They must be starting to recognize me in Boots. It’s a place I usually avoid as I don’t want to be tempted into buying toiletries I don’t need. So I go somewhere like Superdrug and just buy what I went in there to get. Toothbrush, shampoo, shower gel. No impulse purchases.
But ever since noticing the tester bottles of perfume, you couldn’t keep me away. I don’t want to walk out of there wearing such a hotchpotch of different perfumes that I feel confused and ill, so I just try one a visit… it’s frustrating, though. I considered forcibly squirting a second perfume on Mum, then sniffing her wrists every five minutes like I do my own, but that would earn me a slap.
So, scrub that idea…
I looked around for Daisy and Fantasy, as recommended by Daffy, (see here for the conversation), but couldn’t see any. Maybe one day I can ask at the counter, but for now there were all these untried tester bottles sitting looking at me. One I tried already, Mango Delirium, was still there, sitting up on the top shelf… but it was on the wrong box. I turned it upside down to check that it really was Delirium, and it was. Somebody just put it back in the wrong place. That kind of thing annoys me. It could have misled someone else into buying the wrong perfume! Once I found myself tidying up a sock rack in Woolworth as somebody had been replacing socks (backwards) on the wrong hooks with the wrong prices. Rrr.
I replaced Delirium on the right box, then picked up the most interesting bottle… it’s tall, thin and curved (like an aeroplane wing?), and proclaimed itself to be Police Wings (pour femme). I have to say it’s interesting; strong; hasn’t faded yet. Not as floral as Delirium or Monsoon. It’s quite sharp at first blast but settles down. Potentially overpowering if you were to put too much on — I have a sensitive throat and it’s a touch irritated. I was unlocking a garden gate so we could go in and feed someone’s cat, and Mum said “I can smell it standing over here!” She said she liked it, though.
So far the ‘like’ tally is:
Delirium — 2
Monsoon — 1
Police Wings — 2
Anais Anais — 2
Thought I might as well add Anais Anais as it’s a family staple!
Looking at the perfume corner of Boots, it’s like an armoury… racks and racks of gift boxes and individual perfumes of all price ranges, all belted into place so we don’t grab them and run amok. Dolce & Gabbana, Paul Smith Rose, Chanel, Joop!, Cerruti 1881 (another that Mum got me once), Obsession… you name it, it’s there. I think they’re preparing for a major onslaught this Christmas.
I can just see myself at the age of 80: “I’m not ready to choose one: I’ve not tried all of them yet. Fetch me that silver spaceship bottle from over there…”