Charlotte: Perfume. I am rarely without a spritz. In fact if I forget to shower myself in a delicate waft of scent before leaving the house I almost feel a bit naked. My first “proper” fragrance (after a brief flirtation with the sickly synthetic Exclamation! by Coty) was Escape by Calvin Klein. At the tender age of fifteen I had the grand idea that by poncing around smelling like a a fruity sea breeze I would somehow ascertain a similar air of mystery as per Kate Moss in the beautifully shot Mario Sorrenti commercial (yes I realise that advert was technically for Mr Klein’s “Obsession” but you get my drift.)
I continued to wear Escape right up until I turned twenty. It became my scent. And I liked having a scent that was mine. Since then I have been pretty faithful to my perfumes – I seem to enjoy them for a good number of years before I feel the need for change, it then often takes some considerable time before I take the leap and find the “one” (or at least the next long-term one as it were). As a rule I now tend to favour musky orientals, often with notes of edible vanilla and notice-me Patchouli. I’m not a huge fan of anything overtly sweet and I sometimes prefer mans aftershave to the air-freshner esque flounce of feminine florals.
Having decided to just be a bit more adventurous in life generally I am currently experimenting with having three or four bottles on the go at once. And I’ll admit I am finding this difficult. What is my scent if I constantly switch from one to the other?
My favourite go-to is J’aime la Nuit by La Perla, I am frequently asked what it is as I’d say it’s quite unusual, kind of woody but sexy at the same time. My response is often met with “Really? I didn’t realise La Perla did anything other than fancy underwear….”. Well they do and it’s delicious.
Shame the bottle is a bit um… naff.
On day dreamy easy breezy days I sometimes opt for L’Eau Serge Lutens, described as “Light as snow, clean as fresh laundry and as optimistic as an endless blue sky” it makes me feel well…. happy. And a bit like I can achieve anything.
And then there is Alberta Ferretti which positively exudes glamour and sophistication. On a regular daily basis I fail to exude either so I save it for those occasions I can don super high heels, a flirty frock, and actually have time to do something with my barnet.
For W-day I invested in the heady Bulgarian rose based Juliette Has A Gun “Lady Vengence” and although admittedly I don’t wear it that often, when I do it takes me right back to all of the amazing memories associated with saying “I Do”.
Jenny: I change my perfume like I change my hair colour. I don’t have a signature scent (apart from baby sick I suppose) I go through a bottle then replace it with something entirely different. I get bored easily!
My first ever eau de toilette was White Musk by Body Shop, I wore it for years at school and the natural progression was of course, Calvin Klein CK One, my friend Charlotte and I were just a haze of CK One and stale cigarette smoke. Why weren’t the boys interested in us I wonder?? Charlotte and I have drifted in and out of each others lives since our school days but the last few years we have become close again, and my parting gift to her before leaving the UK was a bottle of White Musk by Body Shop, I got myself a bottle too, and I wear it as my daily perfume now, I suppose it has that element of comfort about it too, it’s a familiar smell and reminds me of home and my good friend Charlotte Rose, who is beautiful and never fails to make me laugh. White Musk to me is laughter, love, and home in a bottle.
I’m a terrible one for associating smells with people, I have a bottle of Chanel No.5, and I wear it when I want to feel close to my Mum, because that was her posh perfume, for special occasions. If I smell Joop on a man I feel a little nauseated because it reminds me of an ex boyfriend, eek, sorry ex boyfriend if you are reading this, I am sure I didn’t feel nauseated by you at the time! If I smell Eden Eau de Parfum by Cacharel I am instantly reminded of my good friend Jo, who has been wearing it since my White Musk days began. It is her signature scent, and she wore it on her own Wedding day too which I liked, because Jo wouldn’t be Jo unless she wafted of Eden. It’s a gorgeous scent and the slightest whiff generates a movie montage in my mind of all the memories Jo and I have together, of white eyeshadow and heather shimmer lipstick by Rimmel, of being drunk in The Turkey Farm (a park we used to loiter in as teens), of breaking up with boyfriends, of falling in love with new ones, of laughing at our hideous behaviour when we should have known better, of heart to hearts and vowing to forever love each other no matter where we are in our lives or in the world. Then there is Aqua di Gio, which reminds me of my husband, he doesn’t wear it much anymore but when he does I am captivated by it. I could just slap him on a Sesame ryvita, spread on some pickle and eat him up! It’s a gorgeous smell, and he is a gorgeous man.
