Our Mothers’ Fragrances : Her Favorite Perfumes


What fragrances do you remember your mother wearing? What are her current favorites?

For many of us, our love for perfume has started out at our mother’s vanity table. A beautiful crystal glass bottle for which she would reach before going out into the world still out of bounds to us seemed irresistible. Applying the perfume, she would suddenly attain a new glamorous air. Sometimes I would ask my mom to scent me as well. I still remember the cold touch of a ground glass stopper on my wrist, the chill of alcohol and then the veil of fragrance that would stay even after my mom would be gone. Those fragrant drops from my mother’s perfume bottles always seemed like some magical potions, guiding me as through my childhood and helping form my own ideas of what it beauty and femininity mean.

Today, I am standing in front of my mom’s vanity table and I am smiling at the selection I observe: Serge Lutens, Annick Goutal, L’Artisan Parfumeur…. These are the fragrance houses she has discovered thanks to my own proselytizing. As I grew more confident in my choices and delved deeper into perfumery, my mother has showed her support by trying fragrances that I loved. At times, these discoveries lead to revelations, at others, to confusion and discomfort. Nevertheless, it is an exciting journey for both us to share things that we find exciting—whether it be perfume, books, movies or new recipes. In honor of my mother and Mother’s Day, here are my mom’s current favorite fragrances. Yes, she is quite a perfumista with that Serge Lutens collection!

Annick Goutal La Violette
L’Artisan Parfumeur La Chasse Aux Papillons
Prada Infusion d’Iris
Serge Lutens Tubéreuse Criminelle
Serge Lutens Sa Majesté de la Rose
Serge Lutens Iris Silver Mist
Serge Lutens Bois de Violette
Serge Lutens Á La Nuit
Serge Lutens Sarrasins

She no longer wears her old favorites like Christian Dior Diorissimo, Lancôme Trésor and Christian Dior Poison. When I recently asked why, she replied that they remind her too much of the old times and that she prefers to explore new scents and to weave new memories with them.

Photo: my mother’s perfumes © Bois de Jasmin.



  • Gisela: My mother used to wear Arpège. When she died eleven years ago I wasn’t a perfumista yet. Now I would love to share my hobby with her. It is wonderful that you both enjoy the sharing of your interests! Oh, and I love the picture of your mom’s perfumes! May 7, 2011 at 5:43am Reply

  • columbine: i share with your Mum Tubéreuse, A la nuit and Sarrasins (your Mum probably loves jasmine). i discovered Lutens through a friend but it was through your blog that i tried several of those that i wear today.
    of my old perfumes (Shalimar, Coco Mademoiselle, Allure, Mitsouko), Mitsouko is the only one i still like wearing. i also love Fidji because my mum used to wear it, it’s the only one from hers that i really like, she has a lot of the Chanels, no5, n19, cristalle, but i don’t like these. Diorissimo is on my list to try since i discovered that it’s lily of the valley and i would like to have a fragrance with that.
    i notice your mum likes violette, i must try Annick Goutal’s as i tried Bois de violette but not enough violette in it. the closest i came to violette is Spell of the unicorns but i wear it seldomly as i find it too pungent. ideally i would like a violette that is ephemeral like the lilas in “En passant”…

    nice idea of a post by the way 🙂 May 7, 2011 at 6:16am Reply

  • renee: My mother’s most loved perfumes were Femme Eau de Cologne,O de Lancome and later Amarige.Today she has in her collection(!!!)Fracas,Santal Blanc,Daim Blond,Fragile edp(JPGaultier),among others.But I noticed that the perfume that she likes the most is Glamourous(Ralph Lauren),which is very hard to find nowadays. May 7, 2011 at 7:24am Reply

  • pam: Lovely topic for Mother’s Day. I remember Mother wearing Poison (nearly killed me), Opium, Cabotine, and a couple of the Elizabeth Taylor frags. Since she had a couple of strokes a few years ago, she cannot smell anything, which is dangerous when she’s left something on the stove, for example. But it has turned me into the perfume collector because I want to enjoy the wonderful smells while I can. She did give me her vintage Opium, which I love. May 7, 2011 at 7:58am Reply

  • Tracy Bloom, LMT: HaHa! pam – ‘poison’ nearly killed you…

    this email came into my inbox and immediately – tears. she is gone. I remember how I used to avoid breathing in her scent.
    She smelled like…like mom. I miss her.

