Perfumes were invested with magical powers by the archaic mind. It is therefore not surprising to rediscover this running thread in the history of fragrances to be still well and alive in today's neon-lit stores and supermarkets. There are no shamans burning herbs dancing around you, but you can turn to a number of contemporary choices for wearing a scent that says "Good luck!"
Shopping around lately, I happened at first on little textile dolls sold with a vial of perfume which you were supposed to empty on the colorful funny and fugly creature then hang it somewhere to let luck fill your home. I came back later to get one and they were sold out.
Fortunately there are more options for tongue-in-cheek or seriously superstitious people. Incidentally, research has shown that persons who are misted with perfume garner more spontaneous good-will on the part of strangers.
It may be that you smell good or that your attitude is enhanced by fragrance, or both. It's not just about dark or white magic (Yes, I just saw Harry Potter, The Deathly Hallows). It's about projecting a positive attitude. So if you have a friend or relative that thinks it's best to be on the safe side and smell a scent filled with thoughtfully created good vibes (hopefully), you can check these ones out...
Esteban have issued a web-exclusive kit for men Kit Cadeau Porte-Bonheur pour Lui (29€) comprising 3 lucky charms in ceramic scented with Cèdre, Santal and Teck & Tonka. They anticipate you'll carry them to the office, hang them in the car, scent the gym (or gym bag) with their trails...
Bourjois launched in the summer of 2009 a perfume called Clin d'Oeil Porte Bonheur (Wink - Lucky Charm) (8,10€) filled with good karma thanks to ancient Chinese characters and soothing perfume notes: lemon, mandarin, passion fruit, kumquat, pineaple, cedar wood, white musk. The petite bottle enables you to carry it like a talisman.
Yves Rocher is offering a lucky charm with ribbons onto which you can spray the fragrance of Flower Party (13,50€.)
Liz Clairborne launched a duo of China-inspired fragrances in 2006 called Lucky Number 6 for Women (lotus, tiger lily, cashmere, woods, jasmine tea, peony) and Men (natural herbs, neroli, hydropnoic plum, amber and sandalwood.)
"In ancient Chinese culture (from where the influence for this scent comes), the number six stands for luck, and implies that life is in perfect balance and harmony. The Number 6 fragrance is the essence of the feeling of good tidings: warm, spicy, invigorating, and free-spirited."
The bottles are decorated with red, a very propitious color in Chinese culture.
Atelier Cologne Trèfle Pur ($165; $60) in the much more high-end world of niche perfumery also tapped in the lucky waves of the green clover.
"He had a good feeling about it. That's the thing about luck, you feel it or you don't. This moment, he felt it. He found the morning's rain had left everything looking greener and a bit sharper, like he was seeing it all for the first time, and he headed off with a spring in his step."
But they are not alone. Lolita Lempicka also came up in 2009 with a clover-shaped bottle for Si Lolita to hold as a lucky charm to signal happiness and love.
I remember having mixed feelings about the Ed Hardy Love and Luck duo when they came out in 2009, but still, they qualify.
Christian Dior considered lily of the valley as his lucky charm flower, Diorissimo distilled - metaphorically speaking as the flower does not yield its natural perfume - its essence thanks to perfumer Edmond Roudnitska. One of the most naturally, prancing, happy fragrances you can find.
L'Artisan Parfumeur have also believe in lucky perfumed charms. Consider their Gri Gri Intrecciati (35€; 50€; 70€) in luxurious woven nappa intrecciato leather pouches scented with notes of woods, leather, iris.
The scent evokes an afternoon spent in Venetia and the aromas of a library filled with flowers and sun in an ancient city.
Do you have a lucky charm perfume or a magic perfumed ritual or do you think it has more to do with fanatsy? Have you felt some perfumes brought you bad luck?