Joy might seem an odd choice for a post emerging out of a poke through one’s sample box. After all, it’s generally not hard to come by a spritz of Joy from our aunt’s dressing table, or from a tester at a local store. So why purchase a sample?
Actually I have owned Joy EDT for years, and I wore it often until I finally admitted to myself that it irritated me. The joyous opening would fade after half an hour to something flat, dry and scratchy, almost like fly spray. ‘The costliest fly spray in the world’, you could say.
Joy EDT sat in a drawer for ages until it occurred to me that the EDP might suit me better. I only ever saw the EDT in the stores*, so I about a year ago bought a 1 ml EDP sample from TPC. Unfortunately this was only a tiny improvement. I still try it every now and again and I do get a glimpse of that ravishing jasmine and rose that I know is there. But again, the scent gradually collapses into a skeletal version of itself.
Imagine moving footage of a woman laughing. She is beautiful. You love watching her and you laugh too. But then the footage slows and freezes. The sparkle fades from her eyes and her ravishing smile turns into a fixed, irritating grin. You stare in horror for a few seconds, and then turn away, shivering. Lauren Bacall has turned into Cruella de Vill.
I will hang on to my Joy EDT for sentimental reasons (I bought it in 1993 shortly after I got my first real job), but I have pretty much given up the idea that I can wear Joy in any form. Some perfumes will just never sing you the song that other people hear.
And recently I have found a similar perfume that does sing to me. SSS’s Nostalgie has notes in common: rose, jasmine, sandalwood, orris … Nostalgie does not have that joyous opening, yet it retains a round, golden radiance for hours on end with not a discordant note anywhere.
So that’s enough of me mixing my metaphors. What have you found lurking in your sample box recently?