• Paula


Perfume evokes so many memories for me. A whiff of something heavy and floral can transport me back to another time and place, make my eyes well up or can bring a rye smile to my face.

Whether it's your first date, the smell of your grandmother's dressing table or the trail of eau de parfum wafting past you as a child when you're mum was going out, we all have occasions when it's smells that jog the brain and take you back to places you'd forgotten about.

One of my first memories of perfume was trying to make my own, crushing rose petals from my nana's garden in to a bottle and adding water, desperate to have my own scent! Can you imagine kids even thinking of doing that now?! Unless it was a game on a tablet you've no chance.

My own perfume preferences have changed over the years, similar to my taste in wine I suppose and it's probably fair to say that now I'm a bit of an addict. I'm a keen to layer though - very rarely ever wearing just one - and I'm stopped in the street on a regular basis to be asked what my perfume is. Whilst it's a lovely compliment, I often can't even remember what I've anointed myself liberally with that morning as you can no longer smell it yourself!

These are my old smells that I no longer where but I have fond memories of;

  • Chloe - my first boyfriend bought this for me and the smell reminds me of butterflies in the stomach and snogging till your lips fall off...

  • Anais Anais - this I got for passing my O levels off my mum and I felt SO grown up as it was my first ever bottle of perfume.

  • Chanel No 5 - I wore this for about 10 years from the age of 18 - it used to make me feel warm and it reminds me of my husband who used to buy me a bottle every Christmas. Now it reminds me of my mother in law who has worn it forever.

  • Clinique Aromatics - a heavy scent which I wore for a long time from the age of 22 but it was also being worn by my mum. I still have a bottle of it but can't wear it anymore as my kids will say 'why do you smell like Nana today' ? I think my mum owns this one.

  • YSL Yatis - another heady scent from the 80's which reminds me of my first (and only) holiday romance...

So that was my perfume past - now what's my now? Here are just a few...

  • Cartier La Panthere - my daily go-to for the last 2 years and one I shall wear forever.

  • YSL Rive Gauche - never gets old, easy to wear and it's perfect to layer with other scents (see above).

  • Tom Ford - Santal Blush - not for every day, when I'm in the mood this lifts me.

  • Daim Blond by Serge Lutens - I feel like a million dollars in this and always have a bottle to hand.

  • Acqua Di Parma - I like so much by this brand that I find it hard to choose a firm fave and I've worn most of it - both the female, male and unisex fragrances. I tend not to stay loyal to one and depends on my mood what I buy next.

What are you favourite smells?



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