    Happy remembrances of Mothers, day. May 7, 2011 at 8:23am Reply

  • Tracy Bloom, LMT: I meanto say thank you. It’s good to feel so much. May 7, 2011 at 8:24am Reply

  • Sara A.: I get my perfume love from my grandma. My mom doesn’t really care for perfume at all. She says that her nose is too sensitive for it, but when pressed reveals that she finds musky scents “interesting.” If pressed, she’ll go on to reveal her delight in the smells of the natural world around her like the garden after a rain, the dog when he’s clean, her blooming night jasmine. I think she’s scared that perfume will mask all that rather then add to it. So I don’t push it, but give her scented soap which she loves and rations. Someday maybe I’ll get her a bottle of a light honeysuckle perfume to go with her favorite soap.

    Grandma however always had a wide array of bottles set out on a circular mirrored tray on her dresser. I remember them as soliflors and things with some powder and a smell which was colored gold in my mind. She died when I was 18 and her mind had been going since I was 15 so all of my memories are seen through child’s eyes. May 7, 2011 at 8:46am Reply

  • Petals: For the longest time, my mum wore Beautiful by EL, which was a gift from my father in the 1980s. My mum wore Poison too when it came out (in the EDC) and moved on to other perfumes — Eau de Soir, Knowing, Carolina Herrera, Nina (vintage), Poeme (definitely not a cheap smelling orange blossom on her!) Boucheron, as well as No. 22 and Coco. Recently, we were at the airport duty free and she stopped to spray herself with Beautiful, after not wearing it for a good 15 years. We were both taken back to my childhood days in the late 1980s. My materal grandma exclusively wore Shalimar in the evening and L’air du temps in the day. I guess the apple does not fall very far from the tree… May 7, 2011 at 9:16am Reply

  • Elizabeth: I used to love to play with my mother’s perfume bottles! The two I remember most are Estee Lauder Cinnabar and Fendi. She also wore Opium and Beautiful. I remember that I wanted her to buy Tea Rose because I loved it so much (I got to try some when she bought it for a friend), but she has never cared for fresh florals! Now she has a large perfume collection but mostly wears Alien and Angel. May 7, 2011 at 10:06am Reply

  • rosarita: Lovely post, and I’m enjoying everyone’s comments. My mother was a *serial monogamist* when it came to perfume. From the several scents she wore as I was growing up, the two that I recall most clearly are Aliage and L’Air du Temps, esp the latter. For some reason she stopped wearing fragrance altogether in the 80s. Now that SHE is in her 80s, I seek ways to stimulate her creative side by showering her with samples and decants. Her two favorites currently are Tom Ford for men and Commes des Garcons 2. 🙂 May 7, 2011 at 10:43am Reply

  • Hannah: My mother only wears Obsession and has for my entire life. May 7, 2011 at 11:02am Reply

  • Alice C: I remember Chanel No. 5 being on her dressing table when I was very young. I think there may have been a bottle of Arpege there as well. I know she had a bottle of Jungle Gardenia. The scent I remember the most, though, is more associated with lipstick I think. There would always be a lipstick blotted tissue on the table. When I first smelled Frederic Malle’s Lipstick Rose, I was transported back there; sitting at Mom’s dressing table after she had gotten dressed to go out somewhere with Dad.

