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What do you think of perfume? Do you wear it?

Perfume is not something I wear or have a real love affair with. I don’t have any memories associated with perfume, and I don’t have a signature scent unless you could the fact that I really enjoy the smell of lavender and put essential oil on every morning when I remember, but I am not a slave to it and would switch to other smells if the mood strikes me.
Perfume I like tends to be very food-y (vanilla, chocolate), or sharp and clean (laundry-like scents). I also like the idea of mixing two scents together like lavender with Clean’s Warm Cotton.
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Other than that, the Maison Margiela scents are very warm and comforting without being cloying like By the Fireplace for Winter and Beach Walk for Summer.

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16 Comments

  1. Michelle

    I used to be a parfumista, with a wardrobe of 50 full bottled and 100+ decant and samples but after a few years of perfume frenzy I downsized to 3 full bottles only. I do love perfume, life without it is like life without lipstick -unthinkable.
    Now that I own 3 perfumes only I can say I do have a signiture, and that is Robert Piguet’s Calypso. Rose, musk, geranium and a bit of soft leather. Give me roses and musk anytime, I won’t complain, vanilla and foody scents, not so much. I gravitate towards alluring, seductive scents with an oumph, skin and clean scents are just not my type.

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    1. Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

      I’m the opposite, love me a good clean scent.

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  2. Xin

    Perfumes don’t work for me, alas. I don’t think I have a particularly sophisticated taste for them, and I get a bad rash when I use them for more than a few days in a row. In that light, my recommendation for the Margiela fragrances is probably not very high praise or anything, but I do think they’re very nice! They’ve done a good job making deceptively simple, but well put together scents, for lack of a better description. I think Beach Walk and Tea Escape are particularly great, they’re exactly what they sound like (the beach or a matcha latte, respectively), but a subtle take on them.

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  3. Sarah | Smile & Conquer

    I was never a big perfume person. I find that overly strong perfumes, especially heavy florals, end up giving me a headache. I changed my tune when I discovered the ‘Orange Sanguine Atelier Cologne’. I got a sample of it with a Sephora order one time and loved it. It’s expensive though, but I added it to my Christmas list last year and have worn it just about every day since.

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    1. Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

      I tried that, and I think citrus is not my thing. I like clean laundry scents.

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    1. Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

      True, but it also isn’t like we are ingesting it, and in large amounts. A little spray here and there is not going to really hurt anyone. That said, I prefer essential oils to be on the safe side.

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  4. PP Gal

    The scent of perfume gives me headache. But I tried using cologne in college. Later on, I don’t use any and I’m fine with it and I also became sensitive with the smell.

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    1. Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

      Ditto, I can’t stand skincare with perfume now.

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  5. SuD

    I love perfumes. They convey my mood and I wear them to suit the seasons as well. I do not like overpowering, powdery or extremely sweet scents. I tend towards the clean, green or spicy smoky scents, though subtle florals work for me too. And, I often seek out perfumes that are not very common or discontinued.

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    1. Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

      I actually forget to wear even my lavender oil… I just don’t think about it.

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  6. Sense

    I don’t like perfumes on other people normally. I use them sometimes, but only ones that I really love, and I definitely try to keep it really light. I don’t like the idea of spraying my skin with chemicals, so I usually just spray my shirt instead. It still works.

    When I was in college, I fell in love with the body mist ‘In the Rain’ by Calgon. It is super light and fresh and I can barely smell anything when I put it on, but then it somehow combines with my natural body scents to become insanely enticing, and it lasts until you wash it off. I can usually still smell it on my worn clothes and jackets pre-wash and I’m always like, WHOA I LOVE THAT SMELL. Even after ~20 years! Guys have commented that I smell amazing, too. It is so very light that I can just pretend it is my natural scent 🙂

    They discontinued it, unfortunately, but I’ve bought up every bottle I could find on ebay/the Net. I use it quite sparingly since it is so rare now, and I should be good for the next 5 years.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/CALGON-A-SHIMMER-OF-RENEWAL-IN-THE-RAIN-BODY-MIST-8-0-OZ-NEW-/162601085895?hash=item25dbc7abc7:g:wHYAAOSw6n5XwdaC

    When I want to wear something heavier, I go for Ralph Lauren’s Romance. It also combines with my body scent to create a whole new fragrance. I can’t stop sniffing myself when I wear it, I must look like a loon! 🙂

    It really is about finding those fragrances that work with your natural body chemistry to bring out the best in both.

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    1. Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

      OH! TOO BAD I wanted to try it 🙁

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  7. NZ Muse

    I wish I was. It would be neat to have a signature scent (I quite like light, fresh fruity perfumes).

    But they tend to get up my nose and irritate me, so I don’t wear any at all. I’m really sensitive to smells.

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    1. Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

      Don’t bother then 🙂 (Even essential oils?)

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