Every Christmas I can count on two certainties. One, I will bake and subsequently eat entirely too many cookies. Two, I will buy my mother yet another new signature fragrance to put under the tree. This of course implies that she has more than one signature fragrance, and she does. She has several-and she’s always on the hunt for more. I personally subscribe to the belief that your perfume or cologne is part of your identity. People identify you with your fragrance whether you’re aware of it or not. I associate my friends and family with their signature scents as they do with me. My friends, upon getting into my Jeep, are continuously telling me that my car, “smells like me.” I have been pretty loyal to my favorite fragrance for a number of years. Whereas, my mother is constantly complimenting people on their choice of perfume and immediately requests the name and brand. For some reason, I find this exchange a bit rude, like she’s stealing their identities! I had once read in an Allure article about personal fragrance and learned that the French hold their eau de parfum in high regard. So much so that they keep their signature brand their own personal secret. The next time someone inquires about my signature fragrance? I plead the French.
What do you think? Is it identity theft to covet another’s perfume, or is it fair game? Are you loyal to a fragrance, or do you shop around?