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.
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.
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.