I recently met Seth through a mutual friend who revealed he is a fragrance enthusiast. We met for a chat and I was immediately drawn to his energy. While he’s extremely busy (it took a minute to pin him down), once we met there was a gentle calmness to him that led me to ask him if he was a New Yorker. I wasn’t surprised when he said he wasn’t. He was even kind enough to introduce me to twittterberry.
I love this part of the fragrant conversation I’m conducting. It’s proof-positive we love our scents.
What’s your earliest recollection of fragrance?
It has to be my mother’s pefume, Clinique Elixir, which she has worn for as long as I can remember. To this day every time I smell her it reminds me of my childhood, but also it has come to be a smell I associate with power, because my mom was a single mother who raised me and my triplet brothers plus my older brother (you read that right) alone while also establishing herself as a successful business woman.
What fragrances are currently in your rotation?
During the colder months I wear Ralph Lauren Black (Polo Black) and in warmer months L’Homme by YSL
How often do you go out looking for something new? What specifically do you look for?
I would say rarely. I am pretty attached to my fragrances not only because I like them but also because I think it is important for a man to have a specific scent that. Scent is a very powerful motivator for emotions, whether it’s lust, love, pain, regret, etc.
Have you ever purchased the same fragrance more than once? If so, what was it and what about it made it worthy of a repeat buy?
I basically become attached to a scent for a number of years until I feel like I need a fragrance change that goes along with a change in my life — my scents are transitional with the transitions in my life. Like I said, I wore Abercrombie & Fitch, then Estee Lauder Pleasures and now Ralph Lauren Black and YSL L’Homme. All of them I have bought repeatedly. All of these scents have a similar sensibility — they aren’t over powering, or too musky or too spicey. They are a perfect balance of sweet and spice. That’s what I like.
How do you apply cologne?
I always do a spray on the front of my neck, back of my neck (for when people hug you) and then a spray below my belt because scent rises up and therefore hits the nose of whoever you are talking to (or so I’m told).
How would you finish this statement. “My most memorable fragrant moment would be…?
I guess it’s memorable only because it’s sad — I’d recently had my heart broken by a guy and I was walking down the street, caught a drift of the same cologne he wore and immediately started crying. It was sort of embarrassing but completely sincere. See what I mean about smell being a motivator of emotion?
Keep an eye on Seth. He writes great pieces for Out Magazines style blog, Stylist.
Although my mother is a fragrance fanatic she has a few old favorites that never leave her collection. Sometimes I smell them on random people in the street and think it’s her.
Great interview! Interesting answer to the last question, reminded me how scent/memory/emotion are so tied together……
Great interview. His fragrant moment was so sad and sweet, who couldn’t relate. I still remember what my first boyfriend’s cologne smells like. A little dose of nostalgia & heartbreak…
Wow, this blog took me way back to one of my mother’s favorite fragrances: Raffinee by Raffine. Very oriental and loads of mystery!