AT FORTY FIVE MAGAZINE /06 Do You Remember Your Mom’s Scent? Four Perfume Tips She Taught You / B Y S H E" R R Y K A L L E R G I S I can close my eyes and the waft of my mother’s perfume fills my senses. With eight children there was not a lot of extra money for splurges, but she always made perfume a priority. Living on the Canadian prairies, Avon’s Roses Roses was the affordable version of elegance and delivered to your door before online ordering was a thing. I can see her daily ritual of applying perfume. She often explained how your body’s chemistry makes the scent your very own signature. Her regiment was: 1. Spray perfume on the inside of your wrists as the hot spots on your body carry the scent. 2. A hint of perfume goes behind your ears to greet him when he whispers sweet nothings close. 3. Spray the air and walk through it so the scent clings to your hair and your clothes. 4. Use a perfume-scented lotion to moisturize after you bathe – your body heat will add a foundation of scent.
AT FORTY FIVE MAGAZINE /07 Over the years, I have adopted certain scents for myself. Each comes with a memory. Joy was my very first adult purchase. I bought it on the plane to France in celebration of my first European trip, from the duty-free collection they used to offer inflight. The original Joy, from Jean Patou, was a combination of jasmine and rose and was voted the Scent of the Century by the Fragrance Foundation Awards in 2000, beating its rival Chanel No. 5. Image Credits: chairish.com vintage joy de jean patou perfume original Bottle circa 1931 An expensive perfume, I rationed it for use for my most special occasions. The classic bottle still has the place of honor on my bureau. It is no longer in production, although a new version is available. Poison Dior Parfum is my go-to scent of choice. The sultry, sexy fragrance has a spicy musky scent that always causes people to comment “What are you wearing?” That is what wearing a fragrance does for you. It is like wearing a beautiful dress, it gives you a sense of confidence. Image Credits: amazon.com Jean Patou Joy by Jean Patou It is unfortunate that wearing scents has become somewhat of an issue, especially in public places, as many people cannot enjoy fragrances because of allergies. I can’t imagine not having the luxury of using scents. What is your favorite perfume? Was it influenced by your mother? Although we for sure are not our mothers, there is no denying perfume represents the class of that era. Image Credits: Poison by Christian Dior For Women Parfum
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