Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Day Seventeen: Fragrant

I was lucky enough to purchase this last year with a gift voucher.  It's not as evening-y as it looks, actually very pretty and soft.  Image from Fragrantica.com.

Something I am excited about every single day of the year is smelling good.  I like to smell fresh and clean and floral and maybe a little fruity and sweet.  Mostly I do it for myself and even if I’m at home for the day and won’t be seeing anyone, I always wear perfume.

Sometimes I change it during the day and try out new layering combinations.  I knew Jo Malone layered her perfumes and we are lucky enough to have a Jo Malone store where I live to try out her combinations, but I didn’t think to layer my own, non-Jo Malone fragrances.

Since finding a wonderful perfume website called Fragrantica I’ve discovered a whole group of people who like to smell good as much as I do.  I love looking up my favourite perfumes and finding new ones to try.  I especially love it that this website offers favourites of others based on what you’re looking at, a bit like Amazon does with books and dvds.  My favourite finds are the inexpensive but fabulous (thank you Jessica Simpson), and the low-cost classics from way back (Jovan Musk, I love you).

Of course a day of smelling good doesn’t just start with perfume, it starts in the shower.  A prettily scented soap is my favourite, although I don’t mind shower gel on some scratchy gloves for a bit of exfoliation, and I have a selection of beautiful soaps that I am still working my way through.

It’s a never-ending collection, as people who know I love quality soap give me bars for gifts.  It’s a good problem to have and I never stop to think that soap could be an insulting present, I just say ‘ooh, goodie!’ and of course ‘thank you’.

After my shower I always put on body lotion.  Even though I was at least twice the age of the average customer there, I had such fun at the Bath & Body Works store in Hawaii at Christmas.  Everything smelt so wonderful and I ended up with two big bags of body creams and body butters to bring home.  And three bottles of fragrance.

Even though I dream of being the perfume minimalist with a single bottle of Chanel on my dresser, I am not.  I love to change my aroma day to day and love trying out new ones.

What’s your story?  Are you a perfume minimalist or a perfume maximalist like me?


  1. I love to try new fragrance but I do suffer from allergies and asthma so I have to use a light application and be careful of what I choose.I have been on the receiving end of sitting in a theatre with a heavy handed perfume using person and it is just awful.

    Right now I am using my cherry blossom Loccitane. Light and uncomplicated for the warm weather we are having right now.

  2. I love to wander past the scent shops in Paris and right now l'eau à la Folie de Nicolai is my summer scent. I love gift soaps and household fragrances. It is all about keeping the scent fresh and light so that others can enjoy them without feeling over-powered.

  3. I have two fragrances on my bureau.. Voyaged' Hermes and Mitsouko by Guerlain. Jo Malone scents are wonderful but I can never decide when I visit the store...I bring home a few samples and try them for a month or so...I love her reed diffuser for scenting our home and roses was the natural choice!

  4. Hello, I love a fragrance that says fresh and lovely. I love White Shoulders and a rose oil also. I have so many that I love to change it up! I love to dress classy and lady like! I always like to look like I have an important day!
    I had fun visiting your blog darling...:o)
    Blessings, Miss Roxy

  5. I would love to have a signature scent, but there are just too many great perfumes to try. Right now I'm wearing Honey by Marc Jacobs. Angel is a favorite. I'm still searching for a wonderful vintage one.

  6. I'm loving your blog. It inspires me and gives me ideas.

    My signature cologne is Mademoiselle by Coco Chanel. I just have one cologne and I get compliments on it, even from strangers. Like one little girl in a hamburger shop, who sat beside me while waiting for our orders, and said, "You smell nice." So sweet.

    My cologne makes me feel feminine and "dressed up". It completes the outfit.

    I appreciate your book recommendations, too, especially the ones about French life.

    Have a delightful and serene summer.

    Honey Bee


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