Hey Posse! Let’s go all the way back to 2005! Yep, can you believe it? Lovely is 17 years old in 2022. WOW! Why am I writing about it? Well, do you remember a couple of weeks ago I was talking about the bag of perfumes I bought off a FaceBook Sale Doc? Well, deep in the bag I also found a 30ml Lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker and my own bottles have been hidden in the designer grab box under more recent and popular stuff for ages. It’s been a real treat to give myself a soaking and waft around the house. What a terrific fragrance.
I know it wasn’t exactly what SJP had in mind. Have you read the Chandler Burr book, The Perfect Scent? It tells the story of Jean Claude Ellena creating Hermès’ Un Jardin sur le Nil with Clement Gavarry and Laurent Le Guernec’s creation of Lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker for Coty? Such a good read if you get the chance.
Also, it’s Valentine’s Day next Monday. This would be a fabulously romantic perfume choice. I’m going to buy myself some really expensive chocolates and maybe even a bottle of perfume (yeah, I’m worried I might run out). I’ll wrap them up nice and give them to Jin to give to me. For him I’m not sure, a card and dinner with a bottle of his fave wine.
Lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Nectarine, bergamot, rosewood, lavender, apple martini
Heart: White daffodil, pepper, patchouli, orchid
Base: White amber, cedar, woody notes, white musk, salt
When I spritz Lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker suddenly the world takes on a pink tint and everything seems to slow down. You all know what it smells like by now, and everyone will have different memories, reminiscences, friends, years or flashbacks when you smell it. For me it smells like this candy we loved as kids, Musk Sticks. Very Australian, never saw them anywhere else. Sometimes I buy them even now for happy childhood memories.
A couple of years Mum would use Musk Sticks as the outside rim of a cake and then would shower Smarties or Hundreds & Thousands on the top icing. Simple, effective and bloody delicious. I love smelling like Aussie Musk Sticks and roses (yeah, I know, there’s NO ROSES in Lovely, tell my bloody nose and brain then would you!). Jin says it smells like the soap from his South Korean youth. See, everyone has a Lovely by SJP story, well, practically everyone.
Amusingly, one of my besties Anna Maria has a very manly husband, Johhny. He’s a plumber, stocky, super tanned, Italian/Australian man. He LOVES to wear Lovely. You’d think it would be incongruous but it’s not. He smells terrific in it. His innate manliness makes it smell like the most nuanced, niche quality, unexpectedly fab masculine fragrance. It’s intoxicating on him.
Do you have a Lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker story you’d like to share?