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The following post is what happens when you mix an insanely busy day with pizza, and a movie in the evening…

Myself and my GFs went to see Mamma Mia tonight (I knew every word to every single Abba song), it was fabulously campy, but I’ll write more aboutΒ the movieΒ later this week.

We somehow got onto the subject of signature perfumes. (We went for pizza before the movie) We all decided that everybody has a signature smell. Mine is Estee Lauder’s Pleasures, and has been since 1995. All my friends have at one time or another, bought me a bottle of the stuff because they know how much I love it. Thirteen years loyalty to one perfume. Sigh.

Of course I wear other perfumes. For example, I’m loving Calvin Klein’s CKIN2U at the mo, and DKNY Be Delicious Night, Hugo Boss Femme, and The One, by Dolce and Gabbana, are just some of the perfumes that are sitting on my dressing table at this moment in time. But no matter how many different perfumes I buy, or other people buy for me, I always go back to Pleasures.

I associate certain smells with certain people, for instance, I can’t smell Lancome’s Poeme, or Classique by Jean Paul Gaultier, without thinking of a particular friend. DKNY reminds me of my sister. TTG’s smell is Hugo Boss, and Chanel No. 5 and Anais Anais belong to my mother.

Do you have a signature perfume? If so what is it, and how long have you worn it for?

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  • Lori
    July 16
    11:46 pm

    I don’t, but my mom does. White Shoulders, and too much of it. I can hardly smell it without gagging now. Which is a shame.

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  • Hermes Rouge. I’ve been wearing it for 16 yrs. My ex bought it for me, and I’ve loved it since.

    Aside from that, I like(d) Paloma (although I haven’t worn it in years) And I really like anything that has a fresh and/or citrus scent- Chanel Allure, Sarah Jessica Parker’s Lovely, a lot of Calvin Klein’s stuff, Banana Republic has a signature scent that I used to tote around in purse size.

    And I adore Waterworks Collection Citrine body lotion. Love. It. (Although I suspect it’s discontinued. *sob* It wasn’t in stock the last time I checked and now I don’t even see it listed on the website. )

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  • MB (Leah)
    July 17
    12:28 am

    Do you have a signature perfume? If so what is it, and how long have you worn it for?

    Yes, eau de MB(Leah)…wearing it my whole life.

    I’m totally allergic to perfumes and start sneezing or get really ill around it. I have to carry a wash cloth, which I wet and put over my face for flights because I can’t handle it if someone near is wearing perfume. I just can’t breathe. And I’ve had to walk out of Opera or other performances due to people wearing too much perfume. It sucks.

    I can tolerate a natural oil though, sometimes.

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  • Jill
    July 17
    12:54 am

    Neat question. I’m very loyal to Oscar, from Oscar de la Renta. I’ve been wearing it since the early 90s. Tried a lot of others, but most perfume smells like bug spray to me. :-/ Does anyone remember the name of the one that came out in the 80s, that smelled like grape Bubble-Yum?

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  • First, by Van Cleef and Arpels. It’s been my signature fragrance since it was introduced in the late 70’s. The combination of floral and wood notes satisfied me in a way no other fragrance has, and I’ve never found another perfume I like better.

    Prior to that I wore Maja, and when I smell that fragrance now, it reminds me of my college days. I’ve read studies that say fragrance can evoke memories more than sight,taste,touch or sound.

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  • Randi
    July 17
    1:23 am

    Hmmm, interesting…I don’t wear perfume but I sometimes wear lavender oil. Specifically, I’ll roll on lavender oil as deodorant, rather than using a deodorant/anti-perspirant (because they have those nasty chemicals). I’ve been doing that for about six years. But otherwise, no scents for me.

    But I’m curious, because I don’t *get* perfume, can you tell me what the appeal is?

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  • I was just watching this show comparing animal behavior and human behavior on Animal Planet (sad to say, it’s a lame tv day), and they were discussing this very thing.

    The theory is that people are drawn to scents that closely match or amplify their own personal chemistry. Not to say my Mom naturally smells like “Obsession”, but the reason many of us are so loyal to a “signature scent” is because we respond to the rightness of the scent to our own pheromonal and biochemical outputs. Basically…it really IS signature!

    Neat, no?