    Later, in the 70’s, she often wore Estee Lauder Private Collection. My maternal grandmother wore Emeraude for as long as I can remember. I cannot remember any scent worn by my paternal grandmother; but I associate kitchen smells with her, hot water cornbread, greens— simple home-cooked food. They are many years gone now. I miss them every single day. May 7, 2011 at 11:13am Reply

  • Zazie: I have no clear memories of my mother wearing perfume, but when I asked her about it, a couple of months ago, she told me that at one point her perfume didn’t smell the same anymore, so she quit wearing it altogether. It was Hermès Calèche. I immediately found a vintage sample in my stash and tried it: it did smell like my mother, when her hair where raven, soft and long, and she was a stunning beauty… Of course, I gave her the sample right away. Surprisingly, she is quite supportive of my perfume interest: she found for me that vintage Mitsouko I am always raving about, but while she is curious about what I try, she is not that willing to test perfume herself. She might wear one drop every odd month, so she is not becoming a bulimic perfumista any time soon!
    She does enjoy some samples I gave her of transparent watercolor scents: thé pour une été, angéliques lilas, one of the Sisley colognes… But the days of the furiously chic caléche are gone… May 7, 2011 at 12:04pm Reply

  • Skilletlicker: My mother has been wearing Anais Anais forever. I have tried in vain to steer her to other fragrances over the years but she’s intractable. Someone told me that Parfums DelRae Amoureuse has similar elements to Anais and would an easy segue for my mother to have more variety. Any suggestions for scents similar to Anais? May 7, 2011 at 12:20pm Reply

  • RMF325: Chanel No. 5. May 7, 2011 at 12:41pm Reply

  • CM: Lovely post! It’s nice to share memories. My mom has worn Red Door (Rose Oriental) for many years. It’s Big and Rosy. Before that, it was Opium which I started when I brought back a bottle from France on a high-school trip (early 80’s). I also remember lots of Youth Dew and Oscar de la Renta.

    I most remember Red Door. She loves it. When we discuss perfume, she still raves about it and always tells me she gets compliments on it. To me, it just smells like Mom 🙂 May 7, 2011 at 12:41pm Reply

  • Austenfan: I love your mother’s choices. You seem to share her love of Jasmine or vice versa.
    I remember my mother mostly in L’Air du Temps. She did own Schiaparelli Shocking at some point. I loved that bottle. But I can’t remember the smell. Wore the original Nina de Nina Ricci. She now owns around 5 bottles. First VCA, Anais Anais, Paris YSL, L’Infante Divine and another one I can’t seem to remember right now.
    I like her best in aldehydic florals, or light florals. I don’t think Paris really suits her, but she loves it. May 7, 2011 at 12:55pm Reply

  • Mals86: How wise of your mother to keep living her life anew instead of in the past.

    My mother has worn, over the years, Chanel No. 5, Anais Anais, Coty L’Effleur, Jovan Musk for Women, and Elizabeth Arden 5th Avenue. I recently gave her a miniature bottle of No. 5 Eau Premiere, and it was surprisingly fruity on her, not all that pleasant. She’s worn it and it’s nearly gone, but I won’t be replacing it for her! I do wish I could buy her a bottle of Guerlain Vega, which I think she’d love. May 7, 2011 at 9:04am Reply

  • Carter: My mother always wore Chanel No. 5, but the first time I smelled Vent Vert I had this powerful response to it — a very profound sense memory — so she must have also worn VV at some point as well.

