Saturday, May 27, 2006


There are a few perfumes that I particularly like to wear for bedtime. This is a strange phenomenon, and only the truly addicted perfume connoisseur will even think of such a use for perfume. I am referring to scents that are seductive borderline sedative (or the other way around). Although these could be also seductive in their own way, for some reason they have a very calming presence. In the next couple blog entries I will talk about some of the perfumes I like to wear to bed – and rarely for any other occasion. In fact, I may not quite know how it feels to wear them during the waking hours – that will be as odd as wearing my pyjamas out of the house. This is, of course, a totally personal choice. To each their own bedtime scents. I would love to hear about yours!

I would like to close this round of floral perfume reviews with my two favourite bedtime perfumes - No. 5 and Tocde.

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At May 27, 2006 10:53 PM, Anonymous Flora said...

I have one I like to wear to bed, though also at other times: Joy. I read that jasmine can affect one's dreams; I don't know if that is true, but it is a very restful aroma to fall asleep with. The rose and jasmine create such a lovely and tranquil feeling.

At May 28, 2006 3:05 AM, Blogger Ayala Sender said...

Flora, what a lovely fragrance to fall asleep to! Which concentration do you usually use?

I know that narcissus is known to inspire dreams, and both narcissus and jasmine have sedative, narcotic effects and can eliviate stress (which can help to fall fast asleep...).

At May 28, 2006 9:21 PM, Anonymous Flora said...


I just have an EDT spray - I had some EDP but it's gone and I bought something else instead of replacing it. One of these days I am going to have the Parfum but it may be too expensive to wear only to bed - I will have to wear it everywhere!

I have heard that Narcissus can cause a form of mental derangement in concentrated form - I guess that would explain a lot about me, since I adore Narcissus. ;-)

At June 02, 2006 7:37 AM, Anonymous Anya said...

I too use Changel No. 5 as a bedtime scent, and my other favorite is Mystere de Rochas. That reminds me -- Vicky Tiel's sweet floral hasn't seen the pillow in some time ;-)

They are used for daytime, too, of course, but those three are the only ones I've used at night. Requires the appropriate mindset and obsession, as you noted.

At June 02, 2006 8:21 AM, Blogger Ayala Sender said...

Flora, I would love to hear what you think about Joy in parfum when you get it. It does deserve to be worn all the time though. Joy is one of those scents that suggest a life long commitment to - it just asks to be a signature... Maybe not mine, but I would love to meet the person it's their signature!

Narcissus is quite potent, but I think the mental effects it has will produce so much creativity and beautiful things that nothing else will matter anymore... Most of the perfumes that have narcissus in them are hands down stunning.

At June 02, 2006 8:26 AM, Blogger Ayala Sender said...

Anya, your love for No. 5 is well known to me - and now we share it as a pyjama scent too ;) I rarely wear it in other occasions, even though I probably should. I would wear it when going out - for something classy like a concert or a fancy dinner. It just strikes me as very luxurious - too luxurious for every day (though it is such a classic it is almost expected to be found at the boardroom table).

I never tried Mystere or Vicky Tiel. How would you decribe these two?

At June 03, 2006 5:28 PM, Blogger katiedid said...

Oh, yes - I've not tried the Vicky Tiel original either! I'm dying for your impressions too please Anya!

At May 02, 2008 6:18 PM, Anonymous JulienFromDijon said...

The first bottle I bought was "après l'ondée" and I still use it sometimes on my pillow.
Fresh oris, then sweet and mild landscapes.

You're talking about narcissus ? Well, "fleur de narcisse" is a quite expensive frangrance for a pillow, but it has its little effect.
Actually, you're right, I made up my mind for this one only for the drydown : narcotic, delicious and addictive. And I wonder if the narcissus signature.

I felt asleep last night on a pillow with "passage d'enfer" (frankincense and lily) and I woke up with an angina :p Don't know if there is a link... hope not, as I really appreciate this sent.

At August 11, 2010 12:07 AM, Anonymous said...

Chanel № 5 - flavor out of time. Not for nothing The number "five" was a favorite number of Coco Chanel.


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