Finding The One

My love affair with perfume goes back as far as I can remember. Even as a little girl I remember making the most disgusting concoctions of crushed up rose petals and water from an old bucket in the garden and trying to flog it as perfume to my friends. They were never too keen. Funny that. Then later of course came the scent drenched years of my teenagehood where I would spend far too many hours trying out any sample I could lay my hands on in Boots. More was more. The smellier the better. I seem to remember graduating from The Body Shop Dewberry to the sickly Exclamation! before moving on to my first ‘real’ perfume Lou Lou. Those were the days! I’m getting a headache just thinking about it!

Over the years I’ve had quite a few signature scents – Gio by Giorgio Armani (which I don’t think even exists anymore?) then came Jean Paul Gaultier Classique (although way back when it just called Jean Paul Gaultier by Jean Paul Gaultier. Remember back in the 90s when designers were name mad? Like, how many times can we fit the designers name on to one product?!) Then came the Chanel years with Allure, Chance and Mademoiselle Coco all taking their turns. Then for a long time I wore nothing but Daisy by Marc Jacobs and because I loved it so much people (very kindly) would buy me it as a gift so I ended up wearing it for years.

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But in recent months, I have found myself switching and changing between the perfumes I have without really having a signature scent for the first time ever. I had Decadence by Marc Jacobs, Chance Eau Fraiche by Chanel, Paul Smith Women, Paul Smith Rose, Light Blue by Dolce & Gabbana, Daisy by Marc Jacobs and a cheap as chips but really very lovely Zara perfume called White all on the go. It felt like time to find my new signature scent. Something completely new. Something a bit more grown up. And it felt like time to pop my Jo Malone cherry.

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The problem (well, if you can really call it a problem) with Jo Malone is that I find the sheer number of scents they have completely overwhelming and that’s even before you go in the whole art of fragrance combining that they are so famous for to create your own bespoke scent. I loved so many of the fragrances that it really was difficult to choose one let alone think about layering combinations. After much sniffing though, I went for the Lime Basil & Mandarin Cologne and treated myself to the bath oil too. Such a luxury. Jo Malone baths are my new most favourite thing.

I was hoping this modern classic could be my new signature scent. But after a few weeks of wearing it, as much as I love it – and I really do love it because it so unlike any other scent on my dressing table – it’s just not The One, you know?

So I’m back to square one. Still on the hunt for a new signature scent.

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5 thoughts on “Finding The One

  1. welliesontheschoolrun says:

    Haha, I also used to make home made perfumes when I was little, and also wore Lou Lou constantly when I was about 16. I’ve got Daisy by Marc Jacobs at the moment but like you I’m always on the lookout for a perfume to call ‘my own’. I haven’t ever bought any Jo Malone perfumes but I did try on some testers in one of their stores not so long ago. I liked the peony and blush suede best but like you I was a bit overwhelmed by the sheer amount of choice! x


  2. helenlouisechandler says:

    My signature scent has been Clinique Happy since I was in my early twenties. It feels a bit unoriginal to stick with the same one for so long (although there was a brief and daring flirtation with Clinique Happy Heart; didn’t end well!), but I still love it, I still feel it’s very ‘me’, and I get loads of compliments. So I suppose if it ain’t broke…
    When (if!) I pop my Jo Malone cherry it will have to be with a scented candle I think. x


  3. ashlexyz says:

    My first ‘perfume’ was Charlie Red… oh boy! I thought I was the coolest kid with that one! I then upgraded to celebrity perfumes… Britney Spears and Katy Perry mainly. Luckily now, that phase is gone and I’m definitely with you on Marc Jacobs – Daisy (Eau So Fresh), that was my signature scent for a while until I ran out. I’m also on the hunt for a new signature scent!



  4. traceycwilliams says:

    Oh my Body Shop Dewberry, now that is a blast from the past. I think it was a rite of passage of growing up wasn’t it. I too am looking for a new perfume at the moment, and can’t seem to decide on one. I have been wearing DKNY for years now, but really want a change. Hopefully Santa will bring me a nice selection I can try, or I can just keep on dreaming that I find the one soon x


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