I can close my eyes and the waft of my mother’s perfume fills my senses. With eight children there was not a lot of extra money for splurges, but she always made perfume a priority. Living on the Canadian prairies, Avon’s Roses Roses was the affordable version of elegance and delivered to your door before online ordering was a thing.
I can see her daily ritual of applying perfume. She often explained how your body’s chemistry makes the scent your very own signature. Her regiment was:
- Spray perfume on the inside of your wrists (the hot spots on your body carry the scent)
- A hint of perfume behind your ears – for when sweet nothings are being whispered in your ear
- Spray the air and walk through it – the scent is held longer by your hair and your clothes
- Use a perfume scented lotion to moisturize after you bathe – your body heat will add a foundation of scent
Over the years, I have adopted certain scents for myself. Each comes with a memory.
Perfume Evokes Memories
Joy was my very first purchase. I bought it on the plane to France from the duty-free collection they used to offer inflight. Joy, from Jean Patou, is a combination of jasmine and rose. Joy was voted the Scent of the Century by the Fragrance Foundation Awards in 2000, beating its rival Chanel No. 5. An expensive perfume, I rationed it for use for my most special occasions. The classic bottle still has the place of honor on my bureau.
Poison Dior Perfume is my go-to scent of choice. The sultry, sexy fragrance has a spicy musky scent that always causes people to comment “What are you wearing?” That is what wearing a fragrance does for you. It is like wearing a beautiful dress, it gives you a sense of confidence.
It is unfortunate that wearing scents has become somewhat of an issue, especially in public places, as many people cannot enjoy fragrances because of their allergies. I can’t imagine not having the luxury of using scents.
What is your favorite perfume? Was it influenced by your mother? For sure, we are not our mothers, but there is no denying that perfume represents the class of that era.
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