    She had a tiny sterling silver “purse set” engraved with her initials consisting of a small lidded receptacle, which was actually an ashtray of all things, and a one-inch-tall perfume bottle with a dauber and its own miniature funnel. I have the latter two items and traces of No. 5 remain to this day, so I can open the bottle and have my mother with me whenever I wish. May 7, 2011 at 3:25pm Reply

  • OperaFan: Oh wow – your mother has quit an impressive perfume collection!
    My mother is a frugal woman and rarely ever purchased fragrance for herself. In fact, I only remembered her having done so once – a jar of Cesars Woman body cream, and I think it was more as a souvenir from the hotel. She was gifted a .5 or 2/3 oz splash bottle of Chanel No.5 in her 20’s. Years later, when she saw my bottle collection and found out that the collection was inspired by her own bottle, she gifted me that bottle in its box with about 1/4 of the perfume remaining. I remember buying her a bottle of Norell cologne in the late ’70s when it was one of her favored scents. These days, she comes to me for fragrance samples that she can carry in her purse. One of them was a vial of Hypnotic Poison that she practically “nursed” for over several years. May 7, 2011 at 3:53pm Reply

  • bojana: My mom wears Diorella almost exclusively. She also liked Iris 39 from Le Labo enough to buy it. Quite some time ago I gave her a bottle of Feminite de Bois but she barely touched it. May 7, 2011 at 4:08pm Reply

  • axum: My mother used to wear L’Air du Temps and then Ma Griffe. They smelled wonderful on her. Then there was an Australian floral – not sure of the name, but it was pretty wonderful too. Mum has impeccable taste and she’s the sort of perfectionist who will wait _years_ to get just what she wants…which makes giving her perfume extremely difficult. I’m starting to think a bottle of OJ Frangipani might pass the test, though. May 7, 2011 at 12:51pm Reply

  • MJ: I remember my Mother wearing:

    Youth Dew (Didn’t everyone’s mother where it?)
    Anais Anais
    Aliage (I so loved this one, but it made my neck break out when I would sneak a try.)
    Georgio of Beverly Hills (The only one of her fragrance choices I could not like or understand.)
    Safari by Lauren (Oh that beartiful bottle!)
    Things need to be simpler for my mother since her eyesight is failing. For Mother’s Day I am giving a dinner for her with the grandchildren and a bottle of Hugo Naturals shea Butter and Oatmeal lotion in a easy to use pump bottle. She gets mad at us when we give her any gifts, but I hope she will like the pretty almond scent. May 7, 2011 at 5:02pm Reply

  • Elaine: My mother doesn’t wear much perfume (she claims she’s allergic to it) but I know she had a bottle of one of the Elizabeth Taylor perfumes. She put it in her carry on bag once when we were going on vacation. It looked like a hand grenade when it went through the scanner so she had to dig it out and show them it was a bottle of perfume. Now she occasionally wears Prada Diffusion d’Iris but only because I gave her a decant. I try to avoid wearing any when she’s around but last time I visited I forgot and wore SL Cuir Mauresque. She spent the entire weekend complaining about it and even pulled over and made me drive at one point because it was bothering her so much. It was a display of melodrama worthy of any 13 year old. May 7, 2011 at 5:22pm Reply

  • Elisa: I love to see pictures of people’s perfume collections, especially when they’re carefully curated and the bottles are well used! Except for a couple of bottles I split with friends, almost everything in my overlarge and ever-growing collection is nearly full. I vacillate between hoarding tendencies and thinking “My god, what will I ever do with all this.”

    (I can’t comment on my mother’s perfumes; due to allergies she has never worn any.) May 7, 2011 at 3:06pm Reply

  • Erin T: My mother has been very good about indulging my perfume habit: asking for advice and help finding vintage bottles, buying me special scented gifts when she goes on vacation, etc. I don’t think she quite understands my level of obsession with fragrance… but then, who does, except my lovely friends here? Mom is a shopper, and she loves clothes and shoes, so I think her main concern about my hobby is that she can’t understand why I dress like a hobo, but want to smell impecable. For my mother, I think perfume is the perfect finishing touch to the process of styling your hair, dressing to the nines and going through the whole cosmetics ritual.

