|The current collection. I love the look of perfume bottles prettily arranged, don’t you?|
A few years ago, I rarely wore fragrance, usually just when I was dressed up and going out. My appreciation of scent as an accessory has evolved to the point that now I feel incompletely dressed without it, and wear daily. The right fragrance can lift my mood, and make me feel beautiful, feminine, strong, sophisticated, or all of those things.
As you can see from my collection above, I have a fickle nose! I love the idea of a signature fragrance, but it’s so easy to be seduced by a gorgeous new scent. Right now I’m mostly rotating between Chanel No.19, Miss Dior Cherie, and Kelly Caleche for daytime wear. YSL Parisienne is also a favorite, but feels more right for Spring and Summer. For evenings, I love Fragonard’s Belle de Nuit. I tend to prefer fragrances based on florals, but they need to have some green or smoky/edgy notes to offset the sweetness. I find cloyingly sweet fragrances annoying, and generally prefer Eau de Parfum formulations to the Eau de Toilette, as EdP’s generally have more richness and complexity.
On one of our first Paris visits, I’d promised to pick up some obscure (here, anyway) Guerlain fragrance for a co-worker. After making the purchase at the Guerlain counter at Bon Marché, the lovely Sales Associate asked (quite charmingly), “would you like me to scent you?” I selected a fragrance and she proceeded to spray the air around me, and instructed me to turn around once. Ever since, that’s how I’ve applied my fragrances.
How do you feel about fragrance? Do you have a signature scent or do you like to change it up? What are your favorites?
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