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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

What's Your Favorite Fragance ?

mine is Cartier So Pretty,
it's always with me,

but I do love Valentino's Rock N Rose

J'adore by Dior

Dior - J

amazingly, it's said that this particular segment (fragrance) of the market generates
$31 Billion in annual revenue
& is expected to continue to grow.

the top 5 are

Chanel #5 by Chanel
Joy by Jean Patou
Shalimar by Guerlain
Opium by Yves St Laurent
L'air du Temps by Nina Ricci

I do wear Opium in the winter 
and I used to wear L'air du Temps all the time.

so, now it's your turn...
do you change from season to season?
or do you have a signature fragrance?



  1. I had my perfume profile done at Penhaligon's and I fell in love with what was selected for me. It is Ellenisia.

    1. I love Penhaligon. I once received a little case with every fragrance they made in little vials. I adored this little item so much. Hummmm, wonder if I can find those somewhere, what wonderful little gifts they would make,.

    2. You might find the wee little bottles of Penhaligon's at Saks in the Galleria, or British Isles in the Rice Village. Always loved their fragrance called Ormolu.

  2. Eau de Sisley #3 LOVE it it transitions well form Summer to Fall because its crisp lightly masculine but airy!

  3. I have a few that I rotate but seeing as how SoCal doesn't even have seasonal weather, it's a mix between Chloe and Stella McCartney! I'm a total girly girl when it comes to scents, love florals and a bit of musk to change it up!

    Thank you visiting, hope to see you back sweets!

    Xo- Julie
    Peace. Love. LOL!

    Haute Khuuture Blog

  4. I loved so many, but I have asthma and so many of them really bother me. I can no longer wear Channel, I loved some of Estee Lauder's, Prada. but my old stand by is Fendi. They have changed it a little from the original, but my son found some in Hong Kong at the Fendi shop and got it for my Bday. So I treasure that bottle.
    Have a great one.

  5. Hello Marsha, what a delicious subject today
    Ah..... perfume, I can remember when I was first allowed a little dab behind the ears at my grandmother's home...sitting up at her dressing table full of enticing scents in crystal pots. She loved Nina Ricci

    My favourite now and for some time..... Miracle by Lancôme...
    I adored your beige outfit yesterday!
    love to you xx

  6. Bonjour chère amie,

    Pendant de longues années je me parfumais uniquement avec "Aromatic Elexir" de Clinique. A présent j'alterne avec "La petite robe noire" de Guerlain.

    Joli billet... qui embaume agréablement ma journée.

    ✾ Gros bisous ✾

  7. I've worn Antonia's Flowers for over twenty years. Love the lotion and soaps too. The other thing I wear, and always get asked by men and women what I have on, is Clinique's Aromatics lotion.

  8. I regularly return to Joy by Jean Patou. It just seems to work for me. I do keep a bottle of Chanel #5 in the background at all times in case I'm ready for a change. Neat question. Thanks. Cherry Kay

  9. My husband loved Angel on me, so I always wore that for him....
    For myself, I adore Portrait of a Lady by Frederic Malle, Moss Breches by Tom Ford, Chergui & 5 O'Clock by Serge Lutens and Madison Square Park by Bond No9. Of course, there is always 'The Pink Room' any time, any place, and I am developing a fondness for Michel Roudnitska's Grandiflora Magnolia... I cannot choose just one... I love them all. Have a Beautiful Autumn Season, Chris K-G

  10. I discovered Shalimar when I was 31 year old, I am now 78 and use it everyday, even though that day is a "gardening day." I just love it and would buy it if I had to use my "food" money to do so. I consider it "food for my soul."

  11. Wear Coco by Chanel in the summer, Opium by YSL in the winter, but every night before going to sleep I wear Dahlia noir by Givenchy, reminds me of my Grandmother....

    Annie v.

