Happy National Fragrance Day! I’m probably one of like five people who loves those made up holidays, and I have zero shame, especially today. I’m an extremely nostalgic person, and scents are something that will stop me dead in my tracks and have my brain flooding with memories.
When I was a little girl, my mom would get me ready for school and then do the final touches for herself, including a spritz of perfume. Sometimes, if it was a special occasion, my mom would give me a spritz of her Jovan Musk. I always thought my mom was so glamorous with her big curls, long eyelashes, and fancy perfume.
In middle school, I fell in love with classic Hollywood glamour. I insisted on having my own bottle of Chanel No. 5. Even though I identified much more with Audrey Hepburn, if Chanel No. 5 was good enough for Marilyn, surely it was appropriate for me. I wore one spritz to middle school every day, and two spritzes to church on Sundays. (Can I just say God bless my parents?! Sometimes when I think back on myself as a child, I just want to hug them for never trying to change me and just letting me be my weirdo, ridiculous self.)
High school and college were fun. I own probably every Juicy Couture scent known to man and the whole collection of Ralph Lauren’s Ralph Hot/Cool/Wild/whatever random adjectives also appealed to teenage girls thanks to this time in my life. I proudly displayed them on a mint green cake plate in my dorm room and invited my girlfriends to try them out before going to the bars in college.
When I graduated and became a very professional woman, I wanted something more subtle and natural. (At this time, I was also afraid of pretty much any chemical thanks to cancer and a lovely little lymph node removal.) I wore Barr & Co’s signature scent, and I smelled like a little sugar cookie.
When I turned 25, the search for a signature scent began. I started sampling scents from my monthly PLAY! by Sephora subscription box, and eventually settled on three. While I sometimes feel a little frivolous about it, I love that I have an everyday scent, a night out scent, and an elegant scent for special occasions.
Described in one word: sweet
Scent type: fruity florals
Notes of: pomegranate, rose, jasmine
Why I love it: This is a subtle, feminine, sophisticated scent. If it was an article of clothing, it would be a classic Burberry trench. It’s nice and it’s polished, but it doesn’t scream “look at me!” I look forward to putting this on every morning because it lifts my mood. This is definitely my “I’m a polished career woman” scent.
Described in one word: sexy
Scent type: addictive, floral, energetic
Notes of: coffee accord, orange blossom, cedarwood essence, patchouli essence
Why I love it: I’ve always played it safe when it comes to scents, and this is the opposite. If it was an article of clothing, it would be a leather jacket. It’s spicy and sensual, and I get a little confidence boost whenever I wear it. This is my “it girl for the night” scent.
Described in one word: elegant
Scent type: fresh
Notes of: orange, bergamot, mandarin, Tunisian curacao
Why I love it: For starters, I love it because it was a gift from my aunt. I never purchase fragrance for myself, and I was desperately in need of something new. It was a just because, surprise gift, and it tickled me. (It was actually my everyday scent until my aunt gave me the Burberry scent for Christmas!)
This scent is very feminine, and it’s very strong. If it was a piece of clothing, it would be a blush chiffon dress or a tweed jacket. It’s very ladylike, but it stands out. This is my “fancy, wise beyond my years” scent.
I’ve also noticed that I receive a lot of compliments from men regarding this scent. So if you’re looking to pick up a man, here’s your scent. You’re welcome.
I want to hear from you – what’s your “signature” scent? And is there a scent that immediately takes you back to childhood? Let’s chat in the comments!