Evil Auntie Musette started this, and I´m continuing it.
This is not about weight, size, or how many times I haven´t been to the gym in the past couple of years. Light is a metaphor for a sense of being. Night owl that I am, I love it when the days get longer, especially here, north of the 49th, where you can count on light until almost 10 pm on the longest days. Dark is dreary, but not dreary enough to make me S.A.D. For now, it´s all about “light” and the fragrances I think represent light, in the following scenarios:
When you feel like a caged animal that´s been poked at with a stick relentlessly, and for a prolonged period of time:
Bond No. 9 Scent of Peace
When you´re happy and you want the world to know it, without smelling like a bunch of hideously dyed mums, daisies, roses, or an obnoxiously large arrangement filled with suffocating stargazer lilies:
Kenzo Amour Florale
Tom Ford Private Blend Neroli Portofino
Guerlain Iris Ganache
Bond No. 9 Andy Warhol Union Square
You find yourself in need of a good whiff of salt air to clear your head when you´re feeling landlocked, both literally and metaphorically (sorry, Lake Ontario is a lousy substitute for biting, salty ocean air):
Antonia´s Flowers Sogni del Mare
The Different Company Sel de Vetiver
When you want that same vast, salty quality, but with an underlying hint of mustiness, for when you´re sitting by a pool reading a book, as opposed to on a blanket at the beach:
Bond No. 9 Hamptons
Something that will transport you back to innocent childhood, when all you cared about was the last day of school and being outside playing with your friends:
MAC Naked Honey
Marc Jacobs Daisy
Bath and Body Works Orange Sapphire
…and please don´t hate me for this one: Sarah Jessica Parker´s SJP NYC, only because it reminds me of a giant Bonne Bell Strawberry Lip Smacker.
A scent that will act as a harbinger of winter, but still provide enough light to keep you from fading into darkness:
Giorgio Armani Onde Mystà¨re
Finally, a couple of scents that surprise you, just when you were ready to draw the curtains, hide under the covers and write off anything new as unadulterated dreck:
Givenchy Ange au Démon Le Secret
OK, my fine fragranced friends, it´s your turn: tell me which scents bring light to your life.
Disclosure: All fragrances, with the exception of SJP NYC, B&BW Orange Sapphire and Givenchy Ange au Démon Le Secret are part of my personal collection. The exceptions were tested in store.