‘A woman’s perfume tells more about her than her handwriting’ – Christian Dior
Ever since I could remember I’ve been on a constant search for my own perfect smell. Perfume always seems to smell amazing on other people, but I’ve never seemed to be able to find something I’m in love with and that I think is totally ‘me’.
When I was 16 I got the Natural Reactions set from Avon (now discontinued) and totally fell in love with them, especially ‘In the Clouds’. That, and a perfume that the clothing shop Oasis used to do (also discontinued) have been the closest thing I’ve ever been able to find to a smell I think suits me. So imagine my delight to find the entire Natural Reactions set, unused and on ebay for only £15! I swiftly purchased and when they arrived, they smell exactly how I remember them.
In order of least favourite to favourite they are:
Fired Up – Definitely my least favourite of the 4 (although its still a nice smell) so tend to use this first and save the other ones for special occasions, it’s a little on the spicy side for me, it also seems to be the most readily available on ebay so I’m guessing most other people feel the same as me! It’s more winter and evening appropriate as it’s quite musky, I think it would be quite heavy for work. Nice for anyone who likes exotic, warm fragrances though.
Earth Walk – I’m undecided on this one, sometimes I love and it sometimes I’m not overly keen. It’s very earthy, dry and woody as the name suggests. Again probably better in the winter, it doesn’t have that ‘fresh’ and ‘clean’ smells that I tend to gravitate towards. It’s good for work and works very well as a day-to-night perfume.
Still Waters – This is way more up my street, it reminds me of a perfume GAP used to do called GAP Blue and is really clean and fresh. Perfect for any time of year really but definitely more of a day time scent.
In The Clouds – My all time fave! I was so pleased when this one dropped through the letterbox and as soon as i sniffed it i was 16 again. It’s very light, fresh, flowery and sweet, it’s ideal for summer and during the day. It’s such a shame that it’s discontinued because i think this would be my signature smell were it more readily available. I’ll without a doubt be using it sparingly to try to make it last as long as possible!
I’ll be keeping an eye out for these on ebay but with them being discontinued in the late 90’s (and can’t seem to find anything by Avon that they were replaced by) I may have to start my fragrance search all over again and accept I’m not 16 any more!