Fragrance is such a personal thing, and different scents carry different notes depending on one's individual chemistry. Take me, for instance. Usually within a half hour of me dousing myself with perfume or eau de toilette, you get within a few inches of me and ....nada. The stuff goes "pouf" - vanishes into thin air.
Which could explain why my first few favourite signature fragrances were the likes of these classics:
CK Obsession. Now that packed a serious punch. I suppose the overtly sexual advertising was somewhat appealing when I was in my early 20s.
Then I graduated to the following:
Opium, Yves St. Laurent. Very spicy, very Oriental. I wore this a lot when I was younger. Which puzzles me, because I think of it much more as an "older woman's" scent. I can't go near the stuff nowadays as I find it much too strong.
Speaking of when I was younger, my first real scent-ual memory of Ian was of him wearing this:
Brings me back to our first date, our first year together, the rush of young (and who would have known) everlasting love.
Back to the present. When I remember to put on fragrance these days (and I have to remind myself, as there are so many places with allergy warnings wherever you go in public places, such as the gym, the salons etc... if there's one less thing to have to remember to wear in the morning, fragrance will be it), I'll don "Lovely" by SJP.
What a fresh scent, I think the name of the fragrance suits it so well. It's soft, a hint of flowery smell, maybe a bit woodsy. It smells great on me, and actually lasts a bit. Look people, I've learned to "layer" my fragrance - check the "lovely" body lotion. Which is a good thing. And it's not overpowering, which works for Ian.
Another favourite of mine, Shi for Women, by Alfred Sung. Now Alfred was a huge designer in the 80s, I think he helped found the designs for Club Monaco way back when. I used to really like his clothes. Who would have known that his fragrances would hold up a bit better than his fashions? This fragrance is also clean, bit of musk, and the bottle design and packaging make it a very "zen" offering. Which is a good thing these days.
Something I put on every so often when I'm in the mood for Chanel. I'm not a Chanel No. 5 girl, but Chance, a bit of a younger fragrance, hits the right note for me. Touch of Oriental, touch of class.
Happy weekend fellow bloggers!!