As it’s always healthy to change ones perspective, I’ve made up a little mind game for myself. For a few days I’ve focused on a certain color, and tried picking my perfumes according to that color (as I wrote about in my previous post Pantone Challenge), just to see what happens.
When I started this out I knew I had a rough week coming up, lots of work at my dayjob and a cracked tooth acting up, but I couldn’t get a dentist appointment until a week later (it was uncomfortable, but not uncomfortable enough to pay for emergency dental care). So I figured I needed all the happy energy I could get and went for Lemon Zest 13-0756.
It’s a mid-toned yellow, neither warm nor cold, leaning slightly toward the softer end of the brightness spectra. For me, this color mediates energy, friendliness, boldness and free minded-ness.
When confronted with a color bearing ”Lemon Zest” in its name, it’s hard not to think about lemons. So I have been going through my collection of colognes, trying to find the most lemony ones to see if they match. But I also tried to think out of the crate and several yellow fruits and flowers came to mind, such as yellow apples, pineapples, plums and mangoes, or narcisses, ylang, mimosa, sunflowers and dandelions. When white flowers smell heady and intoxicating, yellow flowers are more down to the earth, leaning towards spice, pollen and honeyed notes.
So, in my opinion, which scents are the most Lemon Zest 13-0756? I have two winners here!
Annick Goutal, L’Eau d’Hadrien. Ripe Amalfi lemons displayed from their best angle, laying on a delicious cushion of soft ylang. The perfect mix between sharp and soft, aromatic and sweet. It’s the most beautiful and realistic lemon scent I know of. As an added surprise I discovered it’s wonderful to wear while watching the snow fall outside. There is something about the contrast between the brightness of the scent and the whiteness of the snow that brings out the best in both of them.
Vero Kerns Mito. I know, I know, this one is technically supposed to be a ”green scent”. The intro I agree on, when I tried it now it starts sharply green and mineral, a good match for Grayed Jade 14-6011. But when that stunning magnolia heart kicks in, I get the most exquisite sensation of soft yellow creaminess, and somehow when all facets are taken into account, IMHO they do sum up to Lemon Zest 13-0756. Also, this is another great match for snow.
And here are the runner ups. They are very good perfumes in their own rights, but they just do not convey the exact shade of yellow I’m looking for:
Kenzo, Summer. Narcisses and dandelions. Grass and summer. The most yellow-feeling scent I know of. Beautiful but brighter feeling than Lemon Zest 13-0756 as I tend to see a big bunch of happy daffodils whenever I wear it.
Parfums de Nicolaï, Cedrat. A masculine lemony citrus scent. The base contains peppery patchouly that gives the composition a slightly medicinal feel, therefore the color I get is more of a lemon drop-hue.
Donna Karan DKNY, Golden Delicios. Yes, I did do a little foray into my local mainstream perfume store, spraying on everything yellow-looking in sight. Golden Delicious is the only scent from that trip worth mentioning. A good match, but a tad too genericly ozonic freshy-feeling. But some of the other scents in the store… How can people promote and sell such dregs without feeling very ashamed of themselves??? I don’t understand.
The Different Company, Limon de Cordoza. Another good citrus, feels like a lighter version of Kerosenes Santalum Slivers. The vetivier base gives it a grounded feeling, thus the color I get is leaning towards brown.
Neela Vermeire Bombay Bling. The best mango cocktail I’ve ever had and my goto scent when I want to forget all about winter. Warmer and brighter than Lemon Zest 13-0756, as it’s so full of tropical fruits.
L’Artisan Mimosa por Moi. A great little spring scent. Delicate mimosa, complete with fennel and almond-y facets. A pale pastel yellow.
So, did I learn anything useful from this? Yes, actually, surprisingly much:
- Lemon scents help me see the beauty in snow. Let’s never forget that!
- When focusing on yellow I seem to unconsciously buy and eat more fruits, both citrus and tropical ones. I didn’t notice this until this morning when I did the weekly shopping list, and my husband asked if I really wanted to get twice the amount of fruit we usually eat. This makes me think, if I ever take on a dark brown for a similar exercise, I’ll seriously have to watch my intake of chocolate, coffee and aged cognacs, and remind myself I don’t smoke a pipe…
- I do like yellow but I noticed that it’s a virtually non existent color in my life. In my house I found a few yellow kids items, there are some Easter ornaments tucked away in a cupboard somewhere and there is some yellow fruit in my fridge, but that’s it. What can be made out of this information, I don’t know.
- To be honest, I’d thought I’d come up with something like 3 scents, wear them, write about them and that would be it. But once I started thinking about lemon zest-yellow scents, my head went into spinning mode and it just wouldn’t stop. I now have a list of scent I’d loved to try wihtin this context, only I don’t have samples of them, so if I ever do more of this, here is my wishlist:
- Caron, Narcisse Noir
- Humiecki & Graef, Bosque
- L’Artisan, Fleur de Narcisse and Ananas Fizz
- Miller Harris, Citron citron
- Profunum Romana, Dulcis in Fundo and Acqua Viva
If anyone else has suggestions for scents to match Lemon Zest 13-0756, I’d love to hear!
Images: Pantone.com and myself, and keep in mind that color shades can look different depending on how your monitor is set.