As you know, my blogging cohorts, Candyperfumeboy, Eyelineronacat, Olfactoria’s Travels, Persolaise, and I come together for fun group posts centered around fragrances. This time around, we agreed on tying scents to the seven deadly sins and I chose greed. In case you forgot your Sunday school lessons, the other sins include wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony
Greed is the desire for excess, especially when it comes to material things and we all know someone like this. The more I thought about it, however, the more I struggled with the thought “this smells of greed.” Perhaps I over thought the assignment but the more I pondered the topic, the more I found myself attaching it to a human, more so than to a scent per se. For that reason, my expression here will surely be different than the group but this challenging journey sure did bring back some memories.
One of my favorite movies is American Psycho. Patrick Bateman’s character was so devilishly interesting. He was shallow and greedy and at the same time, hated others who embodied these very same characteristics. I loved how immaculate he kept his apartment and prized possessions like his stereo. And that scene where he describes his grooming routine is priceless. If there was an updated version of this movie, I could definitely see him drooling over Clive Christian X. With a price tag of $570 for 3.4 oz. and notes of bergamot, juniper berry, amber and cedarwood, to name a few, it screams luxury and power. Bateman would surely wear enough just so his colleagues would ask him what he’s wearing and go into a monologue on just how exotic it is, how much history the brand has and of course, the scent’s price tag.
How many times have you watched Scarface? Can you recite the lines of your favorite scenes? Every time it’s on TV I can’t turn away even though it has commercials and they horribly dub over foul language. Tony Montanna had to have it all. His strut, his suits, and the way he spoke bottled up his desire for the excessive beautifully and with that Drakkar Noir would be his scent of choice. If you’re old enough to know Drakkar, you either have a love or hate relationship with that scent but it was one of the most popular scents in the 80’s and as an aromatic fougere the scent evoked power. I knew a few characters that used to wear it and they all wore their greed on their sleeve.
Are there any particular scents that you would attribute to greed or any characters you can think of that you’d partner with a scent because of their greed? I’d love to hear from you and to see how Candyperfumeboy, Eyelineronacat, Olfactoria’s Travels, and Persolaise interpreted this topic, check out their posts.