Perfume Dreams

We all know that scents and memories are connected. A whiff of a certain body cream, home cooked meal or perfume can take you back to memories long forgotten. In this post I will be sharing a few of my favourite perfumes and the memories and songs that are connected to them.

Chanel – Coco Mademoiselle

Composition: Orange, Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lychee, May Rose, Jasmine, Iris

Yes, I’ll admit it. I got this perfume because of Keira Knightley. I used to have a major girl crush on Keira Knightley due to the Pride and Prejudice remake (I used to watch that movie about twice a week…) and her role in Atonement. Some 10 years ago it was announced that she would become the face of Coco Mademoiselle and I looked forward to the commercial and accompanying advert for months. As soon as the commercial came out I was online looking for it. Two seconds into the commercial I was completely sold.

Of course, I hadn’t smelled the scent yet, but when I did I knew I had to have it. I did realise it was a bit too ‘sophisticated’ for silly 15 year old me, but somehow it felt like owning it would make me be a little like Keira (or Elizabeth Bennet or be the kinda lady that could pull of green dress like Cecilia Tallis), so even though it was not a scent that ‘fit’ my age, I bought it anyway. I opted for the refillable purse spray (not pictured) and I loved carrying that little bottle of sophistication with me. Over the years, it has started to fit me more and more. I love the way the scent feels classy, but still fresh and young. I think it’s Chanel’s most universally pleasing perfumes, not too much geared at ‘ladies’, not geared solely at ‘girls’. Whenever I smell it I can just hear Joss Stone’s singing Nat King Cole’s classic song ‘L.O.V.E.’.

Jill Sander – Sun

Composition: Bergamot, Black currant, Rosewood, Jasmine, Lily of the Valley, Orange Blossom and Violet

This perfume takes me back to hazy, lazy summer days. The sun filtering through your eyelashes, a soft summer breeze and Corrine Bailey Rae’s ‘Put Your Records On’ playing in the background. I became familiar with this scent through a free sample of the accompanying bodylotion. That stuff lingers in the best way and truth be told, I even like it better than the perfume itself. In a way the bodylotion makes the scent richer and deeper. When the bodylotion tube was empty I bought the perfume and since then I’ve taken it with me on every beach holiday or sunny destination. This way I associate the scent with good holiday memories even when I’m back in Holland. Though the perfume smells rich and warm it really feels like a summer scent and not at all like a winter scent, so I reserve this scent for those days that even Holland feels hot and hazy, which unfortunately isn’t all too often.

Viktor & Rolf – Flowerbomb

Composition: Tea, Bergamot, Jasmine, Freesia, Orchid, Rose

Viktor & Rolf, two Dutch fashion designers, were everywhere around 2006 as they were bringing out their collection with H&M. The collection, in which they translated the art that is their clothes into more wearable looks, was highly anticipated and I had my eye on a few of the items myself. Understandably, the Dutch fashion magazines were proud of their accomplishments and happily featured them in their magazines, which is how I got acquainted with the fragrances they make. Besides one of the two-page wide pink and black adverts was a sample of the perfume. I coveted that little sample until its very last drop as I loved how floral, sweet and fresh this smelled. After that sample ran out, I never actually purchased it for myself as it is quite expensive and I never felt the moment was right to splurge on it. This full-sized bottle, however, was an incredibly sweet gift and every time I spray this heady sweet scent I fall more and more in love with it.