Are there any fragrances or other scents that take you back to a special moment or an important phase in your life? I can imagine this wouldn’t be easy to answer in a movie theater with the scent of popcorn in the air, but this morning, when I wasn’t expecting it, I caught a whiff of something that took me back to my wedding day. I must have brushed the bottle by accident, but the memory it triggered was as bright and clear as the actual day.
Here are some of my milestone perfumes listed in reverse chronological order (’cause that’s how I roll). What are some of yours?
Ah, the scent that started it all… Every high school freshman girl in my class wore Liz Claiborne (remember the triangle bottle?), but since I couldn’t afford it, I saved my pennies and bought Navy at the Thrifty’s drugstore near my house. I went through that bottle like it was goin’ out of style, dousing myself with it and hairspray in the girl’s bathroom between classes. There’s still a bottle in the bathroom at my parents’ house.
I’ll never forget the day I went to the store to buy Paris with my mom and dad for Christmas my senior year. I wore it every day from then on through graduation, and then took the bottle with me to college. I was so lonely that first year away, but Paris is one of the few things that always reminded me of home.
This one takes me back… Whenever I catch a whiff I picture those little black backpacks, and floral dresses or plaid shirts worn with Doc Martens.
After college I moved to San Francisco for work and bought both of these with my very first “grownup” paycheck. I have so many good and bad memories tied to these scents… Man, my early 20s were rough.
The scent I wore on my wedding day. When I wear it now, I can hear the sound of the ocean and waves crashing far off in the distance.
I started wearing this last fall and haven’t gotten my fill of it yet. Both this scent and Gucci Guilty define my 2010.
Can you remember any of your milestone perfumes and scents? Please share yours in the comments.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. When I mentioned this post to El Hub, he said, “I can’t remember any of mine,” to which I replied, “Trust me. Women will remember theirs.”