Sophia Money-Coutts

Back to stuff ‘Sniff me, Hardy.’ 6:01pm Friday 18th December 2015

A thing about smells

My friend Annabel wrote about a Prada scent in her ES magazine column today, which I will paste below so you can get up to speed on this important issue…

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I’m thrilled to say I’m the Sophia who sniffed Annabel’s wrists in the office last week and shrieked about how delicious it was.

Basically, Vetiver is the key word here. I once walked past a man in the street and had to stop and ask what he smelt of because I wanted to nuzzle him. ‘Darling, you’re so sweet!’ cried the man, whereupon I realised I probably wasn’t his target market. ‘It’s called Vetiver.’

Now, technically Vetiver is a boring-looking plant found in India, but when its oil is extracted and popped into a bottle, I promise you it smells infinitely better than bacon in the morning or freshly-cut grass, or any of the other smells that people wang on about.

After talking to that nice man, I trotted into a Space NK and found a Tom Ford version called Grey Vetiver, because as Annabel says women AND men can wear it. I douse myself in it when I need to feel all tough and macho. Like when I’m taking my car to the garage or having the plumber over, for example.

In a review of a new book about scent in the Spectator this week (called Perfume: Century of Scents by Lizzie Ostrom), India Knight wrote ‘as a broad rule, people who really like sex tend to be unperfumed – sweat and skin, innit – though there are exceptions.’ I’m still trying to decide whether that’s true or not. All I know is that anytime I smell Vetiver on a man – even gay men, apparently – I want to be special friends with them.

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