I have a gift for you, and it's something that will last all day:
I can bring home the bacon. Fry it up in a pan. And never never let him forget he's a man, 'cause I'm a woman. Enjoli.
Didn't like that one? Try this:
...But I'm gonna' have an Aviance night. Tonight. Gonna' have an Aviance night.
That was a good one. But here's what we came for:
I can't seem to forget you. Your Wind Song stays on my, Wind Song stays on my, Wind Song stays on my-y mind.
Now those are some solid gold ear worms. Not only did Wind Song have a catchy jingle, I vaguely remember every girl's dream, the TV version of Prince Matchabelli himself, appearing in Wind Song commercials in the 1970s. He was a long-haired, Pierce Brosnan type who stood in a meadow while the wind ruffled the puffy sleeves of his loose white blouse.
A quick spritz of Prince Matchabelli Wind Song on my arm and the nostalgia ends. I don't remember its scent at all. I know I had Wind Song lotion as a girl, because I clearly see the crown-shaped, frosted green glass bottle, but I couldn't tell you at all what it smelled like. I think I know why, too. Wind Song, while fresh and pretty, is easy to forget.
On my skin, Wind Song is an easy-to-wear breeze of aldehydes and carnation rounded out by cool, wet rose and a touch of lilac and jasmine. For its first few minutes, I also smell something slightly off, like maple syrup mixed with an old canister of coriander. But once that scent fades, the story is all sparkly carnation and sweet flowers right through the dry down, where the tiniest bit of sandalwood appears. Once its alcohol burns off, Wind Song stays close to the skin but lasts, gently, for hours. It is calm and predictable and doesn't remind me of anything in particular. It smells like something Glade might make into a plug-in room deodorizer, but more subtle.
Wind Song launched in 1952, and according to Luca Turin in the Fall 2008 newsletter supplement to Perfumes: The Guide, perfumers Ernest Shiftan and Léon Hardy created it. Shiftan was also the nose behind Givenchy Le De as well as the drugstore staple, Brut, and Hardy created another Prince Matchabelli favorite, Cachet. Although Parfums de Coeur, the company that owns Prince Matchabelli, doesn't list Wind Song's notes on its website, to my alarm it does inform us that Wind Song includes Sd alcohol 39c, butane, fragrance, water, benzophenone-2, Fd&C yellow #5, and Fd&C yellow #6. (Maybe it's just me, but Parfums de Coeur might want to rethink their web marketing strategy.)
For my perfume dose of carnation I prefer the more spicy and robust Caron Poivre and more interesting Caron Coup de Fouet. But I'm looking forward to spraying Wind Song's lovely, non-intrusive freshness on the bathroom curtains and on my sheets the next time I change the bed. Wind Song's drawback of being forgettable becomes on asset on fresh-from-the-wash dog beds and in closed-in closets. Maybe it won't be front and center in my perfume cabinet, but in the linen closet I'm glad that Wind Song just won't "stay on my mind".
Prince Matchabelli Wind Song is available in 15.5, 39.9 and 76.8 ml Cologne Spray ($9.99 - $16.99) and in matching body products.