There have been several Duchesses of Westminster but there is only one Chanel!
When I was young I could smell that my granny was in the room by the scent of her perfume. She wore Red by Giorgio Beverley Hills, and it was a strong scent; peppery and woody, that made me sure she was there. it was a comforting smell, like the smell of fresh laundry or mint.
And according to studies, smell is a powerful tool. New parents of premature babies are often encouraged to surround them with their mother’s jumper or something that will smell of their family, this way when they are taken home the baby knows that it is safe, as it can smell the same scent. Cancer patients are advised to surround themselves with the fragrances of vanilla and mint, as the heady scents calm the brain and allow us to focus, and when we can’t sleep our mothers always advise us to use lavender oil.
So a signature scent is something that is really evocative, not only of senses but of memories. I cannot smell Clarins Moisture Rich Body Lotion without being catapulted back to the days of my weeks induction with the company; they days were spent practicing facials and massage, and the smell to me is synonymous with the fun I had and the thought of what lay ahead of me. Later in my life the smell of Issey Miyake for men will remind me of a holiday in Greece; one of the guys we met there wore too much of it, but it’s such a gorgeous man smell!
Until last week, I was a girl who didn’t have a signature scent (sad times). I have a few perfumes I wear; Coco Mademoiselle, Dior Addict, Ghost Deep Night, but I didn’t have anything that I thought I liked enough to war forever, and something that people would smell and be thrown back in their memory to a time they spent with me.
And then I found it. I bought some lingerie and I was given a load of samples (seriously guys, I don’t need encouragement to run up a bill in the cosmetics department!) and was given a little trial of a perfume. And it’s the one. It’s fresh and fruity, and the smell of it just makes sense to me, so I am safe in the knowledge that I have found the Laura scent!
So from now on, if you are going through the duty free, I will mostly be wearing Chloe.
Do you have a signature scent? Or is there a smell that reminds you of something, or someone?
A woman’s perfume tells more about her than her handwriting.