Most fragrances for women are akin to a shrill girlish soprano trilling treacle of love and summer. I want something deeper and more natural from my scents. I want a perfume that knows heartache and may have a problem with whiskey. With that overwrought metaphor in mind, it shouldn't be a surprise that I prefer men's cologne to women's perfume.
I've shopped and shopped for perfume for years with a hit and miss success, but anything I've liked in the past has been blown out of the water by Boyfriend, a scent by actress Kate Walsh. (And you know it's good if I'm willing to promote a celebrity product.) Her goal was to capture the scent of a man's cologne lingering on a woman's body. With a woody, musk base and notes of jasmine, vanilla, amber and myrrh, it's the scent of my dreams.