I've wanted to blog about our kitchen renovation for weeks now... but that job is not finished due to unforeseen circumstances. So, what can I post on today? I hadn't a clue, until I spritzed a mist of "Innisfree" on my wrist, and with the sweet fragrance of spicy and floral deliciousness, the snow melted, the leaves miraculously appeared on the trees and the daffodils poked their sharp green blades through the frozen earth!
Well, maybe I'm exaggerating, but you must agree that perfume is a most uplifting and magical substance.
I may be a farm gal, but I never go a day without lipstick or perfume . Is there anything that makes one feel more feminine than perfume?
As if the scent weren't enough to draw you in, the packaging of perfume has always been in the most attractive of containers.
All of the above are antique cologne bottles with sweet names like Superior Pomade, Violet Toilet Water and Clover of India.
My first bottle of perfume, perhaps I was around 13yrs old, was a simple eau de toilet called "Muguet de Bois" by Coty. Imagine my surprise when I recently tracked down a bottle of this cologne I thought long ago discontinued. It still smells light and wonderful as lily of the valley.
Most ladies discover a perfume they love and continue with it for a lifetime. How about you?
My long time favorites are "Romance" by Ralph Lauren and "Pleasures" by Estee Lauder.
However, I love trying new scents and recently discovered a sweet smelling, fragile fragrance made in Ireland called:
I did not have a clue that perfume was made in Ireland, what an unexpected pleasure.
And who could resist these wonderful tiny bottles of aroma from Penhaligon's?
If you want to test a new scent without paying a fortune for a full size bottle, they also offer skinny vials in a sample box. A 3.4 oz bottle of Penhaligon's runs close to $100, so you will want to experiment before committing.
I highly recommend the Bluebell, Victorian Rose and Lily of the Valley.. that is, if you like a light flowery scent as I do.
Now, I am on a search for 3 other perfumes I wore long ago. ELUSIVE by Avon; my fragrance in High School ,CHAMADE by Guerlain, discovered on a trip to a duty-free shop in the Carribean when I was 21 and Rive Gauche by YVES ST Lauren.purchased for me by a good friend on my 25th birthday.
Fragrance brings on such memories. I can still remember the first time I used Yardley's English Lavender Soap... it is still a favorite of mine.
Please share, what cologne, perfumes, scents or soaps do you love? What was the first perfume you ever wore? And one more.. Are you old enough to remember a cologne my mother used to wear called "Evening in Paris"? I think it was pretty awful, but very nostalgic. Mom used to sell Avon door to door in the 60's and she got many free samples of perfume, thank goodness she gave up the "Evening in Paris"
Still, I would love to find an old bottle to add to my collection.