Prepare yourself for some very random musings on perfume. I was wearing Le Labo’s Bergamot 22 the other day, and popped out to grab some lunch at a local sandwich shop. As I was paying for my meal, the cashier – male, mind you – leaned over and said, “Ma’am? Your perfume smells really good.” It wasn’t in a creepy or lecherous way. He really just thought I smelled good.
It got me to thinking about signature scents, and how different perfumes read on different people. Along with Bergamot 22, I was recently sampling Diptyque’s Do Son and had a good friend (hi, Rach!) comment on it and tell me she thought I smelled great. I thought it was funny, because neither of these scents are ones I consider signature scents, or in other words, my absolute favorites. But now that I think about it, rarely do people tell me I smell good when I’ve spritzed on a signature scent (hmm!).
Here’s another random thought: isn’t it funny how you have different favorite fragrances at different times in your life? Like remember when Gap Dream was the THING? I lived for that fragrance in middle school. Or Sunflowers – does anyone remember that fragrance from the mid 90s? Later in high school and early college, I was always spritzing on Ralph Lauren’s Romance or Chanel Chance; these were definitely the signature scents of my early 20s. Men aren’t immune either: in middle school, every single guy had a bottle of Ralph Lauren’s Polo Sport, and I thought it smelled amazing; now it makes me want to gag (I think I just smelled it too often!).
Do you have a signature scent? Did you have a favorite perfume when you were a teenager? Is there a fragrance that always nets you compliments when you wear it?
In this post:
1. Chanel Gardenia | 2. Christian Dior Miss Dior | 3. Christian Dior Grand Bal
4. Lancome La Vie Est Belle | 5. Byredo Gypsy Water | 6. Chanel No. 5
7. Hermes Eau de Merveilles | 8. Ralph Lauren Romance | 9. Diptyque Do Son