Your favourite perfume moment(s)?

I’m finally reading Essence of Perfume by Roja Dove and can’t help but ponder the subject.
Not that I don’t ponder perfumes as a subject regularly. šŸ˜‰

But at one point, it hit me.

I have a favourite perfume memory!

It was the moment I smelled Shalimar and fell in love (that wasn’t even close to my first try).
Closely followed when the same thing happened with Vent Vert and Chanel 19.

Do you have a favourite perfume moment? More than one?


11 thoughts on “Your favourite perfume moment(s)?

  1. Undina September 24, 2011 at 09:19 Reply

    Do I have favorite perfume memories? I smiled (and almost laughed) when I read your question: I've built my blog almost completely around those moments. I realize that in a while I'll run out of those stories/memories and will do more "real life" posts but so far telling those scented memories was the main focus of all my writings.


  2. Michael September 24, 2011 at 21:48 Reply

    Ines, for me possibly my favourite memory was when I first smelled Frederic Malle's Vetivery Extraordinaire. To this day I still haven't written about this perfume in any detail because it defines everything that to me is great about a perfume. That moment truly opened my mind to how much of an art perfumery can be.


  3. Michael September 24, 2011 at 21:49 Reply

    Sorry, I meant Vetiver, not Vetivery!


  4. JoanElaine September 25, 2011 at 03:18 Reply

    One of my favorite perfume moments is when I finally realized what Estee Lauder Aliage reminded me of – the bath salts my mother sometimes poured into my bath water as a special treat.


  5. Ines September 25, 2011 at 10:07 Reply

    Hi Undina, yes, now you mention it, you do talk a lot about scented memories. :)Is there one that is more close to your heart than the others perhaps?


  6. Ines September 25, 2011 at 10:10 Reply

    Michael, that is what happened to me with Shalimar – like someone suddenly opened a door in my mind and many things I tried to understand in perfumeland suddenly became clear. P.S. I like Vetivery as a name. šŸ™‚ Someone should use it.


  7. Ines September 25, 2011 at 10:14 Reply

    JoanElaine, your memory gave me goosebumps! What an incredibly lovely thing to remember. šŸ™‚


  8. Undina September 25, 2011 at 20:34 Reply

    Ines, just for you! :)In my childhood there weren't that many perfumes available (even for adults) so I remember when I was eleven or twelve my friends and I would go to a store and buy a vial (1-1.5 ml, it looked like a modern carded sample) of a rose oil and use it as a perfume. But since it was relatively expensive I remember I decided to make my own: I collected rose petals in grandmother's garden, put them in a jar and poured some water… I remember that water smelled very nice for a day or two. And then it turned. That was when I realized that making a perfume was slightly harder than just mixing flowers and a dissolving liquid.


  9. September 26, 2011 at 10:09 Reply

    My favorite moment was the discovery of a whole world of perfume fans just like me on the internet – my Perfumeland. That felt great! (And still does!) šŸ™‚


  10. Ines September 26, 2011 at 11:05 Reply

    Thank you Undina!And thanks for making me remember! šŸ™‚ I did exactly that one summer and wondered how can rose water be made from rose petals and water when I couldn't do it. šŸ™‚


  11. Ines September 26, 2011 at 11:07 Reply

    Olfactoria, Perfumeland is a great discovery. šŸ™‚ Although I seem to have gone the opposite way. First I discovered the Perfumeland and then I went to check what is all this they are talking about and I had no idea existed previously. šŸ™‚ And here we all are now!


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