It occurred to me recently, that since I became really interested in perfume about three and a half years ago, I have never given anyone a perfume gift. Now to some that might seem a little strange. I used to give my wife perfume fairly regularly, mainly before we were married. However, since she had kids she has struggled with a lot of smells, especially when she suffered from morning sickness, and then when breast feeding. So I stopped giving her perfume, understandably. However, this year she seems to be getting over this affliction, to the point where she does try stuff in department stores, and even samples from my own collection, although she still struggles with fragrances that are too intense.
A couple of months ago she smelled Hermes Eau Claire des Merveilles, which I think is a flanker of sorts to the original. She enthused about it, and I must admit I do like that combination of salty woods and orange, and it does smell good on her. So this Christmas I have bought her a bottle and I truly hope she likes it! It felt really good to buy someone else a bottle of perfume. That may seem a little strange, but I am so used to indulging myself with perfume and perfume samples, and have immersed myself in the whole perfume culture, that it is refreshing for a change to think of someone else, perfume-wise.
So, what I am interested in hearing from you, fellow perfumistas, is whether you ever buy perfume for your other half or another loved one or friend, and how that makes you feel.
Incidentally, while sort of on the subject of Hermes, I feel I should state that I really enjoy a lot of their perfumes. Many are not necessarily ground breaking, but there is a feeling of understated luxury with the brand, and a craftsmanship about Hermes, that makes me usually hold their perfumes in high regard.
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