The Scent of Peace has caused all the trouble! This perfume is the reason why I fell ill with perfumania! It is the reason I found myself at Parfumo and cannot come away any more. It is the reason why I think expensive fragrances are better than others. It is the reason why I am completely puzzled. It is the reason why I am so bewildered.
But Scent of Peace also taught me to be patient. It taught me that a fragrance smells completely different on skin during its drydown compared to its beginning. I taught me that there is more than just one holy perfume grail, and a lot more...
It happened about two years ago. I went to town, wearing my new white coat with big black buttons and belt. I just had left the nail salon where I had lots of cursory small talk concerning beauty. I was all dolled up, and my Marco Polo bootees gave me about respectable 6 ft. This is how I pranced, or better: hovered through the crowded city center on a saturday, and I felt like a young godess – no, like a fashion model! I was so full of smug self-satisfaction that I thought I felt the need for a new fragrance for my outfit. And so I just dropped by one of those expensive looking perfume shops still lead by the owner. I wouldn't have done this before, but my look and outfit sent the signal that I was ready to spend money. So, I dared to enter with the mere expectation of a good service. The sales assistant analysed my style, made compliments, asked for my favour and then presented her suggestions by giving me a sample of each. Among those samples, there was also The Scent of Peace. Back home, I fell head over heels in love with it. This was something I never had smelled before. Unisex? What does that mean? Brilliant! My only problem that day was that I looked like spending money but I had none. Oh, no! 235 € for a bottle of perfume? So far, I had had no knowledge about these high prices. I sensed that this fragrance is worth every penny, but it definitely exceeded the budget that I allowed myself to spend for a perfume at that time. In Eternity's world, there had only been permume mass market so far, for 16 years. So I booted my laptop and had a hard time googling for it. I got forwarded to Parfumo and to Kankuro's reviews, and got stuck since then.
It is hardly possible to find a bargain sale of The Scent of Peace, so I waited at least a year before I finally was able to call this fragrance my own. And whenever I use it today I really have to smile about my previous appreciation. I was unable to spot or identify what it was that I liked so much about this fragrance. Today, I am, and the charm is gone.
The Scent of Peace is a very harmonic and fresh fragrance. It is nothing new that grapefruit and Lily-of-the-Valley can provide freshness, but basically, it is the currant that makes this fragrance interestant. It does not smell sweet or fruity. It just pours its violet juice over the fragrance. Just imagine having a scent that is so fresh and comfortable as if you'd just have taken a shower or washed your hair with lots of shampoo. Besides this fresh feeling, current adds another dimension. The freshness gets an individual note. It is enjoyable like a prickly dry white wine that tastes like berries so you cannot get enough of it. The Lily-of-the-Valley appears and adds anothe kind of freshness, more tender and refined. Now the fragrance has got you. It seems highly complex, but an ordinary person cannot understnd where this redolency comes from. It is simply the fresh berries that are unknown in the mass market! The hedione in the heart note appears to be a transparent flavor enhancer that makes the fragrance shine and prevents over-applying. The hedione itself is not detectable for any layman. The fragrance stays beautiful very long, and you feel clean and special with it. The musk in the base note does its best, but nw I have a problem: after some time, the cedar provides a masculine tartness to the skin. At this point, I sometimes feel a bit embarrassed because I am afraid people may think I had used a men's shower gel or would have used a men's antiperspirant that now comes into view.
So, it is a unisex fragrance par excellence, but for women I would recommend daytime use. It is not suitable for a night out or clubbing since whenever the skin warms up and one may start to sweat this tartness comes into view.
For men, however, this development is a perfect match.
Still, The Scent of Peace is a very special fragrance to me, but the demystification by its fragrance notes and development for me has contributed to the loss of its glorified leading position.
Whoever likes hyacinth and finds this fragrance too expensive should test Coquelict by Il Profvmo. Whoever likes berries in a feminine without sweetness and tartness should test Amethyste by Lalique. These three fragrances all have a certain similarity with each other.
By the way, I am not the vain, smugly person that you might suppose by this story. I just wanted to express that you have to feel comfortable in your skin in order to finally skip your long time mass market signature scent. Fragrances not only reflect the way we are but also the way we want to be and what we want others to see in us. A perfume is more than a fragrance. It is a non-verbal statement, and the perfume we wear can make our emotions and attitudes visible for others.
Thanks to Bond No.9 and The Scent of Peace who have caused all the trouble, but have taught me a lot :-)
Edit: Today, after getting experience with some other fragrances I more often take Miss Charming by Juliette has a Gun rather than The Scent of Peace. This fragrance is not so much about berries, but it has lots of feminine freshness.