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A•Mused Perfumes

tocca stella travel size perfume

Do you have a signature scent? I don't. I cannot commit to a single perfume. I have my favorites, of course. Ones that over the years have remained constant. One thing that all my favorites have in common is that they all tie me back to Paris. 

escada perfume
perfume collection, chanel n 5, ysl, victoria secret body spray,
dior cherie perfume
flowerbomb perfume

I have discovered all my perfumes in Paris. The tiny bottle of YSL perfume for example is from a friend. I had taken a college summer course, and discovered the scent while wandering a Sephora below the Louvre (yes). The following year I told her about the experience, and she being the sweetheart that she is, never forgot and gave it to me as a gift. The pink and orange bottle is by Escada. Again, I had found it while in Paris (my first time) with my mother. She purchased it for me at the airport before our departure. 

I have spoken about the power of perfume before. I tend to seek out perfumes that are strong, ones that contain notes of tuberose, rose, blackberry, amber, and sandalwood. Warm, sweet scents really. Ones that remind me stolen glances, long train rides, muggy cobblestone streets, and hot summer nights that are in desperate need of a fan.

Science has proven that scent is a powerful memory trigger (source). The ability to smell is actually linked to memory itself. When I told my specialist that I was waking from nightmares to the smell of burnt rubber, she suggested that I spritz my pillow with one of my favorite perfumes before going to bed.

It can be very difficult to advertize a perfume, without actually have a person there to smell it. Hence perfume ads and commercials will often try to connect on an emotional level. The Sofia Coppola directed ads for Marc Jacobs Daisy are a perfect example. Who lays on a scent simply to go out frolicking in fields of flowers? But it's the mood we're after. It's Paris I'm after. It's that summer, that day, that time...it's the moment that I'm after.

What are you after?

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This post was not sponsored. I just really love perfume.


  1. I wear Miss Dior everyday, so I would say it's my signature. I always seem to love one perfume at a time. If you get the chance, please share your amazing post on my link-up today.


  2. I wear Chanel No5! I always want to try something new but never can't resist to Chanel!


  3. I have a bottle of Chanel Allure that's like way, way, way old, but is still going. It's probably way past its health and safety profile, and may possibly prove toxic down the line, but it's a special sensory connection to my youth, taking me back to New York and stuff. It's more about the sentiment than smelling good, anyway. You understand where I'm coming from, don't you, Amber? I'm not being weird.

    Hey, your tattered denim metaphor vis-à-vis the Stars and Stripes may prove highly controversial. Are you implying unpatriotic connotations? I've seen episodes of Homeland start this way.

  4. Jessica (What To Style)July 7, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Amazing perfumes collection and post! =)



  5. I'm just now getting back into perfumes. I think I ran across too many loud ones. HaHaHa I love Wish by Lollia.

  6. I love perfumes and often go to Sephora to get sample sizes of favorites so I can carry them around with me. This time of year, I either gravitate to perfumes with notes of either citrus or gardenia in them.

  7. Same here, I can't commit to single perfume, I wear it according my mood, too.




  8. I am a fragrance junkie! I usually have 3 or more bottles going at a time...it might not be healthy....

  9. sprinklesofstyleJuly 9, 2014 at 6:33 AM

    I wear a perfume according to my mood too but I seem to stay with the sweeter, floral scents! My favourites are Chanel Coco Mademoiselle, Flora by Gucci and Amor Amor cacharel - all quite sweet but the lasting power on them is amazing!! :)

    Layla xx



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