  12. Hi Marsha, I do have a signature perfume, it is called 'Ellie' and there is a story behind it. Shorty after my beloved grandmother died I was in New York and read a story in the Times about a young woman named Jessica Dunne who had recently developed a perfume inspired by her own dear grandmother who wore Joy, Shalimar, and Chanel No. 5. My grandmother wore Joy, Chanel No. 5 and L'heure Bleue by Guerlain and I also had (and still have) strong scent memories of her. I practically ran to Bendel's where the perfume was being introduced and bought a bottle without even sampling it. I was certain I would love it. Not only have I worn it ever since, it is the only perfume my husband has ever liked.
    Hope you are having a wonderful week!

  13. Marsha,my dear friend!

    Your choices are always very elegant and exqusite....
    LOVE for today in Fall /Winter seasons: Dolce&Gabbana- ''Velvet Decert Oud'',is SO full of passion and very deep feelings!:)*
    And for Spring/Summer my favorites are different: Lolita Lempicka Eau de Parfum-''Te First Fragrance'' and Hermes- ''24 Faubourg''....


  14. I would say my signature fragrance (from age 18 when my Dad's Accountant's French girlfriend came to our house and she was wearing this ;-) is Diorella by Dior. It is still my go-to fragrance and all my friends know it as my "scent" now. In the Winter I do also like Zen by Sheisedo.
    p.s "French girlfriend" is now the mother of my god-daughters (and she still wears Diorella ;-)

  15. I love the idea of a signature fragrance, but can't seem to settle on one. My current favorite is Angel, and Mitsouko by Guerlain for colder months. White Linen (perfume, not eau de toilette; it smells different) by Estee Lauder is for dressy occasions in the summer.
    I'm going to have to check out Penhaligon. Fun post. My problem is I want to try them all!

  16. My first bottle at the age of about 10 was PARIS..........by YSL.Fitting as I have just landed back from there!But today I do not have one particular scent and that bothers ME!I spray from this bottle and that........have NEVER fell in LOVE with just one scent.

  17. What a wonderful question -- I've recently begun sampling scents again after years of not being able to wear any. No. 5, alas, seem a bit strong in a southern summer, and I'd forgotten about L'Air du Temps. Didn't that come in a lovely Lalique bottle? And I remember buying Joy in Paris back when . . .

    Recent discoveries include Lancome's Tresor and O d'Azur.

  18. I wore L'Interdit by Givenchy for many years, since it is no longer avaiable I switched to Miss Balmain by PIerre Balmain.

  19. $31 billion annually. Staggering. And yet I know I wouldn't go so much as a day without a drop or two of my signature fragrance. I seem to have cycled through relatively few (though I tried many at different times). I tend to have a fragrance for 10 years or a little more.

    For years it was Halston in my 20s, then Beautiful throughout my married years, then after divorce, I made a point of searching out a new perfume that I would make new memories wearing. A French *amant* picked out just the right scent for my skin - a Chanel fragrance - and I wear it still. I adore it!

    It still astounds me how different perfumes can smell on different people. And, the power of scent. (One of the men I knew long long ago used to mention my fragrance. He loved that it lingered when we were apart, and that he could catch the slightest hint of it on the back of my neck in the morning...)


    1. You didn't say which "Chanel" and I want to know !!
      Men seem to notice how nicely one is scented. Standing across the bar-top in my own home a man asked me what fragrance I was wearing, I told him "Opium," and he said it certainly is. :)'s

  20. I've worn Femme by Marcel Rochas for years; but now I often alternate it with Prada--depending upon the weather and my mood.

  21. Marsha,
    Did you hear of Marilyn Monroe saying famously...when asked what she wore to go to bed..
    she replied ' Why, just a few drops of Chanel No.5 ' !!

  22. I suppose I am a cliche because I always have No. 5, Shalimar and Joy on the dressing table. However, my very favorite is Bellodgia by Caron first sold in 1927. It is scarcer than hen's teeth now, and I understand that it has been reformulated -- badly. There is nothing like that heady scent of carnation and clove with rose undertones, especially in the winter time.


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