When I was a kid, women wore perfumes like Chanel No. 5, Shalimar, Arpege and (if they really wanted to spend a fortune) Joy. My teenage self practically took a bath in Jean Nate, and in college my friends and I wore the same stuff that the boys wore for some reason: Canoe and English Leather. And in my 20s and 30s, many of us dabbed a little of this behind our ears.
I don’t remember when it became fashionable for every remotely famous person to have fragrance. Maybe when Elizabeth Taylor launched her White Diamonds? All I know is that the whole industry has gotten ridiculous. Actors, designers, models, athletes – they all have their own “scent” now. I bet even Snooki has her own perfume, and I don’t want to think what it might smell like. If I walked down the fragrance aisle at Bloomingdale’s, I’d be overwhelmed by all the products and end up buying nothing. There are way too many choices, and as a result I’ve stopped wearing perfume altogether.
Michael, too, has stopped wearing after shave, but then he’s a total curmudgeon when it comes to trying anything new. When we met, he used to wear a product I loved.
It was citrus-y and fresh, not heavy at all. He claims nobody sells it anymore, but I found it on Amazon today. I’m buying him a bottle and he’s promised to start wearing it again.
As for me? I’d like to find my fragrance, but where would I begin the search? I have a friend who swears by Princess from Vera Wang and another friend who uses Calvin Klein’s Obsession. Both are too sticky sweet for me. I’ve checked out all the different brands that get inserted into magazine ads, and they make me sneeze. So if anyone has any suggestions for me, please let me know. Thanks.