It takes me a lot of courage to show a friend or a coworker my perfume collection. A Japanese manga collection? “Very cool!” A video game collection? “Hey, I played this game with my younger brother when I was a kid!” A figurine collection? “Oh wow, they are cute! Where did you find them?” A perfume collection? “Are you INSANE?” Unfortunately, this question is at the top of “Most Frequently Asked Questions for Victor Wong.” Instead answering it, I like to immediately distract them by showing them a few of my “interesting” perfumes. Usually the first one I choose is L’artisan Parfumeur’s Bois Farine (2003).
My friends typically say the scent reminds them of something very familiar, and it’s on the tip of their tongue. Almond cookies? Peanut butter? They are good guesses, but when I tell them it is supposed to smell like flour, they will exclaim, “oh yes! that’s very interesting!” I will then put on my snob-cap and tell them that the nose behind this perfume wanted to recreate the scent of some flowers from an unusual tree he had encountered in some remote island that I don’t remember the name, but anyway, it smelled like flour.
This perfume is really perfect for fall, and if you happen to have a very soft and fluffy milk-colour sweater, spray some on, wear it, and it might bring you back to your favourite childhood memories – making cookies with mommy. (Well, I have never made cookies with my mom, but I remember I ate a whole bag of almond cookies while watching cartoon.)