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I am not properly dressed without my perfume. It makes me feel ready in the way other things – heels, lipstick, jewellery – work for other women.
I have risked missing trains to run back in the house if I have forgotten to spritz. Wearing it has made me feel sexy at times when looking in the mirror didn’t. It provides a flourish of femininity even when I am dashing around in jeans and Converse.
I love the ritual of layering scented lotion and perfume. I love breathing the last traces of it as I gather up my clothes. I love that flip in your belly when you roll over in bed, catch their scent on your sheets and are transported back to a moment.
Names echo the language of sex – Allure, Reveal, Touch, Intense, Pleasures, Euphoria.
Some of the bottles can be pretty suggestive too…
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  1. Marie Rebelle

    That is a beautiful bottle! I’m, sadly enough, allergic to a lot of lovely perfumes, so always stick with the same one and the one I use has quite a boring bottle…
    Rebel xox

    • Exposing40

      This isn’t actually my perfume – I wear Guilty by Gucci – I snapped this is Duty Free this week. Xx

  2. SilverDomUK

    That is very suggestive!

  3. Molly

    I am a huge fan of scent but not of perfumes. I do like them and have a collection but I rarely put them on…. and the scent I really love is the one of our bed, that musky mixture of us, that makes me feel warm, safe and sexy

  4. HappyComeLucky

    That is a great image and your words are brilliant. I didn’t really ‘get’ the whole perfume thing for years but now, the right scent is amazing and evocative.

  5. Miss Scarlet

    I recognised the bottle straightaway as it’s the only perfume I use. And it is beautiful, like the bottle.

  6. constantlyreid

    I love the ability of scent to set my day as it were. Depending on what I choose, I can be straightforward, focused, sexy or whimsical. Perfume is the ultimate starter to the kind of day I think I want or need.
    This was a really great post.

  7. rebeccablackwords

    That’s the perfume I use too. I’ve gone back to it after years of using another one.

  8. Velvet Rose

    Such a beautiful bottle.
    Velvet x

  9. Modesty Ablaze (@ablazingmodesty)

    Wonderful post . . . I so agree with all your words . . . and then loved your following comment about “Gucci Guilty”. Made me giggle!!!
    Xxx – K

  10. mariasibylla

    This is a beautiful post. Scent is so huge. A specific smell can transport you anywhere. I’d like to have a specific signature scent. I suppose it’s not too late to start…
    Gorgeous photo too. That bottle is stunning and it absolutely looks I’ve you snapped it on a fancy vanity, not in a duty free shop!

  11. sweetwomandirtymind

    What a gorgeous bottle! The containers are one of my favorite things about fancy perfume.

  12. cammiesonthefloor

    That is a truly beautiful bottle, and scent is so important.

  13. sub-Bee

    I used to be like you, never leaving the house until I had my scent on but they stopped making my favourite (*sigh) and Sir said it masked my scent and he loves nuzzling into my neck and just inhaling me, which actually sounds slightly odd now I’ve written it!

  14. F Dot Leonora

    i know which perfume that is…love the angle!!!

  15. Miss July

    I agree. Scents do wonders that other things often can’t. Great image.
    xxx Miss July xxx

  16. Malin James

    Ah… this is lovely. I have many perfumes – different ones for different moods, though my favorite has been my favorite for fifteen years 🙂

    • Exposing40

      I always wear the same one, day in day out. Usually for about three years or so, then I get bored and find a new one. Am currently on Gucci Guilty…not the bottle in the picture – that was shot passing through duty free last week!

  17. Beck (@BeckAndHerKinks)

    That is a gorgeous bottle. Sadly, I’m also allergic to most perfumes as well.

    • Exposing40

      I didn’t realise how many people were allergic to perfume until this weekend. Some of my RL friends are too it turns out!

  18. Charlie

    Fantastic image!

  19. Sweetendirty

    Perfume bottles can be so beautiful!

  20. KaziG

    Such a lovely bottle! Unfortunately, I’m allergic to most scents so I stick with my warm vanilla sugar…
    ~Kazi xxx

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