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  • Oh, I’m a perfume choker too. But very light scents I can get away with. I used to have a bottle of “Dark Vanilla” that I just loved. When it died, I couldn’t find anymore. But I do love vanilla scents. Guess inside, I’m just regular ice cream.

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  • I know every word to every ABBA song, too, and I am DYING to see Mamma Mia! I will, however, have to wait for DVD as everybody I know would rather die than admit to wanting to see it.

    I don’t have a signature scent, although right now I’m big into…crap, what’s it called…some citrus stuff from Bath & Bodyworks or whatever that place is called.

    I grew up with a Lady Stetson-loving Mom, though.

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  • I have one (I think) but I hate it. I’ve only ever owned one bottle of it and that’s been 10 years ago at least. White Diamonds by Elizabeth Taylor. God I hate it. My ex-dipshit bought it for me. It wasn’t even the REAL White Diamonds, just one of those cheap knock-offs. I thought it stunk, so I stuffed it in the back of a drawer and forgot about it. Some time later, when I ran out of whatever perfume I liked at that time, I pulled out the knock off White Diamonds and used it as a sort of emergency perfume. Still hated it. Still thought it smelled like someone’s grandmother.

    But you know, I had more compliments on that damn perfume. Men would stop me in the grocery store to ask what kind it was. No shit. Complete strangers. Women would, too. If it had only happened once, I might be able to shrug it off, but it happened over and over again. People kept telling me how good I smelled. I don’t know if they meant it, thus making knock-off White Diamonds a “signature fragrance,” or at least one that meshes well with my body chemistry, or if they just thought (as I did) that the shit stunk to high heaven and they wanted to know what it was so they could avoid it at all costs in the future.

    I wear Jessica McClintock now and love it.

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  • Oh, and my first album EVER was ABBA’s Greatest Hits. I used to speed up the record player so they sounded like the Chipmunks. (Hey, I was nine!) I want to see “Mamma Mia” for the ABBA tunes alone…although they’ll probably sound weird to me if they’re not on Alvin/warp speed.

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  • The ex bought me an industrial size bottle of Cinnabar some–yikes!–22 or 23 years ago, and I used it (when I remember to) until it literally died. After that… nothing, really. Too lazy for it πŸ˜€

    My mother’s is L’Air du Temps by Nina Ricci. It has been for ages and eons and forever, and it’ll always be. It’s just… her.

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  • TracyS
    July 17
    3:46 am

    like Dee, anything with a vanilla scent. “Dark Vanilla” was a favorite of mine.

    When I’m not in the mood for vanilla I use “Navy”.

    The hubby wears “Stetson”, I LOVE LOVE LOVE that scent and he thinks it’s okay so he wears it, but NOT the cologne. Oh no, that’s just “perfume for men” *Rolls eyes* so I have to buy him the aftershave. lol

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  • It used to be Oscar de la Renta. (That’s when I was younger and prettier and on the make.) Now I smell like my dogs, I suspect. But who gives a rip anymore?

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  • Signature perfume..signature perfume..uh..hells bells there’s a joke here somewhere πŸ˜‰
    Ok, jokes aside, how about the scent of my wife’s skin on my lucky tee-shirt after she wore it last nite? That’s about the best dam smell in the world to me.

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  • bam
    July 17
    5:42 am

    I wear Baby Doll by Anna Sui. It’s got a flirty, girly, but not cloying smell. I like it.

    Karen, apropos of nothing, I got that Koomson book finally. Will read it first thing after I’m done with summer school *UGH* I got teary from reading the back blurb.

    Oh man.

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  • Only lightly scented lotions for me because most stuff smells delightful until it makes contact with my skin. Yeah, I got some kind of weird chemistry.

    I’m so clueless about perfume that I think I only recognized one or two of the scents you mentioned.

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  • Ebony
    July 17
    6:05 am

    I have two signature fragrances. During the week it’s Calvin Klein Escape and on the weekend it’s Issey Miyake L’eau d’issey.

    I get compliments when I wear them both. I’ve tried wearing others but always comeback to those two fragrances. Been wearing them for over 10 years now.

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  • I am very sensitive to perfumes (strong odors really) because of my allergies, but I love Sarah Jessica Parker’s Lovely. I don’t really wear it though, because see above. And I love incense (go figure, it doesn’t bother me like perfumes do). I did get a small purse-sized teseter bottle off of ebay though of the Lovely just to have “just in case.”

