For some reason I’ve been rethinking fragrance choices lately — I stopped wearing them for a long time because I worried my babies would be too sensitive to the scents, and now that the kids are bigger I’ve been trying to get back into it, my old standard perfumes just don’t feel right anymore. (I generally like weird scents for women — Auntie M and I always joke that if I love it she hates it. Old favorites include Coco (which may not be sold anymore?), and men’s colognes like Acqua Di Parma Colonia Assoluta in the summer and Original Vetiver Cologne by Creed Eau De Parfums in the winter.) Recently, I’ve gotten samplers from Juliette has a Gun (I loved all of the fragrances except their signature one, Not a Perfume), Skylar (meh) and Phlur — and I think I may be stopping the search because I love Phlur’s Hepcat so much, as well as all the Juliette has a Gun fragrances. At Phlur you can easily sample three perfumes for $18. I got Hepcat because I generally adore vetiver-based scents, as well as Améline and Hanami. The other two fragrances I tried weren’t my taste, but I really adored Hepcat, as well as the cool way the brand tells you how the scent should wear — an hour in, four hours in, 24 hours in. The scent lasted a long time. I also wear Le Labo’s Vetiver (I have the “liquid balm“) and comparing Phlur’s Hepcat to Le Labo’s Vetiver, Le Labo’s is much more of a “pure” scent, whereas Hepcat has layers upon layers of different scents. It’s smoky, dark, complex… I really love it. A sampler set of three perfumes is $18, but then you get an $18 credit to spend on your first perfume (full price at $88), so it all kind of works out in the end.
Psst: Perfumes are probably best left for nights and weekends. If you DO wear it at work, know your office — readers just recently noted how much they question whether any office-appropriate perfumes exist. If you’re working in close quarters with people or prefer a really strong scent, you may want to reconsider.