Mood Scent 4 : Inner Teen Perfumes
Its Mood Scent 4 time again! Sam (I Scent You a Day), Megan (Megan in St. Maxime), Portia (Australian Perfume Junkies) and I write about a different theme every month. This time we have chosen to post about Inner Teen Perfumes. Which perfumes make us feel like young teenagers again? Fragrances we used when we were teenagers ourselves or perfumes which make us feel like we are in our teens again?
When I was a teenager in the eighties I wore perfumes like Diorella, Lancome Climat and Estée Lauder White Linen. Diorella is the fragrance I associate most with being a teenager. I bought a “vintage” bottle of Climat a year ago but it does not remind me of the scent I used to wear at all. White Linen or Climat are not exactly fragrances I would suggest for teenagers nowadays but we had a lot less to choose from in those days as some of you well know!
I wore Diorella with much joy when I graduated high school in 1985. The year of films like St Elmo’s Fire, Back to the Future and Jagged Edge. Diorella extrait was a very generous gift from my aunt and it still makes me feel like a teenager even though it has been drastically changed removing its dominant fruity melon accord in more recent releases.
Diorella is an uplifting fragrance with Sicilian lemon, bright light clean jasmine over a vetiver and patchouly base. Natural jasmine flowers can smell of rotting and decay in the evening in the Mediterranean but the focus here is on it’s clean scent during the day. Perfumer Edmond Routniska interestingly added an almost rotting contrasting cantaloupe melon accord. Diorella was released in 1972. Edmond Routniska also created Frederic Malle Le Parfum de Therese in the early fifties (for his wife) Le Parfum de Therese was released to the public in 2000 and some bloggers say it is rather similar to Diorella. Honestly I find it rather different but who knows how it smelled when it was first released in 1972? I would love to know Diorella how it was originally intended.
Notes: lemon, peach, basil, bergamot, melon, green notes, honeysuckle, jasmine, violet, rose, carnation, cyclamen. Oak moss, vanilla, clove, sandalwood, vetiver, musk, patchouly.
Moschino Cheap and Chic I Love Love
Pure careless joy in a playful coloured bottle. This fragrance uplifts me everytime I wear it and the blue and red bottle with a toylike spray brings a smile to my face every time I use it. Starting with a bright citrus accord, full of juicy pomelo and sweet candy like lemon, it changes into a warm woody base. Although pomelo or grapefruit is very dominant, it never gets sour and is extremely uplifting. It does disappear rather quickly on the skin though. I love love was released in 2005 and created by perfumer Olivier Cresp, it is said to be rather similar to Dolce Gabbana Light Blue (which he created too) but with a brighter citrus top and as a bonus it is much cheaper too. They do share the same DNA but I love love is much more prominent on my skin especially its bright pomelo opening.
Notes: grapefruit, red currant, lemon, tea rose, cinnamon, musk, cedar wood
Parfums MDCI Péché Cardinal
Parfums MDCI (MDCI) Peche Cardinal is a young, joyful and pretty fruity floral fragrance. Wearing Péché Cardinal makes me feel innocent and playful. It was released in 2008, meaning Cardinal Sin in French and created by perfumer Amandine Clerc-Marie.
Peche Cardinal was the first perfume with a dominant tuberose note I enjoyed wearing. The tuberose is fresh green and innocent before showing us her more lush or even carnal side. Péché Cardinal can be slightly caleidoscopic as she changes from sweet peach liquor to creamy tuberose and a lighter coconut. It makes you feel like a young teenage girl feeling very pretty in pink (I am referring here to the 1986 film Pretty in Pink with Molly Ringwald and Andrew McCartney, a film I enjoyed watching in the eighties).
Notes: Davana, peach, coconut, blackcurrant, tuberose, prune, lily, cedar, sandalwood, musc.
These were my three choices! Have a look on the Sam’s blog I Scent You A Day, Megan’s Megan in St. Maxime and Portia’s Australian Perfume Junkies to read their picks for inner teen perfumes! I am very curious, aren’t you?
What are your favorite inner teen fragrances? Did you wear them when you were a teenager? Which fragrances make you feel like a teenager again?
Disclosure; photographs of bottles were made by me.
November 4, 2019 @ 12:17
haha I was a teenager in the eighties too. My scents were: Diorissimo, Chamade, Molto Missoni, Samsara (alas how I mourn you ye scent of yore. There is not much left of your enchanting appearance) and the incomparable Inoui by Shiseido.
Apparently I was not much of a teenager. Should have worn Naf Naf and the likes… Apart from Diorissimo which I still love but do regard as a scent for younger girls I would wear the others in a heartbeat. Still wear Chamade btw…
November 4, 2019 @ 16:47
Nice choices for a teenager! I didn’t know Molto Missoni in those days, used to spray Chamade though everytime I went to the department store Bijenkorf, wear it as well. Naf naf, yes I remember the brand not the scent though.
November 4, 2019 @ 17:18
Molto Missoni is an unknown gem. Sultry oriental – great for scoring one-night stands… http://www.basenotes.net/threads/181268-longing-for-Molto-Missoni
November 4, 2019 @ 14:57
I graduated high school the same year as you. Sadly my perfume tastes were not so sophisticated. I remember having a bottle of Vanderbilt, and also Anais Anais. I also had a collection of mini bottles of 4711 that I acquired on a youth orchestra trip to Europe.
November 4, 2019 @ 16:43
Hi MMKinPa, I remember Anais Anais, my sister had friends who wore it. The 4711 bottles must have been very nice. I thought about including a cologne to my inner teen list but couldn’t think of a fitting one, 4711 would have been a good one.
November 4, 2019 @ 17:14
The original Anais Anais is a very beautiful scent methinks…
November 4, 2019 @ 15:44
Hi there Esperanza,
Imagine! Diorella and Pretty In Pink in the same post. It’s so cool I’m swooning.
That I Love love bottle has just shot to the top of my WANT LIST! So fun.
November 4, 2019 @ 16:38
I had to think about you, can you imagine, when writing about I love love? It is cheap as well as a bonus. Loved your choices too!
November 4, 2019 @ 15:47
Wow, Diorella as a teen, you were very glamorous. My friend also wore this from her teenage years right up to now. Her signature scent.
November 4, 2019 @ 16:34
I was lucky to wear it as it was a gift. Your friend is lucky too! Does she believe it has changed a lot?
November 4, 2019 @ 17:09
Yes, has lost some of its oomph, definitely. I managed to find her a good vintage Parfum for her 60th and she was in ecstasy😉
Sam at iscentyouaday
November 4, 2019 @ 20:43
Hi Esperanza, what a fabulous selection! You had me at Diorella, plus I’m a massive fan of Rene Gruau’s work. i think you and I must be almost the same age as I LOVED St Elmo’s Fire and Pretty in Pink and now you’re making me want to watch them again! I love your choice of Moschino. I really enjoy the fact that they don’t take their packaging seriously and really have fun with it. Fabulous photos as usual too!
Can’t wait for next month. It’s so fun to work with you
November 9, 2019 @ 15:04
Lovely choices and references, Sam. You wore some posh stuff. I will always associate my teen years with The Body Shop.
November 9, 2019 @ 15:08
Oops, meant to say Esperanza. I need another coffee.