I can chart my adult life by the different perfumes I have worn and I love how getting a whiff of one can transport me back to a specific moment. This happened a few weeks ago. My friend Pansy was wearing Narcisco Rodriguez For Her and I was instantly back in New York in my early twenties. I could recall those feelings with total clarity – kinda lonely and kinda wild, listening to Joan Baez on the subway on my brand spanking new iPod, which felt like the coolest object in the world. The power of scent!
And ever since visiting Coqui Coqui, the spa-meets-perfumerie-meets-boutique hotel located in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, all I can think about is Orange Blossom. Last year, my husband Alex and I honeymooned in this part of the world, specifically in the oceanside town of Tulum, where, along with enjoying sand and sea, I had an unexpected perfume epiphany. This happened at Coqui Coqui, of course, where I couldn’t get enough of the locally-inspired scents. Realizing that I had stumbled upon something great, I stocked up on candles, bath oils and eau de toilette, in scents ranging from Coco-Coco (coconut) to Agave to Menli (Mint & Lime). This is also where I discovered Coqui Coqui’s Orange Blossom Eau de Cologne. With one spritz, it’s summer again and I’m back in Tulum.
For my lastest webisode, I thought we would explore the art of perfume at Le Labo, one of my favorite small batch perfume companies. The brand is inspiring for many reasons, including their gorgeous boutiques located in cosmopolitan cities such as LA, Paris and Tokyo. But what really makes Le Labo unique is how they make the perfume. On the spot. In front of each customer. It’s very cool. And their Fleur d’Oranger 27 is my new signature scent.
So please watch this video and let me know what you think. And while you’re at it, please share your perfume tales. Do you have a signature scent? I would love to know.