Friday, 14 June 2013

Heaven Scent

When it comes to smells - I'm extremely fussy! My nose can usually sniff out anything that's off (in the fridge), in the wrong place (cat poo) or blocked (the kitchen sink). Indeed, whenever I was pregnant, certain smells would make me feel nauseous - cat food, the smell of my husband's Brut after shave lotion, coffee, tea, you name it. Smells evoke memories from way back. We can all remember certain childhood smells and instantly we are transported back to a house or garden where we grew up.  Our smell 'memory' is certainly very strong.

Recently I have been in search of a new perfume. My current perfume, Rose by Paul Smith has just run out, so I've been looking for something light and summery. I've ruled out certain scents - I can't have Women by Paul Smith as that reminds me of my son's wedding. I can't have Rive Gauche by Yves Saint Laurent as that reminds me of the 1970s. I can't have L'air du Temps by Nina Ricci as that reminds me of my first trip to Paris with my husband. Am I being too sentimental?  Maybe but I want the good memories that those scents give me to stay firmly locked up in those events.  I know some people wear a signature perfume all their lives and it becomes 'them'. Whenever you smell Chanel No 5, for example, you think of Mary or Susan. (Actually, I don't like Chanel No 5!). No, for me it has to be something new every time.

Perfumes I have tested

Of the perfumes I have been testing, my favourites so far are Elie Saab and Stella by Stella McCartney. Those perfumes have an 'up market' smell (and price) and I felt good wearing them. I also like La Vie est Belle by Lancome and Miss Dior. I've just been given a sample of Liz Earle Botanical Essence No.100 and that is a very summery scent which I also like.

Impulsive!

Many perfumes out there, especially those by film stars all smell the same to me. After walking out of a department store with about three scents on each arm, I couldn't really distinguish one from another once they had settled down. Then, having vowed to myself that I would save up and get the perfect perfume, a few days ago I was in such 'need' of a new scent that I went into Debenhams where they had a half price sale of perfume and, without even smelling it, I bought Optimistic by Paul Smith! Because I've had two Paul Smith perfumes that I've liked before, I thought I would probably like this one too. Well, it's ok for everyday use but, the moral of the story is, only buy perfume that you truly love, even if it takes months of waiting!