Friday, December 21, 2007

Fashion Friday: Fragrance

The Nose knows, right?

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.

So what's the guy wearing these days? Fresh, clean, Classic by Banana Republic.

And that works for me, because honestly, he is a very classy guy.

Happy weekend fellow bloggers!!


Don Mills Diva said...

When I went through my preppy stage in high school I had to have Lauren by Ralph Lauren - I had completely forgotten about that but this post brought it all back.

Rima said...

I wish I had read this before my husband asked me for my Christmas list! I've wanted a new scent, but I don't even know where to start. All my old stuff gives me a migraine or makes me want to puke. Great suggestions!

Family Adventure said...

Very clever, Karen! I like how you make these posts out of stuff I would never even think of blogging about. Plus you gave me some suggestions for fragrances to try. Thanks!


PS: Thanks for a lovely Christmas card. I think I recognize that wreath. :)

Sandy C. said...

I love perfume! And Love cologne even more :) I was thinking of trying out Lovely. I had a sample and I really liked it.

My current favorite is Insolence from Guerlain :)

Kellan said...

Ooooh - I'm a perfume nut and Obsession is one I still love and wear at least twice a week. I also love Dune, Tresor, Anis Anis and Safari - I love Sarari body cream! Take care and have a good weekend. Kellan

gmcountrymama said...

When we were teenagers, my girlfriends and I used to go to the mall and spray a sample of our favorite mens cologne and smell it while we were shopping. I think Polo and Halston Z14 were included. I wear Blue by Ralph Lauren now. I can't smell it on me after a while but I get a lot of compliments and I love the way it smells when I first put it on.

SteamyKitchen said...

i too LOVED CK!
Can't stand it now. Way too strong.

Shawna said...

This is almost creepy . . .my frangrance stages are almost identical to yours. Throw in some Elizabeth Arden Red Door Revealed and we're a dead-on match!

Dina said...

i also donned Red Door when i was younger...and of course Poison i actually like many of the perfumes in the Ralph line. They are young but very fresh and kind of springy. Although i don't own any as my workplace has a scent free policy and i also get headachy from wearing them...guess you';re right-one less thing to worry about putting on isn't a bad thing!


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