Beauty: Scents and Sensibility

When we talk about beauty, the conversation is so often dominated by visual aesthetics. We do, however, exist in a multi-sensory world, so we mustn’t neglect those other senses. Scent is the other obvious one to consider (I won’t event attempt to comment on beautifying what you sound or taste like, whatever that means). As an adult, I’d never really thought about perfume, and it wasn’t until David mentioned that he loved perfume that I looked into it. Approaching a perfume department can be a daunting task, as there are seemingly endless choices, a challenge compounded by the fact you can’t easily choose between them visually as one might a dress or a lipstick. In fact, the main perfumes I’ll talk about here are actually ones given as gifts to me by David but I’ve fallen in love with them.

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The first perfume I got from David was Chanel Chance. It is wonderfully sweet and fresh, evoking an almost nautical feel. A light spritz of this leaves you with a bright, refreshing scent.
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Chanel Coco Mademoiselle was my next scent, a surprisingly different turn from Chance. If a scent can be sexy, this definitely qualifies–it has a luscious, floral quality. Round, warm and inviting. It has become my favourite scent.
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Photos: Angela Potter

Once of the nice perks about buying perfume is all the samples you get. A couple of scents that I’ve been enjoying the samples of are Honey by Marc Jacobs and Valentina by Valentino. Honey actually came as part of a gift pack from Sephora, where I received a mini rollerball perfume and lotion.  I love the rollerball-style, which is a great travel option as it’s easy to pack and apply. It has a wonderful bright, citrus scent. Very refreshing.

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The Valentina is a bit sweeter, with hints of jasmine and vanilla. Also a fun choice.

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There are a few things to consider when applying perfume. You do want to try to avoid creating a cloying scent cloud that follows you around, but you do want enough scent that it doesn’t immediately dissipate. I prefer applying perfume onto the skin right after showering  (perfume can potentially be damaging to fabrics, so I try to avoid spraying my clothing). While the spritz and walk approach (fabulously immortalized by Phoebe on Friends) is always fun, it can potentially waste a fair bit of perfume. Best to stick with classic application points (e.g., wrist, neck), so used apparently because they emit a fair bit of heat as a result of the blood vessels being closer to the surface of the skin, which helps in the diffusion of scent. Be sure to keep the skin well-moisturized (generally a good thing for independent reasons), as scent adheres better to hydrated skin.

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