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I sometimes think I rival my dogs with my sense of smell. The scent of something for me is as powerful as seeing something in terms of impact and recognition. Take one example – I don’t know if it’s still the same, but when I visited Hong Kong many years ago, I literally could not go outside of the hotel – which was in the middle of the city smack bang on the harbour – without holding my nose. No one else seemed to have a problem though.
On another occasion, I was at the opera at the Sydney Opera House, and was sitting next to a lady who was absolutely pungent with the perfume Opium (I’m very good at picking perfume scents as well). I literally had to hold my breath as much as I could during the whole performance or I would have been sick. I’ve detested that perfume ever since and on the odd occasion since when I’ve caught a whiff of it, it’s taken me right back to that time. The opera was The Pearl Fishers and the experience completely spoiled it for me, even that beautiful duet.
On the subject of perfume, I’ve had my favourites over the years – Anais Anais, Chanel Number 5 (of course), Poeme, Beautiful, Jo Malone’s French Lime Blossom. However, the one that I would wear the most is First by Van Cleef & Arpels. First is described as: “A classic floral fragrance for elegant women. Rich, feminine & seductive Starts with lively, twinkling notes of blackcurrant, bergamot Centre reveals notes of jasmine, narcissus, aldehydes. Dries down to sandalwood, vanilla”.
The scent of smell is indelibly linked to memory (thus, the Opium effect). When I wear First, I’m reminded of cosy nights and rainy, misty days in the Highlands of Scotland with John – whose last name escapes me now, 25 years later! John was the coach driver of a tour of Scotland I was part of, and we hit it off so well (even though we could hardly understand each other’s accents) that after the tour I stayed in Scotland and we returned together to the Highlands. It was a very happy time when I wore First and often little else, and so when I wear First, I feel happy.
Unfortunately, I can only buy First online now, so when I run out, and I’ve neglected to put in an order, I have to either wear something else (and put up with less happy memories perhaps), or go buy another perfume. The pickings are fairly slim in the town where I live which further complicates things. Wearing perfume for me is as natural as wearing underwear, so not having perfume to wear is something I have to address as a matter of priority.
As it turns out, I used my last squirt of First this morning and of course I had forgotten to put in an order for more. I really don’t feel like wearing Poeme which is the only other one I have at home at the present time, so today I went to the only decent perfume store here in town and purchased a perfume that I’ve never used before: Tresor In Love by Lancome (l’eau de parfum).
Online blurb describes it as having fruity-floral notes, “opening with accords of nectarine, bergamot, peach and sour pear. A heart blooms with Turkish rose and elegant jasmine, while a base includes cedar”. I like it because it’s light and fresh, not sweet, and the floral notes seem to linger. I’m wearing it now, and it definitely is not turning me off in any way.
I’m not sure I would stick with it in preference to First though – cannot forsake those Highland memories with a cute Scotsman! – but it will do until I pull my finger out and make an online order.