Sense of Smell

I rode the train to the office today and had the misfortune of sitting next to a woman who had on way too much perfume. The heaviness of it permeated my nostrils, and had the young women standing next to us with their overstuffed FIDM bags giggling with condescension. I kept hoping the over-perfumed woman would get off the train before I hit the 7th St. stop, but no such luck. (Hey, it's Friday the 13th!)

I'm sure she walked into her job and everyone she works with probably ran for a window.

This got me thinking, what does a woman's perfume say about her? The woman that wears Poison isn't going to be wearing Britney Spear's latest scent. It also says something if a woman only wears Chanel No. 5, no matter where she may be going or what she may be doing.

What are my favorite perfumes? Here's my list:

1. Je Reviens by Worth. I fell in love with this perfume in high school. I can't remember when I first smelled it but it's always been one of my favorites. It's been around since 1932 and, unfortunately, it's a little hard to find. You have to get it off of Amazon or something. What's it smell like? It's a romantic mix of sandalwood, vetiver, jasmine and orange blossoms.

2) Allure by Chanel (what I'm currently wearing.) My husband decided to experiment a couple of years ago and buy me a bottle of perfume for a birthday. He came home with a beautifully wrapped bottle of Allure and I've been wearing this one ever since. When I wear Allure, someone always comments, "You smell so good. What's that perfume?"

3) Shalimar by Guerlain. This is another long-standing love of mine. The funny thing is that I think I first started to like Shalimar because it reminded me of the 80's R & B group, Shalamar that featured Jody Watley as their lead singer. I wanted to be Jody for a good part of the '80s. Shalimar does smell wonderful, and although I haven't bought a bottle in a couple of years, I still can't resist sniffing it when I walk through Macys.

4) Dazzling Silver by Estee Lauder. Dazzling is an exotic floral scent with a slight touch of vanilla. I think I like it because it gives just the right right balance of chic elegance and luminous adventurousness. I wore Dazzling on my wedding day.

What do these four perfumes supposedly say about moi?


Kate said…
Not sure what they say about you, but they scream that I need to head out and find a favorite scent. I have been wearing a Clinique Happy rip-off by Bath and Body Works for far too long now--how gauche!
Liz Dwyer said…
Rip-offs from Bath and Body Works tend to fairly delicious!

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