There is nothing so evocative as the smell of a fine perfume. It seems to touch the depths of memory and evoke strong feelings. Over the years I have pretty much narrowed my favorite signature perfume choices to YSL’s Opium in the winter, and Nina Ricci’s L’air du Temps in the summer. I try some of my other perfumes from time to time, but I always go back to Opium and L’air du Temps as my mainstays. I think that when other people comment: “what is that wonderful scent you are wearing?” then you are wearing the right scent for you.
Lately though, I admit that I’ve been getting a little tired of a long winter wearing Opium. I dug through my bottles and found a vintage bottle of Bellodgia by Caron and sprayed it on. It has the most amazing, mysterious vintage-y scent and I immediately felt a jolt of poignancy. I think it will be my new signature scent for spring.
Okay then! Feeling more adventurous, I have also tried Lanvin’s Arpege and Chanel No. 5 from my vintage stockpile. I don’t want to overwhelm myself with scent change, but these three all seem to have the same warm, poignant effect on me. They just seem so complex and interesting with a wonderful history behind them. And touch a depth deep within.
Here’s to a very aromatic spring!