I love perfume.
Let me back up. I love subtle scents that deepen into something unique and tempting. I don't like being thrown into radiation sickness by someone's itchy trigger finger and a bottle of imitation Gorgio.
In high school I wore Benetton (after a trip to Europe and a crush on all things European) and sometimes Poison--the bottle that comes with its own bulging 80s hairdo. College? It was Beautiful by Estee Lauder, Eternity, Fendi, Caroline Herrera, Anais Anais--I tried them all. The lean law school years were known as The Years Sans Parfum--Desitin and Baby Magic lotion became my frangrances of choice.
Since then, however, I've wanted to find The Perfume for me. The One that fits me perfectly, that mixes with my own scent, gets better as the day goes on, drives my husband crazy with desire and doesn't remind me of my grandmother (I can't smell Chanel No. 5 without thinking of Grandma).
I've always liked musky perfumes but they don't fit me. I'm really a floral-with-maybe-a-touch-of-citrus person that can't pull off Coco by Chanel any more than I can pull off red lipstick and fishnets (and hats off to you ladies out there who can, I'm jealous). I've tried Clinique's Happy because someone gave me a bottle and it was nice enough. I've tried Sunflowers by Elizabeth Arden which was . . . okay. Recently I bought Herve's Rose Leger because it smelled good at Nordstrom but now that I'm wearing it I'm less enthralled.
So tell me . . . what's your favorite perfume? Do you wear only one? Do you buy the real parfum to dab on your heat spots or a spray bottle of eau de cologne? I need suggestions because every time I start sampling I get two or three sniffs into things and then I can't tell one smell from another no matter how many coffee beans I use to cleanse the old nose.
Which perfumes do you hate? I dislike men's cologne generally, it probably goes back to a boy I knew in high school who ritually bathed in Polo like it was Holy Water. I remember sitting behind him and feeling my sinuses go "pop" each morning as the odor hit my nose. I used to like Drakkar Noir (yes, total 80s) but I think it was more the boy that wore it whom I had a crush on rather than the smell itself.
Now's the time to make your voice heard--I'm begging for your wisdom and advice.
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Saturday, February 24, 2007
I love perfume.