Last summer I picked up “Innocence” by Misty. It is a Father John Misty signature scent, put out by Sanae Intoxicants. Knowing that Josh Tillman doesn’t suffer fools makes me feel that if you buy his fragrance you end up on a Misty-shit-list. I’m not sure what happens when you get on that list (other than FJM thinking you’re a jerk) but I do know I am on it. While I like “Innocence” by Misty I find the neroli a tad aggressive and, dare I say, bitter. I would have used amber and the tiniest tinge of jasmine and, of course, spicy black pepper. But FJM didn’t ask me for my help so he’ll have to deal with his assertive neroli.
Sanae Intoxicants also helped Bonnie “Prince” Billy with his perfume. It’s called Bonnie Billy and it is going to run you $220 for 5mL of pure perfume oil. But it promises: “it will light up all who surround you.” In that case, $220 is a bargain. (They have a sample for $22, so choose wisely who you want to light up a few times).
And here are a few of my favorite music and art-inspired scents as a teenager: In the spirit of full disclosure, I loved the sweet syrupy pinkness of Revlon’s Electric Youth by Deborah Ann "Debbie" Gibson (FragranceNet.Com has listed this as being put out in 1898 - Debbie sings! Debbie dances! Debbie time travels!). After a visit to the Espace Dalí in Paris I fell in love with Laguna by Salvador Dalí. And another favorite theatrical release was the spicy Phantom of the Opera by Parlux, which is best worn at night if you want to attract a creepy guy in a theater with a sort of heart of gold who brings you to his underground lair (Sarah Brightman and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s love story). Clearly I had amazing taste.
The latter must have stayed in my consciousness because as I write this I notice a striking resemblance to my Perfume to the People logo. Cue the canned organ music! He’s there… inside my mind…