A scent that can keep you company…… The Perfumed Dandy’s Weekend Forum

Dandy Calling

Still somewhat disconnected here dear friends, so I will make the most of my very momentary internet connection to ask a question most appropriate to my current isolated condition…

Do you have a favourite perfume to wear when you are alone?

Is there a scent that keeps you company?

Tomorrow the repair men come and I hope I will have more than moments in cafes to keep in touch.

Until then tootle-pip.

Yours ever

The Perfumed Dandy.

The Perfumed Dandy


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27 responses to “A scent that can keep you company…… The Perfumed Dandy’s Weekend Forum

  1. rosestrang

    I’ve still not tried ‘Lonestar Memories’ by Tauer, I’d probably love it and imagine it to be reminiscent of a crackling open fire in the great outdoors, most comforting.

    A perfume to keep me company would probably be Shalimar, it’s one of those that has a strong presence – an indulgent, grounded and definite character who offers you lime cocktails then cooks up a lovely vanilla laced pudding!

    • Dearest Rose
      Yes, I have a feeling that you would indeed like this Tauer, so many of his have a sense of the outdoors don’t they? Something I find myself longing at this time of the year when the weather, through necessity, keeps ups locked up inside.
      To Shalimar I have but one word… “Yes”.
      Have I mentioned her before that I quite often wear it to bed?
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

  2. Alice

    Home alone is my favourite time to try out samples, particularly ones I might be considering buying – I can focus on the development uninterrupted. Currently on trial is Iris 39! From ones I already own, probably feminite de bois, at least until spring.

    • Dearest Alice
      Feminite de Bois is so comforting, it takes me back to art class, or my grandfather’s wood turning shed, both places of warm and generous calm. What more could on ask for from a scent to be worn at home?
      Home to though is the place to try out new perfumes, for as you say before taking the plunge it is necessary to commit a little time and intelligence to an aroma!
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

  3. Lilybelle

    Equipage is keeping me company today. The fragrances I habitually wear always keep me company, especially vintage Houbigant Chantilly, which I’ve mentioned before. I like the old ones, BaV, Je Reviens, Joy, Caleche, Arpege. I like to release the ghosts in the bottles — they are good company, most of them.

    • Lilybelle, haven’t heard from you in a while.
      Have I offended you?

      I know I am remiss in responding sometimes, if it is that…

      • Lilybelle

        Oh no!!! Dear, dear Ginza! You are so sweet and I ADORE you! You could never offend me. ♥ I was so busy over the holidays, and then serious family matters came up (illness and death in the family), plus all kinds of other things prior to that including relocating to another state. I’ve been feeling discombobulated and mentally drained. But things are settling down now, and I will be back to see you again very soon. Please forgive my absence. I haven’t had a lot of energy, but I’m feeling better and looking forward to 2014. See you very soon! xoxo

      • I am sorry to have been so childishly needy when you have been in such difficult circumstances.

        Pardonnez moi. Je vous en prie.

      • Dearest Lilly
        I am so very sorry to hear you have been having such a testing time of it of late.
        A maelstrom of events and then a true tempest of nature to go with it as well: I’m sure the polar Vortex was the last thing that you could have done with!
        I do so hope that 2014 brings much better fortunes, happiness and great oodles of Joy.
        Always in my thoughts.
        Yours ever
        The Perfumed Dandy

    • Dearest Lilly
      Equipage!?! Equipage. Just the word – one of my favourites by the way, that clipped French ‘qui’ couple with the long luxurioud Gallic ‘age’.
      Equipage. A subtle revolution in a scent bottle and with its stable mate Bel Ami to of the finest ‘masculine’ scents ever created. What a choice!
      In fact, there’s not one from your list with which I could find fault… Bal a Versailles is a favourite for me when tout seul. Chantilly… well we’ll have to wait for the review will be with us shortly!
      Such charming ghosts in bottles all.
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

  4. Mary told me at lunch you were having connectivity problems with the Ethernet for auto-net or some kind of net. My home alone is Michael Kors for Men. Love that plum!

