Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Perfumania And A Giveaway!

I love anything that smells good...potpourri, candles, and perfume! When I go to a department store, I love sampling all the different perfumes at the cosmetics counter. I like to spray my favorites on one of those little cards and keep it in my purse to make my purse smell good!

Isn't it funny how a certain smell can take you back in time? Since I have always loved perfume, I have had certain fragrances that I have worn at different times in my life and every time I smell them, it takes me right back to that age and stage of life!

The first bottle of perfume I can ever remember owning was back in 1974 when I was in 6th grade! Do you remember Charlie?


I got some for Christmas and I thought it smelled so good and I wore it all the time. I was a "Charlie Girl"!!



Not too long after my Charlie years, I got introduced to Avon's Sweet Honesty. And Avon always had their perfume in some kind of cute little jar or container. I happened to have this little owl...


The perfume inside was really a cream!

When I got to junior high, I went into my Love's phase. I had two favorites...Love's Baby Soft


and Love's Fresh Lemon!!


I alternated between these two for a long time. I thought I was so grown up because I saw advertisements for these two perfumes all the time in my new favorite magazine...Seventeen!


From there, I was on to Clinique's Aromatics Elixer!


This was the hottest thing ever when I was in ninth grade. This fragrance is so unique. I have never smelled anything like it before or since and little goes a long way. I liked it so much, I wore it pretty much all through high school.

Then, in college, I discovered one of my all-time favorite scents...Lauren by Ralph Lauren! When I got to Baylor, I had some friends who wore this and I instantly fell in love with it. I wore it all of my college years and I still love it today.


Now that I'm all grown up, there have been a few perfumes that I have worn and really liked...

I was hooked on Giorgio of Beverly Hills for a while back in the '90's.


Then I started wearing Amarige by Givenchy...


But for a long time now I have been wearing Clinique's Happy!


And I have to say that it is my favorite perfume ever!!! I love it so much and I think I will be wearing it for a long time. I don't ever seem to get tired of it.

So...I want to know what your favorite perfume is!? If you have read my blog very long, you know that I always have tons of gift cards floating around in my purse. I have so many right now that I decided to have a little give away just for fun. I have a $20 gift card to Target to give to away! If you want to play, just leave me a comment telling me what your favorite perfume is. Then I will pick a winner and send you this card.

I will announce the winner on Thursday night. :)

38 comments:

Love Being a Nonny said...

Love's Baby Soft took me back. I wore it too and LOVED it!!! Like you, my favorite now is Clinique Happy!! So fresh and clean smelling. And who doesn't love a Target gift card??????????

Lana said...

I love perfume, too! Right now I use Malaia from Hollister and Refuge from Charlotte Russe. They are both very different scents, but I like them! I like Tommy Girl, too! And I definately love Target! :)

The Monogrammed Mrs. said...

I love Clinique Happy and Ralph Lauren Romance. Thanks for the opportunity!

The McDaniel Five said...

Poison, Liz Claibrone, and Red Door were my favorites now I like Donna Karan Cashmere Mist. Target is among my favorite places to shop.

kimborahcroom said...

My favorite perfume is made by Clean, the original scent. By the way, I love your blog!

bella said...

L'Air du Temps by Nina Ricci has been my favorite for years. I always get alot of compliments when wearing it. I love Target gift cards! One of my daughters loves Clinique Happy and another one loves Michael by Michael Kors. My third daughter just uses fragrances from Bath and Body.

Garry / Cheryl said...

My favorite for the past several years ... Tresor Perfume by Lancome.

All the perfumes you listed brought back memories!

Keep blogging, love reading about your family.

Kristin @ Blue Skies said...

I love philosophy's Pure Grace. It's such a clean scent.

Christa said...

I love Very Irresistibe by Givenchy! It smells really good.

By the way I love your blog!

petrii said...

Betsy,
I HEART, HEART, HEART Clinque Happy and Tommy Girl ~~ I am not a big purfume wearer, but when I do, these are my fav's.

What a fun contest ~~ Thank you for your generosity!!!

Have a Blessed evening,
Dawn

Christal said...

I used to love love's baby soft! What a nice trip through perfume history!! You know I'm a clinique happy girl love it!! And I love giveaways so fun!! hope your having a great summer so far!!

roberts05 said...

I have been hooked on Tommy Girl for a few years now. I usually don't wear any unfortunately because my husband doesn't seem to like any that I do. I work at Target, so that gift card would be wonderful!

Melissa said...

Ralph Lauren Romance has been a favorite for years, but Daisy by Marc Jacobs is my new favorite!!

heartchild said...

So I will join the ranks of those who love Clinique Happy but I also love Elige from Mary Kay. I don't wear it often but it is my go to when the occasion arises.

Alise Nettles said...

My favorite, but oldie, is Beautiful by Este Lauder I think. I actually always use sweet pea lotion and that is sort of my perfume and favorite at the moment.

Aishlea and Brandon said...

I love perfume, as well! My favorite that has lasted the longest is Light Blue by Dolce & Gabana. It is light and clean, not overpowering. Everyone always comments on my perfume!

You are so sweet to give away a Target gift card...that store shares a universal love! :)

Rebecca Jo said...

