Chanel No 5 & a little tribute

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Chanel No 5.

Bold, iconic and classic. The secret every woman should share….a woman’s perfume, rare and powerful…..

The fragrance I appreciate and adore but will never wear……fact.

The reason – it is my mum’s signature fragrance. That is also why for this post there are no photographs of the bottle – I don’t own a bottle (I am a Chanel No 19 and Coco Noir girl) but I gift it regularly to my mum in every format I can get my hands on and especially at Christmas when Chanel release beautiful limited edition options scented with the delectable No 5 aroma – hair mists, body creams, lotions, travel atomisers and dusting powders.

Reserved in my mind and heart, especially for her.

Her tastes are simple – the bath soap, lotion on the skin, layering with the Eau De Parfum version of the beautiful Chanel No 5, although the ‘parfum cheveux’ is now a firm favourite too. The bottle’s design is sheer simplicity and I love the ‘clunk’ you hear when you pop the lid back on after applying a spritz of the fragrance, pure quality. The bottle is ornamental and iconic as much as it is a beauty product.

Rose de Mai, jasmine and a touch of vanilla – a soft powdery dry down that leaves a beautiful sillage. A very special fragrance for a very special woman.

I also love the neroli in the pure parfum miniature (part of her collection courtesy of moi!). Aldehydes arrest and isolate the components of the scent to act as a seasoning boosting the aroma and it’s lasting soapy tone,  it is powerful.

Just like my mum – a real ‘tour de force’ and someone who deserves a little luxury in her life.

My dream is to go to Grasse and walk through the May Rose fields at dawn and to smell the jasmine grandiflorum growing in the area. What a thought! Heavenly.

So this post is a little tribute to my mum and her favourite fragrance and a beautiful perfume that I appreciate and enjoy through her when she sprays it on in my company from her gorgeous travel atomiser and when she gives me a hug and I smell it in her hair – she is bold, she is a classic, she is powerful and she is rare (there is only one!).

I think Chanel No 5 was made especially for her 🙂 it really does embody her character and her spirit……I love you mum x

Thank you Mrs Howarth..

Where did it all begin, this love of fragrance?

I was the child who gathered rose petals, squashed them and placed them in water.

There were deep red velvety English roses in the front garden at my childhood home that my mum loved because the smell was so heady and rich and we used to smell them together.

Everywhere I went I picked leaves, crushing them between my fingers, pulled up grass to smell the sweetness. A large part of my childhood was outdoors – cycling, skating, running, climbing trees, smelling flowers, wading in rivers and I have vivid memories of bluebell woods, white flowers, trees and green – the beautiful scent of leaves, trees, bark and grass. Nature.

I had never owned a fragrance, I didn’t know about notes, fragrance families, ingredients or perfume houses. I just loved things that smelt amazing.

At secondary school sitting in class all I did know was that every-time Mrs Howarth, my English teacher, walked by the fragrance she wore was absolutely beautiful. I think it was her ‘signature’ fragrance as she always smelt the same.

I remarked on the fragrance, she told me what it was.

Tresor Eau De Parfum.

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Fresh, floral, fruity, spicy, it is fine and elegant. Peach, apricot, jasmine, rose, vanilla and sandalwood.

Mrs Howarth came to my desk one day and passed me a tiny tissue wrapped bundle, I opened it up and inside was a tiny Tresor Eau De parfum miniature. For me, all for me. I was bowled over.

It is timeless and ageless  – I was barely 14 years old at the time and still love it now as a woman who is thirty-something 😉

Tresor really is a ‘treasure’ and so special to me. It takes me back to a time in my life when someone’s kindness introduced me to the wonder of fragrance.

Tresor has since been gifted to me by some very special people in my life and I have even bought it as a gift for myself.

Thank you Mrs Howarth for your thoughfulness and kindness shown to a young girl who at that point in her life would not have been able to purchase something so beautiful as a bottle of fragrance from an amazing perfume house, created by such a fantastic nose.

Sophia Grojsman has created so many beautiful fragrances that I adore and have adored at different stages and ages throughout my life – Ex Cla-ma tion! Calyx, Paris and Eternity to name a few.

Memories last and fragrance memories are everlasting.

Do you have a special fragrance memory?