Thursday, July 26, 2012

Perfume Collection

I started wearing perfume in the second grade.  First it was my mother's Chanel then I got my very own bottle of Love's Baby Soft.  (I was 7)  It wasn't long before I was wearing Calvin Klein.  In fact I think I may have been the only girl in my 5th grade class wearing Escape. 

My obsession  with perfume probably came from my mother's belief that it was sacrilege to leave the house without spritzing a little something behind the ears . . . "they may not remember how you looked, but they will remember how you smelled." Needless to say, I have worn a variety of different scents throughout the years. 

While I have been wearing some of these for years, my current collection consists of 8 perfume.  I don't think it is allot for someone who is never without it, but I tend to wear the same scent(s) every day.

Chance, Chanel (Eau de Parfum) - I have been wearing Chance since it came out over a decade ago.  It is probably one of the only perfumes that I have purchased over and over again.  For a while it was my signature scent, but as more and more of my friends started wearing it, I stopped wearing it as much.  Every once and a while when I do wear it, I remember how much I love it.  I do prefer the Eau De Parfum over the Eau de Toilette.  While it is a bit more pricey, it smells much better.

It's your chance . . . TAKE IT! A decidedly young scent . . . for those who dare to dream. The most powerful, concentrated and long-lasting form of fragrance; a constellation of orbiting scents. Floral notes merge with sensual, sweet and spicy elements for a hint of sexiness and delicious naughtiness.

Salvatore Ferragamo Attimo L'Eau Florale - This is one of my current favorites that I wear just abut every day.  I don't typically like scents full of florals but this one is very soft and sweet and have a nice fruity scent.  I also like how no one else I know where this so it is completely my own scent.  I wore this yesterday and while getting coffee I was stopped and told how great it smelled.

Fresh top notes of lotus blossom, Nashi pear, and kumquat fade into a floral peony, rose, and jasmine middle. As your body temperature warms up the fragrance, it develops and reveals woody base notes of frangipani flower, patchouli, and white musk.

Stella, TOCCA Eau de Parfum - This is another one of my current faves and one that I wear regularly.  It is a great light summer fragrance.   I get a lot of compliments when I wear this. 

This scent blends light notes like white freesia and watery accord with warm notes of blood orange, sheer musk, and sandalwood. It’s slightly sweet with just the right amount of spice, and lasts for hours.
Marc Jacobs - Lola Marc Jacobs
Lola, Marc Jacobs - This is another perfume I have worn since it was first introduced.  I first bought it because I loved the bottle and knew it would look gorgeous on my bureau.  Like Chance, so many people wear it so I don't wear it that often as I like to have my own scent that other associate with me.

This warm floral bouquet conveys the free spirit of today's sexy, modern girl - she is playful, cool, and flirtatious. The long-lasting, day-and-night scent opens with pink peppercorn, pear, and ruby red grapefruit. Blooming midnotes of rose, fuschia peony, and geranium make a feminine statement. Layers of vanilla, warm tonka bean, and creamy musk create a sensuous drydown.

Gucci - Eau de Parfum II
Eau de Parfum II, Gucci - I love this scent so much. It is such a unique scent, very sexy and sweet. I don't have much left of this one and only use it when I really want to mix things up.  This is definitely an evening scent for me

A companion to the original Eau de Parfum, Eau de Parfum II is a soft, fruity floral that sparkles with notes of mandarin, blackcurrant, violet, and blackberry, smoothed with jasmine, heliotrope, and cedarwood. Playful, yet elegant. Notes: Mandarin, Bitter Orange, Blackcurrant, Violet, Blackberry, Jasmine, Heliotrope, Cedarwood. Style: Radiant. Captivating. Timeless.

English Pear & Freesia Cologne, Jo Malone - I wanted this because I really love the scent of pear and thought it would be great paired with Freesia.  It is a very pretty scent although I can probably count no one hand the number of times I have worn it.  Not because I don't like it, but because I have so many other perfumes that have much more of a WOW factor then this. 

Inspired by a walk in an orchard, secluded within a walled garden, discover an evocative fragrance of delicate contrasts: the crisp skin of the pear against the succulent juiciness beneath...the clarity of the season's first mists, meeting and melding with the warmth of golden, dappled sunshine. Experience the surprising, sensuous freshness of sweet pears, wrapped in a bouquet of white freesias, on a subtle background of scrambling wild roses and skin-warming amber, patchouli and woods. 

Harvey Prince Eau Flirt - I am a firm believer that no perfume is for everyone.  That is why you really have to go to the store and try scents out and test them on your own chemistry.  I took a huge gamble with this one and bought this scent completely unknown.  I heard about it and was very intrigued to try it but couldn't find it anywhere in my area.  I bought it online and I absolutely LOVE it!  It combined lavender and pumpkin, which sounds kind of scary, but according to the folks at Harvey Prince the notes have been shown to evoke a more passionate response in men than any other smell. Experts believe men subconsciously associate pumpkin and lavender with happy, positive and stimulating memories.  I can't say it works, but it smells delicious. 

Though it feels carefree, this scent has been meticulously calibrated to turn up the heat. It combines pumpkin and lavender, two seemingly ill-matched notes that have been clinically proven to spur passionate reactions in men. Olfactory theory aside, we love the combination of seductive jasmine and freesia with sumptuous nutmeg, cinnamon, and amber.

Philosophy - Falling In Love Fragrance
Falling In Love Eau de Toilette Spray, Philosophy - I picked up the small .5 oz bottle of this while at Sephora a while ago.  I loved the sweet candy smell of the blackberries and vanilla and wanted to try it out.  I usually use this as a room spray as it smells so good you will want to eat it!

A lush combination sure to send any heart a flutter, this blend of vanilla, soft florals, and ripe berries goes on sweet and dries down sexy. Notes: Vanilla, Jasmine, Lily of the Valley, Musk, Blackberry. Style: Fresh. Sexy. Clean. 

As I mentioned, I am a firm believer of trying out a scent before you buy.  What smells great on your BFF might not smell the same on you (and vice versa).  When I want to test a new perfume, or am in the market for a new one, I usually stop into Sephora and spray my wrists before doing other shopping.  After the scent sits for a bit, I can then decide what is for me.  You really need to give it time to sit on your skin and let it work with your body chemistry.  When smelling different scents, be sure to sniff  the jar of coffee beans on the counter.  Coffee beans clears your nose in between scents and increases your sensitivity to the perfume. 

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