Tuesday, June 5, 2007


I haven't really worn perfume in quite some time. I avoided perfume while I was nursing my babies. (I wouldn't want to snack right next to an aroma point, KWIM?) Once the babies were no longer babies I was so busy that the thought of smelling good was pretty far down the list of to-do's. (Shower? Check. Perfume? Not right now.) For an occasional event or an evening out I might dig around the cabinet and find an old bottle.

Just recently I was talking to a coworker about her lovely fragrance and I decided it was time to get a new perfume. And my Dh and children thought 'fume would make a good Mother's Day gift.

A little perfume history... White Shoulders was my first perfume. In the past I've worn Halston, Anne Klein and White Diamonds. My mother always wore Beautiful and Estee, both by Estee Lauder.

I like floral, fruity, citrus-y, and woodsy smells. I don't smell good in musks. I wanted to keep it "light."

On Mother's Day I had a yucky cold and decided that shopping for perfume with a stuffy nose was a bad idea. A few days later, with clear nasal passages, we were off to buy a new scent for Mommy. I armed myself with a list of "recommended perfumes" courtesy of some pastor's wives that I know in cyberspace and a few recommendations from friends.

My pockets were full of spritzed cardboard. My arms were full of "spritzes." I smelled LOTS of perfumes. My boys smelled LOTS of perfumes. Then they knocked over a display of sunglasses. We left the store. When we came back to the store I started at the Estee Lauder counter. (Opposite side of the cosmetics area...)

As I mentioned, my mom was an Estee Lauder fan and often, when I miss Mom, I will go to the perfume counter just to get a whiff of the fragrances she wore. I thought I had smelled all of the Estee Lauder collection. And then the sales lady brought out a different bottle, Pleasures Exotic. She actually had to open a new box. Apparently, this perfume is frequently stolen.

I knew instantly that it was the perfume for me. Fruity, floral and light. Tropical and yummy. Just what I was sniffing for.

But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the FRAGRANCE of the knowledge of him. For we are to God the AROMA of Christ among those being saved, and those who are perishing. 2 Corinthians 2:14-15