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Monday, February 14, 2011

The First Perfume I Ever Loved... & a Prize Draw

Where perfume lovers are concerned, there might be some truth to Henry Louis Mencken's statement that one always remembers the first [perfume] love with special tenderness, but after that begins to bunch them. So to celebrate Valentine's Day, we decided to put the jadedness aside and to dedicate this post to our firsts... First perfumes we ever loved. Join us and list yours for a chance to win a 50ml bottle of Park Avenue, courtesy of Bond No 9. One commenter will be chosen at random. As an aside on other loves, what was the first city you fell in love with? For me [Marina speaking here], it was New York. I have lived in various cities over the years, but with none have I felt such an immediate and strong connection.

Alyssa
My first perfume love? Do I really have to tell you? All right then. It was a half-empty bottle of Elizabeth Arden’s Sunflowers discarded by a friend who clearly had better taste than I did. Though I instantly removed the spray nozzle so I could drizzle small amounts onto my arm instead of suffering through a full spritz, I adored it. I really did. I thought it smelled like the sunflower honey I’d once tasted, and like the sun-warmed scent of the flowers themselves—that vegetal, hay-and-flowers field smell. In my memory it still does, and always will, no matter how often you say the words acquatic or nightmare to me. What can I say? It went with my Benneton sweaters.

Ashleigh
There were a few before her; Love’s Baby Soft and Jean Nate come to mind, but the first perfume that I ever loved and could truly call the one was the 1985 rose masterpiece by perfumer extraordinaire Sophia Grojsman. Maybe it was my age (let’s just say I was no longer a non-discriminating junior girl that only had access to the Walgreen’s beauty counter), maybe it was the time, but one thing is for certain; I was enamored at first inhale. Not your mother’s rose, Beautiful by Estee Lauder is a vibrant, voluptuous bouquet that has sandalwood and incense at its base making it a lush and complex head-turner. There have been many perfumes that I have outgrown, changed my mind about and simply, don’t care for anymore, but somehow, Beautiful has endured. I wear it to this day with affection and inevitably, every time I do I am stopped by curious strangers that ask, “What is that Beautiful perfume?”

Beth
I fell head over heels in love with Dior’s Diorissimo when I was 18 years old. Granted, the only reason that I even tried it was because it was rumored to be Mick Jaggers favorite and at the time he was the fervent object of my desire. I’ve never regretted it. My husband adores it and one of the best tributes that it ever got was from my son who declared to me at the tender age of 16 that if he ever met a woman who smelled of Diorissimo that he would probably be a goner. Sure enough during the greening of the spring of 2006 he met a lovely young girl who was to be his very first true love. She danced up to him at one of the local street fairs with flowers in her hair and a stem of fresh lily of the valley clasped in her hands. The wanton charm of Diorissimo is that it is all at once modern yet classic, demure yet completely and passionately sexy. Diorissimo is still my very favorite and I’m fairly sure that this always will be. No other perfume has ever been able to weave that glorious green spell that continually disarms me, bewitches me and sends me dancing with light speeds into vast whirlwinds of passionate fun!

Birgit
When I think back to the days of normal perfume behavior, i.e. using one bottle until it is gone, then thinking (albeit not much) about the next, I mostly see a black hole. Nothing really comes to mind, I must have used several fragrances in those unenlightened days, but many are too atrocious to mention in a place like this.But thinking back again and again for the purpose of this post revealed one single, distinctive sphere-shaped red bottle. One scent that stands above the sea of unremarkable utility scents. Le Feu d’Issey.I loved it. It was different. The bottle alone was indicative of what was to come – something unusual. It smelled sharp, milky, spicy, flowery, musky…it has been a while, and I didn’t know how or at least didn’t attempt to describe a perfume then. Of course, as is just my luck, it is discontinued. The time was not ready for it, and neither was I. But one of these days, I will get lucky and snatch it up on eBay, to be reunited with my first love. And for the first time we will be able to talk.

Donna
My love affair with perfume started very early, with something I found in my Christmas stocking when I was no more than nine or ten years old. It was a cute little green pagoda-shaped jar of Avon Hana Gasa perfumed crème sachet. This was one of Avon's best fragrances back then, a really pretty fresh green floral with plenty of lily-of-the-valley, one of my favorite floral notes to this day. I felt so elegant and grown up when I wore it, especially since luxuries like perfume were rare in our household. Hana Gasa has been discontinued for a long time, but recently I found a full bottle of the liquid perfume online and decided to take a chance; I think I only paid about four dollars for it. To my delight it was still good, a sparkling green splash of delicate flowers in a bottle of that same shade of pale green with the pagoda cap, and I have been enjoying it as much as I did the first time. Who says you can't have your first love back again?

Kelley
My first love was L'Artisan's Incroyable. Not sure of the exact name, just Incroyable (incredible in French). It contained plum and blond tobacco. I first smelled it on my Uncle Steve and I asked him about it and got almost no information. Several months later I was at Stanley Korshak in Dallas and was chatting with a woman that had recently had foot surgery. We were talking about my search for my uncles cologne but knew almost nothing...no name, no brand...nothing. I mentioned my Uncle Steve had the exact same foot surgery. She asked if my uncle happened to be Steve Kelley (of course he is my uncle). She said she was friends with Steve and then she reached under the counter and pulled out a bottle of Incoyable and told me that she had sold Steve his bottle. Sadly, L'Artisan no longer makes Incroyable.

Linda
The first perfume I ever fell in love with must have been vintage Coty’s Emeraude – or the faint impression thereof. I was probably four or five years old and had been turned loose to play in my grandmother’s jewelry box, which seemed like a trove of impossible riches. Among the costume jewelry, souvenirs, and the few delicate gold items she kept in the jewelry box, she had a little gold-toned scent bottle with a filigree front adorned with red and transparent fake jewels – an item that seemed to have been secreted away from a mysterious harem somewhere. It was empty, but a powdery, exotic Oriental scent redolent with resins and flowers clung to its interior. I sniffed, and sniffed, and was transported. I refilled the bottle over and over with water, which, after four or five days, took on enough of the scent to scent my skin when I dabbed it on like a precious elixir. Sadly, she had no idea what fragrance had once graced it, as she had inherited the piece - so I remained haunted by its graceful ghost for years. It took me decades to identify it.

