“I’m sure I’m not alone in enjoying being told I smell nice, but there is also pleasure in catching a quick smell of myself and enjoying what I’m wearing.
To Michael, fragrance is “transportation. A lot of fragrance will tell me a story as I apply them, transporting me to another place. This may be a real point in the past, or a complete fantasy, a familiar country, or a foreign land. It completes a ‘grooming’ routine and finishes off an outfit. It enhances my aura and mood.” And as his mood changes, so do his favorite notes. Michael gravitates toward warmer, woodsy notes, and is particularly fond of patchouli. He also likes the freshness and the medicinal sharpness of eucalyptus, in addition to sharp citruses like lime, and the effervescence of verbena. Florals need to be “done well” to achieve a level of divinity, and he loves lily of the valley, lavender for its sensual twist, “which belies its old lady connotations!” While geranium is a floral, Michael sees it on a citrus scale and finds it delightful in perfume.
For whatever’s next, well, it’s surprisingly not Jo Malone–for now. He’s up to date. But he does want to try Diptyque Eau de Minthe, which encompasses his favorite notes in one fragrance.