Two bottles of perfume sit on my dresser. I’ve had them for years, and that’s not likely to change soon; I mainly wear perfume when heading out to church once a week. But each one feels like an old friend.
The first is 24 Faubourg, which I read in book by Princess Diana’s butler was her favorite scent (regulars will remember my long-time affinity for Diana). I searched it out on Ebay and asked my dad to give it to me for Christmas one year.
The other is Obsession, a scent which my mamaw liked. It’s lowlier than the 24 Faubourg, something you could pick up at the corner drugstore. My dad had just bought Mamaw a big bottle years back, right before she died. It ended up with me.
So now, when I’m getting ready to go out, I like to take just a few seconds to decide which perfume it will be.
Do I need a little touch of confidence, like Diana had? A little reminder that, even though life can be hard, Diana always carried on. She could do it – and I can too! Those days call for a little 24 Faubourg.
On other days, I’d just like a little comfort — the kind that a mamaw (even one who could be pretty darn unstable at times) could give. Unconditional love. I’m highly doubting that that’s what the perfume designer was going for, but that’s what Obsession smells like to me.
When I first got each of these bottles, I remember shaking my head and thinking they might outlive me. Now, they’ve each gone down significantly, and I’m in no hurry to see them go. They’re familiar, and pleasant. They smell like confidence, and comfort, and good memories of those who’ve moved on.
How about you? Do you match a perfume to your mood or situation? Do you have a favorite?