Recently, while testing a few perfumes that I thought were “spring-like”, I realized that most of the perfumes that I like or wear aren’t fun. Some are fun, in an overly va-va-voom way, but none are carefree, flirty, or frankly, happy. I started thinking. Why do I not like playful perfumes? Is it the notes? The marketing? Is it me? It’s a little of all of the above. I continued sampling the perfumes that I thought were too innocent and gamine for me. It isn’t the notes or the marketing. Sure, these aren’t things that I’d wear everyday. Perhaps mimosa would grate my nerves with time, but every now and then, it’s good. It then hit me. I haven’t enjoyed any of these perfumes because I could never relate to carefree, innocent, frivolous, or any of these adjectives. I grew up fast and I’ve always been years more mature than my biological age.
I have always been serious, mature, etc. since childhood. My first fragrance was Coty Emeraude! Followed by Joy Patou! I’ve always been concerned with being a grown-up. Not to get too personal, but I’m the oldest, much older than my siblings. They viewed me more as a mother, my brother with Down Syndrome called me mom most of his life. I cooked, cleaned, raised kids when I wasn’t even a teenager. We were poor, so I never understand being given things. Ex., I worked full-time while going to college full-time. So, what I’m getting at is, when would I have ever “understood” a frivolous, innocent, or carefree fragrance? It doesn’t fit with my life experiences.
Finally, I’ve decided, after soul-searching, taking care of myself, and finally reaping the benefits of what hard work, that I can now enjoy frivolous, carefree perfumes. I need this in my life. Not all of the time, I still love my moody fragrances, but I can allow myself to have fun frivolous fragrances. So, here’s a few fragrances that I’m wearing this spring that fit in the “giddy”, hardship-free genre of perfume:
Caron Aimez-Moi EDT – A lovely blend of violet and anise. It’s pretty and makes me happy. This is one that I see myself wearing frequently despite it being an innocent fragrance. Aimez-Moi is innocent but smart.
Guerlain Champs-Elysées EDT – A loud, frivolous 80’s mimosa that bubbles like champagne and may give you a headache like you drunk the entire bottle by yourself. But, I still love it!
Rancé Joséphine EDP – A pink floral bouquet with powdery roses and peonies. This is a “princess” perfume. Or a perfume like a kept Belle Epoque actress. Hmm…the later wouldn’t be innocent, would it? Frivolous it is.
Estee Lauder Pleasures EDP – I can finally appreciate this fresh floral that always features ads with rich, privelaged white gals in pure white button-ups holding Golden Retriever puppies. Don’t worry, I’m not falling for the ad campaign. I still prefer pugs and French bulldogs over America’s “favorite” dog 🙂 Pleasures is “pedigree”, an artistic perfume.
Benefit Maybe Baby EDT – OK, I’ve always liked this one and I still like this one. I’m craving this flirty apricot floral that borders on being ditzy. It may be fleeting but that’s why it is fun! And it looks like Benefit may be discontinuing this one 🙁 which is a shame because it is the only thing that Benefit has going for them in the perfume department. Here’s my old review.
So, what fragrance do you think of when you think of a “frivolous” or “innocent” perfume? Are these perfumes that you wear frequently or are they every now and then fragrances?
And thank you, for putting up with my personal post of fragrance discovery and soul searching.