Scent of hap­pi­ness

Friday - - Editor’s Letter -

Ial­ways knew when my mother was go­ing to a party. It wasn’t the hand­ker­chief-hem skirt she’d bought, her gold high heels or a glit­tery ‘disco’ top that gave it away. It was the clouds of tuberose, wild berries and orange honey waft­ing down the stairs; Poi­son, my mother’s favourite per­fume. She wore it through­out my child­hood, and even now if I smell it I’m im­me­di­ately trans­ported back to a house in Sus­sex, Eng­land, to laugh­ter, and my mother danc­ing around the liv­ing room with us after get­ting ready for a glam­orous night out. As soon as I was old enough I’d plead for a spritz and go to bed smil­ing, en­veloped in her scent.

Then, as I grew up, I dis­cov­ered my own per­sonal favourites – Os­car de La Renta and Anaïs Anaïs, which I loved so much I named my daugh­ter after. Ev­ery year on her birth­day I buy a bot­tle for my lit­tle girl – “This is my per­fume,” she proudly tells her friends – my mother, and my­self so we can all build happy mem­o­ries as three gen­er­a­tions bathe in that gor­geously flo­ral per­fume.

Now I’m liv­ing here I’m ex­per­i­ment­ing with dif­fer­ent oud scents – I love Tom Ford Oud Wood – so I can for­ever have a per­fume that smells of Dubai.

Find out why many per­fume houses are go­ing back to clas­sic scents and rein­vent­ing them in our fea­ture on page 72, and let me know what your favourite fra­grance is and who or what it re­minds you of. En­joy!

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