Scent of a Woman
Fragrances are powerful things. They can linger in the air, on a garment, in a room for months or years and can leave a wonderful memory. They have the power to conjure emotions related to friends and family who have come and gone, and they serve as someone's intangible signature for the world to behold. On the other hand, some fragrances cause sneezing, wheezing and uncomfortable moments (read: the man on aisle 6 in Whole Foods whose musk I could smell on aisle 11).
My sister friend C has a signature scent that is completely her own. Ever since I've known her, she's worn the same fragrance and I always know if she's been in a room. It's absolutely lovely and has a lasting impact, especially the thought that she deposits her wonderfulness in every corner of the world that she graces. It's true - whenever I smell Bond No. 9 Saks For Her, I smile and think of my friend. Now, that's what you want in a signature scent!
I've never been one to have a signature fragrance, but there are two that I am loving right now.
Bond No. 9 - Lexington Avenue - this fragrance captures the essence of fall and winter (my favorite times of year) and smells of sandalwood, cardamom, fennel, almonds, cumin, with citrus top notes. I wear this fragrance when I have on a pair of scandalous stilettos and really mean business. The fragrance lasts all day and softens as the hours click by.
Salvatore Ferragamo - Tuscan Soul Terra Rossa - Bold enough to be the one you wear with a gown, but soft enough to wear with jeans, this is my go-to fragrance of the moment. This gives me memories of Italy and makes me feel powerful and feminine. This fragrance is most potent in the first few hours after application but then simmers off after some time, like memories of a fine glass of wine.
Do you have a signature scent? How and where do you display your fragrances? See my display below (and yes, I do use pearls as accents - it makes it sexier!)
Lead Photo Credit: Tonglé Dakum