Thursday, January 28, 2010

What's your signature fragrance?

Perfume: a mixture of fragrant essential oils and aroma compounds, fixatives, and solvents used to give the human body, animals, objects, and living spaces a pleasant smell.

Smell is, essentially, subjective. One man's trash, is another man's treasure - the exact same can be said for perfume. Recently, the idea of differing tastes (with regards to anything, really) has me amazed, as does almost anything to do with general human nature.
I am a sucker for perfumes. There's just something so glamorous about the whole industry. I must confess, I don't own as many as I'd like to but I do believe it's important not to own too many. One must have a signature scent, after all. Over the years I've gone through my fair share of signatures, beginning with...

I used to wear Fantasy by Britney Spears exclusively, I would always get compliments. I still wear it on rare occasions, but I discovered that it can be a bit overwhelmingly sweet at times. So I moved on to Prada eau de parfum (quite a jump, I know), to show that I'd grown up a bit.

Next it was on to Lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker (still one of my favourites, such a fitting title), which was originally my mother's, but she and I share a common allergy to perfumes and it wasn't long before she couldn't wear it anymore. Luckily I don't react to it quite as badly (ah the sacrifices we women make for beauty). But then I happened to smell For Her by Narcisco Rodriguez on a passing lady (and swiftly got the details on this mesmerising scent) and before I knew it I had a new signature. Unfortunately, I didn't realise until after I made the purchase that this particular fragrance doesn't actually agree with me and I've only recently been able to sell it to someone else (an emotionally difficult day, I did love this perfume so).

I even tried go the Paris by YSL route to give a more adult sophisticated vibe. But then I got told I smelled like soap, and decided I was probably better off with something else.

These days you'll probably find me wearing one of these two, Daisy by Marc Jacobs or Aqua Lily by The Body Shop, if anything at all. I've had Daisy for years, and have attributed many a compliment to this baby, but I can't help feeling like it's still not my signature. I bought Aqua Lily for something new, but it's very summery and what happens when summer ends?
Yes, I'm picky. But I can't help it. I guess I'm still searching for my signature...

So to all of you out there, show me how varying our tastes really are tell me, what's your signature scent?


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Your link is already there at my blog!
Thanks always for your long and great friendship...I am so glad for that!
About perfums, I have givenchy, but I wanna wear chanel...I am waiting for an opportunity of buying ;)

felicia said...

I wear Chanel Chance but recently bought DKNY's Be Delicious. Flowerbomb by Viktor and Rolf is amazing though, and I might splurge on it the next time I pass through duty free shopping.

Dusk said...

For some reason... perfume no longer suits my body chemistry :(
I developed an allergy to preservatives in products so this is all part of it.

I used to have many that were mood signature scents but as I got older, this dwindled down to woodsy mens frangrances (!!) and just simple vanilla.

My signature frangrance is Vanilla, oil and edt by The Body Shop.