As a guy says to his distant friend; “Hey buddy, long time, no see. What have you been up to?”
“Life,” the friend replies. “Work, the kids, and the Holidays were keeping me busy.”
We can all relate to this scenario at one time or another. Specifically for me, I too can identify with this exact occurrence with you, the reader. Let me embellish, as I give you an inside peek into your writer.
During the 4th Quarter, especially in the six weeks of the Holidays, retail can be the hardest, easiest occupation. As managers, we work long hours. When I say long, I mean long…many times open to close (or bell to bell, as it’s known in the industry) which is morning until night, 9 am to 9 pm, if you will.
First one in; last one to leave. Managing is a very broad term for our daily tasks: managing the inventory, managing the schedule, managing the pricing and sale specials, managing the staff, managing the overload of emails, managing the displays, and managing the overall process of the day-to-day operations. Most importantly, though, we manage the quality of the store’s customer service.
Why do we do it? Because we love our job, and more so we love helping customers. We love the interaction. We love meeting new people as much as seeing familiar faces. We love a customer’s smile when a scent is adored, and we love to work harder when one isn’t just right. Of course, we are passionate about fragrances.
My passion today is all about discovering the best winter perfumes and colognes.
Winter is a very trying season. Bundling up to keep warm in the frigid temperatures. Driving in inclement weather. Shoveling the sidewalk. Checking to see if that thermostat is actually correct. These are some of the challenges of the winter.
When it comes to perfumes and colognes, you don’t want either in the winter. You want Eau de Parfums, or EDP’s. What’s the difference? Well, if you haven’t read some of the earlier Perfumes 4 U blogs, EDP’s are oil based, original fragrances, while regular perfumes (called Eau de Toilettes) and colognes (called Eau de Colognes) are more water and/or chemical based.
The winter season affects the performance of the fragrance. It’s not so much of the temperature, but instead, it’s the change in humidity. The colder the temperature, the drier the air is. The drier the air, the lower quality perfumes, and colognes are dissipated much more quickly.
May I suggest these women’s fine Eau de Parfums for this winter of 2019
- La Vie Est Belle by Lancome: Sweet and Fruity.
- The One by Dolce & Gabbana: Oriental and Floral.
- La Musique by Claude Marsal: Woody and Floral.
- Gizella by Gabriella Antosh: Fresh and Floral.
- Angel by Thierry Mugler: Spicy and Fruity.
- Excite by Joliot Descartes: Floral and Fruity.
- Bright Crystal Absolue by Versace: Floral and Fresh.
May I suggest these men’s fine Eau de Parfums for this winter of 2019:
- Acqua di Gio Absolu by Giorgio Armani: Woody and Spicy.
- Dylan Blue by Versace: Fresh and Spicy.
- Le Feu by Gerard Monet: Oriental and Woody.
- Black Orchid by Tom Ford: Spicy and Sweet.
- Etourdi by Joliot Descartes: Fresh and Spicy.
- La Symphonie by Claude Marsal: Spicy and Woody.
- Zoltan by Gabriella Antosh: Spicy and Woody.
So, it has been a while since we have seen each other, my friend. I was hard at work giving quality, informative customer service. The kids were happy with their presents. And, the Holidays were extremely successful.
Along with all of our company’s managers, my passion is as strong as ever, and we are well into 2019 already. We invite you to shop any of our locations to try any of the above EDP’s as a new year maybe brings a new scent.
By Eric Lundeen
Eric Lundeen is the store manager at Perfumes 4U store located at St. Louis Premium Outlets. He is an expert fragrance consultant.