Scent is such a weird thing. The way scents and memories are linked is so bizarre, but also pretty amazing. (Unless, of course, it’s a bad memory!) While we were in the Hamptons with C. Wonder, a bunch of the bloggers and I were talking about distinct scents of our pasts. The deodorants our high school crushes wore. The perfumes we chose for each school year. What our mothers and grandmothers smelled like. Food smells, location smells.
(Oddly enough, one of the most distinct “memory smells” I have is what my elementary school smelled like. Sometimes the smell will come back to me– something about being in the city I think– and I’m transported back to carpeted classrooms with massive chalkboards and sweaty, sweet eight-year-olds.)
We also got to talk to the Bvlgari fragrance team and they walked us through how Omnia Indian Garnet was made. There are people whose jobs are to create perfumes; they’re called “master perfumers.”The natural ability and knack for scents that they have is unreal. In this case Bvlgari shared their vision of the scent, explaining that they wanted it to capture the energy and pulse of India! With that the master perfumer Alberto Morillas went off to blend various scents to create the final product. We got to smell each layer (Mandarin and Saffron, Indian Tuberose and Osmanthus, Indian Woods and Amber– each smelled amazing on its own!) and then the final perfume. It was really cool to see how the different layers blended together and when we smelled the actual perfume, it was easier to pick out the different notes.
Now, I’m not a huge perfume wearer. I’m really picky and have to be careful because the wrong perfume can trigger a pretty unpleasant migraine! But I do have a few tried and true perfumes that I love.
Bath and Body Works Warm Vanilla Sugar // Nest Fragrances Midnight Fleur // Bvlgari Rose Essentielle // Lacoste Pour Femme
The perfume I use the most nowadays is the Midnight Fleur by Nest Fragrances. I have the rollerball version and keep it in my handbag at all times. I never remember to put on perfume while I’m getting ready, so I like having it in my bag to put on while I’m out and about. (I typically remember when I reach for my wallet to get coffee or digging around looking for a chapstick!)
From time to time, I’ll use some of my favorites from middle and high school. Seriously, there is really hardly anything better than a spritz of Bath and Body Works’ Warm Vanilla Sugar. I’s just such a fun product that I started using in middle school. The eighth graders started keeping little bottles of perfume in their gym lockers… and so the seventh graders followed suit after a weekend trip to the mall. The Lacoste perfume is the one I pretty much wore the most throughout high school and it brings me right back to yearbook class, chorus rehearsals, gossiping in the cafeteria. This might be my most favorite ever, just because of all the memories I have! And the Bvlgari perfume is a simple, sweet smell that I wore throughout college. I didn’t apply this one every day, so it definitely reminds me of college, but it’s not as strong of a connection as the Lacoste perfume.
Scents are weird, huh? In an amazing way of course!
What are your favorite perfumes? Are there certain ones that remind you of specific times?