Perfumes can create a signature, a memory, a personality, an environment – is your scent helping you do that?
Are you one of those who will open a book and first smell it’s pages? Do you feel an unexplained joy in sensing the smell of wet earth after the first shower of rain? Do you associate childhood memories with certain scents? If you do all of that, then like me you are a fragrance lover. Fragrances are an important part of my life. I like everything around me to smell a certain way. It helps me create a bond with all things around. For instance, if you walk into my house you will be greeted with a waft of lemongrass or orange scents (in summers I like to use lime or lemongrass oil in my diffuser and in winter I like using orange oil with a stick of cinnamon thrown in).
These scents make me feel comfortable and helps me unwind when I get back home in the evening. In my shower you will find soaps, shower gels, scrubs and body oils with coffee or chocolate aromas. These scents lifts my spirits and invigorates me at the bath. Also these sweet and delicious aromas are indulgent and make me feel pampered and special.
Aromas, I believe, can do a lot for you and also say a lot about you. The key is to become sensitive to them and see what they mean for you. Perfumes that we wear for instance help create an image of who we are. And this is established not by just which perfume we wear but how we wear it. For instance, is your fragrance so strong that it reaches the room before you arrive? Or is it so subtle that only when one is standing next to you, can one smell it? Or is your scent so unique that it lingers in one’s memory even when you are not physically present? These are very subtle nuances and you will only gather them through expreience and what appeals to you.
There are several ways of choosing and wearing scents. You can either stick to one particular perfume all your life and make that your identity or you can have a few favourites, or you can develop the art of perfume wearing and wear it like a style statement.
I don’t like sticking to just one perfume but I like scents of a particular type. I prefer musky, spicy, and floral notes; but there are days when I love wearing something gourmand – sugary and chocolaty. So basically, I wear fragrances according to the occassion, weather and of course my mood. On regular summer days I like something slightly citrusy with a hint of jasmine and black tea and my favourites in this category are Dior‘s Pondicherry and Issey Miyake‘s A Scent. On certain days I also prefer something more feminine, floral and luxurious like Burberry Body. However, on cooler days I like something sweeter and a little more delicious like Marc Jacob‘s Honey or perhaps something a little more floral and sweet like Lancome La Vie est Belle. On certain days I like something very light and breezy and instead of EDPs choose body mists. Recently I discovered this beautiful body mist called & Other Stories Shinjuku Bloom. I have been wearing it for various occassions and it has the brilliant quality to adapt to every mood.
For special evenings I generally like something heady and classic like Dior’s Poison or something that is spicy and intense like Chanel Coco Noir or my all time favourite Tom Ford Black Orchid. Just a few days back I sniffed a boutique fragrance called Fire at the quaint little Perfume Library in Meherchand market, New Delhi, and since then I have been dreaming about it. That perfume spells, smells passion.
Do let me know which perfumes resonate with you. I will look forward to taking sweet notes from you.