I have an amazing sense of smell, so it’s no wonder perfumes and colognes ingrain themselves into my memory and take me back to times in my life. For example, I distinctly remember the Christmas my Nana and Papa gave me my first grown-up perfume. It was Babe by Faberge. I wanted Love’s Baby Soft, but my sister got it instead and I was insanely jealous. I think I was 12 or 13 at the time. I remember throwing a fit and apologizing to my grandparents for being an ungrateful brat. Of course, they forgave me! I thought it would be fun to take a scented trip down memory lane so here’s a sample of my fragrance history.
In high school, I wore Vanderbilt by Gloria Vanderbilt, Ralph Lauren’s Tuxedo, Anais Anais by Cacharel, Halston and Tatiana. I also had a small bottle of Enjoli which my good friend, Dan Boone (his real name) loved. It was the early 80s when I was in HS so all the guys wore Polo by Ralph Lauren. Every time I smell it, I’m transported back to HS. Great memories.
When I got to college, my fragrances became more heavy. By now it was the mid to late 80s when it seemed like everyone was wearing Dior’s Poison. I wore Paloma Picasso and Opium. Both make me gag to smell them today.
After college, I got caught up in the body lotion/body spray craze of the early 90s. I wore Victoria’s Secret Sparkling Cassis for years until they (thankfully) discontinued it. I tried Ralph Lauren’s Safari for a while, then I graduated to Elizabeth Arden’s Sunflowers, which I was wearing when I met Steve, who wore Ralph Lauren’s Polo Crest at the time.
Shortly after Steve and I were married, I wore Romance by Ralph Lauren and RL discontinued Polo Crest so Steve started wearing Polo Blue which he still wears. Two years ago, I discovered Stella Sheer and the fragrance story ends today with my addition of Stella In Two to my collection.
What fragrances do you wear? What did you wear when you were younger?