Marian
YSL’s Paris was the first perfume that stole my heart. I loved being wrapped in juicy roses and ambered violets and felt unabashedly feminine, romantic and seductive whenever I wore it. Not long ago I nostalgically sprayed some on and my daughter excitedly exclaimed “Mommy- that’s the way you used to smell when you kissed me good-night!” She looked so happy- it must have brought back memories of when our family was still “a real family” prior to my divorce. Those days are gone forever and I doubt I’ll ever remove the cap again from Paris' dusty crystal bottle. It used to be painful to know that “you can’t go back” but now, at long last I’m happy to say, I no longer want to.

Marina
Define love, right? My first perfume love could have been my mother's Madame Rochas, of which I was in awe, taken with its olfactory sophistication, the golden lace of its packaging and the fact that it was my mom's...Or it could have been Marina de Bourbon, gifted to me by someone when I was in my very late teens, which I faithfully wore and adored for many years ...But I am not sure whether my love for either was the love of perfumes themselves or more of the people associated with them. I believe The First Perfume I Ever Loved for the perfume itself was Farnesiana by Caron. I can place the moment that love happened in place and in time. I can still remember the aaah! feeling and the disbelief that such gentle, bittersweet, haunting beauty can really exist...It was a proper perfume answering to all canons but it was more than that, it was a story, it was an atmosphere. That fairy with soft eyes took my heart forever. The course of true love has never run smooth, we had our ups and downs, but Farnesiana is one fragrance I never want to be without. That is love.

Marla
The original Chanel Cristalle was my first real perfume love. I was a Southern California beach chick, like, okay? mall-hopping with my fellow Valley Girls and scoping for foxy surfer dudes, when I came across Cristalle at a Chanel counter. The SA tried in every way to dissuade the smitten teen (me) from buying a bottle, but I insisted. It was so very primeval, so green, so cold, so weird! It was as far from Love's Baby Soft, the current high school fave, as I could think of. I wore it practically every day throughout high school. I cried when they reformulated Cristalle....

Tamara
They say you never forget your first love. That is true in romance and it is equally true in the fragrance. I remember with vivid detail my first perfume love. I remember saving my wrinkled dollar bills from my steady babysitting job to purchase her. I remember learning how to say her name. I remember bravely walking into the store, setting my sites on the opulent fragrance counter that I had frequented with my aunt, and asking for her. I remember feeling so grown up in acquiring her at a mere fourteen years old. I remember exploring her white, clean packaging, studying her curves and inhaling her fragrance. Yes, I remember … Her name was Anaïs Anaïs by Cacharel. I can conjure her scent in an instant, for she accompanied me nearly every day through my sophomore year of high school. She mentored me like a loving, big sister. A little powdery, a lot floral and definitely not sophomoric, her sophistication embraced my wholesome, naïve adole-scents. Yet, her lack of overly musky or animalic bases ensured her consistent appeal to my untrained nose. Cheerful orange blossom, sweet lily and springtime hyacinth underscored by sandalwood and incense, Anaïs Anaïs’ accords are always appropriate, even for my strict, parochial school days. If only the pains of growing up were not associated with her, I would reconnect with her, asking for another warm embrace. Instead, I will always remember … with love and adoration.

Tom
The first perfume I ever loved I suppose was Joy, since it was the scent my mother wore when she and my father went out. Although I have grown to love it independently of her memory, in some way it will always make me flash on her leaning over to kiss us goodnight before heading out to a dinner party or the theater with Dad, The fist scent that I fell in love with for my personal use and the one that started me off on this journey of being a scentaholic was Diors Eau Sauvage, when I was a teen. I smelled it first at the long defunct local department store Steiger's and was blown away by it. It was so fresh and clean and bright and happy smelling. I had to have it. I saved my allowance and did odd jobs for months until I could finally get on my Raleigh and pedal over to the Hampshire Mall and make my purchase. Although my first love has been supplanted by others I still have some and still wear and love it.

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Blogger Furriner said...

Back in the '70s, I loved Chanel No. 19... I gave it to a bunch of people for birthday presents! For ones I wore, I guess I would have to say Égoïste, when it first came out. Weirdly, I don't own a single Chanel full bottle at the moment!

The first city I really fell in love with was Hong Kong. I thought about moving there for a time. When I first visited London, I liked it because it reminded me of Hong Kong!

12:15 AM EST  
Blogger Diana said...

Revlon Charlie, which would be embarrassing if my second wasn't Debbie Gibson's Electric Youth, followed closely by Elizabeth Arden Sunflowers.

Clearly, my taste prior to age 10, when I had all of these, was atrocious.

When I finally started getting into perfume as an adult, my first love was Annick Goutal Songes.

12:53 AM EST  
Anonymous Jiyin said...

The first perfume I ever loved was Dolce Vita. I was 19. I remember just being awed when I smelled it. I had never really given much thought to perfume before -- it all smelled the same to me, and all I knew was that sometimes it gave me a headache. But this was something totally different from the powdery stuff my mom wore -- it was delicious, joyous, and so very pretty. I went through bottle after bottle. I rarely wear it anymore -- it seems too sweet for me now, but I wear Feminite du Bois a lot, which I think of as the "grownup" version. But I will always think of it fondly.

The first city I ever fell in love with was London. Alas, it didn't love me back.

1:21 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also Charlie by REvlon and the 1st city was San Francisco, my love. Thank you for entering me! Alica - alica@cleis.net

1:36 AM EST  
Blogger HighPlainsHoney said...

I wore Red through my college years, but my true love came later when I was a single working girl in my 20s. I bought a bottle of Eau d'Hadrien and that was it for me. It's still a favorite, although I haven't tried the reformulation. I hope I don't find it as disappointing as some people have.

The first city I fell in love with was Los Angeles.

1:39 AM EST  
Anonymous Libby Patterson said...

Chanel No. 5 because that was in my mother's dressing room on a mirrored oval tray along with Joy, and some other very strong Estee Lauder parfums from the 60's. L'Air du Temps, also was there.

