perfumed in Paris


I have returned from Paris, which was as exciting, and vibrant, and lovely as ever. Being the beauty/perfume junkie that I am, one of the highlights was visiting the Guerlain flagship on the Champs-Elysées and just basking in the luxury of it all. A seriously gorgeous boutique. I did not return with any new full-bottles, but that doesn’t mean that I didn’t have perfume on the brain.

My time in Paris got me thinking about the way I wear perfume in my day-to-day life. Normally, I just do mundane things like go to the office and run errands. The office where I work is a fairly small space, so I try not to spray on too much perfume so as not to overwhelm my co-workers. I just do a few spritzes on my wrist.

But wearing perfume in Paris is a whole other ballgame. City life seems to demand more than a couple spritzes to the wrist. After all, in France, it’s expected that you would be wearing perfume, and a lot of it. And I have to say, it’s necessary. The metro is like a living beast that swallows up all smells, mixes them around, and then regurgitates the bad ones. Sometimes you can detect a glimmer of Shalimar through the stench of stale sweat, and that is a moment to be savored.

It became clear to me that my typical perfume routine wasn’t up to the task of withstanding Paris. So I started applying more perfume, and more often throughout the day. I sprayed my clothes and my scarves with perfume, and carried a sample bottle in my purse, just in case.

Now that I’m home, I kind of want to continue doing this. I know I have to be polite to my co-workers. Even though I might think they should become better acquainted with L’Artisan Parfumeur and Serge Lutens, I can’t force it on them. But I like the idea of spraying my scarves, I think I’ll keep that up. That way, whenever I bring a scarf to work with me, I’m also bringing my perfume with me in a way.

So, what about you guys: How do you wear your perfume? Do you adjust to your surroundings? Do you like to spray it on your clothes?

8 thoughts on “perfumed in Paris

  1. Welcome back. I hope you enjoyed the vacation and the returning isn’t too painful. Though I cannot understand not getting anything new perfume-related from Paris: why did you go there?!! 😉

    I’m mindful of my surroundings all the time: I avoid wearing really “loud” perfumes to the office and apply those that I do wear lightly (2-3 sprays usually); I almost bathe in my favorite perfumes when I go to parties or if I’m on a vacation; for the day-to-day routine (shopping, home chores etc.) I either test new perfumes or wear 4-5 sprays of the perfumes I own (usually those that I do not consider “dress-up” perfumes).
    I try not to get perfumes on clothes that isn’t going to be washed/dry-cleaned after each wear – just because I have more perfumes than sweaters or coats and I know for a fact that the next time I wear the same cardigan I will be in a mood for a different perfume.

    1. Hello again! I know, I can’t believe I didn’t buy anything, what’s the opposite of buyer’s remorse? I’m experiencing that right now! I really wanted to get something Guerlain, but I was too overwhelmed with choices. I quite liked Myrrhe et Delires, but will have to think about it some more.

      oh, I hadn’t thought about the washing/dry-cleaning aspect of spraying perfume on my clothes! I’ll have to be a bit careful then about what I choose to spray.

      1. II also liked Myrrhe et Delires but not enough to go for a full bottle. Instead I bought a 10 ml decant. Are you in the FFF group on Facebook? If yes I can recommend a person there who sells it at a split cost.

  2. I really love the idea of perfuming my scarves. I love when my perfume rubs off on my clothes. It’s comforting. I may have to try this.

    Usually, since I use oil perfumes mostly, I just dab a little on my wrists and neck and call it good, but you’ve inspired me to think of other ways to use perfume.

    Do you have a “signature scent”? One that you keep going back to again and again? What is it? How did it come to be your signature? Just curious. 😉

    1. Hi girlie! I agree, there is something comforting about perfume wearing off on clothing or on sheets. (I love when I can smell it on my sheets)

      As for your question, I have a go-to perfume that I wear pretty often (Diptyque’s Eau Duelle), but I don’t consider it my signature. It’s just lovely and easy to wear. So, no I don’t have a signature at all. There are too many new scents out there to try, I wouldn’t want to stick to just one!

      What about you?

  3. Oh I am the most impolite person when it comes to perfume….I spray with reckless abandonment! Since I don’t share my office with anyone but myself I often do the “spray the air walk through it” routine…so it does settle on my clothes but I am not worried as I find the mist method does not stain…..I also spray it up in the air and let if float down on my hair…and direct skin application works for me too! I guess I do it all! So far no one has complained and most co-workers comment on how good my room smells.

    1. I love people who spritz with abandon! And, especially in your office space, I think it’s better that it smells nice, rather than smelling off-putting. Even if someone did complain… I would still spray a little bit!

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