Monday, September 7, 2009

Favorite perfumes...

I love perfumes. Hardly a day goes by that I don't wear a scent. I always choose my perfume after I've dressed and done my make up. I think it's just that little bit extra to finish off your look for the day. If that makes any sense...

The scent I choose depends on how I'm feeling or how I want to feel, a mood enhancer so to speak. I believe that scent is very personal. I love when people have a signature scent, so that whenever you get a whiff of it, you're reminded of that person. This however could be a bad thing, a very bad thing indeed.

The story: I once had a boyfriend who wore Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male. I made the mistake of telling him that I liked it and at the time I honestly did, but he unfortunately took this remark as an incentive to douse himself in it. Needless to say we broke up and now I cannot stand Le Male. And to add insult to injury, this was a very trendy scent for a while. All of a sudden men everywhere were wearing this perfume. Gag! I spent many a moment with my nose squeezed shut. Not a good look.

I don't understand people who buy "trendy" perfumes. I could never do that. There are many perfumes that I love, but would never buy for myself because somehow I feel that they are not really "me".

At the moment I have... ehem... eight perfumes in rotation. Some I wear more in the summertime, others in the winter. Some are day scents and others are for the night. Somehow that sounds a lot more mysterious than it actually is. :) But anyway, here they are:

The soft subtle powdery scents:

Comme de Garcons 2: I would say that this is my signature scent. I'll wear this any day, any time of day, any time of the year. I just love it to bits.

Dolce and Gabbana Sicily: I usually wear this in the summer. I like to wear Sicily when I'm feeling soft and feminine. Warm summer evenings, dinner with the BF, feet in the sand, sea breeze, bottle of wine... happy times.

The sultry spicy scents:
Donna Trussardi: Which has been discontinued, but surprisingly easy to find on e-bay. This is my "power scent". :) I wear this when I'm feeling (or want to feel) strong and confident. Weird but true. I often find myself reaching for this perfume when I have business meetings, presentations, job interviews that type of thing. If I'm wearing a suit, I'm most likely wearing Donna Trussardi.

Estee Lauder Youth Dew Amber Nude: This is a winter scent for me and even though it's quite heavy and spicy, I wear it during the day. I do think darker skin tones can get away with heavier scents for day time.

YSL Opium: Special occasions only. LOVE it! An inheritance from my aunts, who wore Opium when I was a little girl. In fact, some of them still do. I like to wear it when I want to feel all grown up and womanly. :)

The florals:
Marc Jacobs: Wonderfully sweet and floral. It's my "girlie" scent.

Cabotine de Grès: This perfume has a very special meaning for me. It was one of my graduation presents from my father and I wore it the day I received my diploma. Now I only wear it in the summer time, when I'm feeling a bit sentimental and missing Dad.

The freshness:

Cartier Eau de Cartier Concentrée: I'm not sure if this is a lady's or a man's scent, but I don't really care, I love it all the same. It's so super fresh, you kinda feel like you've just showered all day long. I love to wear it in the summer when I'm wearing all white. Yes, this too is weird, but hey, I'm allowed some eccentricities right?

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