I think I took to the Chanel No. 5 because that was what my mother wore when she went out with my dad dressed up to the country club, or to a dinner. I associated it with fashion, and a larger world, somewhere out there of international flavour.....like Paris.

Libby

1:49 AM EST  
Blogger Katherine said...

Oh, gosh. Remember "Chantilly?" My beloved grandmother gave me a spray bottle and talcum powder for my 12th birthday.

In college I fell hard for "Lauren," but mostly because I wanted the full-on preppy experience.

I never loved another city besides Bucharest.

2:23 AM EST  
Blogger bosnishmuslima said...

As a teenager I fell in love with my mom's Casmir Chopard. And as always later on I got addicted to it to the point of satiety that I can't smell it anymore!
The first city I fell in love with was Venice!

2:31 AM EST  
Blogger deeHowe said...

Although it wasn't my first fragrance, the first one I loved was Coty's L'Effleur. I wore it in my tweens, and through my early teens, and for me it signified that I was NOT a little girl any more. Though an inexpensive drugstore fragrance, it was, to me, a Woman's scent---and I loved it.

I have not smelled it in many years, but I think that I would like to. I can only vaguely recall it... but it was there for many "firsts," including my first real kiss.

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

2:38 AM EST  
Blogger Tama said...

May very well have been Avon's To A Wild Rose, although I was always fascinated by my Mom's little black bottle of Joy. My first grown-up purchase, still in my teens, was l'Heure Bleue.

3:12 AM EST  
Blogger regfmcd said...

As a child I loved Arpege because my mom wore it. Still like it today. As a teenager I loved L'Air du Temps and Revlons Charlie.

I love Vienna.

Regina

3:32 AM EST  
Blogger Christof said...

My first love was Cacharel pour homme. At this time I took the safe way and bought the latest release by Davidoff: Cool Water. It took some time to realize that Cacharel was my real "love".

3:49 AM EST  
Blogger The Gastronomic Goddess said...

There were a lot of scents growing up that shaped what I live as an adult with a more discriminating taste...and then there were scents that I wore that I wouldn't ever again. Sunflowers was probably one of the first that I wore in JR. High that I remember loving hard. That, and the now defunct Victoria's Secret Essences de Voyage Abricot Vanille. In fact, I believe that was the first purchase I remember having to really shell some money out for. I don't count more juvenile purchases of Taboo, Navy, Exclamation, or Malibu Mist ;-) Other scents I fell for growing up that I still love but more as an adult would be my aunt Jean's Red Door and Joy, my mom's Oscar de la Renta and Opium (hated her Wind Song...), and my grandmothers' Anais-Anais, Muguet de Bois, and Brousseau's Ombré Rose.

My favorite city would be a tie between NYC and San Fran.

4:03 AM EST  
Blogger Irina said...

My one and only city is Paris- I started to love it hearing my grandma's stories of her pre-war visit there
My first perfume love was in my teens Nina ricci-farouche

4:55 AM EST  
Blogger rosarita said...

My parents took a European vacation & brought me back a bottle of Arpege when I was 8. I still keep a bottle on hand. First perfume I loved enough to buy myself (yes, w/hard earned babysitting money) was a tiny bottle of Norell, which I also still keep aroung. First city love? Chicago. Still love it.

4:59 AM EST  
Blogger Melian said...

I didn't have much access to perfume when I was very young, except for the weekly visit from the Avon lady. She often brought samples, and the first one I remember loving was Sweet Honesty. I recall reading through the perfume descriptions in the catalog, and trying to decide which one suited me best...sort of a precursor to reading perfume reviews on blogs.

5:11 AM EST  
Anonymous lady jane grey said...

I know exactly : it was Laura Biagotti's Roma.

5:27 AM EST  
Anonymous Marte said...

I didn't care much about perfume when I was a teenager. I wore perfume occasionally to smell good, but I didn't really think about it. The first perfume that I loved, was Paco Rabanne XS Pour Elle when I was 18 or 19. I still have a bottle of it, for nostalgic reasons.

The first city I fell in love with was Cape Town. It's a magical place!

5:28 AM EST  
Anonymous hongkongmom said...

My 1st perfume was love! Nina Ricci, L'air du Temps. I can still remember the smell in my olfactory memory...ethereal, clean, fresh

My 1st city was love too. Born and in love with Cape Town. New York was my 1st city, away from home, love.

5:38 AM EST  
Blogger Vintage Lady said...

That was Clair de Jour, but I also had loved others although this one was very Special, truly loved! Clair de Jour by Lanvin, I would even wear inside my bag, to put it on from time to time and it never was heavy, always light and lovely.

5:51 AM EST  
Blogger queen_cupcake said...

My older sister was a teenager in the early 60s. She had on her vanity table a tiny, three-sided bottle of violet perfume. There was a violet painted on the bottle but I don't remember if there was a label. I loved to slip into her room and sniff that bottle. She also had Emeraude, which I liked quite a lot. The first city I fell in love with was New York. When my sister married, she and her husband moved there. Coming from a small Western NY state town, I was always excited to visit her there and enchanted by the stores, the traffic, the rush of people of so many different descriptions.

6:48 AM EST  
Blogger sara said...

The first perfume I ever loved was Mitsouko. I was 13. The first city I fell in love with was New York, my hometown!

7:24 AM EST  
Blogger Karin said...

First perfume I fell in love with - Rive Gauche. First city - PARIS! (Hmmm...interesting...Rive Gauche and Paris...quite the coincidence)

7:25 AM EST  
Blogger the lutefisk said...

Back in high school and college I walked around in a cloud of Lauren by Ralph Lauren. I loved the sweet scent and simple, square ruby and gold bottle. Seems like everyone else felt the same way. I smelled Lauren on everyone else, also.

7:56 AM EST  
Anonymous mocards said...

When I was four years old I fell head over heels in love with Blue Waltz perfume. It was a "dime store" perfume and affordable even by my parents. I couldn't understand why they wouldn't get me a bottle every week when we would go shopping. Could it be because I used the entire bottle the same day I got it? Perhaps.

The first city I fell in love with was Chicago and I was fortunate enough to live there briefly.

7:57 AM EST  
Anonymous Carolyn said...

