Smells have a way of jogging your memory. They transport you back into different times in your life or help you remember different people. I can still smell my Nana when I think about her - Chanel No. 5, powder and ponds facial lotion - that's what she smelled like. 

If someone were to remember me by a smell right now they would probably describe it as baby vomit, Lucky Charms and Gain. It's very telling of my life right now, but I want to smell beautiful, comforting, light and easy. Well, if you make your way down to the Jo Malone store at the Biltmore Fashion Park you can create exactly that. You can create a scent just for you that no one else hands, and you really can't go wrong.

I discovered that I could pick a scent by describing my desire to feel assertive, strong, sexy, clean, happy rather than guessing if I like citrus, florals or woody notes. It turns out I'm more of a warm, woody fan than I am a crisp, citrus fan. Who knew?! In fact, the very two scents that make up my signature smell are Vanilla Cardamom and Wood Sage & Sea Salt. I layered body creme of the Wood Sage & Sea Salt and spritzed the Vanilla Cardamom over the top and it was devine.

A couple things I learned from the amazing store experience:
1. Don't rub your perfume in. Press it in. Rubbing destroys the scent.
2. There are under 150 ingredients in the Jo Malone scents, and the average perfume on the market has over 300. You are really getting a quality product that will last much longer.
3. Only 16 people in the world make their candles, and about two people on average will handle the candle you purchase. It is quite special.
4. Princess Kate and Prince William had their wedding scented with Jo Malone's Orange Blossom. So, if you want to smell like their wedding day you know where to go!
5. You can schedule a hand and arm massage for a quick pampering at the Jo Malone store.

Go visit their beautiful brand new store for an incredible experience. If you're stumped as to what to get people for their wedding, birthday or for the holidays I highly recommend getting candles, perfume or body creme from Jo Malone. Any man or woman would feel so special to receive such a luxurious and beautiful gift. 

This post is sponsored by Jo Malone.

I Smell Memories

img-thingMy number one Christmas gift this year is Narciso Rodriguez perfume "Her." I've wanted this scent for about two years, and finally feel like I have found my signature scent - although I'm sure something else will come along the way in the future. For many people, our olfactory sense brings out specific memories or faces. I've gone through many perfumes, and so whenever I smell certain ones I am reminded of seasons in my life. Though the list isn't that long, occasionally I'll come across a scent that reminds me of a person. On my wedding day, I gave Ryan a Calvin Klein cologne, and now my wedding day is marked with a specific smell. I LOVE that! (Click to keep reading).

Below, I've listed scents I've worn or others have worn  and what/who they remind me of...Are there any perfumes or colognes that bring a time or a face to mind for you?

CK One Summer - My wedding day

Burberry Touch, Juicy Couture Dirty English - Ryan

Chanel Number 5 - Nana

Estee Lauder Pleasures - Dad

Coco Chanel - Mom

Clinique Happy - Danielle Axtell

Kenneth Cole Black - Erin Blohm

Vanilla Sugar - Michelle Hays

Hanae Mori Butterfly - Emma VandeReit

Burberry Brit - Amaris Kress

Anna Sui for Women - High school

Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue - Sophomore year of college

Lacoste Pour Femme - Junior Year of College

Donna Karan Cashmere Mist - Senior year of college

Please Don't...Smell Like Meat

BKFlameIt has been awhile since I made a plea with the public...Well, I came across this and I have just got to say...WHAT THE HECK WERE THEY THINKING?!!! Leave it to the Brits to create a perfume that smells like MEAT! Yes, that is what I said...Meat! It's called "Flame." Burger King UK just came out with the new scent. So now you can smell like flame grilled hamburger (more like microwaved beef). This is their description....Tell me if it makes you want to buy it....(gross!)

"Introducing Flame, the new fragrance from Burger King. Flame is the world's first perfume to contain the irresistable, sizzling overtones of the WHOPPER. Behold the scent of seduction with a subtle hint of flame-grilled beef."

See for yourself...


Signature Scent

Do you have a signature scent? I love perfumes and fragrant lotions, but I can't stick to just one. After a month of using a new perfume, something better comes out and I want to wear that. The past perfumes I've worn are Dolce & Gabbana "Light Blue," Donna Karan "Cashmere", Lacoste "Pour Femme" with some Bath & Body Works sprays and random samples of perfume from Sephora. haha.

My latest favorite, I haven't bought it yet, is Elizabeth Arden's "Pretty."

What are your favorite scents?