Bcars10's Blog
6 years ago - 21.03.2017

My first blog post

This is pretty cool--my own place to write a blog! I can pretend that I am someone important, and that what I say matters! I'm pretty sure no one will read this, but I am glad I can write down my thoughts anyway! LOL

I'm just an ordinary stay-at-home-mom who enjoys perfume. I am the only one amongst my friends and acquaintances who really has an affinity for scents and loves talking about them, so this blog can be my outlet!

"Ointments and perfumes encourage the heart; in a similar way, a friend's advice is sweet to the soul." Proverbs 27:9

Years ago, before my first child was born, I had tons of scents. Well, not TONS, but maybe 20-25. Then I had the first baby and was covered in spit-up from sun-up to sun-down, and I figured, Why wear fragrance when I look disgusting and never leave the house?! Then I went into this natural and organic kick, and perfumes became toxic poisons lurking around trying to kill my family! I only bought natural scents, like Pacifica, but I'll be honest...they weren't that good. Very linear and mostly screechy and wild. Then one year my kids gave me Avon/Christian LaCroix Absynthe for Mother's Day, which I really like, and since the spit-up phase was over, I came out of my funk and began hunting around at Sephora again. I also got a vintage Feminite du Bois by Shiseido on eBay, and those two were all I wore for quite a while.

One day at Sephora, I discovered Stella by Stella McCartney, and it is a beautiful rose! I went through a roller ball and then a small bottle of that stuff. Then I went to England and found my beloved Liz Earle No. 15 (which--yay!--is mostly natural). A friend then gave me a mostly full bottle of Miss Dior, which took me a while to appreciate, but now I'm glad I have. For this past Christmas my kids gave me Stella McCartney Pop and Acqua di Gioia, just as I was reading a couple of books on perfume. Then I went all-out nuts! Sampling different perfumes have now become sort of a mission for me. I would really like to experience some of the classics, like Jicky and Mitsouko and Cinnabar and lots of others. I did get my hands on L'Air du Temps with a Christmas gift card, but I had to return it because it smelled like a baby sitting in a wet diaper. Then I realized the ones made in Spain are the culprit; the ones manufactured in France still smell good.

This burgeoning obsession has come on strong just since January! Already I've purchased a bunch of great scents on eBay or at discount stores like Marshall's or TJMaxx. Some were epic fails, and I returned them. (Fancy Nights, Diamonds and Rubies, and Beauty, I'm looking at you.) Some blind buys were epic EPIC, such as L de Lolita Lempicka, Organza Indecence, White Shoulders, Ivanka Trump, and Ricci Ricci, not necessarily in that order!

What's interesting to me is that perfume is verily like wine: You think, given the terroir and grapes (or notes, in the case of perfume), that you will really like a wine, but then you sip it and realize that it's terrible. Some perfumes are like this for me. I really love vanilla, musks, rose, some woods, coconut, and good patchouli, and when I see them in the notes for a perfume, I'm convinced that perfume is the one for me! However, this has failed me, as in the aforementioned Fancy Nights. That one is completely and utterly horrid.

Other perfumes have even pleasantly surprised me, such as White Shoulders with all of its florals. Before I tried WS, I sniffed Tabu and Chantilly, which were both off-putting, so I didn't hold out much hope for WS. But it was airy and comforting. And my husband likes it!

I've also been rediscovering some of the scents of my youth in the late 80's-early 90's. I've rekindled my love for Liz Claiborne in the plastic triangle. Man, that one brings back good memories! <smiles> Plus, it just smells SO GOOD on me! My husband loves it, so...huge bonus. I also still like Eternity for the memories, but it smells very "cold" on me, and I prefer warmer fragrances.

Naomi Campbell's Exult reminds me of the years I lived in Germany and traveled Europe. Too bad it has been discontinued. I'd like to get my hands on L'Or de Torrente and Nivea EDT, but those will have to wait for a trip to Europe.

Right now, two perfumes at the top of my wish list are SJP NYC EDP (How's that for acronyms?! Crazy world we live in.) and Roberto Cavalli Oro. Both are fairly cheap, but I'm running out of space in my closet! hahaha

I'll end with one of my other passions and missions in life, and that is pointing the way to the Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth. The Man who is also God came to earth as a sacrifice for the sins that we each commit. Please put your trust in Him today, for the time is short. He desires a personal relationship with each human in His creation! If you have sincere questions about this topic, please don't hesitate to contact me.

"But thanks be to God! He always leads us triumphantly by the Messiah and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of knowing Him. To God we are the aroma of the Messiah among those who are being saved and among those who are being lost. To some people we are a deadly fragrance, while to others we are a living fragrance." 2 Corinthians 2:14-16

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