The first perfume(s) I remember falling in love with were Rive Gauche and L'Air du Temps. I grew up in what for me was the stultifying Midwest. I was 10 when I fell madly in love with the city of San Francisco. While I've visited a number of times over the years, it was New York City that ultimately captured my heart at 18 and now I can't imagine living anywhere else.

7:58 AM EST  
Anonymous CC said...

the first perfume i loved... dior addict! ha.. i am relatively new to perfume, but already i have moved long past that phase

8:54 AM EST  
Blogger ScentScelf said...

Such fun to read through all the stories and voices...

First perfume love. Hmm. As Marina said, "first define love..." To be honest, I'd have to say that I didn't really LOVE a perfume until relatively recently, as I began my descent down the rabbit hole. In retrospect, I realize I probably had a serious relationships with KL, was infatuated with Magie Noire, but fell quietly in love with Bois Blond and L'Ombre Fauve.

That's right. Two. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: with humans, I am monogamous. But with perfume, there's room for Big Love.

9:18 AM EST  
Blogger Dink said...

I'm probably revealing my age by saying that my first fragrance love was Babe by Faberge. I loved the spiciness and warmth of it and I remember I was thrilled when my aunt gave it to me for Christmas. Would love to have a duplicate of it.

9:38 AM EST  
Blogger HeatherWanders said...

My mother wore White Shoulders for years, and it was the first perfume I asked for by name. I only ever wore a drop at a time, and I never did use up the bottle. I think I loved it more for my mother's sake than for any true affinity of my own.

I threw it away when I went to college and am kicking myself now, for the new stuff is dreadful.

9:45 AM EST  
Blogger Janet said...

Georgio! My high school teachers must have hated me.

I still love big white florals!

9:57 AM EST  
Blogger StyleSpy said...

There was Lauren in high school, but real love came my freshman year of college, when I discovered Halston. I wore it exclusively for 20 years, and still do occasionally.

New York was my love when I lived there, and I love Austin now, but the real true love of my life is Paris, the home of my soul.

10:01 AM EST  
Blogger cbstarker said...

The first perfume I ever loved was Chanel Egoiste. I was at a local Belk's and was actually looking for something for my wife. I was frustrated because I couldn't find anything that I thought she'd really like (much later it turned out to be 31 Rue Cambon but that's another story altogether). Frustrated and a bit fatigued (a nez), I walked over to the men's counter and picked up Egoiste. I saw stars for the rest of the day! It's still one of my all time favorites. I'm a huge fan of Bond fragrances these days, too!

10:02 AM EST  
Blogger Netto said...

Never had much use for perfume in my youth, I just liked the clean smell of soap and water. Came across NST and read a review of Robins, mentioning the play doh smell of luctor et emergo and I was intrigued. I ordered a bottle unsniffed, and fell in love, hard. Still love it, wear it all the time.

10:10 AM EST  
Blogger scent splits said...

My very first love was Shalimar as that is what my father bought for my mother. I still wear Shalimar and adore the Ode a la Vanille. The first love I actually wore was Opium and I still love it, but don't often wear it.

I am a New Yorker and love this city. I was born in Queens and just love Manhattan. I actually love the entire city and all the diveristy it has to offer. There is no place like it in the world. It is a life-long love affair for me. BTW, saw the Hopper exhibit at the Whitney this weekend, it was wonderful please go if you have a chance.

10:14 AM EST  
Blogger Tara said...

I don't know why the name "scent splits" shows for my comment above my name is Tara

10:17 AM EST  
Anonymous Victoria said...

Alyssa, is it the perfume story you mentioned on Saturday on BdJ? If so, would you feel better if I tell you that I consider Sunflowers to be among great American perfumes. Very well-made, original and responsible for a whole family of fragrances! Have no second thoughts to have it as your first love. :)

10:27 AM EST  
Blogger Isa said...

The first perfume I loved was Lancôme Miracle, when I was 21 and Miracle was quite new. This perfume has been with me in very important moments of my life.

And the first city I fell in love with was Paris. I was 16 years old and I had read Notre Dame de Paris by Victor Hugo two years ago. Being there was like a dream come true.

Thank you for the draw! :)

10:29 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First perfume I ever loved is a threefold experience: drugstore brand at 17, Cachet by Prince Matchabelli (the beginning of my love for dry woods); department store brand at 24, Aromatics Elixir by Estee Lauder via Clinique; and when I could finally get my hands on it at 27, Dior's Diorella.

The first city I fell in love with when I visited my sister there at 11 and then again at 13 was Montreal. It's still wonderful.

-- from Lindaloo

10:30 AM EST  
Blogger lang said...

I owned several young perfumes, Babe, Heaven's Scent, Tatiana...in my teens, but my first LOVE, my signature scent for several years in my late teens was YOUTH DEW. Heavy, I know, but Opium was big at the time and much to expensive.

I really love the city I'm from (Los Angeles). I loved San Francisco and New York when I first traveled to those places...and Prague is probably the most beautiful city (even more so than Paris) that I've been to. Amsterdam is charming and provincial. Tokyo is a swarm of people and buildings. I love them all. But Los Angeles I fall in love with every day...

10:35 AM EST  
Anonymous d3m0lici0n said...

The first one that really mademe really mad about perfumes was Acqua di Parma Colonia. After that one I was never the same.
The city that I really love is Cuzco. It is a magical place.

10:57 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Furriner,
I always wanted to visit Hong Kong

10:58 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Diana,
I am not familiar with Electric Youth, but the other two are, I think, are modern classics.

10:59 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Jiyin,
Those two are definitely closely related :) And both are beautiful

11:00 AM EST  
Blogger ~elise said...

First perfume love...Bois de Iles..because I could finally smell different notes! True love!

City I love? Chicago, China Town in Toronto...but Guangzhou China holds a special place in my heart!
:)

11:00 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Alica,
you are in!

11:01 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

HighPlainsHoney
Eau d'Hadrien was one of my first "niche" finds and loves

11:02 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Libby Patterson
And impeccable choice :)

11:03 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Katherine
I've never been, but so would love to...

11:03 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

bosnishmuslima,
Casmir is so gorgeous and delicious!

