“A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.”
Once again, Coco Chanel understood how we can create indelible souvenirs without ever uttering a word.
What is more personal, more feminine more eloquent than a woman’s signature fragrance? It speaks volumes about who she is, how she feels about herself, how she wishes to magically, magnetically draw others to her and perhaps most remarkable of all, her perfume becomes so much a part of her that her image and that of her fragrance become eternally intertwined.
Who doesn’t remember the first woman who was so much a part of her parfum that forever after when her scent wafts into a room we think of her and only her? Perfume can make a woman unforgettable and re-ignite memories for the rest of our lives.
My Top 10 Fragrances:
Arpège by Lanvin
L’Air du Temps by Nina Ricci
Mitsouko bu Guerlain
Aromatics Elixir by Clinique
Cristalle by ChanelCrêpe de Chine by Millot
Jean Naté by Revlon
Pour Monsieur by Chanel
My mother wore Arpège; her best friend and the mother of my best friend wore Crêpe de Chine; a friend and a member of the Guerlain family always wears Mitsouko; my daughter wears Cristalle; another friend (French) practically bathes in Elixir; and several friends, acquaintances and I occasionally spritz on Patchouli either on top of our usual perfume, alone or sometimes on a scarf or in our lingerie drawer.
The other fragrances are my personal perfume history: As a teenager I loved Jean Naté; in my 20s and 30s I wore L’Air du Temps — layering every single product in the line from the cream, powder, cologne to the perfume to get the full effect (or is it affect in this case?) — and ever since Parfum D’Hermès. As for the Pour Monsieur de Chanel, that’s the cologne of my-reason-for-living-in-France and I often slip into his bathroom and splash some on. It makes me think of him, it smells out-of-this-world. (When I travel I always take a little with me so I can take a whiff from time to time and think of him.)