“A special fragrance is a most effective expression of femininity” Arlene Dahl, Always Ask a Man
Finding a “signature” fragrance has, like getting a good haircut, been a year-long challenge for me. Betsey Johnson fragrances are too cloying, I don’t want to smell like Beyonce, Taylor Swift or Justin Beiber’s prostitute, and nothing else I found really smelled like…me.
Well, the long search is finally over. And a man, in his own way, helped.
In “New Frontier,” off 1982’s The Nightfly, Donald Fagen sings, “She’s wearing Ambush and French twist/She’s got us wild and she can tell.” I wasn’t sure what he meant by “wearing Ambush,” so I did a quick search–turns out, it’s a fragrance launched in 1955, with notes of lavender, bergamot, orchid and jasmine. Not too floral, not too woody, all scents I adore on their own. It’s still around; my bottle on Amazon cost $14 bucks with shipping.
But when that bottle arrived and I opened it up, I KNEW I had my scent! It was perfect–sweet, mysterious, vintage. Not heavy or cheap-smelling. Classy. Classic. The scents I grew up with on the dressing tables of my mother and grandmothers.
Now every morning, as part of my beauty routine, I dab a little on in all the right places. The only downside is that it’s a little light, so I have to douse myself pretty heavily if I want anyone to notice. But Ian did say, “You smell nice,” when I soaked a cotton ball and tucked it in my camisole.