Japan often has limited edition seasonal releases for beers, snacks, drinks, and fragranced items, and every year we can enjoy sakura mochi – but it seems this season there have been many more exciting things to try!
The time has come for me to throw away my Reverence perfume bottle as I just can’t get the reminding half a ml out. J bought it me for my 28th birthday at the Palace of Versailles in Paris. It doesn’t just smell amazing (an expensive version of Christina Aguilera x Hugo Boss women) but holds lots of memories for me. I always associate fragrance with memories.
Chanel Allure is when I first met J in 2005 (I got my first bottle for my 21st birthday).
Paco Rabanne XS our first trip to Japan in 2007.
Elizabeth Arden Pleasures and Benson & Hedges my granny (late 1990s).
Youth Dew my Mum on a rare night out when I was growing up.
Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb my wedding in 2009.
My first perfume was CK One which my Granny (another perfume lover) bought me for christmas when I was about 12. Shortly followed by Cool Water and Hugo Boss for women. Cool Water reminds me of hot summer days and Hugo Boss of nightclubbing when I was 16-17.
My favorite fragrances are:
Dior Pure Poison
Chanel Coco Mademoiselle
Chanel Chance eau fraiche
Paco Rabanne XS
I also love fragrance on men. J really suits Vera Wang and Dior pour homme. It wasn’t until the last few years that I discovered where I got my fragrance love from, my Dad! When I passed my driving test at 17 I bought my Dad Kenzo Peace for men which he’d been going on about for a while (he taught me to drive), and since then he’s been going thorough about a bottle a month! I think he drinks the stuff!
Fragrance in Japan is uncommon and unpopular. It’s best not to smell of anything, and if you do a light fruity scent such as peach is best. When I occasionally walk past a man with fragrance I really love it and breathe in deep! I’ve been just sticking to one squirt of Chanel before getting dressed so I don’t smell too strong but occasionally get a whiff of it that puts a smile on my face. Though my coworkers were recently complaining of a student who wears ‘too much fragrance’ but I think smells lovely, so maybe will have to cut down even more….
What’s your favorite fragrance? I’d love to know and get more recommendations!