Thursday, July 20, 2023

Feminine Differential Perfume - Do You Still Wear It?


Here are two iconic fragrances that 
are my favorites. Both of these I remember vividly for my teen dating years. I can immediately recognize them still today with each enlisting an immediate pleasant feeling of well being. And, best of all, good memories. 

What feminine message does a fragrance convey too you? “Fragrance is the ultimate tool of seduction, it’s an invisible signal, a code that says, I’m ready for the world”. According to Mr. Annese, who credits Tory Burch’s eloquence in storytelling for the success of her digital fragrance sales to women who ordered without so much as a whiff.

One of my first girlfriend always wore the "Jean Nate", still available according to Fragrantica. My steady high school girlfriend that became my wife, always wore Youth Dew.   

Jean Nate by Revlon:  "First launched back in 1935 for the Jean Nate Company, which was later bought by Revlon. This timeless classic possesses citrus, floral and spicy notes, such as lavender, jasmine, rose, carnation, lily of the valley, cedar, tonka bean, musk and sandalwood."

Youth Dew from Estee Lauder: "Absolutely captivating, with opulent flowers, rich spices, precious woods. It has been called one of the sexiest fragrances ever created, and more than 50 years after it was launched it continues to entice with its sensual, yet timeless appeal.  Estée wanted to find a way for women to buy their own perfume, so in 1953 she created Youth-Dew, a bath oil that doubled as a skin perfume."

There is no question that certain perfumes are a Feminine Differential. However, has perfume wearing gone down the same path as panty hose?  Do women still wear or use perfume?  According to a 2008 NYTimes article "The Sweet Smell of ... Nothing":

“Eighty-five percent of women are still buying fragrance, but an increasing number tell us they are wearing fewer scents, less frequently or not at all.”

So my question to you: Do you in general tend to wear fragrance less now than you did in the past? What is your favorite? Memories?



  1. I remember days past when a woman well dressed wearing pantyhose and tapping out her arrival in heels would leave behind a sensual and feminine fragrance that was beguiling and captivating

    Paula G

  2. The two perfumes of my adolescence in the late 60s and early 70s that immediately bring back fond memories of my youth and the girlfriends that wore these fragrances are Chantilly launched in 1941 by the perfume house Houbigant and Revlon’s original Charlie introduced in 1973.

  3. My favorite has always been Aromatics Elixir by Clinique...makes me feel so sexy! Lauren