GEMs of Beauty:
Scented Deodorant? Say It Ain’t So (Smelly)!
So, okay, this is one of those topics you probably don’t spend a lot of time thinking about, but no one wants to stink—and our kids need to know that they’re going to have to be proactive about their own pungency once they hit puberty, too.
Years ago, I was in an elevator going to a party in London when a beautifully stylish woman got in the car. She smelled so incredible that I asked her what perfume she was wearing, and she told me La Perla. I thanked her profusely and trotted off to Selfridge’s in the morning to pick up a bottle, and when I tried it, it was just as luscious on me as it had been on her. The saleslady told me that there was a gift set on offer, with deodorant and body lotion, and I snapped that up too.
That was my introduction to the marvels of wearing a wonderfully scented deodorant. Not a cheesy synthetic scent, but a real one.
Perfume-based deodorants aren’t antiperspirants. They won’t do a thing about wetness, but they will make you smell divine—unlike conventional deodorants with synthetic fragrances that quickly dissipate. Wearing a perfumed deodorant is like wearing a less intense and less expensive version of the perfume itself. It’s a great way to try out a scent.
Still, if you’re looking for something new, see if you can test the perfume first. Perfume use is utterly idiosyncratic, and something that smells fantastic on your BFF can make you wince. For instance, I gag at the smell of Chanel #5 and Shalimar, yet these are two of the most popular perfumes ever created, so all those who love them can’t be wrong. Go figure.
Or, see if something that sounds enticing is at one of the online perfume stores. (I used to have to stock up in Duty-Free shops in foreign airports.) Sure, perfumed deodorants are usually pricier than something you’d pick up in a drugstore, but show your pits some love. These products last a long time and make your clothing smell great, too.