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A New (To Me) Fragrance

Throughout most of my life, I lead with my nose. I’m taken away by aromas that I find fanciful, or bring me back to another place in time, or create vivid images in my mind. I’ve always been attracted to scent/fragrance/perfume.

Since I was 15, I’ve been wearing Tuscany per Donna by Estee Lauder. It smells of warmth and sensuality to me, very womanly, a hint exotic, with notes that seem “familiar” yet complex. As a lover of all things fragrant, it would seem only natural that I would not be so loyal to one particular fragrance. Sure, I’ve dabbled along the way with other scents, some obscure, others more popular (Angel by Thierry Mugler comes to mind), but I never nixed Tuscany out of my regular fragrance repertoire. For the last 8 years or so, I have been wearing Tuscany almost exclusively, with no changing up of my ‘signature scent”. On the rare occasions that I would wear something else, I’d spray a quick spritz from my Tuscany bottle too, just to feel totally dressed.

While looking for a birthday gift for my mother, I was browsing through Sephora, determined to find something with a “beach scent” for her. The one that she really loved has been discontinued and I was hoping to locate a comparable replacement. No such luck, but as I was peering along the shelves, my eye caught L’Occitane’s Cherry Blossom. I gave myself a spritz and it was near-instant love. I thought it would be great for my mother (in spite of its lack of “beach smell”) and set to wrapping it up. While she liked the scent, it wasn’t quite “her”, so I wound up acquiring the bottle (don’t worry, I have a replacement gift in the works!).

L'Occitane Cherry Blossom

L’Occitane Cherry Blossom

I am shocked that I’ve discovered something that I am liking almost as much as Tuscany. I can see this becoming a “regular” for me. I’m very pleased at how long-lasting it is, particularly since it is an eau de toilette. I like that the products are made with natural ingredients. Perhaps most of all, I like how the scent makes me feel. Though the scent is not close to Tuscany, the feeling that I get from it is so similar- feminine, warm, sensual. Cherry Blossom is a bit more crisp, a bit more girly, but has enough warmth to make me feel… warm! Inviting! Sensual! Totally sigh-worthy!

L'Occitane Cherry Blossom
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