    (I used to wear cheap Sun, Moon & Stars when I was about 20, but eek…way too strong for me now.)

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  • I wonder if we wear less perfume the older we get? I still wear as much as I did when I was in my late teens and early twenties.

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  • queenbeetrainer
    July 17
    9:13 am

    What a great question. Years ago when I lived in the northeast,where the weather stays cool for a good portion of the year, I would say my signature scent was Private Collection by Estee Lauder. As I got older I became bothered by strong scents and for many years wore very little.

    Now that we live in the south, I’m more about scented lotions and powder. I like many of The Thymes scents, anything with Green Tea, and also Pleasures. Occasionally I’ll dab on a bit of Private Collection and always around Christmas I use Shalimar (yes, I know) because it reminds me of my grandmother who I miss dearly.

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  • I don’t wear scents. Don’t use scented laundry detergent, dryer sheets, deodorant etc. Besides, they bother my dogs. I do love naturally infused soaps, however. They’re light and don’t last past the shower. Which scent I choose varies with my mood.

    My mom has always worn perfume or heavily scented lotions. Don’t know what kind (she tends to vary them) but when she visits I open windows and turn on the fans because it really bothers me. And my poor dobe’s eyes water like faucets. Mom insists they are “light” scents, but the whole house reeks about a minute after she opens a bottle. One scent she used to use threw my littlest dog into a full blown asthma attack (had to go to puppy hospital to break) which freaked my mom out so she stopped wearing that one. I think she had images of people dropping behind her wherever she went like the pup did. *G*

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  • Any Elizabeth Arden scent, right now I alternate between Red Door and Green Tea. Although in the winter I wear something a little heavier. Donna Karan Cashmere Mist. I’ve been wearing Elizabeth Arden for about 14 years. And Donna Karan maybe 3.

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  • sallahdog
    July 17
    3:16 pm

    I don’t mind if people wear perfume (as long as they don’t bath in it) except for Red Door by Giorgio, for some reason if I am near that one I get an instant migraine… thankfully it doesnt seem to be that popular anymore…

    For myself, I am a scented soap gal, my favorite being clove and grapefruit. Its light,only those who are really close smell anything, which in this world of scent allergic people, is probably a good thing..

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  • sallahdog
    July 17
    3:18 pm

    LOL, I just read Eve Vaugns and see she likes Red Door, just stay away from me when your wearing it… Even when someone isn’t wearing a lot of it, it sets off a migraine in me..

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  • DS
    July 17
    3:43 pm

    If you ever want to up your chips in a negotiating situation put on Tuscany by Estee Lauder. If someone has the least hint of a reactive airway syndrome or allergy they will get uncomfortable and wheezy around it. Doesn’t bother me in the least, but I have watched big men turn into sneezy, watery eyed, pussy cats who will agree to anything to get out of the room and don’t know why.

    White Linen is my favorite. My grandmother always used Youth Dew which I think stinks, but when she died I inherited an unopened bottle she had (20+ years ago) and have never been able to toss it– sort of heading in the direction of the family with the 100 year old fruit cake. Maybe I should will it to my sister-in-law as a sacred trust.

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  • Anna
    July 17
    3:44 pm

    At the moment it’s Burberry London (for women), but that’s only because I couldn’t find Fragile by Jean Paul Gaultier here in the States. Apparently that’s a European only fragrance. I *love* it. I had to go through many many many perfumes and several visits to the department store before deciding on Burberry London after I moved back. I think I just about drove one sales lady crazy. πŸ™‚

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  • Maddie
    July 17
    3:54 pm

    I’ve very expensive taste πŸ˜‰ which lead to first Chanel No 5, which I love to this day then I switched to YSL’s Paris which is such a beautiful scent but right now and for the last 2 years I’ve just used Lavender as my signature scent it’s cool and refreshing and I love it.

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  • When I was in college, I wore Must de Cartier and Cinnabar. I really liked the exotic, deep scents. But then I met a guy who was allergic and stopped wearing perfume at all. Now, sometimes, I use a Estee Lauder Beyond Paradise Blue. It’s very crisp and totally unlike what I wore in my younger years!

    I’m going to see Mamma Mia as soon as it opens on Friday. I saw the play on Broadway and was blown away by the sheer joy and fun of it. And, well, it has Colin Firth.

