I love the idea of having a “signature scent” that will always remind you of your wedding day. Although I adore my current fragrance, it took me a while to find it. Just as I don’t wear a lot of makeup, I also hardly ever wear perfume. In fact, I’ve only bought three bottles in my entire life, and two of them now sit unused on my dresser.
The very first perfume I ever bought was Sui Dreams by Anna Sui. When I was in middle school, I read a teen magazine that featured a review of recently released perfumes. The description of Sui Dreams included vanilla. I thought, “Ooh, I love vanilla!” and went out to buy it. (Ah, the simplicity of adolescent decisions!) Over time, it became way too strong for me, so I stopped wearing it. I went to take a whiff of it just now and reeled back. That stuff is potent.
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When I was in college, Vera Wang started making perfume, and I bought Vera Wang Princess. Whoever was behind this marketing campaign was a genius. Based on looks alone, I wanted to buy this perfume: it was purple, it had a heart-shaped container with a golden crown cap (and a removable, wearable ring!), and it was called Princess. I grew up watching animated Disney movies and crushing on Prince Harry. If the only way I could be a princess was to wear a perfume called Princess, so be it! Thankfully, it smelled pretty nice, too. Like Sui Dreams, however, it eventually got to be too much.
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A couple of years ago, I was reading People magazine when I smelled it. The most amazing scent. I turned the page and saw a fragrance ad featuring Natalie Portman. It was for Miss Dior by Dior. Given my previous, unsuccessful impulse buys, I decided to take my time with this one. I pressed the sample onto my wrists and tried it out for the day. Loved it. I went to the mall and sprayed it on a sample sheet, walking around with it while shopping. Loved it. I went back to the counter and tried it on my wrists, continuing to shop. Loved it. Finally, I texted one of my closest friends, who told me she almost wore it for her wedding and she loved it. Bought it.