My Fragrance Collection Pt 1

I don’t know why I love perfume so much. It is only on the rarest of occasions that I manage to go through an entire bottle. But the ones that are my absolute favorites – I can.

Not only does a fragrance–more than clothes, in my opinion–literally transform you into someone else…but it also has the power to transport you as well. Product links & more backstory after the jump!

There’s one fragrance in my collection I did not showcase in this video, and that’s Marc Jacobs’ Lola. I keep the bottle, though its nearly full, but I never wear it anymore because it was the fragrance I was wearing when Erik died. I cannot even bear to smell it, because it instantly takes me back to those days. Does perfume do that for you to? Have such a strong link to your memories?

Anyway, my video was so long (we’re talkin’ 23 minutes) that I decided to split it into two parts, to make it easier for y’all to digest. What fragrance are you wearing right now? Do you have a signature scent?

But I am truly a nut when it comes to collecting fragrances. I feature 12 fragrances total between the two-parter video, and those were curated! It’s no wonder that when it comes to candles and perfumes, my husband says “Just say NO!”

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  • Frances

    When I was three, my grandfather died and I still remember the perfume my mom was wearing. It was the luxurious caramel colored Amarige de Givenchy in the glass bottle with the swept glass matte stopper like a helmet. She mainly wore it to special family occasions, but she really wore it as her sophisticated shield and means of encouragement to be strong. At the time, and for the past 20 years, my grandmother, who is now in her mid 80s, has been under the grip of Alzheimer’s, causing her to be left, essentially, in a vegetative state, with limited talking and movement. My grandmother was always the rock in the family, but mental disorders were inflicted upon her before, which lead her to develop the inapporpriate means of coping with the stress thrust upon her by starving herself and being sent to a mental hospital while my mom was growing up. Because of this, my mom was the new mother for her youngest sister, even though she was in middle school and the second youngest, while her four other siblings were going throught their careers and school. That time was very defining for my mom and later on, after some bad decisions, my mom started starving herself in her twenties. I have picked up on it too and am being treated for it, currently. But, my mom’s perfume was a reminder for her in times like the hectic and dramatic Norwegian Swedish Italian family gatherings with her sick mother. After many years, that bottle isn’t even half empty, because the last time she had to be strong, it was for my father, when he had to pull the plug on Pop, while playing Edelweiss on a music box we couldnt bear to hear ir the longest time. I have learned the power of scent and I have always lived my mother, even when she spritzed a few squirts to stay strong. Wow, sorry; I wrote a lot! Your posts always get ne thinking, especially those about Erik.

  • Christa

    I understand. I have a fragrance I love but is associated with sad memories. I, too, lost my brother too young and there are things that bring it back too real. Thank you for sharing.

  • Staci Acquasanta

    I love Chloe perfume 
    xxStaci

  • Heidi

    The mind’s ability to recalls the smallest of details during tragedy is a very powerful thing. I remember the song that was playing on the radio when I was informed that my niece died and to this day I have to leave the room or change the channel to avoid that song at all costs. 

  • Bmilne01

     Now I don’t feel so guilty for having so many perfumes that are almost full.  I love how fragrance can change your mood, your day.  And even though I own sooo many wonderful fragrances (Thanks to my wonderful Nordstrom fragrance lady)  I don’t spray very much nor wear everyday, due to being an allergy sufferer and easily getting headaches from fragrance.  But I can’t deny myself the joy of having a great selection, it’s like they each tell their own story. 
    I can also relate to fragrance bringing back memories and taking you right to a certain time & place in your life.  I have a time in my life each signature fragrance can take me back to.  Ok enough babbling, my current fragrance is Pure by DKNY, it’s a fragrance that I’m able to wear most everyday without an irritated nose or headaches.: )  I wish I could send you a smell-a-gram.
    Have a great day and may it smell wonderful!
    B

  • Kate H

    Love you perfume collection. My favorite of all times is Armani Code.

  • Andi

    I love your lipstick!  Please share what it is!

  • Ali F

    I always feel naked unless I leave the house with perfume and earrings -weird eh?  My favorite perfume is Kenzo Amour Florale – light, clean, white blossom floral.  I just love it!  I also love the Bond No 9 Andy Warhol Union Square – though a little pricey for me!

  • http://baublestobubbles.com/ Olivia

    Flowerbomb, Lacoste Touch of Pink, and Kate Spade Twirl are in my perfume rotation! Once I find a perfume I love, I cannot stop wearing it!

  • Veronika Kostrouchova

    I love Penhaligon’s Amaranthine. It’s a very strong, oriental perfume. And apparently the royal family wears it. Ha. My boyfriend got it for me and it reminds me so much of your trip to the middle east. This is what it says about it on the website: “Amaranthine is a corrupted floral
    oriental for those private moments when everything is anticipation. It opens
    with a dramatic flourish of spices and tropical green. This unsettling lick of
    drama is beautifully ambushed by an unctuous accord of jasmine and ylang-ylang,
    a heady bloom renowned for its aphrodisiac properties, and clove swathed in
    spices, tea, musk and the rounded beauty of tonka bean absolute.” I definitely recommend it. 

  • Kellhahn

    I recommend Sake by Fresh. A rich and velvety blend of lotus flowers, citrus and spice. My go-to signature fragrance. Can’t wait to try a few new ones-when are you posting Part Deux, PSS?

  • Teresa

    Ooh, must try that Prada scent. It’s impossible for me to finish a bottle as well. The last one I did finish was bath and body works country apple!! Brings me back to my high school years!

  • http://lerablogs.blogspot.com/ Lera

    thanks! even if I cannot smell it, but I love reading, watching perfume reviews. I think this is one of my fave posts done by you! Thanks again. BTW, out perfume tastes are kind of similar.

  • Sara P

    I think the scent of smell may be the strongest to stimulate our minds which is probably why it has that sort of “time travel” effect when we smell something from a certain time period. Love this clip btw!! GOsh just wish I could afford everything you’ve showcased … 

  • Fujinoriyo

    Thanks , Good information in this blog for Fragrance collection..and i watching good perfume reviews…

  • NancyS

    I adore Estee Lauder’s, ” Private Collection, Tuberose Gardenia”.  Men and Women stop and ask me what fragrance I am wearing.  When ever my brother-in-law gives me a hug and he smells it he goes crazy.  I keep telling  him to buy it for his wife or I take my sister-in-law aside and tell her to buy it.  HEHEHE!!  It is yummy, though. Oh, they now have a lotion…Wow, my whole body can smell yummy, FUN!!!

  • horse

    For twenty years, I have had untold thousands of unprompted exclamations of how great I smell while wearing Giorgio.  It is a necessity, especially as a summer scent.  I prefer a spicier winter scent, and have just discovered Guerlain’s “La Petite Robe Noire” (Little Black Dress).  Although not for everyone, it does seem to work well with me.  Before that, I was partial to Dior’s Poison.

    horse :)