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  • What Perfume Has Defined Your Life?

  • Posted by Anna on February 5, 2011 at 12:05PM
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  • I can be walking past a perfume counter in Macy's, catch the sweet scent of Bulgarian rose and almond wafting through the air and be immediately transported to my sophomore year in college when anything and everything was a possibility and I wore the scent Hanae Mori like it were going out of style. That, my friends, was a good year.

  • We all have those perfumes, don’t we? You know, the ones that defined a period of our life and every time we smell it are reminded of that vacation in Paris, the summer at the beach or even high school?

  • When I asked my coworker Audrey which perfumes defined her life, she told me about these:

  • "Anais Anais, $40: All of my friends wore this classic Cacharel fragrance in high school and while we were sorely lacking in originality, we made up for it by having fun lip synching to the Bangles' 'Walk Like an Egyptian' and dancing like those hot girls in Robert Palmer's 'Addicted to Love' video.

  • Chanel Cristalle, $94: The fresh flowery notes of my beloved Cristalle buoyed me all through college. It was such a part of me that when I saw my former flame a few years ago he asked whether I still wore it. (The answer was 'no,' but I was flattered that he remembered it.) I can't remember much about the classes, but I do remember Cristalle, 'Vogue-ing' along with Madonna and drooling over Sebastian Bach every time 'I Remember You' played on MTV. (That was tuition well spent.)

  • Yves Saint Laurent Beauty YSL Paris Eau de Toilette, $62: This has been my signature scent for going on 16 years. I wear it every day (even if I don't leave the house) and it's such a part of me that my kids ask me to spray it on their pillows when I'm going to be away for work. When I first glommed on to it, the MACARENA was all the rage. Now THAT is a long time to be faithful to a fragrance."

  • So tell me, do different scents transport you to a different place and time? Which perfume holds the strongest memories for you?

  • Member Comments

    Your Comment:

    • Clinique Happy Heart makes me think of college and happy times with friends and youth.

      by beautybody Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 12:08AM Report as inappropriate

    • Be Delicious by DKNY reminds me of vacations, Alien reminds me of being a teenager that only wore black and loved it, and Hypnose by Lancome reminds me of summer nights. I love perfume! :)

      by queenofthegreen Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 09:59AM Report as inappropriate

    • That gummy bear scented body spray, and the Bath & Body Works Sweet Pea fragrances take me straight back to middle and high school. Lacoste's men's colognein the red bottle, and Britney Spears Curious remind me of my freshman year of college.

      by LipglossandSpandex Saturday, August 13, 2011 at 11:41PM Report as inappropriate

    • When I was in high school I tried a lot of different perfume trying to find "mine". Whenever I smell Beautiful it takes me back to working in Yosemite. When I found it when I tried Vanilla Fields. Now I'm wearing Bodycology Brown Sugar Vanilla. My husband loves it on me and I get many compliments about how good I smell from men and women.

      by CountryGirl78 Saturday, April 23, 2011 at 07:58PM Report as inappropriate

    • A staple for me is Origins Shedonism.

      by TBjunkie Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 01:14AM Report as inappropriate

    • I LOOOOOVE the Paco Rabbane Black XS. It's perfect! It makes me feel sooo unique.. ;)

      by queencharlotte Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 07:15PM Report as inappropriate

    • I don't have my "the one" but I have been sporting Pink Sugar for about a year now.

      by all_the_words Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 12:47PM Report as inappropriate

    • Britney Spears brand.

      by ChrisanneSkye Friday, March 11, 2011 at 12:45AM Report as inappropriate

    • Miss Dior Cherie changed everything for me, it just reminds me of all the simple things I love (even if it's so expensive) and it just makes me so happy every time I smell it. Definately a pick me up.

      by Bon_Bon Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 10:55PM Report as inappropriate

    • I'm still looking for a perfume I love...

      by MidnightCowgirl Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 02:35PM Report as inappropriate

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