8 February 2013

My little perfume collection

I thought I'd share my little perfume collection here. I don't have many and they aren't all expensive or full size. I keep them in a little plastic basket under our bathroom sink. I wear perfume almost every day, even if I'm just going to be alone and there's nobody else to smell it. I can still enjoy the scent :)

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Tendre Poison by Dior
30ml


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I bought this after liking it on a coworker when I was working my first real job back in the nineties and it's the first "real" (read: expensive) perfume I ever bought. It is quite strong and you only need one squirt of it to be fairly well scented, which is why I still have most of the bottle left. I do like it but I don't wear it now because the scent immediately takes me back to that time in my life and it just doesn't gel with my present life. I know that sounds weird! But it's like wearing a top you wore as a teenager. It just isn't me-right-now so it feels weird to wear. I consider this part of my "scent museum" rather than a perfume to wear now.

Sunflowers by Elizabeth Arden
30ml


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I have had this for ages, I think I got it at a discount store when Daniel was a toddler. It is a happy, light scent that is warm and fresh at the same time. I don't wear it often but I do like it. It's so old that I should probably toss it.

Fire and Ice Cool by Revlon
100ml


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I saw this recently in a discount store and bought it because it was really inexpensive and I remembered wearing it and liking it before. Sadly, I find I can't really wear it now for the same reason as Tendre Poison - it just takes me right back to a particular time of my life that is in the past and wearing it now feels weird. It does smell different as a room spray as it does on my skin, so I might use it up like that - or just keep it in my "scent museum".

Provence Spring by Girard
100ml

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I saw this at a market makeup shop and it was only £5 and it only took one whiff for me to buy it without even trying it on my skin - I love it! It is so fresh and feminine smelling. It does require about 5 squirts to really be able to smell it a little as I move about - it is not heavily scented. It's a light floral that is more of a spring / summer scent. But it's a beautiful scent that is very much a favourite.

Zero Feminine by Diesel
75ml

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Another perfume I bought after smelling it on someone else. I love this warm scent with fruity, vanilla and coconut undertones. It is fresh at the same time. I like wearing this in winter and have almost finished the bottle.

Chance Eau Tendre by Chanel
50ml

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I set aside money for this perfume and researched which one I wanted. Then, knowing how scents become associated with particular times of my life, I bought this perfume in duty free at one of the airports on on the way to New Zealand. I will now wear it constantly until it's finished and never purchase it again. I'll leave just a little in the bottle, and then any time in the future that I smell it it will take me right back to these first couple of years in New Zealand. It's called programming a scent - I figured I may as well work with the strong associations I have with certain perfumes and do it on purpose!

Anyway, this perfume smells fresh, feminine and soft. It does take about 5 pumps to wear, but then again I didn't want it to last forever, only a couple of years.  I have about a third of the bottle left and will probably stop using it later this year when it's about a fifth full.

Be Delicious by DKNY
30ml

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This fruity, fresh scent with green apple tones is, as it says, delicious. I love this scent for summer. I'm kind of programming this one too - already it reminds me of our last summer in the UK.

Just Paris (knockoff)
20ml

Found this knockoff perfume for $3.99 and it actually smells pretty nice. It doesn't last long and you need a few pumps to actually smell it on yourself, but it's a fun one for everyday.

So, those are my perfumes! I am also interested in Gucci Flora and Marc Jacobs Daisy - maybe I'll buy one of those when my Chance Eau Tendre is finished.

What is your favourite perfume?
Do you have a whole bunch in your collection?
Do you wear perfume when you're alone all day?
Do you programme scents on purpose?
I'd love to hear from you!


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7 comments:

  1. Certain perfumes send me back in time too! Sunflower was my scent in the last years of high school. I also wore Happy & Happy Heart while dating my husband in college. Turns out he has a strong dislike for scented things - especially perfume & deorderant. He uses straight rubbing alcohol after shaving because he doesn't like the scents from aftershave. Due to this I don't wear any perfume any more, although I did buy a jar of Happy Heart lotion to use on occasion. Takes me back to when we were first falling in love. When I walk down the perfume aisle I start to smell all kinds of memories - Sunflower in high school, Channel No 5 that my mom used to wear when I was growing up, Polo from my dad. Fun post,Jen!

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    1. That's a shame that you can't wear perfume anymore but thankfully there are so many other ways to enjoy lovely scents :)

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  2. I have never heard of programming a scent. I like that idea. Scents that remind me of days gone by are: Tabu; my mom loved this and when I smell it I think of her. Also, lilac was a fragrance she loved. When I smell anything Old Spice I think of my dad and Aqua Velvet was my favorite uncle. Smelling Polo reminds me of a doctor crush I had at one time. I wore the fragrance Vanderbilt for years and years. I layered it with lotion and powder. People used to say when they smelled it, they knew I was close. Now that I stay home taking care of my hubby all the time, I rarely wear any kind of perfume. I do however love the smell of oranges, lemons, vanilla and baking bread. Have a wonderful day!

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    1. You should totally buy some of those scents for your own little "scent museum"!
      Mmmmm, baking bread.... the best smell ever!

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  3. Marc Jacobs "Daisy" is one of my favourites - can highly recommend it. Jean Paul Gaultier is another. Noa is the one I use for 'every day'. Ana Sui is another I like. I have to confess two things here...... I'm a sucker for pretty bottles; and it's my lovely daughter who treats me to perfumes for birthdays, Mothers Day and Christmas. She always makes sure I have two bottles on the go. For every day use I use Avon. I don't wear perfume every single day, but usually - and it doesn't matter if I'm going to work, or at home on my own.
    I usually have 3 or 4 bottles on the go.
    And while I don't consciously "programme" perfumes I realise that some scents do remind me of certain things. Like Paula, Old Spice reminds me of my Dad, Parma Violet and 4711 remind me of two aunts.
    Baking bread.... Mmmm! Can I add Vegetable soup cooking. And babies - how can anyone resist the smell of babies? :-D Jude.x

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    1. Oh my gosh, babies - is there anything more intoxicating or addictive than the scent of your own newborn?

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  4. I love Chance! A friend of mine had it and I always admired it on her. One thing that is so neat about perfume is that it smells slightly different on each person :) You have a nice collection!

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