    True to form, she wears glamorous orientals and gourmands. Over the years, I can remember her wearing: Must de Cartier pure parfum, Boucheron, Tresor, EL Tuscany Per Donna, Angel and Tocade. Angel has been her favorite for probably five years now, and she also wears A*Men. I find I don’t wear Angel myself much anymore, despite loving it, because it simply feels to me like it belongs to her, smells best on her. May 7, 2011 at 11:18pm Reply

  • iodine: I’m part of the minority, here. My mother hates perfumes (she claims to be “allergic” to them, but curiously doesn’t seem to be bothered by cheap smells!)and always has judged forbiddingly my love for them- even now, she displays utter disinterest, when not disgust, towards what I’m wearing and accepts without enthusiasm the very safely and slightly scented gifts I sometimes give her… As in many other aspects of life, I have defined my tastes in opposition of hers!
    My love for perfumes and toileteries started when I was a ten year old girl, thanks to a gentle old lady in a local perfumery that gave me loads of samples, Guerlain mostly(I still have tiny, perfect bottles of Shalimar and Mitsouko, though the content evaporated long ago)… I would then like to share my memory of her, dear Mrs Piera, in this post. She was at the time in her seventies, she was born and grown up in Milan but ended up in a small town in the province, married to the local chemist. She deeply missed the city and had a love for French perfumes, beautiful objects, long travels, from which she brought me always little presents… I frequently popped in while shopping at the nearby pharmacy and had long conversations with her, I don’t remeber on what topics, but I think she infected me with the desire of travelling, studying, leaving the narrowness of the province and, most of all, the passion for perfumes and good toilet products. She died when she was more than ninety, but at the time I wasn’t seeing her anymore, as she had left the shop and conducted a very secluded life. May 8, 2011 at 6:17am Reply

  • Katrina: I think she only wears Oscar de la Renta. Either Oscar or Volupte. May 8, 2011 at 3:30am Reply

  • BBJ: My mother never wore perfume in my memory. Maybe she did when she was a very young woman–she claims to have worn lipstick as a teenager, and I’ve never seen her with a drop of makeup on her face.

    When I was a kid, I’d buy dimestore perfumes for her for Christmas and Mothers’ Day and the like, and she would put them in her top bureau drawer and never touch them.

    Recently, though, as my interest in perfume has grown, she asked if there were any scents that ‘smelled purple’. May 8, 2011 at 3:29pm Reply

  • minette: gave my mom some vintage ma griffe a few months ago, since it’s the scent i most associated with her when i was a child. she surprised me by telling me she had forgotten how it smelled. when i was little, she also wore joy parfum and my sin in addition to the ma griffe. oh, and bellodgia.

    on her own, she found paris (nearly ruined it for me by over-applying it), byzance (same thing), and guerlain’s meteorites (which i don’t know on her).

    in the past few years, i have turned her on to a la nuit (she tells stories of the jasmine in tunisia when she was growing up), 24 faubourg, jean paul gaultier original, diorissimo (she also like muguet and this is the only one she likes so far), and boudoir (a big favorite of hers!). she tends to go through a bottle of something then move on to something else. i encourage playing the field, but she does it her way.

    we have both loved femme de rochas and l’air du temps for years, but i’m the only one who wears them now. her mother wore femme and chanel cuir de russie and no. 5 and probably bois des iles. the first time i smelled cuir de russie, i knew instantly that my grandmother had worn it.

    happy mother’s day! May 8, 2011 at 9:39pm Reply

  • Suzanna: My mother wore, she tells me, Tabu. It was all the rage at Radcliffe in the early 1950s. I cannot imagine Mother in Tabu. Mother, a straightlaced Unitarian with a somewhat stiff moral code, in the racy patchouli of Tabu? (Worn with a Revlon lipstick called Pink Flame that was the must-have color in 1952.) “All the girls wore Tabu and Pink Flame,” she assures me.

    In the 1960s, Mother wore Max Factor scents, or shall I say she owned them and put them on her vanity where they sat as decorations, since their smells irritated my father’s nose as badly as hay fever. She confessed recently that she had always liked perfume, and she has offered opinions on mine (for instance–POTL is is marvelous; Bronze Goddess is not). I wonder what she might choose for herself had she the opportunity to do so. She seems to like the earthier end of the spectrum, so what among my abundant bottles would suit her today?

