This past weekend my cousin and I attended the Diptyque Friends and Family Event in South Coast Plaza on August 9, 2014. I’m admittedly late to the game as Diptyque perfumes have been around for ages, but I’m glad I found scents that I like from this company. When I received the email that the Costa Mesa store was hosting an event I was excited to attend and watch the proceedings.
Delicious refreshments. I’m not very well-versed in wine at all, but I liked what I sipped. As we stood about and chatted I took the opportunity to look about the store more closely:
I am not entirely sure what this blossom is but they were in vases all over the store. It didn’t seem to have a scent, but then again the entire store is oozing fragrance so it might have been overpowered by the items around it.
We arrived near the start of the event, but apparently there was a good gathering of people there, according to the staff I spoke with. Here I am with Raven, whose customer service and product knowledge I admire. When I came in last year to sample the scents she was patient at explaining their product range to me and with her help I was able to identify a few fragrances to try. I’m really grateful that she is very approachable and knowledgeable, as I am a neophyte in the fragrance realm. It really helps when you’re able to take samples home and see what wears well and what doesn’t work. I definitely would not have bought anything without significant testing–I think I waited a month and a half after my first visit to make a decision on what I really liked.
I’ve come up with a layering combination that I feel fits the person that I am now. To me, fragrance is as personal as it gets–ideally only the people in my direct space experience it, so I hope that whatever I put on not only goes with my body chemistry but also fits with my personality and image. I find that I seem to prefer fruit-based, citrusy scents with complementary woodsy/spicy notes for personal fragrance, and vanillas mixed with berry scent for soaps/candles. I also like yuzu, grapefruit, and ylang-ylang components, but not all fragrances with these ingredients work well on me.
I cannot also ignore how scents can evoke memories/associations. My old perfumes remind me of a certain time in my life. Davidoff Cool Water Woman is middle school and high school–a very unisex, almost borderline masculine smell on me. I probably spied it in a Seventeen magazine and it was the least cloying/sticky-smelling scent, so tomboy teen me gravitated to that. The college years were spent wearing Clean Fresh Laundry–a light soapy smell that some people dislike, because it reminds them of detergent, but reminded me of the early morning and was calming to breathe in. Now I notice I’m gravitating to spice/fruit/vanilla: the fruit reminds me of the clean, fresh youthful scents I preferred, but the other two are new arenas to explore.
I almost got carried away philosophizing re: fragrances and self-perception when I’d rather hear how others determine their signature scent. I’ll probably continue to wear Clean Fresh Laundry until my stash runs out, but then I’d like to have a different everyday fragrance and then maybe something more experimental/expressive. Do you have a default, daily fragrance or several rotating choices? What are your favorite scent profiles or ingredients?