Welcome to the weekly Perfume Chat Room, perfumistas! I envision this chat room as a weekly drop-in spot online, where readers may ask questions, suggest fragrances, tell others their SOTD, comment on new releases or old favorites, and respond to each other. The perennial theme is fragrance, but we can interpret that broadly. This is meant to be a kind space, so please try not to give or take offense, and let’s all agree to disagree when opinions differ. In fragrance as in life, your mileage may vary! YMMV.
Today is May 1, and it’s May Day! In past years, I have written a “May Muguet Marathon” series of posts about muguet-based fragrances, which are among my favorites (if you want to read those, search for the tag “May Muguet Marathon”). I love lilies-of-the-valley as flowers and as a scent, and I own many muguet fragrances. I don’t think I have enough additional LOTV scents to post daily about a different one this month, though! It is rare these days to find a release of a new muguet fragrance, sadly; that note fell somewhat out of favor for a while when it was overused in “functional fragrances”. Also, it was very popular in the 1940s, 50s and 60s, so some people associate the note with an older generation and thus avoid it (their loss, if you ask me!). I did pick up I Profumi di Firenze’s Caterina de Medici while in Florence last summer, which combines lily of the valley with rose, so I look forward to testing and reviewing that this month. I have a few new samples of muguet-centered fragrances from the wonderful Dawn Spencer Hurwitz.
Any suggestions? I’m also thinking of switching this month to a rose fragrance marathon, since I also have many of those and I’ve been favoring them lately. I’ll have to think of a different name for the series if I do that though! Happy Friday, and Happy May Day!