Thursday, January 5, 2012

What Is Your Scent Style?

Ah, the tantalizing scent of a good perfume can evoke all sorts of feelings in the human body... relaxation, desire, happiness, and warmth are just some of the more positive responses.

How many of you received a gift of perfume or cologne over the holidays? (How many of you did not, and were disappointed?)

Perfume is an easy "score" for a gift-giver, especially if they know your personal favorite brand or scent style.

This year my family bestowed upon me Estee Lauder's Sensuous Nude, which is a fabulous blend of woods and musks, highlighting fragrances such as Muguet, Sicilian Bergamot and Bale Rose. It compliments my ever-growing collection, (You guessed it! I love perfume!).

What is your scent style?

All my life I have gravitated towards the woodsy and musky family of perfumes. My collection is well-kept. Each bottle remains sealed in a cool, dark cabinet, so the bottles do retain their signature scents for quite some time. (Yes, perfume can "go bad".) Right now I am alternating between wearing my holiday gift above or Calvin Klein's Euphoria or Ralph Lauren's Romance, depending upon my mood in the morning! All three have seductive, velvety wood tones, with just the right subtlety of exotic fruits and florals.

Wikipedia has a fantastic article on perfume. Did you know that the art of making perfume can be traced as far back as ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt? In this article you can also learn about the common sources for fragrances and how differing scents are classified. The Fragrance Wheel, (to the right), is a rather new way to simplify fragrance classification. It was developed in 1983 and is widely used in today's fragrance industry.

Tell me about yourself...
My favorite scent falls in the category:
Floral Notes
Oriental Notes
Woody Notes
Fresh Notes
I don't wear perfume! free polls 

Many people, men and women alike, do not know how to wear cologne. Once, I was ushered into the examining room of my doctor's office to the overwhelming aroma of the previous patient's perfume. Both the nurse and the doctor apologized profusely, as there was simply no escaping the smell. Evidently the patient had applied her favorite scent more than liberally! It was enough to make your eyes water. Now folks, it is one thing to smell nice, and definitely another thing to assault bystanders with an overload of perfumery. Please read up on the best way to apply cologne and smell delicious!

If you're like me, your love of perfume can be an expensive habit! I am rather refined, preferring the scents of the top-label perfumes, as opposed to drug-store brands and knock-off scents. So I'll share with you what I've learned... great deals on expensive fragrances can be found online! Look for sealed bottles, from reputable sellers. I've found a few at! (Imagine that!) Buying online is a great way to try new fragrances and stock-up on your favorite brands! Take a peek... oft times you can snag a much better price than visiting your local department store.
Ed Hardy "Love Kills Slowly" 3.4oz bottle from ASH-LEES-VARIETIES!

OPIUM BY YVES SAINT LAURENT, Women Eau De Toilette from chanandbeaonlineshop!

Eternity By Calvin Klein Eau De Parfum from AnnetteLeighs!

Here's to smelling good!
~ FleaPirates ~


kornkountrytreasures said...

Wow, you outdid yourself, Flea!! I have always love Estee Lauder perfume!!

Loved the little poll box!! Very nice! And learned something today, too!

Great blog!!

bchaflingers said...

I love a nice light floral or fresh scent. My husband LOVES Pheromone by Marilyn Miglin. And he isn't a "perfume" kind of guy. I have some 8th Jour by Yves Roche that I really like, found it at a yard sale but it's hard to find anywhere else.

Aesthetics48 said...

I liked that poll box too. Great blog.

Fleapirates said...

Thank you, ladies!

I admit... I cannot name a favorite perfume. I love them all!

And polls are fun! Hope everyone casts a vote!

chateycathey said...

I voted however I have environmental allergies. Cannot wear perfume. My favorite when I wore id was Youth Dew by Estee Lauder. Just gave away a bottle never opened. Doctor said it was part of my problem breathing.Great blog and I love the poll box

Supergranny said...

One of my favorites if I am going to be around a lot of people is Cashmere Mist by Donna Karan. I learned about it from a hospital nurse. It is not overwhelming and can be tolerated by those who have allergies. Very nice and lite.

I'm like flea...a lady needs a 'wardrobe' of scents to fit your outfit and your mood:) I don't have the perfume budget I used to have:( It's just my hubs and me to smell it...I still enjoy it, however.

Loved your blog flea. Of course the reason perfume was made so early is because the 'folks' only bathed twice a year if they were royalty! Perfume was used to cover up the body stench. Can you imagine how their hair smelled? That's why they wore wigs and powdered them....same reason to dilute their 'odors'! I could get into 'other' hygiene issues (phwew) but I won't:)

Supergranny said...

I am so wrong!! I really liked your POST NOT your blog! There, I feel better now.

Fleapirates said...

Thanks, SG!

I knew that history about using perfume as a cover-up... can you imagine how horrible it would smell in a ballroom, with all those people layering perfume over their ripe body odors?

I am gonna have to stop by the Donna Karan counter and sneak a smell... can't believe it, but I don't know that one!

CurioCache said...

Avon Sweet Honesty has always been my favorite
... :)