I was inspired to write about my perfume journey after reading this post at Styling You.
My adventure began about the time I was 16 or 17. I had no job so no money, my fragrance came in the form of a sample spray from Grace Bros (we call it Myer now) or from one of my mums magazines. I remember I commented once that I liked my friends perfume, so next birthday she bought me a gift pack of the same one, Charlie Silver by Revlon. And so it began.
That Charlie gift pack lasted me till almost forever. It was in the days when my prized possessions were kept in the box and only came out for special occasions. I sprayed until there was no more left to spray and kept the bottle on my shelf to remember the good times.
Along the road a bit further, my next fragrance was a bit more sophisticated (I thought). It was Noa by Cacharel. I chose it because the smell was’nt really overpowering and it was sort of floral and sweet all at the same time. I loved it! I also got the moisturising gel. I recently read in one description of this perfume that it is recommended for romantic wear. Huh? But I suppose it suits.
From then on, I was hooked. I was also influenced a little by a good friend who was, and still is, a little obsessed with perfume. The first stop whenever we went near shops was to spray. We tried and bought heaps of different ones.
Next I think was Dolce & Gabbana Red. I knew a few people who wore this one and I loved it, I was also a little suckered by the packeging. But sadly, it was not for me. I tried, but the smell was so over powering on me that I gave it away before I used even a quarter of the bottle. I tried, I really did. It is a blendof basil, tangerine, orange flowers, carnation, marigold and vanilla. I think it was the marigold that really hit out with me. The thought of it to this day makes me feel ill and I can’t be around anyone wearing it. Shame really that I spoiled it for myself.
I moved on quickly to Ralph, by Ralph Lauren. a fresh, colorful floral fragrance reflecting the energy, spirit, and personality of an empowered, confident young woman. That description fit me just right at the time. I also had the body wash and sparkly body lotion.
Now here is where it gets a bit crazy. I remember I had probably about 5 perfumes on the go at once. I know I know, but my life at that time must have been a bit up and down so I needed one to match every occasion and mood, dare I say.
I had Acqua Di Gio by Giorgio Armani. It is a blend of warm, transparent flowers touched by an ocean breeze. (why wouldn’t you wear it) but I think I loved the Jasmine and fresh floral smell. I got heaps of comments when I wore this one.
Paris Hilton (the original and the best) I loved this at a time when you either hated or loved Paris Hilton (the person) I loved her, and still do, but haters told me I shouldn’t support her and I was too old for it. That made me love the fruity, floral sophistication even more. I used to carry a small heart shaped spray everywhere. So na!
FCUK her perfume, I got this one by default. My sister bought it, changed her mind and gave it to me. Score! I also had a shimmer perfume stick, cause it was on sale. Described as described as modern, provocative and sexy, totally me. *insert sarcastic tone*
Calvin Klein One. I loved how fresh and clean this one smells. I also had a version of One called Summer, I think. It reminded my of cut grass on a sunny day, hence the name I suppose. The Summer version wasnt my favourite and really was only for summer time.
And Pleasures by Estee Lauder. This one is really floral and refreshing. Some of my friends were surprised I liked this was because it was girly. I loved it. I still am tempted to spray the tester when I see it, but my littlest lady doesnt appreciate a face full. I also kept the bottle from Pleasures because it is so pretty and sophisticated, don’t ya think?
These days I have a few half empty bottles on my shelf that have been almost pushed right the way back out of view, and reach. I cannot remember the last time I wore perfume. It must be around the first time I found out I was pregnant, about 4 years ago now! I have, however, been inspired by writing this, so I may slowly slide my bottles forward a few places. Or perhaps pick up new one. Mothers day is getting close!
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