“And with precious and royal perfume you anointed yourself.”
— Sappho
Late yesterday my recent splurge arrived in the mail. Lovely little packages inside one big box. The fun of unwrapping – sliding off ribbons, pulling back tissue paper.

Thanks to a nice tax refund, I decided two weeks ago to go forward with this special purchase in the name of self care. Twelve hours in, I have no regrets.

The splurge in question? Petite vials of Jo Malone so I can play and combine. In the words of Sappho, to annoint myself with a little “power” or “goddessness” or “creativity and courage” as needed to strengthen my resolves and go about my day.

Perfume has been something I’ve been exploring a lot in the past two years. Before this I did not really wear it a good deal, opting more for essential oils. I was a fan of Elizabeth Arden’s Red Door in my early twenties; my late 30s I fell in love with an oil (Ananya) from the Body Shop.

So the past two years I’ve been trying to find a new “signature scent” for myself. I did the Scentbird subscription for awhile and thought I had found a scent but became a bit bored with it on a daily basis.

So we shall see if with the ability to layer and combine scents that I may realize a truly unique signature for myself.

For the record and the curious here are my vials – all smelling amazing on their own!

  1. Wood Sage & Sea Salt – the gateway scent that lead me to this purchase. I received a sample from Sephora and “hello lovely”
  2. Peony & Blush Suede
  3. Nectarine Blossom & Honey – two of my favorite things in real life so how could I not try?!
  4. Pomegranate Noir – I looooove pomegranates. I love the story of Persephone and Hades so this one had to be tried. Smells so dark and rich.
  5. Myrrh & Tonka – this one was a bonus and beautiful scent. I like to think Divine knew this would be great for me and sent it on its way
  6. Okay one more bonus – sample of Lime Basil & Mandarin which is also supposed to layer well with a few of these.

Do you have a signature scent? If you use Jo Malone, what’s your favorite?

MANTRA: I am worthy of lovely things.