11:04 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

deeHowe
You, I am not familiar with that one! What does it smell like?

11:04 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Tama
Wild Rose sounds so charming

11:05 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Regina
another "vote" for Revlon Charlie!

11:05 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Christof
I'd like to re-smell that one, I remember I like dit

11:07 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

The Gastronomic Goddess
That is a great list!

11:08 AM EST  
Anonymous Bevfred said...

Shalimar. I was about 17 and it was LOVE. Around the same time I bought a small bottle of Jicky parfum that came in a leather case.
Quite a contrast in style.

11:11 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Irina
the stories must have been fascinating

11:18 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

rosarita
what a wonderful souvenir to bring!

11:19 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Melian
Sweet Honesty is such a charming name :)

11:20 AM EST  
Blogger tarleisio said...

I think it boils down to two, really. The very, very first perfume-induced swoon happened around age four or so, and it was Fidji, worn by my mother. To this day, it's the only one I'd wear (in vintage, if I could afford it). And then...it was Jicky. No other teenager I ever met wore it, and I never met a boy who didn't love it!

11:20 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

M
and the city? Rome too? :)

11:20 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Marte
oh I'd love to see Cape Town

11:22 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

hongkongmom
you describe it beautifully...ethereal, clean, fresh

11:23 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Vintage Lady
I don't think I smelled it1

11:23 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

queen_cupcake
what a lovely memory!

11:25 AM EST  
Blogger Alyssa said...

Victoria, it is!

And I'm betting that you just made a whole generation of American perfumistas feel better, since it was one of THE scents of the early '90's.

I lusted after Lauren, before then, but could never wear it. It belonged to the Mean Girls in my jr. high.

11:26 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Sara
I can totally understand loving both :)

11:26 AM EST  
Blogger Ducks said...

I love Oak Harbor, Washington. When my husband and I moved out there for 3 months when he was in the USMC, we were too broke to have a phone or TV -- we had a radio, a tiny crappy apartment, and a car. We spent a lot of time out birdwatching and hiking in the surrounding area, and we really want to retire there. The town itself is just a little dot of a place. :) But the first city (that I can unabashedly call a "CITY") that we fell in love with was indubitably Chicago.

11:26 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Karin
how fitting! :)

11:27 AM EST  
Blogger Tammy said...

I was on a visit to New Orleans at the tender age of three when I caught a waft of Joy on my Aunt Chloe's wrist. I was so enthralled that she took me to her dressing table, and dabbed some on my own wrist....I have worn it ever since.

The first perfume I bought for myself was Opium, followed by Lauren, and since discovering the blogs a few years back, I have fallen madly for all the Carons and other great Old School scents, but Joy was my first love.

The first city I ever really fell in love with was New Orleans...so very different than any other city in America, I think.

11:31 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

the lutefisk
I think it is a beautiful scent

11:36 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

M,
wow, at 4! You started on the perfumista path really early :)

11:36 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

carolyn
I can't imagine living anywhere else either

11:37 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

CC
a modern classic too, good choice!

11:37 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

S,
I am with you. Farnesiana is relatively recent for me, 6 years maybe?

11:39 AM EST  
Anonymous Geordan said...

My first was Exclamation (boy, that dates me, eh?). I loved its black and white bottle and fun ads. Oh, I so badly wanted a bottle of the more-than-I-could-pay-for "statement without saying a word".

I went from there to the original Liz Claiborne, to Eternity, to others. Shesiedo Feminite du Bois was my entrance to the rabbit hole, shall we say...

11:40 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Dink
I need to smell Babe, a real omission on my part not to know it

11:42 AM EST  
Blogger deeHowe said...

Marina,

L'Effleur was a monster clean floral that, according to a basenoter is: "still more suited to a grandma than a preteen".

It came out in 1990 (when I was 10), it was was what the "older" girls (think, 13) were wearing in my little circle of friends.

The thing that most reminds me of it today is the latest Tocca fragrance, Collette, though L'Effleur was less fruity and more floral. :)

11:45 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

HeatherWanders
I understand that. That is what I feel for Madame Rochas too

11:45 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Janet
Good for you! :)

11:46 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Amy
so many Laurens today! :)

11:46 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

cbstarker
Egoiste is amazing, I think it is one of the most gorgeous scents

11:46 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Netto
Ah, POTL! :)
Robin started a lot of us on this path :)

11:47 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Tara
I agree, no place like it :)

11:47 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Isa
Perfumes as "landmarks" of events in out life, that is a great topic for discussion

11:50 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Lindaloo
A very elegant taste at 17! :)

11:50 AM EST  
Blogger Sue said...

My first love was Chanel #22 in the Las Vegas. It was my first romatic getaway with my now fiancee, and the vanilla, incense and vetiver scented the desert wind as we explored the city at night. I love the perfume, the city, and that man. :)

Thanks for the giveaway and Happy Valentine's Day!

11:52 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

lang
Youth Dew is a stunner!

11:53 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

d3m0lici0n
I'd love to see that magical place!

11:53 AM EST  
OpenID museinwoodenshoes said...

So much fun to read these!

I wore (the original) Chloe all through high school, but never loved it - what I *loved* was Emeraude: so rich and distinctive and yet light at the same time. The vintage stuff still smells wonderful, and I have quite a stash of it now.

First city I loved has to be Prague, which I visited in 1990. The second? Wellington, NZ, which I visited in 2007 and immediately wanted to make my home. (I could not convince my husband, but then, he doesn't like cities.)

No need to include me in the draw. The stories are enough of a treat. :)

11:55 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Elise
Bois des Iles! Exquisite.

11:55 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Bevfred,
What beautiful choices!

11:57 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

tarleisio
Fidji and Jicky! I am sure not many teenagers wear those!

11:58 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Lidna
that actually sounds so good! Feels remote and just the two of you, away from it all

12:03 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Tammy
Joy is such a great scent to be able to call the first love!

12:04 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Geordan
I think that was the entrance for so many...:)

12:05 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

D
that sounds really good too, and quite a discerning taste for a teen.

12:05 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Sue
Love Chanel 22!

12:06 PM EST  
Blogger goldiegirl said...

