Scents and Sensibility


I was working my way through The Picture of Dorian Gray last week when I cam across this line: “He saw that there was no mood of the mind that had not its counterpart in the sensuous life”. This excerpt came from an entire paragraph describing the main character’s fascination with scents, and his mission to discover the properties “in violets that woke the memory or dead romances, and in musk that troubled the brain.”

Aside from being beautifully written, these prose immediately recalled for me the modern-day concept of perfume. I myself have four scents on my dresser, and I relish in adopting the various personas evoked by each. Wether I’m feeling light and girly or looking for something a little more demure, there’s something special about the transformational power of a good perfume. Inspired by this idea and the passage from Dorian Gray, today I’m sharing my scent collection, as well as collages and descriptions of the moods each bottle creates for me!

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Juicy Couture ‘Viva la Juicy’ Eau de Parfum

wild berries, vanilla, & jasmine

The first word the comes to mind when I smell Viva la Juicy is “girly.” This, quickly followed by other descriptors such as “fun,” “flirty,” and, most importantly, “pink.” It’s pretty strong, so I wear it lightly whenever I’m in need of a “night out with the girls” kind of mood.

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Ralph Lauren ‘Romance’ Eau de Parfum

woods, florals, & musk

RL’s ‘Romance’ always makes me think of crisp, fresh linens. Despite the heavier musk and wood notes, it’s very clean and minimal. Whenever I smell this I always imagine summery white dresses and vintage RL catalogues from the 90s.

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Chanel ‘Chance’ Eau de Toilette

citrus, hyacinth, jasmine, amber of patchouli, & vetiver

Of all the scents on shelf, I have to say ‘Chance’ has a special place in my heart. This perfume is carefree and elegant, the kind that trails behind you in a good way. I spritz this beauty on whenever I need a boost of vibrancy and some of that je ne sais quoi.

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J.Crew ‘No. 31’

damson plum, Bulgarian rose, & patchouli

Inspired by the first all-female art exhibition hosted by Peggy Guggenheim in the 1940s, J.Crew’s ‘No. 31’ is my smart lady scent. It’s definitely an LBD perfume, as I love wearing to school on occasion or for meetings and family dinners.

What are your favorite perfumes? What moods/personas do they create for you?


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