11 May 2010

Tuesdays Around the World: What’s Your Scent?

I don’t wear perfume often. For some reason, I associate perfume –especially those that are particularly musky, –with little old ladies or tai tai’s*. My mother doesn’t wear perfume often either, although it was from her stash that I’d discovered perfume. I remember she had Charlie (do they still make this?) and my favorite, Ivoire de Balmain.

I’d gone through different scents since I first discovered cologne/perfume. Gap-Dream. Gap-Grass. Ivoire. CK One. Clinique Happy. Now Clinique Happy Heart. I don’t particularly love Clinique Happy Heart, but it is the scent that I use now when I do use perfume. I got it as a gift. So until this bottle is used up, I won’t be getting my Ivoire.


Speaking of Ivoire, in Pierre Balmain’s words, this was his inspiration:

IVOIRE. C’est le nom que j’ai donné à un rêve. Le nom d’une femme à la beauté souveraine, parée d’une soie très pâle. Je l’ai croisée un instant dans l’escalier de l’Opéra, avant qu’elle ne disparaisse dans la nuit.

Ivoire est l’ombre de cette vision éphémère. Elle m’a frappé avec la puissance d’une révélation. Il planera toujours un mystère autour d’Ivoire. Une légende interrompue, l’aura d’un monde d’ailleurs, de sentiments inconnus, d’émotions au-delà de notre culture. C’est ainsi qu’est né Ivoire. Inspiré par cette même femme. Ivoire est un hommage à la beauté et à la femme.

I just had to show his actual words in French, because I don’t think any translation would do much justice to the beauty of his words. A rough translation (feel free to correct me where I misinterpret):

Ivoire. It's the name that I’d given to a dream. The name of a lady of sovereign beauty, clothed in pale silk. I had but a glimpse of her on the stairway of the Opera, before she disappeared into the night.

Ivoire is the fleeting shadow of this vision. She hit me with the power of a revelation. It will always “weave” (?) a mystery around Ivoire. A legend interrupted, an aura of a different world, of unknown feelings, of emotions beyond our culture. This was how Ivoire was born. Inspired by this woman. Ivoire is a homage to beauty and to the woman.

Dreamy, no? The French have such a romantic way with words. *sigh*


Please head on over to Communal Global and link up your own “What’s Your Scent?” post. It’ll be so much fun to read about the different scents different ladies around the world wear!

Study 1 - black border (resized 150)


*In this context, I’m referring to “ladies who lunch,” generally, non-working wives of wealthy men.


Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

Yes, I think they do make Charlie still. I'm on my way over to check out Communal Global's post!

You sure brought back memories! Do you remember Love's Baby Soft?

ModernMom said...

Oh I wear Clinique Happy! It's light and airy and not old lady...I hope!

Life with Kaishon said...

I love happy! : ) Yum! I have never heard of the other one but I did love reading the words in french. So pretty! : )

CottageGirl said...

Ivoire? Sound like heaven. I don't speak French, but hearing it really conjures up a special romantic theme. I'll have to look for it next time i'm close to a perfume counter!
Perfume is weird on me. I love it on someone else, but most of the time, it never smells the same for me.
I do have one, well... 2. an old one, "Design" and rather newish... "Vera Wang".
Adorable pic of your kiddos on the link you gave!!

RoseBelle said...

Wow, how passionate and romantic of Balmain’s words. I think French is such a beautiful language. I took one semester of French in high school. Let just say, I didn't do so well :) But my sister did pretty good and of course, she rubbed it in my face whenever she had the opportunity. I've been wearing Versace Bright Crystal for several years now and I think it's just not my kind of scent anymore. I recently tried Paris Hilton's brand at a department store and I actually like it.

Muthering Heights said...

I've never been one for a heavy perfume either! I'm still a body spray gal! :)

Ash said...

CK one - i loved it! i might buy it again after i finish up two gifted bottles (burberry and next).

i used to wear perfumes when i was back in england but in hk, i don't use as much. maybe coz most people in hk don't use it - some should though, especially in summertime. ;)

The 3 Sisters said...

Our mum loves that perfume too. I don't think it old lady-ish...quite the opposite actually!

Best wishes for a happy week,

Helene said...

I used to LOVE Gap - Dream!!! I haven't worn perfume in years though. Usually if I do wear any kind of scent it's a couple spritzes of Bath and Body works body spray in their cucumber and melon scent!

Syrone said...

I remember Charlie. I especially remember the commercial: ...and they called it, Charlie!" I remember it smelled kind of good, but a bit strong. Someone mentioned Love's Baby Soft. I loved the way that smelled.

the Lola Letters said...

This post makes me wish I could wear perfume!!!

Loved this. Ah, memories. Ck ONE? Ahhh ha ha ha! Jr. High awesomeness.

☼¨`*•.♥Rocío♥.•*¨`☼ said...

aww I love Clinque!!
Beautiful words you shared with us!!

Alicia said...

Gosh, I have not worn perfume in years! Honestly, the last time was when I was pregnant with my first, and I was so sensitive to it.

Katie said...

I absolutely love Clinque Happy. My Father gave it to me on his last Christmas and it's always brought me smiles.

Follygirl said...

I wish you a very nice day today.
Greetins from Germany
Liebe Grüße, Petra

paige said...

I love the Clinique fragrances, too. I don't wear perfume often, either, but I do occasionally. Funny, I have a lot of perfume for someone who doesn't wear it. :)

Katherine said...

Lovely fragrance...

Hope you are having a great week :)

K xx

Lindy said...

I don't wear perfume often either. I'm more likely to wear body spray. But when I do wear perfume it's Ralph Lauren something...just goes to show how often I don't wear it, I don't even remember what it's called.

Puanani503 said...

I think they still do have Charlie at the drugstores..Clinique happy smells good.my little sister use to wear that. I am currently wearing chic in white by Avon..

Nezzy said...

I am a Cinnabar gal from Estee' Lauder, I've warn it for years. My house smells like Mulberry and so do my clothes. My sweet DIL describes it a and great mixture of the two when I'm around.

God bless ya and enjoy this beautiful day!!!

Mom of the Perpetually Grounded said...

I don't wear it much either, a lot of scents give me a headache. I love Chamade by Guerlain. The only place I can find it is Epcot or France (don't trust buying it online) which are as much in my budget as the perfume is, so I have been doling it out in small doses from my bottle for a couple of years.

Raymonde said...

Thank you for the visit.

I have not smelled either of these, I am curious now. I have a little quest to go on. I like it.

I appreciate the fact that you put the French words up, I am French. Do we really sound that dreamy and romantic...? Peut-être! A bientôt. x

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