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  • I wonder if we wear less perfume the older we get? I still wear as much as I did when I was in my late teens and early twenties

    Interesting question. I think I wear less in terms of variety. Also, back then I probably doused myself in the stuff, sometimes even putting on two at a time. urk! lol.

    Now I do a light dab behind the ears, at the wrists and give the cleavage a little seasoning. πŸ˜‰

    Also, I went for stronger smelling stuff 15yrs ago. Now my favs are light, fresh, clean smelling, preferably critony.

    And rather than stewing in the stuff, if I want ‘more’ I go for layering–scented soap (verbona), body lotion (citrine), dabs of perfume and maybe a few pats of scented power, here and there….

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  • I used to wear CK One a lot, but last year I discovered Wild Honeysuckle from Bath & Bodyworks and totally fell in love with it. I’ve been wearing it almost every day since then. (Good thing I bought two bottles last year because I’m not going to RWA Nationals this year and thus my annual trip to the USA is cancelled.)

    There’s also a bottle of Estee Lauder’s Pleasures in my bathroom cabinet. πŸ™‚

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  • My mom wears Chanel #5. My grandmother wore a little White Shoulders and it makes me sad to smell that now, or Old Spice, which my dad wore.

    Personally I like all kinds of scents so I have a big collection. Cheap stuff, expensive stuff, you name it. I do tend to favor scents more likely to be found in nature than a lab, though.

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  • I have two. Tresor and Paris. Paris I think more for sentimental reasons even though I love the scent. I spent the summer in France one year and I remember loving the smell of the department stores. A couple years later I was walking through a Dillards and they were handing out cottonballs with perfume. One was thrust at me but I was in a hurry. I didn’t smell it until later and when I did I immediately thought of those department stores in France. It smelled just like them.

    I went back to Dillards in a quest to find the perfume. I didn’t know the name so I ended up smelling every one of their testers heh. Imagine my surprise when it turned out to be “Paris”

    I’ve used it ever since.

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  • Bella G
    July 17
    6:57 pm

    I have three that I rotate Bvlgari- Green Tea; Carolina Herrera 212 Sexy,Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio.
    I think that you are right I used to wear heavier perfumes Paloma Picasso,Chanel Coco,Guerlain Shalimar, But the one I always got the most compliments on was Calyx by Presciptives. That was before you could buy in my home state..

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  • My current three favorites are Shi by Alfred Sung, Lucky No. 7, and Paris Hilton (her first one, but every one she makes smells wonderful).

    I am an incredible perfume slut. I think it’s a product of having problems finding shoes to fit my size, and not having enough money to buy designer handbags. Perfume, I can afford. πŸ˜€

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  • Truth be told, I usually walk out of a department store smelling like a whore on buck nite. Just can’t seem to steer clear of those perfume counters or aisles!

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  • Nikki H
    July 18
    3:38 am

    I’m coming out of lurkdom to say my go-to scent is Truth by Calvin Klein. But it’s been discontinued, so I have to be careful with what I have left. I also occasionally wear Aliage by Estee Lauder, Tuscany per Donna by Estee Lauder, or Spring Fever by Origins.
    Someone mentioned above that Red by Giorgio gave them migraines, and I thought, “How weird!” I used to wear it until it started giving me the worst headaches ever.
    After reading these responses, I have a new list to go try.

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  • Ebony
    July 18
    4:08 am

    Nikki, I don’t know what I’ll do if Calvin Klein discontinued Escape…I would have to buy cases of it because I’ve been wearing it for so long I don’t want to use anything else. I haven’t found anything else besides the Issey Miyake that does it for me.

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  • Lori my mom wore While Shoulders for years. Then i turned her on to Estee Lauder’s Beautiful. She wore it until she died. I still can’t/don’t want to smell it.

    Personally I’m a Ralph Lauren girl. His stuff just seems to work for me–right now it’s Romance and has been for about four or five years.

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  • I wonder if we wear less perfume the older we get? I still wear as much as I did when I was in my late teens and early twenties.

    OMG I remember in Jr High we used to BATHE in Ciarra *gag*

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  • My sister wears Pleasures and I think it smells great! My signature smell is Ralph Lauren’s Romance, it’s been my favorite since I was 20.

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  • I wear three perfumes, Unbound by Halston, White Pearls by Avon (love this), and Glo by JLo.

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