“Two things make the woman unforgettable, their tears and their perfume.” Sacha Guitry
No, I’m not crying. And I don’t have a cold. But thanks for asking. It’s much worse, actually. I’m afraid I’m about to have to search for a new perfume, again. Which can be very traumatic, especially if you’re trying to replace a ‘signature’ fragrance, like I am.
My love affair with perfume began long ago when, as a very little girl, I’d spray myself with my mother’s. All of them at the same time, usually. Liberally. Too liberally. So liberally, it would take more than several scrubbings before I stopped reeking. At sixteen I discovered Miss Dior. Its light, citrus, floral scent was perfect for a young woman.
At eighteen I fell in love with Caleche, by Hermes. Although it had many of the same qualities as Miss Dior it was more sophisticated, more womanly, more worldy. It was the first fragrance that I considered ‘mine’, and I wore it for years.
It was so important to me, that when my purse was stolen while I was visiting a friend in New York one weekend, the only thing I replaced was the bottle of perfume that had been in it. Never mind about the cash and the credit cards and even the make-up. Or my I.D., which I needed to get back across the border to Canada. Or the handbag, itself, for that matter. All I wanted was my ‘parfum‘.
That’s what made ‘me‘, feel like ‘me‘. Even to myself, let alone to others.
I remained loyal until many years later, when a fashion designer I worked with, Leo Chevalier, created a fragrance. I still remember the day I Continue reading