As a little girl I collected perfumes and bottles...usually from my Grandmother's Avon collection. Each visit she would give me another bottle and a new scent to try. My favorite was a honeysuckle cream Sachet. I loved it!
I wish I still had that collection...which included old vintage bottles of my mothers as well.
Cristalle by Chanel was my first love as a grown up gal.

I would have to say Honolulu was the first city that I fell in love with. Amsterdam, a close second.

12:07 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

museinwoodenshoes
My husband is in love with Prague too. :)

12:08 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

goldiegirl
I wish had the bottles I remember from my childhood too...

12:11 PM EST  
Blogger KathyT said...

I loved White Shoulders as a child because my grandmother wore it, but the first fragrance that I can remember loving for me was either Revlon Jontue or one of the Sweet Earth solid perfumes. I tried to buy almost every fragrance I could find in the drugstores!

12:17 PM EST  
Blogger Fernando said...

Definitely Dior Eau Sauvage was the first one I really loved, though these days I find it doesn't last long enough. I have become old and jaded, alas.

I also treasure memories of my grandmother's Fleurs de Rocaille, but mostly of her care in using just a few drops and her love for the bottle... I can't remember what it smelled like at all.

12:26 PM EST  
Anonymous Karen G said...

Ah, first loves. As a kid I loved Shalimar because my mom wore it (still top 5 for me), but the first scent that was all mine was No 19. I was 14, and I felt so sophisticated.

Vancouver will always be No. 1 in my heart. However, I'm having a lusty affair with Florence ;)

12:32 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Although, like many, I wore Jean Nate, Muguet des Bois, and such in my early teens, the first scent I fell head over heels for was Laura Ashley No. 1. I tried it while shopping for dresses and I never looked back. It just went into my basket and whenever I got low, I replenished my supply. I never failed to get compliments whenever I wore it, which I did only for special occasions. But I invented them if I wanted to wear it. For everyday wear, in those days I used The Body Shop Cucumber or Rain. I went into scent mourning when L.A. No. 1 was discontinued.

12:44 PM EST  
Anonymous hotlanta linda said...

My first love in scents was Jungle Gardenia in original form, followed by anthing Jean D`Albret, Caron, Guerlain, & Nina Ricci. City is my home - `Hotlanta`, Ga., for 32 years!!

1:05 PM EST  
Blogger Alice said...

I was a Shalimar girl a long time ago! First city I loved was Austin, Texas. It's still a favorite of mine.

1:07 PM EST  
Blogger Carrie Meredith said...

The first perfume I can remember truly loving (of my own, not my mother's) is Guess perfume, I was probably 14 years old. From there, I went on to more ambitious outings to Guerlain and Bulgari counters at Marshall Field's, and my love for perfume only grew from there.

1:23 PM EST  
Blogger Vanessa said...

The first perfume I ever loved is hard to pinpoint chronologically, as it will be one of the many I have discovered and fallen hard for in the past three years. My head might say Apres L'Ondee, but my heart would say Plus Que Jamais, L'Ombre Fauve, Ta'if or L'Air du Desert Marocain.

Citywise, it's a toss up between San Diego and Berlin for me, for totally different reasons. One is gleaming and bright and by the sea, and makes you feel happy to be alive, while the other appeals to your indoor, dark and subversive side. It is all about candlelit courtyards awash with graffiti. Berlin is Germany's answer to Manhattan - it's edgy, and never sleeps...

2:17 PM EST  
Blogger Tasha said...

Miss Dior from a little Dior miniatures set my father brought for my mother from some Europe trip when i was 13 or so. I kept dabbing the beautiful perfume on my wrists every day and couldnt get enough of it, even though for the longest time i found almost all and any perfume smells heavy and intoxicating and thought i could never like one. Glad i was wrong.

2:40 PM EST  
Anonymous Fake Tara said...

My first perfume love was Sun Moon and Stars in the early 90's. I loved it so much, but it was strong for me (young college-aged.) I was embarrassed to wear it too often because others noticed it on me.

The first city I fell in love with was Charleston, SC. Anyone who has been there will know why...

3:07 PM EST  
Anonymous Aparatchick said...

I went to Europe with my mother back in the early 70's and bought a bottle of Diorella in the duty-free shop. Oooh, Dior! My 15 year-old self was very impressed. ;-) But surprisingly, all these years later I still like it very much.

I'd been to many cities I enjoyed and admired, but the first city I fell in love with was St. Petersburg. It amazes me that a city that has endured revolution, war, famine, and tyranny can be so incredibly, other-worldly beautiful. I'll remember standing between the two griffins on the Bank Bridge looking over the Griboyedova canal until the day I die.

3:16 PM EST  
Blogger samberg said...

I grew up in NYC and will therefore always have a child's loyal love for her mother about it, so I'm going with Amsterdam. The canals reflecting geometric buildings in romantic, light-suffused ripples was captivating.

First perfume love was Beautiful, the smell of my older sister who generously bought me a bottle when I was 16. As it goes with old lovers, I often find myself unable to remember what was initially so magical about them after the relationship ends.

3:17 PM EST  
Blogger OperaFan said...

Growing up as a teenager we lived within walking distance of a shopping center that had a discount dept store that carried a fair amount of the popular scents from Jovan, Revelon, Fabrege, Helena Rubinstein, and Coty. I remember loving Jontu, Babe, several Sweet Earths, Chloe, and Cachet, and owning several. But it was a carded (.5 ml) perfume sample of First which I received at age 15 that made me think - this is what REAL perfume smells like! Decades and dozens (and dozens...) of bottles later, I still have a special place in my heart for First, and I still have a few drops left from that vial.

Favorite City - should have been NYC, but I wasn't old enough to appreciate it as I do now, so it has to be San Francisco - the hills, the houses and beautifully maintained gardens and window boxes, and the incomparable views of the bay, the ocean, and surrounding regions...

3:49 PM EST  
Blogger Katherine said...

First FB was my first love... JPG Classique. Sadly, I'm not so crazy about it any more. I guess tastes change as we age!

4:09 PM EST  
Blogger odonata9 said...