    • Dearest Lanier
      I don’t know this one… but I do love plum. Will know try and seek some out, meanwhile attempting to conceal how pea green with envy I am that you are close enough to lunch with the marvellous Mary!
      Bon voyage Monsier L.
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

  5. Nena

    I don’t usually wear perfume if I’m staying at home, but I will sometimes spray a teensy bit of Guerlain’s Gourmand Coquin when I’m by myself and I need something comforting.

    • Dearest Nena
      Rum -infused , vanilla hot-chocolate? Now that does sound like a perfume to keep one company when all alone at home.
      In fact, I find that these solitary times is when I’m drawn most to gourmands… I wonder why?
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

  6. Dear Mr Dandy

    The perfume that makes me feel most myself is LouLou by Cacharel. I would love to see it given the Dandy treatment! The reason it keeps me company is because it was the perfume I wore before I met my husband or had children. I wore it when I first left home at 18 to go to university and it was a special time in my life as I had freedom for the first time, and really discovered who I was and how big the world is.

    I wore a lot of black, a lot of red lipstick and a lot of LouLou. I wouldn’t trade those times now for what I have, but it’s nice to take a step out of real life and bills and school runs and remember how exciting the world is when it feels new.

    Your friend

    • I ADORE Loulou.

      But has it been reformulated?

    • Dearest Iscent
      Now there can be no better reason than memories to be drawn to a perfume. “Ghosts in bottles” as Lillybelle described them.
      Loulou, to extend the metaphor, is quite a phantom!
      What a fragrance this is… I’m not sure about the black clothes, but it is very, very red lipstick, and all the better for it. As we’ve talked about before on your most excellent site, all the Cacharel perfumes are almost laughably good value in Britain, heaven knows why, for I’ve noted like you that they cost more in France.
      Last of all, I love the fact that Loulou reminds you of ‘how exciting the world is when it feels new’! Surely that is what scent is for…
      But please don;t forget, the world is minted afresh each morning.
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

      • Dear Mr Dandy

        Oh I love the world I have now. I would find it hard to look back on this period and name a scent that sums it up though! Probably burnt toast, coffee and whatever I’m testing that day!

        Your friend



    dear dandy – did it occur to you that there’s a wordpress smartphone app? 😉 in case the telegraph line breaks again (maybe very heavy birds sat on them?)

    I don’t recognise the scent you show us. what is that?

    as for your question, well. I actually choose *all* perfumes with the thought in mind: “could I wear it when at home?”

    but when I work from home, and have a rough day, I tend to skip all perfume and sit in a cloud of home fragrance spray instead! my pick is either a wonderful, invigorating blend of essential oils or (my guilty, guilty, guilty pleasure) baobab’s “chinese ink”.
    they managed to capture the smell of ink (I actually paint with real chinese ink sometimes, and it does have a cool, mineral & slightly woody smell) and pair it with the richest woods and most tempting balmy notes.

    • Dearest Calypse
      Thank you so much for thinking of me!
      Yes, I tried the smartphone app, but whether my connection was too weak or my fingers to fat… it didn’t seem to want to work! Alors, I have returned now, so all is well in the world.
      The perfume shown was Andy Tauer’s ‘Lonestar Memories’, the name of which alone I thought made it an appropriate choice for a discussion on scents we wear when no one else is around.
      *Gasp* The smell of ink!!!!!!!
      The Dandy adores the smell of ink.
      Though I’m not skilled enough to turn my hand to calligraphy, I do carve woodblock now and again and more frequently work in lino, drypoint and even etch now and again, so the idea of a room fragrance that could reproduce something akin to the smell of work in the studio, perhaps paired which cherry wood would be wonderful.
      I’m off to search that oil you speak of now!
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy


        that’s really lovely, woodblock carving and etching. I have only tried etching once when at school.

        the baobab room fragrance isn’t an oil. sorry if I caused confusion. the other thing is an oil mix, something invigorating, but not “air freshener” style.

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