“Er, excuse me, ma’am, I don’t mean to bother you, but what fragrance are you wearing? It’s so lovely.” We as perfumistas may have had this happen to us: A stranger approaches us to ask about our perfume; or we may have been the ones doing the asking. I can’t remember having done it more than once or perhaps twice, but I’m certainly guilty as charged now. I had been around a lady for about 10 minutes who I had just met, and the scent cloud surrounding her was just divine, and tantalizingly familiar. I tried and tried, but couldn’t quite put my finger on it, so I had to break down and ask her what she had on. “Chanel,” she said simply. “Coco by Chanel.”
Ding-ding-ding!! The bells, whistles and buzzers were going off in my head like I’d just won big on a TV game show. Of course! How could I not recognize darling Coco, when I’d worn it fairly regularly years ago?
Well, that just served to remind me that we have so many scents at our disposal now (with new ones coming out all the time), that many great fragrances have literally been pushed to the back of the drawer and forgotten. So I went digging, recalling that somewhere in my collection I had a little dab of Coco pure parfum.
But seeing as it was going to be 70 degrees that day (and also taking into consideration my now scent-free office), it was going to have to wait until that evening. It was fine, however, as I always felt that Coco bloomed extra nicely on a chilly night anyway.
And bloom it did. Loving the parfum on one wrist, I poked about and put the EdP on the other for double-barreled deliciousness. It was 9:30 at night, but I still had an overwhelming urge to rush to the big city and snap up a tub of the body cream (which I’m not even sure they still make).
I recall one Christmas years ago when DH got me a lovely Coco gift set, with a spray, lotion and shower gel. Yum city! But arrghhh, I had that miserly “save it for special occasions” mindset and before you know it, years had passed and the body products had gone off and had been only partially used. What a waste! I’m kicking myself now like crazy.
So please do share: What’s your too-good-to-be forgotten scent?
P.S. Oh joy of joys! I see the Coco body products available at Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Selfridges, and likely several other retailers as well.