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The power of perfume

Perfume is such a personal thing and I am constantly amazed by the selection available to choose from. Considering the hundreds of thousands I have encountered over the years I have only ever worn a few fragrances consistently! I don’t change often and I have to really like the perfume immediately if it is to become a favourite.


I am not sure what makes us choose a specific fragrance but I know I either love them or hate them. I remember many years ago getting in to the car of a close friend and I asked had she just sprayed the car with fly spray! It turned out that she had actually sprayed herself with a very expensive and highly fashionable perfume of the day!

I am sure not everyone will like my choices but when I look back, there are very few that I have really loved and they all evoke specific and some very special memories.


I was introduced to my first grown up perfume by a, French friend of mine Bernadette when I visited her and her family one summer when I was 18. She took me shopping in Paris and I treated myself to Caleche, by Hermes a real extravagance when I was existing on a student grant.

A couple of years on I was working in the beauty industry and had become more familiar with perfumes and cosmetics and I progressed to wearing Estee by Estee Lauder a classical perfume with notes of rose, jasmine and ylang- ylang

I then moved on to a lighter and more youthful fragrance L’Air Du Temps by Nina Ricci

When I got married at the ripe old age of 24 I wore Miss Dior described on the Dior website as a perfume created for an ‘elegant and spirited young woman in love’ rather apt for a wedding perfume!

The perfume I wore for the longest period was Escada Margaretha Ley which I first bought when I turned forty and was on holiday in the Canaries. It is described as, ‘a feminine floral bouquet of Italian Bergamot, Hyacinth and a delicate blend of peach and coconut with heart notes of floral blends; Ylang ylang, Orange blossom and Iris. It remained a favourite of mine for 15 years until it was discontinued and always evokes memories of sun kissed holidays!

It took a couple of years before I found an adequate replacement but I am glad I persevered and have worn Pomegranate Noir by Jo Malone ever since. This is most definitely my favourite to date and is described as ‘a dark and enigmatic perfume with ruby red juices of pomegranate, raspberry and plum spiked with pink pepper and laced with Casablanca lily and spicy woods. Sounds good enough to eat!

25 June 2012
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