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Welcome to Mood Scent Four: First Love Perfumes!

The Good Old Days- photo from youbeauty.com

Do you remember your first love? I’m talking about perfume of course, not Morten Harket or Patrick Swayze (Just me? Surely not!).

Fragrance has been proven to give your memory a powerful jolt  and one sniff of these first loves and I can tell you what I was wearing, where I was going and what I was doing as far back as the late eighties.

Welcome to Mood Scent 4!

MoodScent 4 is a blogging collaboration in which four perfume bloggers from four different countries write on the same theme. My colleagues are meganinsaintemaxime, Tara from ABottled Rose, and Esperanza from L’Esperessence.  Follow the links to find out what their first loves were ( except dear esperanza, who has sadly had to sit this one out. Get well soon!).  Here are mine. Do  any of them match yours?

 

Avon Pretty Peach

The very first fragrance I ever owned was Avon Pretty Peach.  I had a little splash bottle, and splash I did. I must only have been around six or seven years old, but I thought I was the kitten’s mittens smelling of fresh peaches and wearing my very own perfume.  Check out the gorgeous packaging. Who could resist?  Not me!

Avon Eau Givree

In my early teens, it was another Avon fragrance that scented several formative years of uncertainty, crushes and trying to imagine a future where we all wore silver space suits. Space 1999 was on the telly and it felt utterly possible, folks.

Avon had a beautiful green hesperide scent out around this time that was called Eau Givree. It had a frosted pale green bottle, a black lid and silver lettering.  Long since discontinued, my retrospective nose would guess that it was full of grapefruit, bergamot and lemon. Divine in summer!

The Good Old Days- photo from youbeauty.com

The Body Shop White Musk

Surely the scent of every High Street and college in the 1980s, along with the ubiquitous Dewberry! I  remember every bus in Exeter smelling of Dewberry around this time. Personally, I was a Body Shop White Musk girl, and to this day I am never without a bottle. I much prefer the oil to any of the sprays, and find a little goes a long way, not to mention the nostalgia it evokes in men my age!

LouLou. Oui? C’est Moi.

Once I hit seventeen, Cacharel LouLou was invented and I would wear half a bottle at a time (sorry train passengers!) and replace it as casually as if it were shampoo. I still love that plummy aniseed tuberose and the wonderful art deco bottle.

Givenchy Amarige

Towards the end of my LouLou era (I’ve still got a bottle), I experimented with high street launches of thee early nineties and enjoyed a whole summer smelling of Givenchy Amarige.  With its massive sillage, its huge bouquets of jasmine and tuberose, and that soapy green tobacco accord, Amarige still offers much to enjoy, although I  find today’s version a little thinner than the old cloying blousy days of it.

Chanel Cristalle

Once my experimental phase was over, I settled down with Chanel Cristalle from the age of 21 until I was 36. After that I entered a period of olfactory promiscuity and a blog was born. These days? I have a wandering eye and Pretty Peach and Eau Givree have long since gone, along with the bespectacled daydreamer who wore them.

How about you?

What were your first perfume loves? Do you still wear them? Or have they long gone now? I’d love to know.

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Amouage Dia: A Memory in Glass

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Amouage is a luxury brand: from its price tag right down to the pink crystal in the weighty glorious bottles. Amouage Dia was created by Jean Claude Ellena, a fact which I found out after trying it, and which didn’t surprise me at all. Jean Claude is yet to make a scent I dislike and this is a perfect example of his trademark “watercolour” style, all gentle edges and colours mingling softly.

When I first smelled Amouage Dia, it gave me a very strong reaction. Somehow, someone had bottled the exact smell of my Grandmother’s bedroom when I was around 11 or 12. I remember sleeping over in clean sheets, and fiddling about with the glass and bottles on her dressing table. Amouage Dia has captured this exact smell. It’s uncanny. Clean laundered sheets, pretty soft roses, and a hint of Elnett hairspray and Coty L’Aimant in the background. It’s a soft and gentle scent that lies close to skin like a reassuring secret. It was so vivid a comparison that I felt quite emotional. What a jolt! And what a happy memory to carry around in a bottle.

Sometimes perfume can be like a time machine, taking you back to a scene in your life so lucidly that you can almost hear people talking. Suddenly reality seems dreamlike. Who needs a Tardis when olfactory senses are so shockingly vivid at recall? My grandmother has been gone ten years now,  and this perfume seems almost magic in its ability to take me back to 1981 just via a scent. How I miss her.

Amouage has many notes listed, but the ones I can pick out are Turkish Rose Oil, Sage, Aldehydes, Sandalwood, and Soft Musk. As usual, JC Ellena has merged the ingredients so beautifully that they are almost hard to break up into pieces.

What I have is a bottle that holds a scent from my past. I don’t know how he did it.

It’s been emotional.

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With thanks to Lisa Jones for letting me borrow her sample of Dia. You can buy Amouage Dia from The Fragrance Shop online and  Selfridges.  

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