Isn’t She Lovely?

So, truth time: I never knew “wedding scents” were a thing until I started reading Weddingbee. However, Grandma Waterfall always gave me the following piece of advice, which was passed down to her from her mother-in-law (Great-Grandma Waterfall), who worked for many years at the fragrance counter of a very posh Old Havana boutique:

“A woman should always have a signature scent, so that anytime a man smells her perfume, he’s instantly reminded of her, and how lovely she smells.”

And I mean, it definitely makes sense, considering that the part of the brain that controls the olfactory sense is located in the limbic system, which is closely linked with memory and emotions. So, by repeatedly wearing the same perfume, you create a conditioned response over time—how delightfully Pavlovian!

For years I searched for my signature scent, a scent that would be perfectly bewitching and so very me. I must admit that have the bad habit of always spraying random perfume samples directly on my skin before sniffing the tester strip. This is a terrible thing to do because half the time I end up hating the perfume after it’s too late, and then am forced to smell it for HOURS until it wears off. However, if it wasn’t for this, I never would have found my signature scent!

A few years ago, I was in Macy’s with Mami W when I spotted a display of Sarah Jessica Parker’s new (at the time) fragrance, Lovely.


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Since I love all things SATC and SJP, I spritzed some on, and I gotta tell ya, at first, I was all: EW! ewwww, old lady perfume, I got it in my mouth!!!

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But after a few minutes, the overwhelming top notes dissipated, and all of a sudden, I was all: Okayyyyyyy, I see what you did there. Nicely done, SJP.

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Just like that, I had found my signature scent, and I’ve been wearing it for years, though I switch it up occasionally with other perfumes various people have gifted me. I briefly entertained the thought of getting a speshul wedding-day scent for my speshul day, and even picked up a few samples from Sephora. When the April-Ludgate-looking salesgirl looked at me like I was crazy (because she hadn’t heard of a wedding-day scent either), I realized I probably was a little crazy. And while the Cuban in me loves all things free, I ultimately decided that none of these scents warranted spending the money for a full size bottle of random perfume when I had already found one I truly loved. Seriously, perfume ain’t cheap, yo, and it seems like one of those things that advertising execs made up to make crazy brides everywhere spend even more money on their weddings. While we’re on the subject of advertising…could this perfume BE any more bridal? I’m telling you, SJP is some sort of marketing genius!

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“Loveliness is everywhere…A touch, a face, a memory, pink pearls, a song, a sexy shoe, a kiss, candlelight, a white orchid, a girl, a woman, a dream, a scent…You only have to look.” – Sarah Jessica Parker

So that’s the story of how I wore my everyday perfume on my wedding day, and I’m really glad I did. It brought a touch of very welcome normality to my day. Plus, now I love being gently brought back to the way I felt on my wedding day whenever I spritz this on, and if I could sum up what that was in one word, it would be: Lovely.


Mrs. Waterfall

Wedding Date:
June 2013
Jamaica, Here Come the Cruise Ships!
Making a Marquee
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    sunkissed19 601 posts, Busy bee @ 10:45 am

    My signature scent is coco madmoiselle – i also used to LOVE YSL’s Cinema – even though it’s a more mature scent for my age – I just LOVED it. Those have been the only two scents I’ve consistently worn for the last 10 years or so.

    Also – Sephora deserves some props. I love that you can go in and ask them to fill up those little sample bottles of whatever scent you want to try out. So nice.

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    icetea 3303 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:51 am

    My signature scent is Paris Hilton–not even sure if there is a subtitle. Embarrassing. But it’s not just my scent because I got my best friend turned college roommate turned MOH (6 years later) onto it back in the day. And she also has been wearing it for all these years. So we shared our signature scent haha.

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    cruziiq 95 posts, Worker bee @ 11:06 am

    I’m so glad to have found another SJP/SATC fan! I LOVE that show. In fact my bachelorette party is “**Name** and the City” themed!

    I loved her other perfume, but of course I can’t remember what it’s called right now. It was a very colorful cylinder of perfume, very fun and so me! IF I had a signature scent, that would be it!

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:10 am

    I have 2 signature scents, Nina by Nina Ricci for cold weather and Daisy by Marc Jacobs for hot weather (I don’t like the way Nina smells on me when it’s hot).
    I considered a wedding day scent, but at the end I decided to just go with Nina, because as you said, why try something different if I had already found something I love?

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    rucksack 518 posts, Busy bee @ 11:23 am

    I used to wear Lovely! It’s such a great scent. I’m also going with my “everyday” scent for our wedding day: Marc Jacobs Daisy. Since I really only wear it for date nights & special occasions, I think it’s perfect to wear for the wedding!

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    shaynapunim 654 posts, Busy bee @ 11:26 am

    My sister wears Lovely! It really is a lovely scent. 🙂 I wear Miss Dior.

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    junesun62 74 posts, Worker bee @ 1:20 pm

    Lovely is so light, fresh and classic. It was my wedding scent of choice, too!

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    Mrs. Waterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:36 pm

    @sunkissed19: I love sephora’s samples!
    @cruziiq: I have 3 of her perfumes and they’re all great, but Lovely is my go-to for sure.
    @icetea: Haha, I had the PH perfume a few years back, it’s actually not bad at all.
    @Mrs. Toadstool: Exactlty, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it 😉
    @Miss Rucksack: That will be perfect for your beachy wedding.
    @shaynapunim: @junesun62: I love how “clean it smells” and how it’s not overwhelming.

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