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Thursday, 2 February 2012

miss b loves........gorgeous scents

scent: noun  'A distinctive smell especially one that is pleasant.'  perfume........fragrance .......aroma....

I love the way a fragrance can evoke a particular place, memory, person or event. Psychologists refer to this as the 'Proust Effect' after the French writer Marcel Proust first described this connection between scent and recollection. Sometimes when a person walks by, you get a hint of his or her perfume - you realize you know that smell and for a moment you slip back in time to a particular place........

For me the smell of fireworks, certain foods or even shampoo(!) can also bring back memories....of childhood or a holiday  - ylang ylang immediately transports me back to Mauritius and nutmeg takes me to Grenada ......

My choice of perfume depends very much on the occasion or the season with floral fragrance always a favourite and I wear one of these five every single day.

1. Elle by Yves Saint Laurent - so feminine
2. Royal Water by Creed
3. Oud Wood by Tom Ford 
4. Ananda by M Micallef 
5. Black Violet by Tom Ford

It's fair to say that mr b loves his fragrances too but my favourites are without doubt.... .
1. Creed Erolfa 
2. Chanel Allure Homme Sport

I love to have gorgeous fragrances around the home ........

1. and 2.Voluspa French Cade and Lavender Reed Diffuser 
incredibly long lasting 
3. Molton Brown Amber Cocoon Hand Wash - richly spiced
4. The White Company Winter candle 
5. Molton Brown Blue Maquis Hand Wash - aromas of Mediterranean maquis - Corsican fir, rosemary, nutmeg...

and finally ...a few of my favourite perfume quotes.......
Lalique perfume bottle
via Mappin & Webb
'The perfumes are powerful magicians being able to transport us through years that you lived.' 
Helen Keller

'Long after one has forgotten what a woman wore, the memory of her perfume lingers'
Christian Dior

'A perfume is like a piece of clothing, a message, a way of presenting oneself...a costume...that differs according to the woman who wears it.'
Paloma Picasso 

'Perfume puts the finishing touch to elegance - a detail that underscores the look, an invisible extra that completes a woman's personality. Without it there is something missing.' 
Gianni Versace


  1. It's so true...a trip back in time! :)

  2. Yes, I get a very strange memory whenever I smell amber. I like to think it was my former life at Versailles! Thank you for your lovely comments. XO

  3. I agree about everything!
    The fragrance can evoke a place. For me especially a person.
    Love this post



  4. The quotes are amazing. Love the Dior and Helen Keller ones. :)

    Heel in Mint

  5. That´s very interesting sweetheart .... !

    All has a reason, better pick a good parfum! ;)

    Greetings from Qatar!

  6. I absolutely LOVE the way that fragrances can instantly take me back to another place. SO powerful! Thank you SO much for sharing your favourite home fragrances...I've been looking into getting some reed diffusers...but haven't yet taken the plunge!

    Your blog is gorgeous - I'm really enjoying reading it!


  7. I love these moments!

    ♥ Franka

  8. So true, scents can definitely transport you back to a memory! I love the YSL Elle and the Tom Ford fragrances, what a beautiful collection you have! Thank you for stopping by my blog; its so nice to 'meet' you! xx

  9. great post!! love perfumes too and I have a lot in my room!
    thanks also for your lovely comment in my blog! glad you liked the song!!

  10. Those quotes are lovely. And so true about the associations that are imprinted upon us by fragrances ~ I was shopping the other day and caught a hint of the perfume my grandmother used to wear. Such fond feelings surfaced in a heartbeat. Thank you for visiting me ~ it's so nice to meet you.

  11. I never used to be in to perfume, but I've got more interested in it recently. My current scent is Chloe but I love learning about new ones so thank you!

  12. I never understood the power of fragrance/candles until I was gifted one from Diptyque, that has the ability to calm me and soothe me after a bad day at work. Well worth the investment!


  13. So true! I sometimes smell a fragrance on a complete stranger and it brings back memories. When I sold my house, I always made freshly brewed coffee and baked some bread - it helps potential buyers to make up their mind. It's true! ;-) Have a lovely evening xo

  14. There's no bigger compliment for you & your fragrance than when a person says "this smells like you" :)
    You've got a grand collection for sure!

  15. I'm enjoying reading your thoughts about the power of perfume to bring back fond memories. Thank you very much for taking the time to send in your lovely comments!
    Franka and Sarah - so pleased you're following - Thank you!

  16. beautiful!!!!!!!amazing blog!!!i'm following you!!!if you like mine,do the same!!!

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  17. That's true! I love Parisienne by Yves Saint Laurent and Chance by Chanel, my two very favourite scents!

  18. Thank you for your sweet comment and for following my blog! I'm happy to be following you, too :)

  19. great post. i love chanel allure!

  20. lovely post! never tried any of these perfumes... :(

  21. That's so true! Actually I had that experience this morning. Strange! Hope your day is beautiful!!!!

    Kristin ♥

  22. Ahhh Miss b! I love those quotes and you are on point about perfumes. These are some great choices and what a beautiful perfume bottle. I love home fragrance also. Excellent post!

  23. Loved this perfume post! I'm making a note of your favorite perfumes to spray them when I'm next in Sephora, as I haven't tried them all .. I've always loved the power that perfume holds over memory ~ what a way to stay on a man's mind for YEARS! haha Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your sweet comment today! ~xoSM

    Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou

  24. I worked at a fragrance counter when I was in university. The world of perfume still fascinates me, particularly how scents and memory are so deeply inter-related. The relationship is really amazing. I still instantly recognise Stella by Stella McCartney when I smell it on someone, and it's been years since I stopped selling perfume.

    Your favourite fragrance are all beautiful, but I especially love Tom Ford. It's next on my wishlist when I need a few fragrance :)

  25. Love this post. You are on the money here. I smell a scent and it takes me back in time to the place it reminds me of.

  26. It's so true -- whenever I smell a now-rare perfume called Norell I immediately think of my grandmother and mother.

  27. thx for ur lovely comment dear!
    new post on my blog!



  28. That is soo true..love parfumes,have a lot of differents scents, I also love home fragrances..mmm

  29. Oooh I feel the same about scents! I have never tried any of your fav perfumes, must look out for them next time I'm in Debenhams or somewhere lol.. ;) x

  30. Really love n°1!
    Follow me, Leti :D

  31. Great post miss b and so so true. You look like you have a pretty good collection. I only really wear one fragrance and people know me by it! Thank goodness the feedback is positive!

    Hugs, Stephie x

  32. oh I love fragrance too I have a cuople of roomsprays and candlels as well


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