    While posting this comment, I thought back to the vanities of my friends’ mothers. I recall perfume only at the house of one, and that one was higher up the social ladder and had Estee Lauder on her sink. Why was this, I wonder, and what did it say about the sociocultural habit of the women? I can only conclude that perfume would have been a possibly frivolous purchase and that Lauder was expensive and belonged to the country-club set, which was just how Lauder positioned itself in that era. May 8, 2011 at 10:16pm Reply

  • k-amber: Your mother’s current favorites are gorgeous! Your mother and my mother have very , very similar tastes. (see?) Besides that, a few classic Guerlain should be added. My mother uses L’Artisan Nuit de Tubereuse which is my gift to her , when the weather is getting warmer. I like, and wish, to recommend Tubereuse Criminell and Sarrasins to her 🙂
    Kaori May 8, 2011 at 9:44pm Reply

  • Hilary: When I was growing up, my mother wore Rive Gauche, Chanel no. 19 (her favourite), and Tiffany EDP, which is a big powdery floriental. She always had a bottle of no. 5, but never liked it very much so it’s still mostly full. More recently she’s been wearing florals – Marc Jacobs, Lulu Guiness which is horrible, and TBS Moringa body butter. The latter smells great and is incredibly potent stuff, but I wish she’d go back to her older loves. Vintage no. 19 is the one I associate with her the most. May 9, 2011 at 11:40am Reply

  • Victoria: Thank you, Gisela! Arpège is such an amazing, legendary fragrance, and I can imagine how beautiful it must have smelled on your mother. A special memory… May 9, 2011 at 11:32am Reply

  • Victoria: You would love La Violette then. It is definitely more violet rich than Bois de Violette, which is more abstract. May 9, 2011 at 11:33am Reply

  • Victoria: Wow, a great and diverse collection! Glamourous is difficult to find, but I think that you can still find it easily online. May 9, 2011 at 11:33am Reply

  • Victoria: What a beautiful gift! The vintage Opium is a marvel. It simply cannot compare to the stuff sold as Opium today. May 9, 2011 at 11:34am Reply

  • Victoria: My grandmother also had a mirrored tray to hold her perfumes, and to this day, I remember the wonder with which I would observe her putting on perfume and makeup. I was very little then. I believe that there was Magie Noire by Lancome and Lancome Climat on that tray. May 9, 2011 at 11:37am Reply

  • Victoria: I think that she will definitely enjoy Vega, since all of her other favorites are aldehydic or floral. Or maybe even Chanel No 22? May 9, 2011 at 11:38am Reply

  • Victoria: You are following well in their footsteps! 🙂 My mom also wore Poeme, by the way, when it first came out. That’s when I first remember smelling it. May 9, 2011 at 11:39am Reply

  • Victoria: Just wanted to add, I love your mother and grandmother’s fragrance choices–such a beautiful, interesting range. Estee Lauder Beautiful is amazingly well preserved, and to this day, it smells great. May 9, 2011 at 11:40am Reply

  • sunsetsong: My mother Nancy wore No 5 in extrait and EDT, then discovered Nahema, which became her signature fragrance. She had the EDP and body products, some purchased during a visit to the Guerlain store in Paris with my sister. Googling Nahema led me to perfume blogs. Thanks Mum! I now have my own bottle, which thankfully still smells how I remember it. May 9, 2011 at 6:11pm Reply

  • moi: Lovely post. My mother was a perfumista, for sure. I remember 4711, Ma Griffe, Youth Dew, Eau de Givenchy, Madame Rochas, Tabu, Chanel No. 5, all decorating her dressing table on and off over the years. But her absolute favorite was Diorissimo. I still have the bottle she was spritzing from the day she died, 10 years ago. Can’t wear it, rarely smell it, but it brings me comfort to have it. May 9, 2011 at 8:13pm Reply