Hard to say what my first perfume love was - my mother didn't wear perfume much, although I recall a solid lipstick type tube of a honeysuckle perfume that I loved playing with. I'd always been a signature scent type, starting with drugstore scents (Exclamation, Samba, Aspen, Almay), then graduating to department store scents (Liz Claiborne, Happy, Escape, Sunflowers, Diamonds & Saphhies, L'eau D'Issey). Once I discovered the perfume blogs, I became aware of so much more than I could find at Macy's.

4:22 PM EST  
Blogger JMBalaya said...

Without a doubt, Jovan's Grass Oil when I was about 12 or so. Beautiful color, and I remember loving it, though I don't remember the smell well anymore.

Favorite city: Nuernberg. Not merely the Altstadt...there's something interesting about a middle European town that dates before A.D. had quadruple digits!

4:29 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I was fourteen I fell in love with Lancome O Oui, it was my first perfume. As an adult, my perfume love is Musc Ravageur.

Melanie J

4:32 PM EST  
Anonymous singlemalt said...

First perfume I loved was Youth Dew. In the sixties a friend's mother gave me a present of the aerosol powder. Next Christmas she gave me Chamade. She had one fine sense of fragrance.

4:35 PM EST  
Anonymous maitreyi1978 said...

The first perfume I ever loved was either Chanel 5 or Cabochard de Gres, depending which was the first my mother wore.
The first city I loved was Chicago because my first visits were as a little girl.

5:47 PM EST  
Anonymous Barbara/Perfumaniac said...

My first love was really early! Three years old. A trio of souvenir Hawaiian perfumes with plastic caps in the shape of flowers, all three housed in clear plastic, given to me by my father.

Each one represented an island flower — pikake etc. I'll never forget the viscous film that formed around the different colored caps, and the wonderful fresh scents that came from each one. No wonder I still love perfume!

6:16 PM EST  
Anonymous Barbara/Perfumaniac said...

Whoops! And the first city I ever fell in love with, my one true love to this day: New Orleans, LA.

6:18 PM EST  
Blogger Elisa Gabbert said...

My first perfume love was White Linen. My grandmother carried a bottle of the lotion in her purse and would let me borrow it. I loved that clean, super-white smell, powdery and lush, even though I was only 14 or so. You'll never hear me complain that it's an old lady perfume.

6:43 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First perfume love was Paloma Picasso. It was probably in reaction to my mother's love of Poison, Chanel no5 and also my high school class uniform of cKOne.

Something about Paloma's uncompromising individuality really appealed to me. Now I wear FM Dans tes bras and Iunx L'Ether .

I fell in love with Berlin - could be the history and opposites in that city!

7:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Ashley said...

First true perfume love...Coco Mademoiselle. It wasn't until I started wearing it that I started wearing perfume regularly and seriously. I'm not completely faithful to it now, but I'm never without a bottle of it on my dresser. And it's the perfume that I get the most compliments on when I wear it.

7:06 PM EST  
Blogger Amy K said...

I think my very first perfume love was my mother's Emeraude. I enjoyed the green perfumed Emeraude body cream even more than the spray!

7:34 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my first? probably my mother's ma griffe, which she wore when i was little. when i started wearing perfume? probably l'air du temps, quickly followed by farouche and femme. nowadays? so many to love... but lately it would have to be cartier l'heure XII. although today i am wearing another love, sl's bas de soie (so beautiful, so misunderstood :)).

favorite city? paris, france with toulouse as a close second.

happy valentine's day to all!

cheers,
minette

7:44 PM EST  
Blogger desyl said...

The first perfume I remember loving was Prince Matchabelli, I think my grandmother gave it to me and it resided in my toy box. As a high school student I fell in love with Shalimar back when everyone was wearing Obsession and Opium. I was dissuaded from wearing Shalimar because it was "too old" for me, and I regret not buying it to this day.

7:47 PM EST  
Blogger Liz said...

Are first bottle of perfume and first perfume love one and the same? My first bottle ever was Exclamation by Coty. A friend of my parents bought it for me when my dad was in medical school. I was seven. I don't think I ever sprayed it on myself... mostly just sniffed the bottle or sprayed it on a teddy bear! It was too precious a thing to waste. Imagine saying that about a bottle of Exclamation! Wow, what a confession...

8:19 PM EST  
Anonymous *jen said...

I had signature scents for years at a time, but I wasn't really in love. Then I met Jicky. It was True Love. I haven't looked back since.

My first true love city-wise was Chicago. I still love it!

8:40 PM EST  
Blogger chloefpuff said...

My first perfume love was Flowerbomb. So sophisticated, I know, but I get compliments on it to this day. I am totally in love with New Orleans. I visited it this December and smitten.

8:59 PM EST  
Blogger Dixie said...

In high school I received Anais Anais and Opium as gifts. When I first smelled Issey Miyake back in the day I was smitten. I've moved on now....

My favorite city is New Orleans.

9:03 PM EST  
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9:26 PM EST  
Anonymous Marietta said...

Loved the scent of Youth Dew on my mom's elderly neighbor friend, and loved taking the bus downtown to sniff around at the cosmetic counter at Dayton's. Department store fragrances were too pricey for my eleven-year-old budget, but Avon filled the void with whatever bubble bath my grandma would send me for Christmas. First fragrance I panicked over when I could no longer find it--Anne Klein II.
Fell in love with Seattle on my honeymoon.

11:14 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Such a fun topic. My first love was the original Zen, Shiseido. Loved the package (black bottle, and solid in a black fan). Loved the power and mystery...and loved it was difficult not a warm embrace, but a dark one.
Cheryl

12:49 AM EST  
Blogger taffynfontana said...

Back in the sixth grade we moved to Mexico and while exploring a small store I got my first whiff of Maja by Myurgia something about that scent just clicked with me the spiciness the floral aroma it was love at first sniff. the city that most has captured my heart is Big Sur in California Love those waves hitting against the coast.

1:58 AM EST  
Blogger dukeofpallmall said...

Jil Sander Man Pure was my first love. I knew scratch about perfume then, being a gawky freshman, and it was entirely a per chance purchase, but from the first moment there was something about that creamy balsamic potion that spellbound me. I found it vintage years later having become a perfumista and it had lost none of its attraction. A masterpiece. London was my first love, so strange and exciting for a German-born and raised kid, yet so strangely familiar and comfortable. I could walk its streets forever and never tire of it.

