Friday, 31 October 2008

Scents and Sensibility

Perfume: a mixture of fragrant essential oils and aroma compounds, fixatives, and solvents used to give the human body, animals, objects, and living spaces a pleasant smell.

Smell is, essentially, subjective. One man's trash, is another man's treasure -- the exact same can be said for perfume. Recently, the idea of differing tastes (with regards to anything, really) has me amazed, as does almost anything to do with general human nature.
I am a sucker for perfumes. There's just something so glamorous about the whole industry. I must confess, I don't own as many as I'd like to (although, I believe it's important not to own too many; one must have a signature scent, after all), I have acquired my fair share over the years. But it wasn't until recently that I was able to sort my all-time favourites (and my just-for-comforts) into three categories.

MuskyPrada, a new favourite, is a fusion of tradition & innovation.
Narciso Rodriguez, my all-time favourite, conveys sophistication, intrigue & sensuality.
Lovely, a hand-me-down gem, is a scent with the exotic nature of a precious oil plus the sophistication of a fine perfume.

WarmDaisy, my compliment attractor, wraps you in comfort, warmth and a sparkling floral bouquet.
Paris, a classic romantic symphony, riches in the expression of warmth and affection.

SweetCool, the one that got away, is created for the active, sporty, energetic women (but attracts just about anyone).
Fantasy, the perfume that divides the nation, is playful, tempting and sensual.
Midnight Fantasy, though it may not be everybody's cup of tea, is made up of night flowers and exotic fruits to make it mysterious and appealing.

Old readers may have already assisted in this experiment, but for those of you new-ish to The 16 Diaries, I'd love to hear what some of your favourite perfumes are. Shock me like an electric eel (hehe), and show me just how varying all our tastes are!
I look forward to the results. Lol.
Oh and please don't forget to cast you vote(s) in this month's opinion poll on the right hand side of the page.



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Diorama said...

YSL-Paris, still loving it after all these years. I also adore Tommy Hilfiger's Tommy Girl, fresh like White Linen Breeze.

Jade said...

Marc Jacobs Daisy, exactly how you described it. It really is a guaranteed compliments receiver!
I also love Kylie Mingoue "Darling" as it lasts very well and smells delightful.
My other fave would be Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel. Floral and classic. Reminds me of my mother.

Trixy Tran said...

I love Voile de Jasmin by Bvlgari!

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Anonymous said...

I am an older woman who enjoys your blog and your enthusiasm. I have worn Christian Dior's Hypnotic Poison for years and people always ask what it is. When I wear something else - no comments. I love it.

Lee Jones said...

daisy by marc jacobs is absolutely the nicest smell ever : )

Alya said...

Narciso Rodriguez is my number one all-time fave perfume!!


anything by Escada gets compiliments!

Fashioncholic Girl said...

lolita lempicka - escada rock'in rio - dior pure poison

i love perfumes // but i can't seperate them bec. i'm a perfume bottle collector // i'm 15 but i have got 30 - 35 perfume bottles !!!