Perfume – Day 13 of the 30 Days of Beauty Challenge

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I love perfume. I wear perfume every time I go out and sometimes, if I’m staying at home and I want to feel put together, I put on some perfume. What can I say? I like nice scents.

To me, perfume has some deeper meaning. Scents bring back memories, for me at least – Although I’m not the only one who has reported on this. I first realized this when I once smelt a perfume and suddenly I got a flashback of being in my mother’s bedroom – when I was 4 or 5 years old – while we were getting ready to go out for dinner and she splashed on that perfume. I asked her about whether she used to wear that perfume when I was little and she said yes. Somehow, the perfume brought on that flashback.

I like perfumes but I only wear a handful of perfumes. I don’t like changing up my scent depending on my mood in the same way I do with my makeup. I like having a scent that I can call my own, and I like for people to be able to associate that scent with me.

Since I started living in the UK, it’s become very important to me differentiate myself from Brits. My English gives some people the illusion that I’m “from here”. Culturally, I couldn’t be more different to the Brits (even though I’ve been living here long enough to be eligible for  a British passport). That said, I find it very soothing to wear scents that remind me of the sea. My favourite scents are very fresh, think “ocean breeze”, and maybe coconut.

I also like the scent of jasmine. It reminds me of when I worked in India and every morning I walked by a lady on the street who used to thread jasmine flowers together for women to put in their hair. I loved the scent and I also loved it when I received these little threaded jasmine flowers to put in my hair from Indian girls. So jasmine is a lovely scent that brings back amazing memories, it’s pretty much a staple in my perfumes and pretty much every perfume I buy has some jasmine notes.

All that said, the perfume that I associate with myself at the moment is the Armani Acqua di Gioia perfume. It’s the perfume that represents all that I love in perfume. It’s a great perfume for summer since it’s very fresh, but I haven’t particularly found a perfume that I love that’s “wintry”. Then again, should I care about “wintry” and “summery scents? Phah!