I'm totally cracking up because I remember ALL these things.. my mom used to ONLY wear Charlie - I was totally a Love's Baby Soft girl - the smell of Giorgio is still imbedded in my nose from the 80's... & I too only wear HAPPY!!!

We're perfume twins! :)

Nancy said...

I love your perfum history! So funny. I've never been a huge perfum wearer. But I will admit that I do like Clinique's Happy and the Gap's Pink (although that is more of a body spray- not that is makes much difference to me). Thanks for the fun trip down memory lane.

Miss. Pretty said...

I LOVE Target and I LOVE perfume, ha! My all time favortie perfume is Chanel, Coco Mademoiselle! I recognized the smell in college and realized it was what my Nana use to wear all the time, (she babysat me a lot) and this past Christmas my boyfriend got it for me :)even more reasons to LOVE it! But I don't wear it everday so I don't get too use to it! I switch it up with Bath & Body Works Japanese Cherry Blossom Body spray.

Mandie said...

This may sound cheesy, but my favorite is With Love by Hilary Duff!

Heather said...

I like Pink from Victoria's Secret! Been wearing it for years.

Faith said...

I love that little owl container! (I collect owls:)) Some perfumes give me such a headache, but the one I love to wear is Body By Victoria by Victoria's Secret, and then if I'm getting dressed up to go out somewhere I wear Haute Couture. That's my scent when I'm feeling sassy. Ha!!

Cute post!

mer@lifeat7000feet said...

This was a trip down memory lane. I wore almost every single one of those perfumes at some time in my life, but I'm with you...Happy is my choice from not to eternity (sorry, couldn't resist the CK pun). ;)

Mel said...

Cool Water by Davidoff always reminds me of college and my old sorority house! Now a days I am loving Clinique Happy!

Jacquie said...

I remember all those scents... and had forgotten about the Avon owl until you took me for a stroll down Memory Lane!

Currently, I'm enjoying Daisy (Marc Jacobs) and Kayla wears Light Blue (Dolce & Gabbana) which is amazing!

Holly said...

This was such a fun post Betsy! I too ♥ Clinique Happy, I also love cherry blossom from bath and body works and Heavenly from Victoria Secret!They also have a new one out at BBW called White Citrus that I'm liking. Mmmmm! You are too cute!

Meagan said...

What a great post and great give away idea!!! :-)

Well, you are not going to believe this, but my favorite is Happy as well! (Shocker, I know... what did you say on facebook? Soul Mates?) :-) I love it and I think it smells slightly different on everyone! :-) I have worn it off and on since high school! Whenever I try something different, I always end up going back to Happy!

Kara said...

I remember Love's Baby Soft! How funny! I LOVE perfume too but, have a hard time finding scents that are "light" enough that they don't give me a migraine. My absolute favorite right now is Blush by Marc Jacobs. It is really more of a "spring" scent but, I wear it year round and I also love Envy Me by Gucci. The scent that takes me back though is, Sunflowers by Elizabeth Arden, (reminds me of high school) and Chanel No. 5 reminds me of my grandmother. Such a neat post!!

cpullum said...

I am a huge fan of the Obsession perfume! It's been my favorite for years!!!
Carla
cpullum(at)yahoo(dot)com

Cindy said...

Reading this post really took me back some years. I too, work Love's baby soft and when my daughter was younger, I remember picking some up for her. She didn't seem as fascinated with it as I was..but I still like it. But the fragrance I have worn since high school and still to this day were is Chanel 5. I will try others, but I love everything about this fragrance.
Thanks for a great post.
Hugs,
Cindy

Deidre said...

Ha! My oldest daughter (7) received a bottle of Love's Baby Soft for Christmas and I loved spraying it just to remember when I was little.

I love Clinique Happy and that's what I wear most of the time :)

But, I LOVE Target more - ha! Thanks for the giveaway!

Lynn said...

Oh my goodness! This post took me back some years when I used to wear Charlie, Sweet Honesty (which Avon still sells, btw). My two favorites right now are Estee Lauder's 'Beautiful' and 'Pleasures'. Thank you for the opportunity to win a Target gift card!

Stacia said...

The Ralph Lauren taked me back to high school :)

I must say my favoroite is Burberry.

Stacia said...

that should be TAKES me back...I promise I can spell...lol

Kelley said...

Funny, funny! I also love to reminisce about the many phases of men's cologne and what fragrance I liked on the boys in high school! I wear the Scent of Peace by Bond no. 9. It is hard to find and not cheap. I got hooked on it through a sample at Saks in NYC and I LOVE it.

Saw your sweet parents at the hospital this morning making the baby rounds. I love them!!!!!

TAFTY5 said...

Your post took me back.....
I have worn almost everything on your list -
Do you remember the Liz Claiborne perfume that came in the triangle bottle. Loved that! OH!
My new current favorites are "Pink Sugar" and Victoria Secret's new "Wish".
This was a fun post!

Lynn said...

This is my first time visiting your site. So cute! I love it! I still, believe it or not, have the very last remains of my Love's Fresh Lemon cologne from oh, about 30 plus years ago. I don't think they make it any more, do they? I am (obviously) very sparing with mine and dab it on when I feel like treating myself. Guess I never outgrew my 12-year-old self ;)

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