Scent of Three Women

Sometimes a perfume is more than a fragrance. It can be a declaration of independence, a rite of passage, even a potent link between the generations.

By Sandy Hingston
perfume, scent
Photograph: Illustration by Gérard DuBois

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First Published January 17, 2012

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This article struck a note with me. Not only did I go through the same scent 'phases', enjoying the same scents, such as Love's Baby Soft and Anais Anais, I seem to also have defined myself with scents at my different life stages. I can honestly say, I haven't thought about it before so it was like a light bulb moment for me! These days, although I did wear at one time what I thought of as my Mom's scent...Elixir by Clinique, I've gone back to an old High School favorite...a scent by Aveda, which has hints of patchouli ...and often people stop me to ask what I am wearing or ask " Who's got patchouli on?????" Thanx stimulating some thoughts!

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