Memories are triggered by particular perfumes. A whiff of Dior's Poison takes me back to my first job at a public library as one of the other girls wore so much of it she was dubbed "Poison Lady" by the other staff. The smell of Brut 33 takes me right back to my school days as one of the teacher's doused himself in it.
Before the Tubblet was born, I read lots of books to try and help me prepare for the new arrival. (Actually, less new arrival, more life quake! That no amount of reading can prepare you for). One of them said that mothers should wear the same perfume all the time so baby recognises them by their smell when their other senses were less developed. It seemed like a sensible idea at the time so I looked for a signature scent.
The challenge was to find one that Rev T and I liked. We're both fussy. I don't want to smell like floral Sanilav or fabric freshener. Rev T dislikes strong scents. I ended up with three options - the lottery win, the splurge and the budget.
Fleur Oriental - Miller Harris
A proper, grown woman scent smelling of bergamot, orange flower, carnation and Turkish rose as well as heliotrope, amber, labdanum, vanilla and musk. Sadly it comes with a proper, grown up price tag - £95 and £65. Too expensive to buy for myself or to ask for as a gift. The last bottle I had lives on my dressing table and retains a faint whiff of scent. A relic from the days of double income, no kids. (Like the key-ring? The Tubblet made it for me). The lottery win and my absolute favourite! (It would be).
Black Opium - YSL
Even one of my favourite perfumes contains coffee! Along with white jasmine tea, patchouli, white woods and musk. At first glance, this might not seem that much cheaper than a smaller bottle of the Miller Harris - at £52 and £45. But unlike the Miller Harris, there are often offers on YSL. Still counts as a splurge. The bottle is hideous. According the blurb on YSL's website it has, "a glittering bottle of deepest pink diamond-dust finish for rock edge and modern glamour, with a radiant rose gold glass heart for soft femininity". * Rolls eyes *.
Eternal Love Perfume - Marks & Spencer
This was a gift with purchase and smells of jasmine, myrrh, chypre, patchouli and sandalwood. At £8.50 or £18, it's a great budget purchase. Cruelty free. This also proves that packaging and brand name do influence what perfumes you like. As this Independent article shows. The bottle isn't pictured as I currently don't have one.
What's your favourite perfume?
Short blogging update thingey ... I'm a bit all over the place this week as the consultation process at work will shortly be ending. They've offered everyone in the process, regardless of their circumstances, training on job hunting while the consultation is still going on. As it would be rude not too, I've been going to workshops on interview techniques, LinkedIn and CV writing. That leaves less headspace for blogging.
[Disclosure: All items either purchased by me or received as gifts from family]
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