I love perfume. I feel incomplete if I leave my house without applying some sort of scent. Just enough so I can smell it. I really don’t care if anyone else does, but it is always nice to get a compliment on one’s perfume. 

Perfume defined from

per·fume  [n. pur-fyoom, per-fyoom; v. per-fyoom, pur-fyoom]

1. a substance, extract, or preparation for diffusing or imparting an agreeable or attractive smell, especially a fluid containing fragrant natural oils extracted from flowers, woods, etc., or similar synthetic oils.
2. the scent, odor, or volatile particles emitted by substances that smell agreeable.

verb: (used with object), per·fumed, per·fum·ing.
3. (of substances, flowers, etc.) to impart a pleasant fragrance to.
4. to impregnate with a sweet odor; scent.

Some of my early favorites from the past:

–who didn’t like Love’s and Rive Gauche, Charlie, and Babe?

Some of my 20’s through 40’s favorites:

–mostly Estée Lauder and Lancome to get the gifts with purchase!

Now I like a variety:

–very sweet and floral

–one of my favorites, an androgynous scent from Thymes of London

But my all time favorite perfume/cologne is another Estée Lauder one: Aliage.

–it’s a bit hard to find, but it’s still my favorite

Aliage was introduced in 1972 and was developed by Francis Camail. The Estée Lauder website lists it as a mixture of jasmine, citrus, nutmeg, rose, armoise, oakmoss, vetiver, and cedarwood scents. It is usually described as sporty.

From an article I found online that was dated 2008, I found out that Mr. Camail works from his own laboratory in Grasse, France. I am familiar with that city because I remember that the Fragonard house has a factory there that can be toured. Mr. Camail also developed the Charlie scent, as well as Giorgio, Eternity, Ivoire, and Bond #9, besides Aliage. He does not work for one perfume house but contracts out to many. His is an “old-world, artisan craftsman skill that can not be taught . . . His skill are apparently God given.”

What is your favorite perfume or cologne?

  2 comments for “Perfume

  1. April 18, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    While I don’t use perfume on a daily basis (deodorant will do many days), I do enjoy wearing it when I go out for a special or semi-special occasion. I like the mild scent, ever so soft and mild. Will have to try Aliage one of these days, sounds great.

  2. April 18, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    Yes, mild is best, Silvia. Especially in office buildings and on elevators. 😉

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