Perfume is such a personal beauty item. It evokes powerful imagery, nostalgia, and mood. Scent choices can change depending on season and with time, but it has the transformative to elicit memories and influence your state of mind (aromatherapy, right?). Here, I want to share four of my favorite scents that I have cherished for many years. Each one incites specific memories for me. I include fun tidbits that I associate with each one and include a book pairing that comes to mind. And FYI, I tend to gravitate towards floral scents with a hint of musk…nothing too sweet. I am sharing them with you, because they make for luxurious gifts for loved ones (or yourself). I won’t be including any holiday gift guides this year, but check out this post as well as my Sephora Recommendations, Top 10 Japanese/Korean Skincare Products, and Favorite Lip Colors for ideas. And yes, can you believe that the holiday season is already upon us? Keeping reading for some light-hearted content and a simple but gorgeous flatlay (in my humble opinion).
Ralph Lauren Romance
- Described As: a classic, clean scent that is perfect for all seasons, day or night
- Scent Notes: Sungoddess Rose, Marigold, Ginger, Chamomile Oil, Yellow Freesia, White Violet, Lotus Flower, Day Lily, Patchouli, Oakmoss, Musk
- Evokes: a feeling of freedom and love
- Book Pairing: Shakespeare’s Sonnets
- Fun Fact: This is first perfume that I can vividly remember smelling when I was a little kid shopping with my family at Robinsons May (major throwback!). I LOVED this perfume. I would spray it on the paper tester strips, save it in my pocket, and pull it out later to experience the scent again. It wasn’t until two years when I finally purchased the perfume.
Nest Dahlia & Vines
- Described As: an elegant, unique scent that is feminine but not girly
- Scent Notes: Dewy Daffodils, Peony, Rose, Garden Vines
- Evokes: a feeling of adventure and risk
- Book Pairing: any Jane Austen novel
- Fun fact: Like the other Nest perfumes, this is the most unique scent out of the bunch. It has a slight floral but powdery scent that lingers.
Chanel Coco Mademoiselle
- Described As: a floral, musky scent perfect for special occasions and evenings
- Scent Notes: orange, bergamot, mandarin, Tunisian curacao, morning rose, jasmine, ylang-ylang, iris, patchouli, Haitian vetiver, Bourbon vanilla, white musk, tonka bean
- Evokes: a feeling of mystery, intrigue, and excitement
- Book Pairing: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Fun fact: This was my wedding day perfume so it has an extra special meaning.
Chloe Roses De Chloé
- Described As: a feminine, youthful scent, especially suitable for the springtime
- Notes: Bergamot, Damascena Rose Essence, Amber Musk
- Evokes: a feeling of joy, peace, and harmony within all
- Book Pairing: Walden by Henry David Thoreau
- Fun fact: I have been wearing mainly this perfume for the past couple months.
What’s your signature scent? What do you associate with it? Tell me your book pairing (because I’m a literary nerd).