For years, I just stumbled into scents. I started with Love's Baby Soft (check out its creepy ad at left-ahhhh! How did anyone let little girls wear this stuff?), moved on to whatever I came across in the drugstore or Body Shop, and finally ended up with the Hilary Duff perfume, because I love her and she once gave it to me for free (I've created a timeline of my life through eau de toilettes, above).
And that's it. Now I am 35-years-old and I have no idea which fragrance is right for me, which will make me feel sexy and feminine, or what aroma I could handle smelling every day.
But I want to know. I fantasize that I will someday be one of those perfectly pulled together women who removes her crisp trench coat and silk scarf and leaves a faint, lingering, pleasant, ladylike scent behind. I'm looking for something that both my future children and my current husband will identify me by, a cologne that is not too overpowering, nor too froo-froo, but one that makes people feel comforted and happy to have smelled it.
I would also like this magical scent to evoke seduction when it has to, the kind of smell that I can rub on my pulse points (behind the knees, on my wrists, etc) and it will make me feel instantly more alluring. I recognize that this is a tall order for one little bottle to live up to, but this is the ideal, it's everything we imagine a perfume to be. In the next few weeks, I am going to find it. And then I will report back all of my adventures.
In the meantime: What are your favorite perfumes?