Daniel “Ginger Thunder” Kumatz is my brother in scented arms. Nobody else can have a decent conversation about fragrance. Luckily, he works for LA’s Scent Bar, and has access to stuff I’ve never even heard of. He keeps me on my toes and in excellent form. Some of my best ideas come out talking with him, so I decided to start sharing some of our (very informal) conversation. Some bits have been removed because I didn’t feel like typing them. I’ve also cleaned up my grammar. And my filthy mouth.
SMELL DORADO: Fate Woman is so sexy.
Ginger Thunder: I love it. People don’t go crazy for it, though. I’m kind of baffled.
GT: I love how leathery it gets.
SD: It makes me feel ALIVE.
GT: Yeah, [a coworker] conceded that the drydown on my skin was really good.
SD: I actually wore it two days in a row. Which I almost never do.
GT: What happened??
SD: I dunno. Just got a bug up my butt about it.
GT: I wore Mitsouko last night and that bitch is BIG. Like a beast. I don’t know if it’s gotten stronger, macerating in the bottle. But two sprays is PLENTY.
SD: I think I only wear two sprays. It’s pretty amazing. My only problem is that it feels like it’s got the spirit of a lady. Even though the smells work great on a man. It’s just got the soul of a woman.
GT: I feel that. But it struck me as a lady from another era last night. Did not feel contemporary at all. And way more angular than I remembered. That peachy softness wasn’t happening so much. Its bones were poking through the whole time.
SD: It’s sure bony.
GT: It’s still going pretty good this morning.
SD: The softness of it is in the spot where most chypres are sharp. But you are totally right. There is an angularity to it in other places. It’s so hard to pin down. That’s part of what makes it so great. This conversation should go on my blog!
GT: Wait. What?