Anyone who knows me knows that I love perfume. I feel absolutely naked without it. My husband once went to France on business and returned with a scent that wasn’t available in the US yet. I was in heaven. And he was my hero.
My love affair with perfume began in high school when my aunt gave me my first real perfume for Christmas, Anais Anais. Which couldn’t be bought at the drugstore. At least not in those days. Back then, my repertoire of scents consisted of green apple perfume, which came in a cool apple-shaped bottle, green apple anything was big, especially in shampoo and perfume, and Love’s Baby Soft. Today, my tastes are a little more refined.
Heroes and heroines in romance novels, and that certainly includes sexy secret agents, always smell delicious whenever possible. Spies know how to scent themselves to become absolutely hot and irresistible. The holiday season is a great time to get good deals on all varieties of fabulous colognes and perfumes gift sets. Missed that opportunity? I’ll let you in on my perfume connection and why I love January. Costco.
Costco stocks perfume and eau de toilette in the fall along with toys for the Christmas season. The prices are excellent compared to department stores. But after Christmas, things get even better—Costco puts their scents on clearance. Three days ago at the Costco where I shop, I bought a 1.7 oz bottle of Jean Paul Gaultier’s eau de toilette Classique that usually retails for around $65 for just under twenty. And there are dozens more scents at these fabulous prices. You can also buy larger sizes for $46, which I think is the same price as before Christmas. Still a great deal—those sizes retail for $78 and up.
At under twenty dollars, I can afford to experiment and take chances. Last year I discovered two scents that were new to me that I just love—Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue, which I love for summer, and Bvlgari Omnia.
This year I’ve already discovered Classique and Vera Wang Princess. And this evening I went back and bought Versace Versus eau de toilette, too. There are no testers at Costco, but you have department stores for that. And anyway, buying a scent unsmelled is terribly adventurous, as any good spy knows.
What are your favorite perfumes?