4:43 AM EST  
Blogger loverdoll78264 said...

first perfume love, though I am giving my ge away . . .Oh de London, by Yardley . . . . Still love it , though there are others too . . . . g

8:08 AM EST  
Anonymous Aster said...

Easy answer: Diorissimo, my grandmother's favourite.

9:51 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My first love was Anais Anais...and probably Chanel No 5 too because it's what my grandmother always wore and I adored her :-)

How I'd love to win this bottle!

Many thanks for this,
lovethescents

11:44 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

KathyT
Sweet Earth? Lovely name!

11:59 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Fernando,
beautiful scents, both

12:00 PM EST  
Blogger Acorn Alley said...

My first perfume love was Deneuve Catherine Deneuve in high school.

Two years later, I became a patchouli-wearing hippie Deadhead.

For cities, I would have to say New Orleans was my first love.

12:00 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Karen G
You WERE sophisticated! :)

12:00 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Anonymous
It's such a shame that it was discontinued

12:01 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

hotlanta linda
Jungle Gardenia is such a great name! :)

12:01 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Alice
I'd love to visit it one day

12:02 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Carrie Meredith
Which Guerlains and Bulgaris did you like?

12:03 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Vanessa
I'd go with what the heart says )
"Candlelit courtyards awash with graffiti" sound very alluring!

12:04 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Tara,
how nice! that was what 13 y o "misses" should wear :)

12:05 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Fake Tara
I haven't been and would love to know why :)

12:06 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Aparatchick
I am very impressed with your 15 y o self! :)

12:06 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

samberg
I know what you mean about old loves, so true. And love how you describe Amsterdam

12:07 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

OperaFan
Another mention of Sweet Earth. I need to find out what it smells like! :)

12:08 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Katherine
Yep, they do! :)

12:08 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

odonata9
Diamonds and Sapphires? Another fascinating name...

12:10 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

JMBalaya
Nothing like an old, old European town!

12:10 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Melanie J
I remember liking O Oui too!

12:11 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

singlemalt
That is a fairy godmother! :)

12:11 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

maitreyi1978
Either is wonderful!

12:12 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Barbara/Perfumaniac
and I wonder if the packaging was a part of it too! :)

12:12 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Elisa Gabbert
Me neither! :)

12:13 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Anonymous
Wonderful choices!

12:13 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Ashley
Receiving perfume compliments is so much fun! so rarely happens to me :( :)))

12:14 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Amy K
Beautiful!

12:14 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

minette
oh, such discerning taste! :)

12:14 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

desyl
perfume in a toy box...I love that image!

12:15 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Liz
:) Depends, sometimes they might be one and the same...

12:15 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

*jen
When you don't look back, it must be true love!

12:16 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

chloefpuff
Flowerbomb is one of my favorites too

12:16 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Dixie
all 3 are great choices!

12:16 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Marietta
I've always wanted to try Anne Klein II

12:18 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Cheryl
ah, dark and difficult :)))

12:18 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

taffynfontana
Maja sounds wonerful

12:18 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

dukeofpallmall
when you find it years later, it lost none of the attraction, it must be love

12:19 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

loverdoll78264
Saying goodbye to some bottles will open space for new ones :)

12:20 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Aster
Perfect!

12:20 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

lovethescents
It's easy to fall in a love with a scent when we love people who wear it

12:21 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Acorn Alley
Deneuve was a gorgeous scent.

12:51 PM EST  
Anonymous maggiecat said...

I had lots of "likes" in terms of perfume - a couple of Avon scents, to start with - but i think my first true love was Estee lauder's Aliage, which I smelled during my junior year in college and spent way too much money on that year. it was lovely, but alas the reformulation has not been kind to it. As for cities - my only true love will forever be New Orleans.

1:27 PM EST  
Blogger smartshopper2 said...

My first perfume love was my mom's Chanel No. 5 , it was so elegant and I loved smelling her shawl after she & dad came home from a dinner out. It would be some time before I wore this scent but it still holds a special place in my memories and my mom gave me her vintage bottle and I treasure it. ~Audrey

6:11 AM EST  
Blogger sunnlitt said...

Well, I am a little late to this game, but I want to play.
One of the first scents that I remember being wowed by, back when I was a teen, was the drugstore scent,Jungle Gardenia. Totally inappropriate for a kid, but sooo wonderful.
The first scent that I bought and loved was Chanel Christalle.

The first city that I loved was Edinburgh.Nicest people ever.

12:16 PM EST  
Anonymous class flirt said...

oh my...what a lovely question! my first awareness of a perfume was the White Linen my mom wore in the eighties but the first bottle i bought for myself was Magie Noire...quickly followed by Maroc.they both smelled of what my teenage self wished to be- exotic, gypsyish and desired by Keith Richards.while i was certainly d)none of the above, these magical elixirs allowed me to dream.
the first city i loved was the first real city i ever visited- nyc on a senior class trip. we saw Zorba the Greek on Broadway, visited Sax 5th Ave. and the whole 17 year old lot of us was served beer with dinner. we each stole our pilsner glass on the way out- how mature! did it all under a cloud of Maroc to be sure!

2:04 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am late to the game too, but here goes: first perfume love. Somehow I was passed down a bottle of Diorissimo when I was quite young. An elder female relative must have received it. I was fascinated by the houndstooth pattern and can still remember the way the cap screwed onto the bottle. (Still haven't held a "vintage" bottle in my hands since then!) As for cities, I didn't fall for NY for years, though it was the place I spent the most time in. So it would probably have to be Paris, which I didn't get to until my 20s. There are now many others! Must get there again soon!
Laura M

12:49 AM EST  
Anonymous Gino said...

I was lucky enough to buy 2 bottles of perfume unsniffed[on the plane] as a 15y.o travelling around the world..Armani pour homme and Nino Cerrutti original..still love them to this day..My 20s were all about Opium,Fracas and Youth dew bath oil..I have so many faves now but i am all about green florals and chypres..Loving vintage Azuree,L'air du temps,Tamango at present.

10:01 AM EDT  

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