I wear Guerlain’s Shalimar fragrance. I love it’s classic and feminine aroma. I tried Chanel No. 5 but it was too overbearing and set off my allergies. According to Glamour Daze’s blog post, 1930’s Perfumes –The Science of Seduction, I apparently prefer a fragrance with “exotic sensuality” over “the soft music that underlies the playing of a love scene” of the wildly popular Chanel No. 5.
An advertisement in a vintage Vogue magazine (circa 1959) reassures me that Shalimar isn’t just about exotic sensuality. You see, this ad explains that I am one of the “world’s most elegant women.” And, if I need more convincing that Shalimar suits me better, the blog Reading Vintage Vogues declares
…I also instinctively feel that the kind of woman who wears No. 5 is simple but chic, whereas the woman who wears Shalimar is over the top and glamorous. No. 5 would wear a silk blazer while Shalimar would wear a mink coat.
Yep. That about sums me up!
Ruth Toman, in her Guide to Beauty – Charm – Poise, advises us that “Perfume has a magic way of completing your personality and adding the final dainty touch to your grooming.” To choose the correct one, we need to experiment by trying samples on our skin–and wait a few minutes–so that we will know how the fragrance reacts to your body chemistry. She reminds us to actually use the perfume and not save it for “some vague, special occasion.”
Christian Dior has been quoted as saying, “Femininity is inconceivable without the association of fragrance. When I recall a charming woman, her fragrance is an inseparable part of the journey.”
I wonder if Mr. Dior would have remembered me for my exotic sensuality or for being over the top and glamorous?
What does your favorite fragrance say about you?