  • misschips: My mother was not really terribly interested in perfume, but displayed pretty impeccable taste nonetheless. When she wore anything it was either Chanel No.5 or Miss Dior. Both were bought during the seventies and I think they probably lasted about 20 years. Smelled fantastic. My own fledgling fascination in perfumes seems to have piqued her interest lately though, and I’m taking her to a ‘masterclass’ this Friday (you smell a range of the individual molecules and work out where your tastes lie, should be fascinating…). May 9, 2011 at 8:57pm Reply

  • Vivian: My mother wore Evening in Paris when I was young…then when it was not longer available she wore Estee Lauder Youth Dew or White Shoulders. Now, she wears whatever we buy her…..But I remember thinking how glamorous the Evening in Paris bottle looked in the early 60’s! May 9, 2011 at 9:08pm Reply

  • vanessa: Just Lentheric Tweed when I was a child – I rather carelessly gave my mum Rochas Byzance more recently, but I doubt she ever wore it. Then I found a bottle of Opium in her things when she died (12 years ago – but the bottle could be 20 years old or more?) It is a little darker in colour but still smells rich and opulent as it should do… No idea how she acquired that one or whether she wore it. It reminds me of her though because it was the last perfume bottle she owned. : – ) May 9, 2011 at 7:53pm Reply

  • Madelyn E: My mother always wore perfume. My earliest memories have her wearing Le Galion Sortilege, Chanel No. 5 and or Arpege.
    Her wedding scent was Chanel No. 22 byw. Then it was Estee Lauder time with Youth Dew, Estee and Borghese’s Fiamma. i immediately became a beauty buff after her. No her favorites include, Cashmir Nist – Donna Karan, Sisley’s Soir De Lune and Eau Du Soir , i have been supplying the perfume she wears for many years. I enjoy giving her perfume. i xannot think of wearing Cashmere Mist even though I like it – it is hers … May 10, 2011 at 2:49am Reply

  • Maharani: My mother is Indian and India is a scent conscious culture. I grew up in the UK. I recall my mother wearing Shalimar, Must de Cartier, L’Air du Temps, and possibly Ma Griffe, gifts from my father after business trips. I think she mostly wore them when they went out, but also dressing up to go to work. She worked the nightshift at Heathrow for years but when she left the house was always dressed in a good silk sari, makeup, perfume. I have definitely inherited my love of perfume from her and we still discuss it. Nowadays she buys attars at her favorite attarwallah in Bangalore-these are soliflores, much loved in India and along with an extensive collection of perfume I also own attars of rose, patchouli, jasmine and oudh which I ewrar and enjoy for their strength, purity, quality and evocativeness. I would love to go attar shopping with her-she likes good French perfume, something I am glad we share. May 10, 2011 at 9:52am Reply

  • [email protected]: My Mom wore (in order) Halton, Chloe, Miss Dior, Magie Noir, Coco, Donna Karan, and now White Musk. I most associate her with the original Chloe because she always said that it smelled “clean” to her and because she wore it for many years. She is the main reason that I love the idea of a “signature scent” although, I am still searching… May 10, 2011 at 2:11pm Reply

  • julie: As far as i can remember, my mom wore Opium, Poison, Organza in her 30’s, Eau des Merveilles and Aromatics Elixir in her 40’s… occasionally she would try out something new and i distinctly remember she wore Yardley lace in her early twenties, the fragrance was very elegant and feminine… in a way it was very comforting to me as a child. February 6, 2013 at 8:17am Reply

  • Michael McDermid: My mother wore Je Reviens, by Worth. I smelled a vintage bottle of the perfume, which had “turned,” slightly, but I found my mother’s ghost in the bottle, even if just for a second. But what a beautiful second. March 17, 2020 at 10:21pm Reply

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