Fragrances can be funny. A long time ago, I began changing my perfumes after a breakup. In an effort to be present and create new memories, I now change my perfumes each month.
A medical journal was published by Dr. Rachel S. Herz in 2016. It examines odor-evoked memories and their effects on psychological health. The central feature of olfactory cognition is scent. This means that your brain can recall whether it has ever smelled an aroma, and sometimes where it was. I get overwhelmed by thoughts about being in love with Monaco and Greece ten years ago when I smell Issey Mikae cologne. When I inhale grain alcohol, I am transported to a Russian flatbed truck with a forest-green color. Wet leather and oud reminds me of a frozen food heir and dinner where I wore full (vintage Paco Raanne) chainmail.
Odor-evoked memories are also known as the “Proust phenomenon.” Proust took one bite of a madeleine cookie that he had dipped into Linden tea, and was instantly transported back to a vivid childhood memory. He was transported back by the combination of the cookie and the tea.
Did you ever smell Alien by Mugler, CK1 or CK2 and think about high school? Clinique Happy? According to Abercrombie & Fitch employees, they used to spend hours in the store spraying Fierce cologne. Although it may not be as sophisticated as a Linden tea madeleine cookie, they are certain to trigger childhood memories.
Faith Byrdie and I share similar fragrance preferences. Both of us believe we were both noses in a previous life. She certainly was. It’s possible that I was an assistant. This is a measure of good friendship. I don’t believe I could be friends or close to someone who likes weird body sprays and perfumes.
There is a lot to be said for scent. Recently, I was stopped by a streetwalker after I left a grocery store. I was wearing Maison Francis Kurkdjian’s Bacarrat Rouge 540. This is definitely a ride-or-die item on my list. It contains cedar, saffron and jasmine. There is also a hint of something sexy. It is light, but it lingers. The Globe Trotter travel part is my favorite. It makes me feel like Bond girl.
You may feel as if you live in the past or love nostalgia. If this is the case, you can change your life and your memories by changing your fragrances. You can instantly feel happier, regardless of where you are, by trying one of these 11 scents.
Escentric Molecule 01
This is my secret weapon. I have had more people ask what I was wearing with it than any other. It is called Iso E Super and brings out your body’s natural pheromones. It’s now a staple in my daily routine. Molecule would be my favorite thing to be buried with if I had to choose one.
Le Labo Gaiac 10
My other desert island scent is the Tokyo-exclusive fragrance. It can only be purchased in Tokyo or during Le Labo’s City Exclusive month (usually September). Kayla, my friend from Japan brought it to me. She tells me that I smell like liquid Yen. Le Labo stores will always refill your bottle if you have one. It’s impossible to buy a new bottle. One of my boyfriends said that I smelled like an exotic plant. I should have kept him around.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540
This is my new favorite, as I said above. This is my current favorite flavor of the month. Do yourself a favor, and buy it today. You won’t regret it.
Tom Ford Santal Blush
I love all Tom Ford Private Blends but this one is my favorite. This blend is hot and heavy with just the right amount musk. It is feminine and bossy and I love it.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Oud Silk Mood
Another favorite is this. This sweet ord is from Laos and changes over time. It’s mysterious and spicy.
Louis Vuitton Rose des Vents
Louis Vuitton fragrances can only be described in one word: Decadent. This is the perfect woody floral. This perfume lasts me about six hours. This line is led by Jacques Cavallier, a decorated master in-house perfumer. His nose is as sharp as any Grasse native.
Mad et Len Terre Noire
This French niche brand is difficult to find but well worth the effort. It’s sweet, spicy and woody, reminding me of a fun day spent exploring Sri Lanka. Although it isn’t exactly an easy experience to relate to, it is still very relatable.
The Harmonist Metal Flower
This Feng Shui line is chic. Their store at Melrose Place is my favorite because it’s covered with malachite and feels so Zen. This Yin frag is perfect with ylang-ylang and Bulgarian rose.
Byredo Reine de Nuit
This was a luxurious and extremely expensive concentrated perfume until recently. Byredo has reformulated Reine de Nuit and released Night Veils. It’s amazing. It contains blackcurrant, rose, saffron and incense. This is the perfect gift for a date night, or any occasion where you want to make a lasting impression.
This Mexican niche brand is a dream. Monstera Deliciosa, the lush Mexican rainforest plant that I wish my parents had named me after, inspired this fragrance. This scent is so unique and complex. Imagine wet dirt, bittermoss, and musky musk with subtle white florals.
Bond No. 9 Greenwich Village
Do not let the starfish-shaped, turquoise-gator-embossed bottle fool you. This is a wonderful summer scent. Musk and peach are two of my favourite words. If I could, I would wear it every day. Everybody compliments me wearing it, from children to men to women. You don’t have to believe me. See it for yourself.