While testing a bottle of Atkinson’s “The Odd Fellow’s Bouquet” (2013) at a department store, an experienced sales lady approached me to tell me that the word ‘bouquet’ in a British perfume title didn’t mean ‘a bunch of flowers’, but ‘a characteristic scent’. But she didn’t tell more about the ‘odd fellow’s’ part of the title.
I thought an odd fellow would be someone like the Shamwow towel commercial guy or Wimpy, the character in the Popeyes comics who likes to eat hamburgers all the time. But Wikipedia told me that in British English, odd fellows is a name broadly referring to “any of a large number of friendly societies, fraternal and service organizations”. So… essentially everyone in this Facebook group.
When you are part of the odd fellowship, you’d better smell good or you stay home and watch Netflix by yourself. After applying “The Odd Fellow’s Bouquet”, you immediately smell half-drunk because of the whisky notes. Then the little spiciness of white pepper and the sweet tobacco and ginger notes instantly make you smell very approachable and conversation-ready. (Luckily I don’t talk to myself when I am wearing this, or I would be crazy.) A very alluring scent, but don’t wear a tuxedo or an Armani suit to wear this perfume because it will kill its humour. (Think Cookie Monster Monsterpiece Theater.)