What does it mean when your scent preferences change?

Picture: My fragrance collection, five years ago! It’s since changed very very much!

When I was in 9th grade, Jlo Glow was my favorite fragrance. I would literally take baths in this perfume. I had the body wash, the shower gel, the lotion, the hair perfume,the conditioner, the room spray, the car air-freshner and anything else I could get my hands on (only slightly exaggerating). I recently, bought smelled Jlo Glow and it smelled AWFUL to me.  I sprayed some on my wrist and literally ran to the bathroom within 20 minutes to wipe it off.

This got me wondering: why is it that a perfume that smells used to smell great, now smells awful? I mean, Glow used to be my JAM and now I wouldn’t wear it if you paid me (and not just because it’s totally out of date and cliche but not in a cool vintage way to wear Jlo Glow at this point).  Maybe it’s not that my tastes have changed maybe it’s that because of the season or hormonal changes these scents just smell different on me?  I re-visted other old favorites, and I deemed this simplistic explanation unsatisfactory. Scent changes represent a deeper internal shift.

In the past my attraction has been to over the top sickly sweet fragrances (think Flowerbomb, Pink Sugar, Viva La Juicy etc.), and while I do still reach for these scents on occasion…usually these perfumes now give me a headache. As other areas of my life have spiraled out of control, I crave simplicity and freshness in an everyday scent. Being in the valley between the mountains of who I was, and who I hope to be propels me to seek invigoration by trying new things including perfumes.

Moving to a new city, starting a new relationship (kinda) made me craves something new, it was time to put away the oriental’s I’ve always loved and venture in different directions. Like an ex-boyfriend, these fragrances will always represent comfort and warmth and might even re-enter my life under the right circumstances, but for now it’s time to put them away. I’m ready to begin a new relationship with citruses! and florals! (oh my 😮 ). Random side note: they say scent is the strongest thing tied to memory, this is especially true with boyfriends. For each guy I’ve dated in the past,  I can vividly recall the perfume I wore at the time, but that’s another post for another day…

Thus, readers of the world (if there are any of you out there) this blog is about charting my own personal evolution through my ever evolving interpretation of scent.

Have your scent preferences changed? Do you have any fragrances that used to be staples that you don’t wear anymore? Why or why not? Do you agree that changing your scent preferences represents a change in your life? Why or why not? 


Review: Jo Malone Peony and Blush Suede

Fragrance Type: Floral. Straight up Floral.

Fragrance Notes: 

“The essence of charm. Peonies in voluptuous bloom, exquisitely fragile. Flirtatious with the juicy bite of red apple and the opulence of jasmine, rose and gillyflower. Mingling with the sensuality of soft, blush suede. Luxurious and seductive.” (From Jomalone.com)

First Impression: yuuuuummmm!

Where to Wear:  This is one of my go to scents. I’ve worn it on dates, to class and to work. Jo Malone fragrances are meant to be combined and layered, which means you can dress this one up or down. For everyday usage, I typically wear it alone but to make it last a little longer and to smell a little sexier, I recommend layering with Jo Malone Grapefruit or another floral scent.

Who Loves This: Graduate students who want to smell nice without offending fellow students, a good perfume for women who don’t like loud perfumes

Lasting Power: Lasts for a good 3-4 hours, this is one you want to carry in your purse.

You Might Also Like: Grapefruit by Jo Malone

Overall Rating: 5/5 

What do you think? Do you agree with me do you love Peony & Blush Suede?

Review: Bath and Body Works Sparkling Blackberry Woods

Ventured into the overwhelming sweet cacophony of cotton candy, bubble gum, and daffodils that is Bath and Body Works yesterday and stumbled upon the new fragrance “Sparkling Blackberry Woods.” And by stumbled upon I mean was forced to try a huge squirt  by one of unnaturally Santa’s cheery elves who was just bursting out of her red apron with excitement before I could even walk through the door. Nonetheless, her tactics work because I purchased a large bottle of lotion (on sale for 5$!).

Fragrance Type: Floral Oriental

Fragrance Notes: 

Top: Juicy Blackberry, Sparkling Mandarin, Succulent Raspberry

Mid: Honeysuckle Petals, Vanilla Orchid, Blushed Peony

Bottom: Cocoa Woods, Caramel Patchouli, Warm Musk

Initial Impression: The first 5 minutes of this fragrance are underwhelming. It smells like every other overly sweet slightly floral scent from one of America’s most beloved fragrance distributors. It reminded me a lot of Strawberry Daquiri (a summertime seasonal release from Bath and Body Works) which smells great but is too sickly sweet to wear in my opinion. However, as time goes on Sparkling Blackberry Woods takes a turn for the better. It’s as if Strawberry Shortcake has snuck out of her house for an night out on the town with her New York lover. This fragrance is alluring, flirtatious, and enchanting.

There is nothing especially exciting about this fragrance, but if you want a pretty sweet scent for winter I think this is a good bet. I’m going to use this fragrance as a layer under more expensive scents to extend the staying power. You could also mix this with another sweet scent from Bath and Body Works to create a unique fragrance.

Where to Wear: To bed with a lover, a night out on the town. Anywhere you want to be smelled! This is a scent that definitely leaves a trail.

Who Loves This: Women of all ages. Sweet enough to appeal to the tween crowd, but the musk and patchouli add an older element that widens the age range.

Lasting Power: 5/5 Great lasting power! I put the lotion on around 8:30PM and I could still smell the remnants when I woke up the next day at 11:30 AM (long night no judgement.)

You Might Also Like: Twilight Woods by Bath and Body Works, Britney Spears Midnight Fantasy, Secret Craving from Victoria’s Secret

Top 5 Vanilla Fragrances

All vanillas are not the same. There are Mexican, Tahitian, Bourbon and French Vanilla beans just to name a few. With so many natural variations of vanilla why limit yourself to only one vanilla fragrance?

Top 5 Vanilla Scents

1. LaVanilla Pure Vanilla-a beautiful mix of vanilla, tonka bean and patchouli. Beware  many people complain about this scent being one dimensional, buuuut that’s kind of the point. It’s called pure vanilla *blank stare.* Anyway, this is one of my favorite scents of all time and it’s a great base to warm up other scents especially in the winter.

2. Vanilla Lace by Victoria’s Secret- Vanilla and musk in a bottle, straight up. They’ve changed the formula slightly in the past few years less musk more vanilla, much to the dismay of many perfume aficionados, but it still smells great to me. Extra points for being so affordable. Perfect for women of all ages.

3. Sugar Dipped Vanilla by Carol’s Daughter– smells just like Aqoulina Pink Sugar mixed with a Vanilla cupcake. Yuuuum.

4. Island Vanilla by Pacifica- A nice variation on a classic vanilla. Smells just like a vanilla coconut ice-cream cone.

5. L’Occitane Vanilla Eau de Toilette-a warm musky vanilla, more sophisticated than Vanilla Lace. Just imagine walking down the streets of Leon, France on a cool summer night, this is the scent you want trailing behind you as you snag your beau. The lasting power totally facilitates this possibility.

Honorable Mention: Warm Vanilla Sugar by Bath and Body Works 


What are you favorite vanillas? Have you tried any of my Top 5?