Thursday, August 05, 2010 2:47 PM
Revisiting an old scent is like being re-united with an old friend. Memories come flooding back and nostalgia transports you back in time. Both the White Musk and Dewberry perfume oils from the Body Shop do this for me. They made such an impact when first released, I think I overdosed, but I still love them to bits. To see how far the range at the Body Shop now extends is pure magic! I can play on their shelves all afternoon and best of all they are so affordable I can buy one for me and one for a friend.
The Elizabeth Arden ‘Pretty’ marketing provides another escape with a captivating shock of larger-than-life pink peony blossoms. Then the scent itself - Orange blossom and peach nectar, the sweetest prettiest happiest bouquet must make the wearer happier just by association.
Issey Miyake has recently released a limited edition fragrance called l’eau d’issey Summer, a little wishful thinking for us in the sourthern hemisphere but, we can dream. Thoughtfully there are versions for both sexes.
Peony, rosewater, pear and carnation are at the heart of the floral notes for the ladies, with cardamom and sage making it all the more manly for the men.
Anna Sui ‘Live your Dream’ not only sounds inspiring, I can imagine that reaching for the bottle of “Live your Dream” each day would be a daily inspiration to do just that. It is created using the kinds of scents that lift spirits and mend broken hearts: Lily of the valley, Jasmine and Bulgarian rose for the florals; and musks, woods and tonka beans bring up the heady base notes.
We all know about dabbing our fragrance onto our pulse points: including your wrists, the crook of your arm, nape of the neck, around the hairline, or décolletage. But did you know about the back of the knee and the ankle?
These are often overlooked, but can be THE crucial application points. Scent travels upwards so these locations are very important and are often the trick to being able to smell our scent ourselves once it is on.
If you run a spot of olive oil or Vaseline on your pulse points first, the perfume can adhere better to the skin, another option that I enjoy is to spray your scent into your hairbrush and then run the brush through your hair for a light and airy application.
There are benefits to getting the bath/shower gel and the body lotion at the same time as the perfume, not only do these products enable you to layer the scent by using them all as your daily beauty routine to compliment the application of the perfume, but I have found that by mixing the body lotion of one perfume with the perfume of another, you can contrive your own unique scent that is impossible to imitate.