Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The power of perfume

This is a slightly different post today ladies.  It's on a subject I've been wanting to write about for a while but didn't know how to go about it, so here goes.

Anyone that knows me knows that I love perfume.  Love it, collect it, use it, display it, you get the picture.  I used to sneak into my mam's bedroom and douse myself with her Anais Anais back in the day.  I think my first self bought perfume was the evocative Exclamation!  Swiftly followed by the unforgettable Charlie Red, ah good times :)

Perfume and I have a great relationship.  Some of the scents I have are just nice,  unoffensive ones that I wear on a day to day basis, but some of them bring me back to a place or time quicker than looking at any photo.  I have a Charles Jourdan perfume that transports me to the streets of New York when I wear it.  If I want to go to Paris, I spray on Jean Paul Gaultier's Classique.  A few squirts of my Adidas Pure Lightness body spray and I'm back in Spain.

There's one scent that gets me like no other though.  It's from Avon and it's the Pur Blanca range.  I have an eau de toilette and skin softener in this scent that is now sitting on my bed beside me as I write this.  I bought them 9 or 10 years ago from a friend who was an Avon representative.  I was home one summer from Canada, where I lived for a few years and it was one of the best summers ever, with all of my family under one roof again.  I was working with my dad that summer and doing the Body For Life program with my brother and we were all so happy.


When I want to go back to that time and feel how I did then, I open the tub of skin oftener or spray some of the eau de toilette into the air and it's done.  Now this next part might sound silly and I might not explain it properly.  I don't actually use the products on myself.  I think I'm afraid if I use them, I'll lose the effect it has, it won't be special anymore.  This is my go to scent if I'm feeling low or want to feel close to my dad.  I cherish the feeling it gives me and for that reason, the two products will stay in the top drawer of my chest of drawers, ready to be called upon whenever I need it.

Knowing how strongly I associate perfume with times and events, when my dad was sick, I purposely didn't wear any.  I knew that no matter what I wore, it would always be associated with that period in my life.  I'd much rather have a scent linked to a happy time :)

Does anybody else have a special scent that instantly brings them to a different time or place? 
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9 comments

  1. Nice post Hun, well Tribe was my first perfume love it, Body shop Dewberry always reminds me of me and my twin robbing our older sisters perfume and Estee Lauder Beautiful reminds me of my mam

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  2. Beautiful post hun! Scary how similar we are, really! My mom died in September last year and I specifically did not bring home with me any perfume of mine, for the same reason as you refused to wear any when your dad was ill. And I have a bottle of a very cheap but lovely perfume sold in Lidl, Chalon Blue, that she used to wear, so I just sniff this from time to time, however I find it impossible to wear it now, as it's too soon for me! But it's my most cherished one, because it used to be hers! And that perfume can build or break me in an instant, depending on the moment...

    Hugs to you honey, you are a beautiful writer! xoxo

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  3. What a beautiful post, well done hun. I completely understand why you chose not to wear perfume when your Dad was sick.

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  4. Beautiful post... Big virtual hug coming your way

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  5. I don't feel this way about perfume as I seem to be allergic to most of them but never wear any but I have the same memory associations with clothes. When my dad died around that time I didn't wear any clothes that I liked as I knew I would never wear them again. When I want to remember good times I'll wear clothes associated with happy memories or when it's too tough to deal with I have to wear newer clothes that don't have all those heavy memories attached

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  6. Aw, this is so touching Karen. Really lovely xxx

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  7. Thanks so much for all the lovely comments ladies, means a lot, especially for a more personal post like this one :) Really appreciate it :)

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  8. Aw Karen nice to know I'm not the only one like this! I can't wear 2 of my perfumes any more because they remind me of my ex and the worst break-up of my life :( Gave them to my mam and when I smell them off her I actually get upset again. Lovely post dear xxxx

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  9. I do feel the same way about perfume, it does transport me back to a time and a place and a feeling. Beautiful post and one a lot of people can identify with too. Take care hun x

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