Scents & Sensibility


One of the best things about spring and early summer is the smells. 

Honeysuckle, lavender, gardenia … mmm.  Besides encouraging my obsession for flowers,

the scents of the season have kick-started a bit of a love affair with women's fragrances for me. 

In the past, I was always a one-bottle-babe.  I thought of perfume as part of my identity, like skin

tone or eye color.  As in "I'm fair, brown-eyed and I wear L'Air du Temps".  But these days I'm not so

conventional.  Or better yet, not so boring.  A woman has more than one point of view, more than one 

mood.  Mademoiselle cannot live on Chanel No. 5 alone!  Fortunately, there are a bevy of talented

perfumers available to muse our muzzles.  Fresh, floral, earthy or exotic – whatever your essence –

there's a scent to describe your internal allure and intoxicate your senses.  Bottle-up and be amazing.

 

 

 

 

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The fabrication of fragrances dates back to ancient Egypt. 

This Etruscan vessel is a perfume vase.  Designers take note.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

my new perfumes

 

In addition to my standard Coco by Chanel, I acquired three new fragrances this year. 

Calypso Figue by Christiane Celle, Brigitte by Tocca and Sole 149 by Pucci – a birthday

gift from a girlfriend.  Beyond the scents themselves, I like that I can change them up

and layer them according to my mood and my adventures for the day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

classic perfumes

 

Four classics from the first half of the twentieth century that are still popular, still chic.

Chanel No. 5 (1921), Arpège (1927), Acqua di Parma (1930) & Fracas (1948).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I’m intrigued by the ad for Balenciaga’s new fragrance.  It speaks to a cultivated and

sophisticated aesthetic that appreciates the contrast of textures, eras and styles. 

It’s described as a muted scent of soft violet with a woodsy-musky base.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speaking of advertising, how does one sell a smell?  Clearly, it’s all about the power of the

image.  If I wear perfume ABC by company XYZ, I will be beautiful/sexy/desirable, etc.

Below are some memorable ads from recent years and the impressions they left upon me.

 

 

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L’EAU AMBRÉE by Prada

– warm, sensual and modern –

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ETERNITY MOMENT by Calvin Klein

– men will fall in love with you –

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FLOWER BOMB by Viktor & Rolf

– feminine but powerful – 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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JUICY COUTURE PERFUME by Juicy Couture

– for the social deb with a wild side –

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

CB I Hate Perfume

 

CB I Hate Perfume is the brainchild of Christopher Brosius.  He creates fragrances based on moments

and experiences.  I’m dying to try In the Library, Russian Caravan Tea and Fire From HeavenHis

concept “scent is life” is brilliantly simple.  You have to love a guy who studied the arts at Carnegie

Mellon, Columbia and Parsons, drove a taxi in New York, went on to work for Kiehl’s and says things

like People who smell like everyone else disgust me.”  Cool, irreverent and scary-talented.  Love him!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fragrances for the home have become as popular as fragrances for the body.  They’re another

way for us to express who we are and share what inspires us.  I love Antica Farmacista's

products.  I discovered their Vanilla, Bourbon & Mandarin room diffuser a few years ago. 

It’s absolutely delicious and is my home’s secret weapon.  Shhhh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aedes de Venustas is another favorite source of mine (I can’t believe I’m giving away

all my secrets!).  I find amazing fragrances for myself and for friends and family.

 

 

 

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Boule d’Ambre by L’Artisan Perfumer.  Amber crystals encased in a terracotta sphere.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I have the Odalisque candle by Cire Trudon in my bedroom.  Its notes of citrus, wood bark and

orange blossom are sexy and comforting and not overwhelming next to my bed.  The company

was founded in 1643 and developed scents for the Court of Versailles and Napoleon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A simple but amazing gift for that special someone?  Primavera room spray from Santa Maria Novella. 

It is said to capture the scents of a Tuscan garden in spring – cherry blossoms, gardenia and dogwood. 

Heavenly!  Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella is one of the oldest pharmacies in the world and was

established in 1221 by Dominican Fathers.  I would also love to buy their Caprifoglio eau de cologne –

a unisex fragrance with the essence of honeysuckle.  Those monks knew what they were doing!

 

 

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And not exactly old compared to the scents above, but nonetheless “vintage”.

These oldies-but-goodies were favorites in their respective eras.

 

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OBSESSION by Calvin Klein

– you’re an elusive and enigmatic muse –

  This commercial looked like the celluloid love child of John Pawson and M.C. Escher.

But I did love the tagline – "Ahhh, the smell of it."

 

 

 

 

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ENJOLI by Charles of the Ritz/Revlon

– for the wife/corporate go-getter/sexpot who’s kickin’ ass and takin’ names –

  I loved this ad when I was a little girl.  I know, not surprising ; )

  It’s incredible, isn’t it, that we can wear so much history and inspiration on our skin?!

Fragrance is a magical part of nature … of life.  Just remember, use it in moderation.

You want to beguile and entice, not overwhelm or offend!

 

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Tricia xo

6 thoughts on “Scents & Sensibility”

  1. Lorre Lei – Thanks so much for this info! I Googled the exhibit and saw some of the images from the show. Such a great concept – it’s a wonder no one has done it until now (or maybe they have?). I would absolutely love to go to New Orleans to check it out if I had a more carefree schedule. And yes, fall is a great time to get reacquainted with deeper, moodier fragrances. I am still dying to try some of the scents from CB I Hate Perfume like In the Library and Russian Caravan Tea … they sound perfect for autumn.

  2. Tricia,
    Looking through your recap of the year’s posts, my eye stopped at the one titled Sense and Sensibility. The New Orleans Museum of Art has a wonderful exhibit by the same title on view through Oct. 24. It was mounted by curateor John Keefe, who has a fabulous collection of perfume bottles. Contemporary gaps were filled in with loans from local museum patrons. There also is an article with the same title about collecting perfume bottles in the October issue of Traditional Home. Reminds me now that cooler weather is here, I should start using the heavier fragrances!

  3. Congratulations – You have finished the year with great style and enthusiasm! Keep showing us the unique and awesome. LY BDH

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