DalilaB's Perfume Blog
I never leave the house without wearing a fragrance and if I go without it’s usually a sign that something isn’t right. I have the odd day where I go without especially if I have a cold or feel generally under the weather.
However, if the odd day stretches to a week, a month or even a year then I am at a loss. I obviously wouldn’t want my favourite fragrance to be associated with a bad patch but at the same time I don’t want to stop wearing perfume all together.
Most of us buy perfumes based on our own tastes, we spray on a blotter then test on our wrists or clothes and sniff and repeat before we decide to buy something. In some cases we ask a friend or a partner their opinion but mostly it is our own likes and dislikes that steer our purchases. Having said that if we choose something and receive a lot of negative feedback Do we continue to use it or do we subconsciously go off that fragrance?
My friend, a serious perfume guru, was shocked when I decided to stop wearing more than words. He told me that my perfume should be first for my own pleasure. Was I a compliment seeker? No! I wasn’t looking for compliments but I was avoiding negative comments! After all, I remember how painful it is for me to share an office with my colleague who was abundantly spraying hugo boss, so why would I do the same to the others?
Way before I learnt about this huge community that is fragheads, or perfumistas I was in the habit of going to the few perfume shops rather regularly in an attempt to find my signature scent. For years I wore l’eau d’issey, it Had everything I wanted in a perfume. It was light and ethereal or so I thought but it garnered compliments wherever I wore it and I wore it in 3 different continents. So much so that at some point, my best friend loved it so much he bought it for his mum, recommended it to his friend as a perfume for his wife and finally got it as a gift for a third friend. He then said it was funny that all his female friends and his mother wore the same fragrance! Around the same time, I started trying to find another signature as I started going off L’eau d’issey, maybe because everybody around me wore the same fragrance.
I tried Paco Rabanne xs, givenchy amarine, Aqua di Gio and finally Miracle by Lancome until I finally threw away all of them and settled for Stella. Oh how I love Stella! I love rose and I specially love a delicate rose! I was captivated by how light it was and I decided that a signature scent has to be delicate and subtle. It was my signature scent for another 7 years! Then the search began again..except that it became harder to settle on a perfect scent..
I tried everything that was on offer in the high street and couldn’t find that delicate yet long lasting rose. I started trying white flowers and became addicted to tuberose.
With all there is out there, Stella remains my go to fragrance.