What is YOUR scent?

I’ve always been very particular about the kind of fragrance I wear. I also tend to have a certain ‘signature scent’ depending on the season. For a very long time, almost a decade, actually, I wore Chanel “Coco Mademoiselle“. I wore it so much that I eventually got tired of the scent and no longer liked it. Still, I found myself wrapped up in its feminine aroma recently as I arrived to Dallas airport and while I was washing my hands, the woman before me had sprayed some on. As she walked away, I enjoyed the delightful trail of wonderful she left behind.

It got me wondering for a moment if I should repurchase it, as it has been almost two years since I stopped using it. After Coco Mademoiselle, I used “Si” from Giorgio Armani for a few months until I ran out of it. I didn’t repurchase it. Not because I didn’t love it, because I did and everyone always complemented me when I wore it— but because I wasn’t completely obsessed with it.

In between Coco and Si, I had a few monthly favorites, of which I repurchased once after but never again. I really loved Narciso Rodriguez’s “FOR HER” Musc Collection Eau de Parfum Intense. I also enjoyed the scent of Gucci’s “Flora by Gucci” in “Gorgeous Gardenia“. Every Autumn and through December, I wear my signature “holiday” scent, which has always been Burberry by Burberry — it’s their classic perfume. I don’t even think they sell it in stores anymore… You can only find it online. I’ve had it for several years now. The reason it has lasted me so long is because I only use it during the Fall and Winter months. It really is a classic. However, I will not be repurchasing once I am through with it.

Recently, I was spraying a new scent into my Stadler Form “Jasmine” Aroma Diffuser. It had been laying around in my office drawer for a while so I decided to give it a whirl. Because I have to spray into the diffuser, it left its scent on my fingertips and just like that, I was immediately taken by it. Quickly, I sprayed it on myself and let it sit for a while so that I can really get a ‘feel’ for what it smells like on me.

I have to tell you— it comes close to perfect. A few years back I would have probably smelled it and thought “this smells like vieja (old lady)”. Of course, this is just the Cuban in me talking– what I really mean is that “it smells like something a more ‘mature’ woman would wear. And while it does smell mature, it is in the sexiest, mysterious, intense and invigorating way. I like to close my eyes and smell the perfume on my wrist. This is how I determine how I feel about scents. I breathe my skin in because I like to get to know the feelings these scents evoke in me.

As I sit here and breathe in the scent, these are the words that come to mind when describing Valentino’s “Valentina Assoluto” eau de parfum:

  • sensual
  • mysterious
  • temptation
  • silk
  • feminine
  • dark
  • magnetic
  • intense
  • whimsical
  • peach
  • chocolate and vanilla
  • orange blossom
  • oak
  • exotic

It goes without saying that as much as I have been looking for a new ‘signature’ scent, I think I may have found a winner. I’ve ran out of all my perfumes, except for Burberry, of course. So I think it’s time that I pay Nordstrom a visit this evening. I feel like smelling very sexy tonight. Don’t you?

Available at Nordstrom.com

Available at Nordstrom.com


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