"What do I wear to bed? Why, Chanel No. 5, of course." -Marilyn Monroe
I think there are a few standard things all grown women should have... a little black dress, a pair of heels so comfy you could run a mile in (at least one pair among the gorgeous, less comfortable ones), bed sheets you want to swim in, jeans that make you butt look great... & a signature scent.
I didn't have that last one. I normally don't even bother with a perfume, maybe if I'm going out I'll do a splash of body spray, but not 1 standard smell. I know it's silly, but I want something consistent... like if I was dating someone & they knew my perfume so well that smelling it on their pillow would make them miss me. (I accidently admitted that to a friend at the bar... he laughed & accused me of being a romantic... I guess the secret's out.)
After an hour of sniffing circles around Macy's & near inhalation poisoning, I found it. And it's not Chanel No. 5. I've always been intrigued by Marilyn so it was the first scent I tried on...spritzed a liberal dose of my wrists... & hated it! It just smelled like old lady... which she would have been by now so I guess it's fitting. But it's so very NOT me.
It made me think about what I wanted my perfume to say about me. I wanted it to be clean & light enough to apply liberally that says "I'm a grown, sexy woman who is nothing like your mother". Close enough, the description posted of my final choice said "Confident, Successful, Charismatic". I based it off my nose, not the advertising, but maybe it's not a coincidence.
Dolce & Gabbana 3 - L´Impatrice (translation: Empress)
So it's not the Marilyn glamour, it's something better... it's me.