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Friday, October 23, 2009

So What If I'm A (Perfume) Slut?

Yep... I said it. I'm a slut. A perfume slut. The idea of monogamy and fidelity seem so appealing...in theory. I try really hard to be faithful, but it's so very difficult. I've always loved perfume; I remember playing with my mother's and my nana's perfume and going from fragrance counter to fragrance counter in pursuit of little bitty samples for me to stash in my little girl purse. My favorite fragrance as a child was Lauren and I felt so sophisticated when my mom bought her regular bottle of Safari and awarded me with the miniature to scale bottle of that precious scent that came as part of the gift with purchase. Then I fell in love with Sunflower. Then it was CK ONE and CK be. Then Liz Claiborne Sport. Then Cool Water (sigh, just thinking about Cool Water takes me back to high school), Curve, Polo Sport, and Romance. Then I got pregnant with PS and my love affair with fragrance came to a screeching halt for 10 months. Even after I had her, my olfactory receptors were way too sensitive to deal with fragrance the way they used to, so it took me a while to get back in the game again. I took baby steps to acclimate myself in the world of pretty scents again, overloading on body washes, creams, and body sprays from The Body Shop, Bath and Body Works, and Victoria's Secret (it was kind of borderline obsessive; for each scent I bought, I had to have the trifecta: a cleanser, moisturizer, and spray) At one point, I had amassed so much product, I had to put a large portion of it into storage ( and then i forgot about it and started buying stuff again).

But eventually that old mistress fine fragrance beckoned me, so I once again flirted with the idea of having one signature fragrance. I started with Michael Kors, and actually thought that I could be true to it. But then I discovered Black by Kenneth Cole and I was in love again. The season changed and I went head over heels for an Escada scent (and many of Escada's predecessors since). Sephora, in all of their genius, came up with the scent sampler (for $50 you get a ton of samples and an atomizer, you try all the scents, pick your fave and then bring in a voucher for a full size bottle of your choice) and I was in heaven. That's how I came to know Stella, Ferragamo incanto, and DKNY Be Delicious. Then there was Issey Miyake, L.A.M.B, Blue, Ralph, and True Religion.

So basically, I've let go of that dream of having that one signature scent that I'm known by (I was always so intrigued with the notion of being known, identified, recognized by my scent alone), and have accepted the fact that I am a perfume ho. I must always have coterie of fragrance on hand so that I can choose one based on my mood, the weather, the season, and what I am wearing (because I can't possibly wear the same scent with black that I do with red). And my nose continues to fall in love every time I get a magazine or take a trip to the mall. Allow me to introduce you to my new loves...

Very Hollywood-Michael Kors
















Lola-Marc Jacobs










Laugh With Me Lee Lee-Benefit Cosmetics

















Eau Mega-Viktor & Rolf











And now, not only do they have these divine fragrances in gorgeous, colorful, crystalline bottles, they also come in other incarnations. Both Very Holly wood and Lola can be gotten in solid form contained in cute cocktail rings...




And, though I can't find it on line, according to the September issue of In Style, Very Hollywood also comes in the form of an adorable ink pen ( as in the ink is scented so that when you write you can smell the fragrance; isn't that the most fabulous way to script love letters and personal correspondences?).

Sigh... So many pretty scents, so little time. And as soon as I think I'm settled and satisfied with my collection, inevitably there comes a new generation of olfactory pleasers. What are your favorite fragrances? Are you a slut like me or faithfully married to your one and only signature scent? Let me know, I'd love to hear from you! 'Til next time...


Fashion Forever...




Quinn


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And as usual the clicking on the pictures leads you to where you need to go to purchase. All photos (except for Viktor & Rolf, which is from www. nordstroms.com)
from www.sephora.com.

14 comments:

  1. I looooove the Marc Jacobs ring, but I can't get it cause I'm in Aus :( Do you know who else would have it?

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  2. mmm i love perfume too! i also try to just stick to one signature scent, but i love trying new ones so much that it's hard! for the past couple years i've been pretty good though- i stick to serge lutens daim blond in the winter, and l'artisan la chasse aux papillons in summer, and that's it! but now you've given me a whole list of new things to try... ~joelle

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  3. I definitly have one scent, Stella. I love the idea of perfumes, but it just doesn't seem to excite me that much. However, rather than being known for your one signature scent, it is perhaps even more individual to be known for always smelling sweet, but different each time, you are like nose candy for everyone around you! ps. super fun post!

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  4. Oohhh...I am ALMOST faithful, I am using Kenzo's L'Eau most of the time but I also love Estee Lauder's Bali Dream & Escada's Into the Blue and Dior Addict 2 and, and, and.................!!!! The only reason why I don't OWN all of these is because as a rather poor student, I can't afford it. But I guess once I earn enough, I will be a serious perfume ho too :D

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  5. this has by far been one of my favorite posts yet. I LOVE fragrance. Who am I kidding, I love EVERYTHING beauty related! But there is something about the sense of smell; i smell EVERYTHING and purchases are ultimately determined by how a product smells. Thanks so much for the feedback, lovelies! I don't think I can be as strong as some of you and commit myself to just one or two fragrances. My nose is too easily enticed!

    xoxo
    Quinn

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  6. Girl I am a straight Perfume slut! LOL ( I love it!). I switch scents like I switch socks and I rarely stick to one for more than a few days! What I put on depends on my mood (for instance, when I want to feel like a Diva, I put on Baby Phat Goddess). I did a blog post on my fav scents as well so when I came across this I just had to comment!

    Thanks for the post and know that you are not alone! :)

    http://fiercebeautyandfashion.wordpress.com/2009/10/29/girl-what%E2%80%99s-that-you%E2%80%99re-wearing-tell-me-your-favorite-perfumes-and-body-sprays/

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  7. Your post made my laugh because it was like you were describing me! I like the style of your writing, it is very honest.
    What do you think of the new YSL Parisienne? I feel like a need a really girly one at the moment even though I usually find a new musky fragrance for Autumn.

    http://minni-studio.blogspot.com/

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  8. Minna- Thanks so much for the compliments. I try to right like a speak and to be entertaining so it's good to see that my technique is working! I haven't had a chance to smell the new YSL yet, but I am officially in love with the new Dolce and Gabbana Rose The One. I could swim in that stuff! oh and Stella McCartney Nude... there I go again!

    xoxo

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  9. Although I have to be careful with scents with my allergic family members, but when I can get away with it I have to say I'm pretty faithful to my dear Marc Jacobs. :)

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  10. wow am loving the LOLA by mark jacobs.
    Good to see these.

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  11. I could swim in that stuff! oh and Stella McCartney Nude... there I go again!

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