What The French Taught Me About Perfume

I would like to dream that the musical, “An American in Paris,” is based on me and my hopes of one day spending part of my life in France. My bedroom is lined with books on how to live like a Parisian, eat like one, dress like one, and act like one. For as long as I can remember, Paris and the French lifestyle was what flooded my mind: sitting at corner cafés for hours on a Saturday morning, sipping on a cappuccino and then walking down to the flower market to pick up some fresh peonies. Oh what a happy day that would be.

Although I have yet to get to Paris, the French have already taught me a lot about what it means to be a “Parisian.” Especially in the department of style and beauty. Today, I’ll be focusing on the department of perfume – or Parfum, as they pronounce.

We, Americans, like to buy as many fragrances as possible, and switch things up. The French however find that one special scent and stick to it. In their words, “find your signature scent before the age of 30, and stick with it for the next 30 years.” It may sound a bit extreme, but hey, the French practically created style and beauty so there has to be some truth to it.

Like I stated, since I am an American (pretending to be) in Paris, I combined my American habits with the French rule and have found my two signature scents. One for the spring/summer and one for fall/winter. I wanted to stay as true to the French rule as I could because the significance in finding your “scent” is that wherever you go, when people smell your perfume they will automatically think of you. And, we all know that the French woman wants to be remembered.

For spring and summer, my go to is Chanel’s Mademoiselle. This soft feminine mixture of Amber accord — an intoxicating blend of Tonka Bean and Vanilla from Madagascar makes for the sweetest ultra chic blend. Plus, Coco Chanel will always be my go-to-gal.

For fall and winter, I will always wear Mugler’s Alien. A radiant and mysterious fragrance, a potion of absolute femininity. This was the first perfume that I ever received from my sweet mother when I was thirteen. It opened up my deep love for scents and fragrances, so this treasure will always have my heart. With soft hints of Indian jasmine, deep warm woods, and the comfort of white amber and cashmere. This makes for a perfect scent to make those cold seasons warmer.

So go out, find your signature scent, and in the words of Christian Dior, “A woman’s perfume tells more about her than her handwriting. ”

xx, H

1 Comment

  • Reply Rileigh August 15, 2018 at 11:13 pm

    What are some of your favorite books about Parisian lifestyle?

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