This week we catch up with Samantha Scrivens, author of I Scent You a Day. This blog is a labour of love that was launched as a bit of a fragrant challenge for Samantha - one that would indulge her love for scent and stretch her skill for sniffing out notes and nuances. From the most accessible high street scent, to the height of perfumed luxury, if you're looking for an opinion about a fragrance that you're considering, you will most likely find it here! Personally, we hope that the 1001 days never run out!
What was the idea and motivation behind your blog, I Scent You a Day?
I am outnumbered by boys in my house ( aged 4 to 48) and had nobody to talk to about perfume. It was an obsession and had been for years, so I started a blog. The idea was a perfume a day for a year but occasionally two small children, an occasional migraine and hay fever gets in the way. It’s now 1001 days of perfume to allow me occasional days off.
What’s your earliest ‘scent memory?’
Mud pies, roast dinners, Woodleigh Green Apple Shampoo And Avon Pretty Peach perfume.
What’s your absolute favourite odour? – No matter how unusual or unexpected?
I love the smell of outside first thing in the morning. If there was a smell called “just stepped out of the front door” then I would wear it. Also my sons’ hair. I love to give them a good sniff: there’s bedtime hair, after school hair, outdoorsy hair and just washed hair. I love them all.
Is there a fragrance that you could describe, that you would love to discover, but that so far eludes you?!
I would like to capture the smell of our Christmas trees when I was a child. The real pine needles and the metallic smell of the tinsel…it would bring back so many wonderful memories. You could call it Christmas Tree 1975! (Ahem. Showing my age).
Are there any smells or notes that you first disliked, but learnt to love?...
… or the other way around?
I always loathed the smell of iris. It really disagreed with me, but so many perfume fans encouraged me to keep trying and eventually I found several iris perfumes that I really loved and ended up with a bottle of Prada Infusion D’Iris. I also used to dislike chypres until I tried Balmain Jolie Madame. We met and I fell in love. The rest is history. But I went off Obsession after reading a hilarious review of it by the Perfumed Dandy.
What’s one ‘top tip’ that you could give to people wishing to learn more about fragrance?
Leave your snobbery at the door- if you like it, wear it and try everything once. Except Morris Dancing.