A woman's perfume tells more about her than her handwriting. - Christian Dior
When I was eighteen and working at a high end restaurant I decided I needed a perfume to help me feel more mature, sophisticated, and confident to fit in with the haute clientale. So on my lunch break I walked across the street and visited the perfume counter at Macy's. Buying this perfume was the ultimate mark of womanhood. No more metal Gap $10 bottles or Bath and Body Works Country Apple- this was the real thing. Sophistication. Elegance.
The first place I walked up to was the Chanel counter. I fell in love with the scent Allure when I was 16 and have since longed to wear it. The guy at the counter (who wore an impeccably tailored black suit) spritzed the heavenly scent on my arm and suggested I come back in five minutes to see how it settled on me. Five minutes later I came back and he said "No. It doesn't work on you. Sorry."
Discouraged, I stumbled upon a scent by Nina Ricci called Premier Jour. The lady spritzed some on my other arm and, almost out of time, I walked back to the restaurant to start my second shift. Back at the restaurant I asked everyone what they thought of my potential scent. Since the majority of the cooks and waitstaff were male they were very eager to give opinions. They all gave enthusiastic thumbs up (and oohs and smiles) to Premier Jour. After my shift I walked back to Macy's and purchased the beloved fragrance with my hard earned wages, excited to start my elegantly impowered journey with this new scent.
Eight years later I still wear it, although not everyday. I love the quotation by David Leavitt: "Childhood smells of perfume and brownies." Maybe when I have daughters they will wear the same perfume. Maybe they'll find their own scent. Either way I hope they find one that they love and that gives them a little more confidence in their femininity. Whenever I wear my signature scent I always get compliments from random people and, more importantly, an Oooh, you smell nice from Chris What more could a girl want?
Aren't perfumes the ultimate beauty accessory? Do you have a signature scent? Are there some scents you absolutely love?
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