I’m in an ‘Open Relationship’ with my Perfume

The scent we wear can make a strong impression on others and instill a memory of us in other people’s minds. For me that fragrance has been the same for the past seven years. When I was 24 years old, I fell in love with DKNY’s Be Delicious, a summery, young, sweet fruity scent. All of my friends knew me for my scent, or perhaps they knew the scent for me. However they interpreted it, this scent became me and I received so many compliments on “my scent” that I became it. We were meant to be as far as I was concerned, and so it was.


I have always been most attracted to fruity scents and at one point during my seven year relationship with my green apple, I had a summer fling with a limited edition summer scent from Escada called Rockin Rio.

Rockin’ Rio has a sweet yet fresh and fruity character – a combination of tropical coconut and pineapple. The top notes of tangerine and papaya give it an exotic breeze bringing the smells of Rio de Janeiro to life, while the sweet heart notes of sugar cane and peach deliver the tropical juice to the fragrance. At the base, the sultry harmony of soft, creamy sandalwood and musks deliver the lasting soft skin note. I was infatuated with this new scent!

That was the ONE and ONLY time I ever strayed away from Be Delicious and for that reason, I felt that this relationship with my perfume was ever lasting. There was no point in breaking it all off when there was only that ONE time. Right?

Things change and people grow apart… from their fragrances. People change and I realized that I wanted more.  So when I found out that I had the opportunity to go to the Sniffapalooza Fall Ball in New York City, I was excited to get out there and meet new people! …errr, I mean new fragrances.

What I took away from my experience at Sniffapalooza is that it’s ok to be in love with more than one scent, maybe even more than two and perhaps even three or four! Then I met Karen Dubin, one of the founders of Sniffapalooza who owns more that 750 bottles of what she considers liquid gold. She simply decides what mood she is in, or how she is feeling that day and she lets that dictate with fragrance she will wear. How glorious is that?!

So what is next for me? I have been eyeing/thinking about Atelier Cologne’s Oolang Infini with a light layer of Jo Malone’s English Pear & Freesia Cologne. Blue tea and bergamot in the warmth of smoke and leather meets the sensuous freshness of sweet pears, wrapped in a bouquet of white freesias, on a subtle background of scrambling wild roses and skin-warming amber, patchouli and woods. I think it will work beautifully!

…and I am hoping that Simon brings another scent to our L’Artisan Parfumeur collection – Batacuda. I had a chance to experience this fragrance at the L’Artisan Parfumeur mini boutique in Henri Bendel New York. It’s funny that I should like this fragrance so much, as it too was inspired by Brazil,  the sensuality of samba dancers and the famous Ipanema beach. I didn’t notice it at the moment I sniffed it, but as I am writing this, I realize that it is just ‘Rockin Rio’ all over again.

It looks like I will be adding three new scents to sit along side my green apple:)
What was/or is your longest relationship with a fragrance?
Natalie Cola
Etiket Insider Beauty Editor


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