If you’re a lover of perfume, we’re sure you’ll never forget your first fragrance. From feeling oh-so-grown up when wearing it to school or it triggering memories of a special Christmas where it was wrapped up under the tree, everyone will have their own reason as to why it holds a place in their heart.
Today, we’re discovering the first perfumes some of our Perfume People loved and why it still feels so special to them.
KNOWING BY ESTEE LAUDER
BY GILL SMITH, MANAGING DIRECTOR
My first grown up perfume was Knowing by Estée Lauder. I went on my first holiday in the 90s with my boyfriend (now husband) to the Greek Islands and on the ferry our holiday rep was wearing this. I loved it straight away and asked for the details which I had never done before. It has my favourite ingredients – rose and jasmine. Anytime I smell it now the warmth of the scent takes me back to the Greek Islands.
(ORIGINAL) CHLOE BY CHLOE
CATHY NEWMAN, MARKETING & CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE DIRECTOR
My first ever “proper” perfume was Chloe original, which came out in 1975 and I think it was originally by Karl Lagerfeld. Although I don’t wear it anymore, it still holds dear to me as my mum and dad bought it for me back from their holiday.
TOMMY GIRL BY TOMMY HILFIGER
HANNAH WALSH, UX DESIGN MANAGER
My first fragrance was Tommy Girl when I was about 10 or 11. I received it as a birthday gift from my mum and I thought it was amazing! I remember wearing it all the time when I went out to see my friends that summer.
CODE BY ARMANI
SOPHIE JACKSON, CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE MANAGER
I’d had perfumes as a teenager, but when I was around 17 my friend worked at our local The Perfume Shop and I went in to try some new smells. She sprayed a few for me but I fell in love with Armani Code almost immediately, and I’ve worn it ever since! Other fragrances do feature in my collection, but I always come back to Code. When I spray it, it brings back lots of happy memories over the last 12 years. Going out with the girls, holidays, graduating, starting new jobs, getting engaged – Code has been there for some of my happiest memories and it always brings a smile to my face (and perhaps a slight bit of nostalgia). It will continue to be one of my all-time favourites!
CK ONE BY CALVIN KLEIN
STEVE ALLEN, ONLINE PRODUCT & PROMOTION TEAM LEADER
My first fragrance was a gift set of 2 Calvin Klein travel sprays. One was CK One and the other was CK Be. My mum (aka Santa) gave them to me for Christmas when I was 11 or 12. The smell of CK Be still reminds me of Christmas, even now, and I’ve been wearing it ever since! CK One reminds me of summer and was definitely one of the most popular fragrances for men and women at the time.
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