March 11, 2011: Fragrance Day

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March 11, 2011

★~ Today’s Quote: “Odors have a power of persuasion stronger than that of words, appearances, emotions, or will. The persuasive power of an odor cannot be fended off, it enters into us like breath into our lungs, it fills us up, imbues us totally. There is no remedy for it.” — Patrick Suskind

★~ March 11, 2011: Fragrance Day (Fragrance day was moved to March 21st in 2012)  

My mother has worn the same fragrance for years. If I sneak a little spritz when Cole and I visit my parents, Cole will immediately tell me I smell like “Grandmarcie.” Joe loved Old Spice, and Cole still associates the Old Spice smell with his dad. I tried to update Joe’s cologne choice, but he was just an Old Spice guy. We did once find a bottle of Hai Karate during an archeology dig around our house — it must have belonged to Joe’s dad. It had never been opened and still had its small self-defense instruction booklet that was sold with each bottle (to help wearers fend off women). It was about 20 years old. Joe opened the bottle and wore it to the last drop, always being careful “how he wore it.” He would put it on and walk out the door practicing his karate chop chops. I did not have the heart to tell him, he had little to worry about and was very happy when the fragrance was gone and only the bottle remained.  I may have helped the bottle evaporate a little-out of self-defense. Chop. Chop.

★~ Today In History:

♥~ 1968Otis Redding posthumously received a gold record for the single, (Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay. Redding was killed in a plane crash in Lake Monona in Madison, WI on December 10, 1967.

♥~ 1986 Popsicle announced its plan to end the traditional twin-stick frozen treat for a flatter, one-stick model.

♥~ 1964 – Chart Topper: I Want to Hold Your Hand ,The Beatles

★~  Born Today:

♥~ 1934 – Sam Donaldson TV newsman: ABC White House correspondent; host: Primetime Live

♥~ 1946 – Mark Metcalf, Actor (“Animal House”)

♥~ 1952 Susan Richardson, Actress (“Eight is Enough”)

♥~ 1952 – Douglas Adams author: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy; died May 11, 2001

♥~ 1963- Alex Kingston, Actress (“ER”)

★~ Did you know: 

♥~ The word “perfume” comes from the Latin “per fumum”, which means “through smoke”?

♥~  Where do we begin with the history of fragrance? Perhaps with the first nose?  Perfume most likely originated in Arabia and/or Egypt, refined later by the alchemists and Europeans. A key figure was Cleopatra, with her attention to scenting all aspects of her life including the sails of her barge.

♥~Hungary Water” is the name of the first modern, alcohol-based perfume made in Hungary in 1370. Legends say that Queen Elisabeth of Hungary requested this type of product, and Hungarian monks created this perfume specially for her.

♥~ Chanel No. 5 is the first perfume launched by Parisian couturier Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel. The French government reports that a bottle of Chanel No. 5 is sold every thirty seconds, generating sales of $100 million dollars a year.

 ♥~ A rose is a rose, and a perfume is a perfume, right? Well, not if it’s the “World’s Most Expensive Perfume.” Clive Christian No. 1 was awarded the Guinness World Record for being the most expensive perfume. Composed of the rarest ingredients in the world with no regard to their cost, No. 1, which has been produced by Clive Christian for the past six years, retails for $2,350 for 30ml of the pure perfume. Only 1000 bottles each of the men’s and women’s perfumes are released each year.


Have you ever worn a piece of clothing that belonged to someone close to you, and when you put it on the lingering scent of their perfume made you feel like you were with them?  Have you ever had an aunt who wore Emeraude or a grandmother who wore ShalimarSuzanne Pleshette once accused Bob Newhart on the old  Bob Newhart show of “Shalimaring her to death,” after she mentioned that she liked the fragrance. Do you have a signature scent? What memories of perfumes and colognes send you spiraling back in time?

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16 thoughts on “March 11, 2011: Fragrance Day

  1. My Mom used to use a hand cream called Rose Milk that smelled like roses. Sometimes I’ll come across an actual rose that smells just like Mom. Sigh.

  2. My dad used Old Spice and I still associate that scent with him. He has been gone many years but when I get a whiff of that scent somewhere it always brings back memories. It is really nice when someone finds a signature scent that really works for them and they stick with it. That seems to have gone out of fashion.

    • Scent is such a strong memory holder. I just found my signature scent Suzanne–so I am really hoping I don’t go out of style to soon! 😀

      Thanks for dropping by Odd!

  3. My dad used to wear Old Spice, too!!! I think of him every time I smell it just like Suzanne and it brings back such wonderful memories!!!
    I have played around with a lot of fragrances over the years but I still remember one that I wore in high school that my mom swore smelled like insect repellent!!! I can’t remember the name of it but I thought it smelled okay!!! Oh well! I am not too scarred from that criticism!
    Have a wonderful day!

    • Insect repellent? Oh no! I bet you smelled just fine and your mother nose was just having an off day. Maybe our dads wore it because beside a tie it was there more frequent gift at holidays and birthdays! 🙂

  4. Myself, I wear different scents that mirror my mood of the day. Sometimes it is Chanel Mademoselle, Cashmere Mist, Eternity Moment, Estee Lauder, or Obsession to name a few. I still love the smell of Lilly of the Valley that I associate with my grandma, who always had it on her hanky that she had in her purse. Every time you open it the lovely smell floated out. I have never been able to find that smell again, except from the flower itself.

    • Lily of the Valley–I remember my Grandmother had a hugh jug of it on her dressing table. I planted Lily of the Valley last year just for the smell–it may take over but it will be worth it.
      I like most of Estee Lauder but now stick with Beauty. Cole says, it smell like me. )

  5. No one else seems to remember, but when I was young, the best sign that Christmas was coming was not when they opened the Christmas tree lots or stacked the store shelves with Christmas decorations, but when the A&P received its shipment of tangerines. The entire store smelled like tangerines. Today’s tangerines don’t have that smell. I didn’t even LIKE tangerines, but I LOVED that scent!

    • I’m not sure we had tangerines in El Paso, Texas when I was growing up…but I do love the orange/citrus smell and try to find candles with the smell that won’t over power my house.

  6. I like your orange photo, Katybeth!

    I stopped wearing perfume a long time ago…too many folks around me with allergies…I do remember liking “Emeraude” when I was in my early 20’s…

    Lily of the valley is one of my favourite scents too…when I was little, I had a “Little Kiddle” doll that smelled like lily of the valley.


    • Thank you Wendy!

      I have a lot of friends that sell essential oils but Cole loathes the smell because he sat next to one girl in class that often spritzed to much oil on herself. I do wear perfume everyday but try to keep it light out of respect for other people’s allergies and nosebuds. Lucky for me-or them nobody in my immediate circle has fragrant allergies.
      Love the smell of Lily of the Valley!

  7. I have worn the same scent for many years, as Katybeth mentioned. However, a looong time ago as I was walking past cosmetic counters I picked up a sample bottle of a fragrance and gave myself a good spritz. That perfume and my body oils did not go together, At ALL. Everyone just stared at me as I walked through the store. I went to the ladies room and tried to wash it off, no dice. I came home and jumped in the shower and scrubbed, I could still smell it when I got out. That scent stayed with me for days and so did people’s stares. Never again!

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