I don't receive a lot of perfume compliments. Actually, on reflection, I don't receive any perfume compliments.
What I can rely on though, is honesty from my good wife.
Today I wore Lorenzo Villoresi's Patchouli, which I've written about briefly before. I personally think it is quite a nice patchouli perfume, but I always subject my perfumes to the acid test - the scrutiny of my wife's nose.
When I got home this evening I presented my wrist to her in the usual fashion, saying: "smell this, I'm sure you'll like it."(I'm forever an optimist)
My wife's brief but eloquent response was: "Ew, you smell like rat poison!"
Thinking about it, patchouli, with its musty, mothball-like odour, could smell like some sort of pesticide.
For the record, I still like Lorenzo Villoresi's Patchouli. Lorenzo, if you're reading this post, no offence mate, my wife is just like that sometimes...