There are a few tried-and-tested moves I've always turned to when I want to feel sexy. Some lacy lingerie, a Marvin Gaye-heavy playlist, a few artfully lit candles—you know, all the cliché classics. But admittedly, these "tricks" can often make you feel like you're putting on an entire production (SEX! THE MUSICAL! STARRING ME! FEATURING SILK SONIC!), which can kill the vibe pretty darn quickly. Which is why I was thrilled to find a fragrance that makes me feel so sexy, a single spritz is all I need to get in the mood.
Le Point G by Veronique Gabai ($260)—otherwise known as "G Spot"—is basically sex appeal in a bottle. Unlike a certain line of celebrity candles that launched last year, the name "G spot" doesn't imply that the scent smells like a vagina—rather, it refers to the fact that it reaches a "climax" as you wear it. As the brand puts it, "Built like a crescendo, each layer of Le Point G develops gradually, appears one by one, revealing a heightened feeling as it develops. "
The fragrance blends the deep, sultry notes of leather, vanilla, wood, and amber with fresh and airy rose, making for a scent that feels light yet enveloping all at the same time. The real star of the show, though, is musk, which Lauren Gannes, formulator of aromatics company Highborn, previously described as "grounding, traditional, and oftentimes very sensual." The note is traditionally derived from deer secretions that are used to sexually attract animals (which is gross, but effective), and is pungent in a way that's surprisingly hot.
The fact that musk notes tend to stick around on skin after other "more volatile" notes have faded is what gives this perfume its crescendo-like quality. When you first spray it on, it smells like a new lipstick (in the best possible way), but as it settles into skin, the fragrance starts to shift. Every time I sniff it on myself over the course of a day, it smells different—the only way I can really describe it is "like me, but better."
Though "sexy" scents are usually associated with lacy La Perla bras, something about this one reminds me of slipping into a luxurious cashmere sweater—one that feels light and gloriously expensive, but still cozy enough to throw on with a pair of boyfriend jeans (or, okay, on top of a lacy La Perla bra for a little post-sex snuggling). It makes me feel like myself, but somehow sexier—which is the complete opposite of how I feel when I'm costuming up in a bustier and trying not to drip hot candle wax on myself.
Though I'd normally balk at a $265 price tag, this scent is a more worthy investment than any fancy lingerie or expensive candle that I've ever bought. It gives the phrase "slipping into something more comfortable" an entirely new meaning, and for that, I am eternally grateful.
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