My wedding day perfume was Coco Chanel Mademoiselle, I didn’t intentionally buy wedding day perfume, it just so happened that Mr O bought it for me on his business trip to Hong Kong, and I loved it so much I decided to keep it as my wedding day scent. It’s a beautifully chic bottle too, very pleasing on the eye. Very pleasing on the nose too.
Did anyone else rock the heather shimmer lipstick and drown themselves in CK One in 1994/5, or was that just me and my clan?!
Naomi: I am an emotional sniffer. Seriously. A waft of something at a special time and I will remember it for all eternity, like a song. My life is pretty much documented by sounds and smells.
My first perfume was Elizabeth Arden, Sunflowers. Bought for me by my late grandfather. I was about 11 years old and complaining that everyone older than me seemed to get ‘smelly stuff’ for Christmas and I was jealous (even then I must have been a potion junkie!) Cue Christmas morning, among all the toys, I open up a a parcel from my Granda McShane with my first ever bottle of perfume. It came with a little white teddy bear which I still have.
Fast forward about 8 years and my little brother had gotten his first job. That Christmas I opened up that famous white and black Chanel bag to find a bottle of Chance (The boy has taste). It became my night-out perfume throughout university and my link to home whilst I was away studying.
Several years later Gavin and I were walking down St Stephen’s Street in Edinburgh (where we used to live), it was snowing outside and all the local galleries were hosting a Christmas market night. We sauntered into one place and were faced with an Aaron Aromatics stand. In a bid to take advantage of their heating system, we stood and tried out every product on the shelf. As Gavin spritzed my neck with a certain scent named After The Rain, his eyes practically rolled back in his head. For the rest of the walk home, his head was buried in my neck. Needless to say, that was my Christmas present from him. It was like man magnet perfume, every time any guy smelt it they would comment on it. This was my wedding perfume.
But the perfume that is truly me… That I chose myself, that I have worn almost every day for the last 7 years is DKNY Be Delicious. It’s my everyday staple. It’s the perfume that when I moved away from home had my little sister on the phone to me in tears saying “Mummy washed your scarf and now it doesn’t smell like you… waahhh!”. It’s also the perfume that my best friend will breathe in when I go home for her wedding and it’s the perfume that my husband buys for me whenever he can. Just so I smell like me.
Vix: I have always been slightly obsessed with perfume, I collect perfume bottles and I have LOADS of them, I get through a 100ml bottle in about 3 months, I have a bottle on me at all times and I feel naked if I ever forget to have a generous spray before I leave the house. I love it when you meet someone new and they say, ‘what perfume are you wearing? …it’s lovely’ it makes me feel good and I always make a point of asking people what they are wearing too (if I like it of course!!)
I used to wear Joop – Ha! (Hope I’m not the only one??!!) If I ever smell it (which to be fair is hardly ever) it takes me right back to being 16 again and makes me smile. I am now a massive fan of deep, musty, rose based perfumes and my ULTIMATE favourite is Stella by Stella McCartney which I wear it pretty much every day and Malc loves it too. I also adore Dolce and Gabbana ‘The One’ and both of these are competitors for the wedding day spritz!!
Charlotte: So lovelies, what perfumes do you wear? Are you faithful to one fragrance? Investing in anything new for the big day or sticking to your usual scent?
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Big Scented Love
Charlotte, Jenny, Naomi and Vix xxx