Because I have no original ideas and the best stuff on the Internet is stolen from someone else I decided to
steal...be inspired by a question that my beauty blogger buddy, Louise from Get Lippie posted on FaceBook.
What fragrance(s) did you wear as a teenager?
I racked my brain and realized I was as fickle then, as I am now. I wore a lot of different fragrances. Some I still remember how they smell and others I have completely forgotten.
Let's start with the one I first remember wearing:
A powdery abomination introduced in 1974 and still being worn today. The main fragrance note is a Powdery Floral. Today I don't think I could even stand it but back then I felt VERY sophisticated as it was my first fragrance. The advertisements...well they were just creepy
AmIRight? Yikes! That would NOT fly in today's advertising world!
Oh the bottle is what sold me. It was the ultimate preppy fragrance. The deep red glass square bottle was very unique to me and the scent? Well let's just say that I DOUSED myself in it. One of my first blog posts was about this fragrance and a story about a kid named Jose and pistachios. You can read more HERE. Created in 1978 this fragrance was Ralph Lauren's first fragrance for women. The feminine, floral bouquet had green top notes and dried down to a powdery base of wood and spices. The heart of this fragrance contained rose, carnation and violet. Rose was soon to become my favorite scent of all time.
The opaque glass and metal bottle intrigued me, but the fact that my parents wouldn't purchase this fragrance for me made me want it even more. They probably didn't buy it because they knew I didn't need it or thought it was too expensive, but either way, I still remember wanting it so bad. This scent was created in 1978, but I remember wanting to wear it much later than that. Maybe mind 1980's? I have forgotten what it smells like but looking it up on the Internet it seems that it has all the makings of a scent I would have liked at that age. According to fragrantica.com "Anais Anais is a ultra-feminine fresh, rich and romantic bouquet of flowers. Transparent orange blossom with heady hyacinth open the composition. The intensive floral heart blends sweet rose, delicate white lily and magical jasmine. The base is composed of comforting amber, warm sandalwood with a tender touch of mysterious incense." Sounds perfect to me. I might sniff it today and be repulsed, but I might also just pick up a small vial for nostalgia.
Another Cacharel fragrance. They were quite the powerhouse in the 70's and 80's. Lou Lou was a very popular fragrance and one of the top selling perfumes of the 1980's. Created in 1987 this fragrance had a dividing effect on people. You either loved it or hated it. I thought I remember it being slightly powdery but floral as well. A rich scent that could be easily overwhelming. The Tiare Flower at the heart of the perfume is what divided people. The Orris combined with vanilla and balsam that makes me remember the powder. Again, the bottle design was one of wonder. Opaque powder blue glass with a red spiked top. How exotic!
Oh this was the HEIGHT of sophistication for me. A "Real" perfume that you had to purchase in a department store. Ysatis was a fragrance I loved for not only the bottle design which had sharp edges and reminded me of a modern take on Art Deco, but the the richness of it. Marketed as the scent of Luxury, the mid 1980's was the perfect time for this fragrance. While it was created in 1984, I didn't discover it until 1988. The top notes of citrus gave way to the heart of jasmine, rose and iris. The base of amber and vetiver and sandalwood made this a heady scent that I wouldn't even dare to wear today. My white floral and rose preference has ruined me for anything so bold now a days. But this is a scent I have even dreamed about. Wearing it made me feel seductive and sophisticated. I will HAVE TO find a small vial to keep on hand to sniff once in a while to transport me back to the 1980's asymmetrical hair cuts, pegged jeans and new wave music that was my foundation.
What about you?
What are some of the scents you remember wearing as a teen into your early 20's? If you are a teen or in your early 20's what sort of fragrance are you currently enjoying? I would love to read your comments!