Perfume Tag

December 6, 2013

My friend Larie of Eye Heart It is like the bloggerhood pusher, and she made me do this tag (but she is also very kind so she will forgive me for using the term "pusher" so loosely ;p).

I have always loved perfume, and choosing one in the morning accordingly depending on my mood, outfit and the weather of the day is such a pleasurable thing.
I started my perfume journey with the mainstream where most of my current collection stays within, but I did have some crazy perfume phase sniffing through many e-tailer scents and hand-poured niche.
Nowadays I just go easy about it spritzing whatever strikes my fancy. I haven't made a full bottle purchase lately. I don't feel guilty using the same scent two days in a row, either.

Still I have a cabinet full of perfume and since I hardly reapply my perfume, I am pretty sure I won't be able to use up the stash, ever.

This is one of my early Instagram pics.
No, there is another shelf. 
I just couldn't fit everything in the Instagram square.

1. What is the first perfume you purchased?
Honestly, I don't remember. But my first perfume was the Chanel No.19.
It was a splash bottle gifted from my mom (well, more like I kept stealing it so she ended up giving it to me), and I was nineteen, too.
I still have a bottle of the EDT spray, and it evokes all sorts of memories whenever I wear it. Wonderful that it does not smell outdated at all. 
Chanel No. 19 EDT

2.What is your signature perfume?
I shudder to say this, but "the ultimate signature" is the original Estee Lauder Pleasures.
Of course, I outgrew the scent, but whenever I wear this, people never fail to compliment. I used to think this was such a light scent, but the patchouli in it feels heavier now. I still have a small bottle and I only wear it to see if it still fetches compliments. (It does.)
The recent one is the Chloe EDT. the EDP version is too heavy and powdery on me, but the EDT plays it just right. It kinda upsets me that so many women wear it. 
Another one would be the original Bvlgari Pour Femme. To me, this is the definition of feminine elegance. The dry jasmine in this is very comforting to me. I make sure to spray very lightly and just once, which is the key to avoid smelling too mature.
Estee Lauder Pleasures
Chloe EDT
Bvlgari Pour Femme

3. What is your most recent perfume purchase?
Gee, I really don't remember, which is another proof that I haven't bought anything lately.
I think the last one I opened is the Dior J'Adore EDT, though.
This is a rather rare edition with the silver neck that smells best on me out of all the variations and flankers. The drydown is very pretty.
Dior J'Adore L'eau de toilet 

4. What perfume would you wear night time/date night?
I would wear whatever I want to wear on my date.  To think about it, I have never categorized anything as night or day perfume.
But hypothetically speaking, if it is the second or the third date and I like the guy, I would wear either one of these.
They are not my absolute favorites exactly, but very effective ones.
When you see guys go gaga for something time after time, you better wear it especially when you like it, too.
These are from Ava Luxe, and Ava is good with recreating the famous scents with her own twists.
Ava Luxe Wild Blackberry Musk is a lot like the Trish McEvoy No.7, but it has the perfect balance of the sweet and sour that literally makes you salivate. 
Ava Luxe White Musk is a very sexy skin scent with a floral amber. It just works.
Ava Luxe Wild Blackberry Musk
Ava Luxe White Musk

5. What's your favorite spring/summer perfume?
Hermes Un Jardin Sur Le Nil comes to my mind since its slight bitterness works so well when the weather is unbearably humid plus it smells very clean and composed.
Bvlgari Omnia Crystalline would be my "sexy" light musk to wear anytime, but it smells especially lovely on a warm spring night.
My other favorite is the Child perfume. This is "The Big White Floral" for me - it blooms on my skin and stays pretty for a long time.
Hermes Un Jardin Sur Le Nil
Bvlgari Omnia Crystalline
Child Perfume

6. What's your favorite fall/winter perfume?
I like Chanel Coco Mademoiselle all year round, but I don't feel apologetic wearing this when the air is cooler. This is my "empowerment" scent. I feel slightly bitchy yet confident with this.
Hanae Mori Butterfly EDT is probably the only gourmand that works on my skin. I really appreciate this praline and almond combo that is disguised as vanilla cause vanillas never really work with my chemistry. The strawberry is much pronounced on me as well. A true love.
My other pick is the Kenzo Flower, which is the best baby powder scent on me. The opening is almost too sharp but it quickly morphs into the creamiest veil of comfort.
Chanel Coco Mademoiselle
Hanae Mori Butterfly EDT
Kenzo Flower EDT

7. What is your favorite scent category?
Sure, I so wanted to rock cyphre, gourmand, or even leathery scents, but sadly they don't love me back.
What, most guys love foody scents on you since they evoke those happy childhood memories? No, it never happened to me. It pissed me off (!) to find out at some point that not every scent smells nice on me (yeah, I used to be a perfume princess like that), but I know it is the woody floral that works best and makes my nose happiest, too.

8. What perfume are you currently lusting after?
Hmmmm, nothing, really.
I would love to get a full bottle of Tocca soon whichever it may be, but I am not in hurry.

9. What perfume do you really dislike?
Acqua di Gio for Men.
I cannot stand it yet I smell it everywhere. 
What a tragedy.

10. What fragrance/cologne do you like on your significant other?
I like the John Varvatos Signature. I don't really like Mr. Varvatos' clothing or other scents, but this original fragrance smells so sexy. It is mostly sweet and tender but has a bit of macho quality to it with the leather note. Mmmmm.
However, the Dior Fahrenheit weakens my knees. This is a very difficult scent to pull off since it seems to have its own mind. Sadly I have seen many cases of Fahrenheit wearing a guy, not the other way around.
John Varvatos Signature for Men

Thanks for reading this long post.
(And thanks again Larie for encouraging me to do this! ^-^*)

Wish everyone a great weekend. :)

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