Monday, December 17, 2012

Perfume for Dessert Lovers

It's a lemon cookie, pudding, souffle and pie, all stuffed inside this pretty bottle. Attract fans with a single spray.
I rarely push any sort of scent here on Toad, mostly because I'm notoriously picky when it comes to perfume. Most of it, frankly, makes me either wheeze or eventually cut off the limb I sprayed the stuff onto. My nightmare is entering the Bloomie's in NYC, where a gauntlet of aggressive perfume sprayers guards the door, liberally covering every poor schmuck who enters. There's nothing like a combo of nasty patchouli, musk, cedar, rose, and literal scented poison to make me run screaming from a building. And elevators? Don't ask.

However, there are exceptions. The amazing site Lucky Scent offers a wide range of cult perfumes, many of which are far more subtle and refined than department store offerings. One such scent, Menthe Fraiche by Heeley, has been my go to for years; it's light with mint and green tea notes, and fades pleasantly without that powdery afterscent that reminds me of the geriatric set. Recently, I found a new scent (a miracle, really). Called Nuvol de Llimona by Roca Perfums, it translates as "Lemon Cloud," and that pretty much sums it up. Lemon Cloud smells like the best lemon based dessert you've ever had, with a sharp citrus note followed by sugary, almost custardy finishes. It's delectable and delicious, yet fades becomingly. This does not smell like Lemon Pledge. It simply allows you to smell like food in a highly acceptable way. And men respond more favorably to food smells than anything else (to hell with Poison or that foul Carnal Flower); there's nothing like the smell of baked goods and sugar to drive a man wild.

As perfumes go, Nuvol de Llimona is reasonable at just $80. Plus, the round minimalist white bottle is adorable, and it's wrapped in bright yellow tissue, just like a lemon drop. Share a little sweet this Christmas and click on over to Lucky Scent.

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