by Erica Mayyasi
There are so many perfumes on the market that it can be downright overwhelming trying to pick one. Fortunately we’ve found Elena Vosnaki, a true fragrance guru and editor of Perfume Shrine, to dish her expertise on and provide her picks for flirty perfumes.
Choosing the right sexy scent
Picking a perfume can prove an intimidating task: there are thousands upon thousands on the market and there’s only so much sniffing you can do before you begin to lose your sense of smell. So, to help you in your search for a flirty fragrance, Elena has some words of wisdom to guide you to surefire success.
First and foremost, the scent should be intriguing. “A fragrance to entice a potential or existing partner should be something to stir the imagination,” Elena explains. “Therefore it should leave a subtle trail behind (in French industry -speak this is called sillage ~pronounced “see-yazh”), but not a hurricane!”
Elena says that which fragrance family (i.e. floral, oriental etc) is a matter of personal taste as all are capable of leaving this seductive trail. One thing in particular to watch out for, however, are very scents that are very sweet and/or food-like, such “concoctions might make him feel like you’re more suited to baking him a pie than making love to,” she quips. “Vanilla and food-y smells however might play a role in your flirty fragrance, but shouldn’t single-handedly be identified as such.”
Your fragrance should inspire self-confidence
Most of all, Elena says to make sure you selection a fragrance that makes you feel confident. “[It] is the best ammunition in the romantic game,” she says. “It will make you feel sexier and more daring, ensuring that you feel fabulous no matter what.”
Elena shares three of her picks for flirty fragrances and what makes them so enticing below:
Narciso Rodriguez Narciso for Her
“If one sees the slinky yet timeless fashions of this Cuban-hailing designer one can see why his first foray into fragrance catapulted it into the modern classics hall-of-fame. Narciso for Her is an indefinable and refined aura of musky and lightly ambery sexiness garlanded with abstract flowers that burst forth their freshness; like a sensuous person just out of the shower being the prelude for other activities, it signals courting!”
Chanel No.5 Eau Première
“When the iconic classic that Marilyn Monroe wore in bed, No.5, is given up an ingenious freshening up to suit younger ages and subtly differentiate itself from the familiar smell that is a great thing! No.5 Eau Première softens the characteristic aldehydes of the antecedent with piquant lemon and more vanilla in the base, yet retaining the sophisticated feeling, thus rendering it fit for the daughter or niece rather than the mother or aunt.”
Christian Dior Hypnotic Poison
“This fetishy, “poisoned” apple alluding to fairy tales and original sin is like an olfactory dessert testimonies of whose use ensure it works on guys like a magical charm! Milky almond bitterness and caraway folded into vanilla cream unfold against the floral hint of jasmine and the radiance of sensual musk. Arguably a long-standing best-seller for a reason, but you won’t regret choosing it.”
About the expert: Elena Vosnaki is a historian & fragrance writer and the editor of award-winning Perfume Shrine, www.perfumeshrine.com, an independent online publication offering articles on perfumery, including fragrance reviews, essays on aroma-materials, perfume history and interviews with fragrance industry professionals. Besides Perfume Shrine her writing has appeared on Harper’s Bazaar and Sniffapalooza Magazine. She consults for fragrance firms and is writing a book on perfume.