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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

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    • Burberry, both the classic one and Brit. I've worn them alternately since college, and they are part of every day for me.

      by LittleBunny Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 09:09PM Report as inappropriate

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      by delia.richter Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 09:41PM Report as inappropriate

    • I love this article and the comments section is amazing! It's really incredible how certain perfumes can trigger memories and feelings from so long ago. I find myself smelling some perfumes and remembering first dates, break-ups, nights out. I wore Tommy Girl through high school and adored it. But then in college my love affair with Christian Dior Pure Poison started..... I wore it everywhere and the smell of it reminds me of college. Then I discovered Blue from Ralph Lauren, my coworkers know me by this perfume and have even said it smells better on me (now thats a compliment!).

      by Maria182 Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 08:33PM Report as inappropriate

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      by fab_iya22 Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 08:12PM Report as inappropriate

    • I used to always wear Shalimar in high school, and then when I moved out, I wore Beautiful by Estee Lauder, and Now I wear either Cashmere Mist by Donna Karan, which I love especially for everyday, it is my absolutely favorite of all times, otherwise when I want to feel sexy and special I wear, Boucheron!!!! Absolutley love both of these!!!!

      by Cindysea Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at 09:44AM Report as inappropriate

    • Good review. My signature scent is Pink by VS. Its the only one I get commented on by men AND women. I also like Daisy by Marc Jacobs, Dior by Christian Dior, and Flowers by Kenzo. But I will always be faithful to Pink.

      by msbrown822 Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at 06:24AM Report as inappropriate

    • Good review.

      by stevewckrt Monday, February 7, 2011 at 11:26PM Report as inappropriate

    • J'Adore by Christian Dior. I love it because my mom has been wearing it for years, however, I like it on her and it does not smell so good on me :)

      by sounicka Monday, February 7, 2011 at 01:24AM Report as inappropriate

    • I've worn Zen by Shiseido since 1973. (It's called "classic" Zen now.) No matter where I've been in my head - or life - Zen always felt right.

      by ilene_stackel Monday, February 7, 2011 at 01:11AM Report as inappropriate

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