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Issey Miyake L'Eau d'Issey

Issey Miyake L'Eau d'Issey

This week the Lipstick League wants to know: what was your first signature scent? And do you still wear it?

When I began to buy fragrance, I bought one at a time and wore each bottle exclusively until I used it up – Elizabeth Arden Blue Grass (my Mum told me she wore it when she was young, so it's where I started at 16 or so), Prescriptives Calyx, Calvin Klein Escape. It wasn't until my mid-20s when I found Issey Miyake L'Eau d'Issey that I felt I had a signature scent. Fresh, airy, clean and aquatic, L'Eau d'Issey just fit. Finally. That was the first perfume that I bought again and again when I ran out of my first bottle.

I haven't worn L'Eau d'Issey in years. At some point in my early 30s, the scent just wasn't as satisfying as it had been. I still liked it – I still do – but my style editor gig at Canadian Living Magazine introduced me to so many new perfume profiles, new notes.... Those years are a fragrance blur. All I knew was that most perfumes, even the few I loved, did not work with my persnickety body chemistry. It took me a long time to sort through all those to find my new signature. 

Terre d'Hermes fragrance for men and for me

Hermès Terre d'Hermès fragrance for men and for me

My signature scent now is a wardrobe of men's fragrances, characterized by crisp bergamot, vetiver, and incense. It started with Hermès Terre d'Hermès, a bottle I acquired at Canadian Living and began wearing only a couple of years ago. I'll tell you more in another post one day.

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(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)

Back to the Lipstick League's question: What was your first signature scent? Do you still wear it? If not, what do you wear now?