). 2) Of the fragrances I'm about to link with these "men" I'm about to wax poetic about, I have not ever smelled any of them...it's purely idea based. I mean, I've never MET Don Draper, and I never will (well, in my dream...but that's....you know.... ;-) ), because the man's not real! So, I feel like it's TOTALLY o.k. to match scents I have never smelled with characters I'll never meet. 3) Back to Don Draper...I really think this entire entry was a ploy that I created in my own head to have a legitimate reason to post this video...
Don Draper is the current fictitious love of my life. Yes...he's a Cad (yeah, so much so that it gets a capital "C'), a ginormous Cad, a f'ing ginormous Cad, but an inextricably sexy f'ing ginormous Cad! He's one of those "men want to be him, women want to be with him" characters. I'm a little obsessed with "Mad Men", I love the idea of New York in the early 1960's where old world style and glamour are still holding to outward appearances, while powerful zeitgeists like the Civil Right Movement and the Sexual Revolution were taking hold in minds, news, politics, sentiments and bedrooms. Plus, men still wore fedoras. All men look just a little bit sexier sporting a fedora. JFK, I love you...but did have REALLY have to take the Oath of Office without your top-hat on?!??!?! Men's millinery has never been the same; well, sort of.
Coupling the sunny (yet at times sardonic - just the way I love it) humor with the necessary cleanliness of surgery, I imagine him to smell like something very clean, fresh and uplifting - I'm going to go with fresh mint and basil. Hawkeye Pierce should stash a bottle of L'Artisan Parfumeur's L'eau de L'artisan or Annick Goutal's Eau du Sud in his bunker.
Plus, Mikhail Baryshnikov was my first crush. I feel in love with him watching the PBS broadcast of "The Nutcracker" when I was a young girl.
Back to Aleksander Petrovsky. I can never imagine him slathered in anything that would be traditionally marketed as "manly" as his character came across as "I'm way too much of a euro-art-old-world-stud" to give a damn about that kind of thing! Actually, I don't imagine him to actually wear a fragrance, but just ooze the smell of dark Russian tea sweetened with cherries, like he drank on his first way way way late night date with Carrie. If I went with that, I'd have to leave him out of this post, and I just can't do that; so I came up with BLOOD Concept's B and Van Cleef & Arpels' Midnight in Paris.
Funny is sexy, but so is smart. As much as I'm COMPLETELY objectifying these fictitious men, I'd like to be able to have a conversation with them. There are two kinds of sexy smart 1) I have no idea I'm attractive because I keep my head in a book and 2) The (LMFAO smart) I'm sexy and I know it, so I'll use it as ammunition smart.
|Type 1: Dr. Spencer Reid|
I feel like he would wear scents that were light and innocent. I mean, who wants to wear oud while hunting down serial killers? The serial killer's wearing this anyway! (And that wold be TOTALLY AWESOME!) I'd imagine the young brainiac to wear scents containing light and innocent things like grapefruit and lavender, along the lines of Diptyque's L'eau de L'eau and Lostmarch's L'eau de l'Hermine (ok, that one makes me giggle for the naming & further dealing with fictitious smarty-pants character - granted the spelling is different, but still! Perhaps I should sneak a Harry Potter reference into every NDC#5 entry)
|Type 2: Josh Lyman|
I did lie when I said that I hadn't smelled any of these fragrances. I HAVE smelled By Kilian's Pure Oud, which is EXACTLY what I think a serial killer would smell like. They've gotta lure you in, you know! It would lure me in.... I also think this might be Voldemort's signature scent!
In closing, just so I don't come off as COMPLETELY sexist, two fictitious and one real lovely ladies who I find to be jasmine & unsweetened blackberry jam worthy!
|Dr. Addison Forbes Montomery|