It was the immortal Coco Chanel who said, “A women who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.” Far be it for me to rebuke the sage advice of the leading lady of fashion. Interestingly enough, I have never managed to claim any of the Chanel fragrances for my own. The hardest thing about the epic process of selecting a signature scent, is knowing what melds with one’s body chemistry. When it comes to selecting a scent, I tend to take a shopping buddy. Frankly speaking, perfume, like a any other wardrobe staple, is an investment– one that should not be taken lightly.
One of my first brushes with perfume was Electric Youth by Debbie Gibson. I felt like the coolest girl in the fifth grade; wearing the signature fragrance by the biggest pop star of the time (well, besides Tiffany)! I remember the neon accents and the simple bottle by Revlon, but I can honestly say, I wouldn’t know what to do with it if it were to resurface in my boudoir. Would the scent be familiar? Would I recognize it? Would it remind me of all the boys I was not cool enough to date throughout middle school?
After I entered high school, I learned about what was en vogue via teen magazines and the popular girls in school. I worked hard at my part time job to save up and invest in my first bottle of real bottle of perfume.
Pleasures by Estee Lauder (1997-2001) – When EL started their campaign, the launched it with the gorgeous beauty of Elizabeth Hurley. I have my high school pal to credit for introducing me to this fragrance. I remember her telling me about it, and then saving up to buy my first bottle. I wore it all the way through college, without even considering another scent.
Weekend by Burberry (2004-present) – This (by far) has been my favorite since its discovery. It also helps that it is the scent which has yielded the most responses from my guy friends. From “It reminds me of my ex-girlfriend– the one that got away. No, that’s a good thing…” to “Sorry, I was distracted. You just smell… incredible…” I have received compliments from both male and female friends. To date, I have been informed that this is the best fragrance for me.
Incanto by Salvatore Ferragamo (2005-2008) – Initially, I bought Charms on a whim, loving the shape and design of the bottle. I later purchased Shine, but unfortunately, I was not able to bring either home with me from Japan. I am considering reintroducing them into my collection.
Light Blue by Dolce & Gabbana (2009-present) – I sniffed it in a shop and bought it without even testing it on my skin. Luckily, I really love it. It reminds me of the salt and sand of the beach (and usually makes me miss home). It’s light and fresh, and one of my preferred scents in the summer time. Eventually, I hope to wear it in more exotic locales– like Hawai’i, the Caribbean, or any island in the South Pacific.
DKNY Be Delicious: Fresh Blossom (2009-present) – I’ll admit it. The adverts and pretty pink pulled me in. I had just moved to New York, I love apples, and the flowers reminded me of Japanese cherry blossoms. I bought it quickly after I received my first pay check after returning to the USA. I’m running low on it, but I love the floral scent, so I will need to pick up a new bottle soon! I’ve got my eye on their Golden Delicious as well.
Acqua di Gioia by Giorgio Armani (2011-present) – I have picked up several fragrances in the Armani line, but inevitably put them back on the shelf, dissatisfied with the lack of chemistry between myself and the Italian perfume line. However, when AdG made it’s debut, I elected to give Armani another try. I haven’t had the chance to wear it too frequently, but I do love it.
After scanning my regular glossy reads, I am in the process of assembling my wishlist of new fragrances to add to my boudoir. Sniffing magazine inserts and testing out products at Sephora is great and all, but I cannot seem to make a decision on my own.
Guity by Gucci – I cannot accept credit for discovering Guilty on my own. Last summer while visiting my pal, Caz, in Newcastle, I was introduced to Guilty (or GUILTY! said with feeling). I really love the floral seduction provided, although I wonder if I am foxy enough to wield the power that is Gucci.
Acqua di Gioia Essenza – the new sensual experience by Armani. I just discovered Gioia, but I am already curious to see what the follow-up fragrance in the line smells like. It is my sincerest hope that this follow-up fragrance is as strong and powerful as its predecessor.
Coco Mademoiselle – I have an on-again-off-again love/hate for Keira Knightly. There are times (like in Bend it Like Beckham) where I think she’s awesome, and then there are others (like 95% of the entire Pirates of the Caribbean series), where I want to ring her neck. I haven’t been particularly moved by the print ads, but the latest commercial advert has really caught my attention. I am curious as to the scent.
Miss Dior by Christian Dior– Natalie Portman… oh Natalie Portman. I love her when she’s edgy and dark, but in this ad campaign, I must admit I am intrigued. At my last job, my students loved this perfume and several recommended it to me. I have hesitated purely because I am concerned the scent may be too young for me (or because their recommendations stem from Natalie being cute and not the actual scent.
Selecting a perfume is by no means an easy task. Most women love it when their significant other surprises them, but for me, I prefer selecting something that expresses what I feel, and mingles perfectly. There is a science to selecting the proper combination to unlock the memorable mystique of a scent of a woman.