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 I mean, Glow used to be my JAM and now I wouldn’t wear it if you paid me (and not just because it’s totally out of date and cliche but not in a cool vintage way to wear Jlo Glow at this point).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?