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My favorite perfumes in aquarelle.

When life trips me, I head to the perfume shelves. To indulge and forget for a while about the hardships of life. And I never leave without a tiny bottle of perfume. That is my biggest sin in life and I will gladly carry my punishment one day, should there be. I use a spritz of perfume every day everywhere…to town and  to the opera, to do the washing to weed the garden, after my shower and before I drop my head on my pillow.

there is a secret to good spritzing. Do you remember the way Malan and Mamy used to dab their eau de cologne behind the ears, on the wrists…well, those were the old days. The French way to do it, is to spray a cloud of perfume in front of you in the air and then walk through it. No harsh , overwhelming, nose itching smells, but rather a gentle caress on the skin, interacting gently with the oils of the skin to bring forth the  subtle underlying notes of the perfume.

..l’eau d’Issey by Issey Miake – light and soft for summer..

perfume 1


..Intense, by Dolce & Ganbbana- for those times I feel passionate and ..intense….

perfume 2


..baiser volé by Cartier – reminds me of Arabian nights…

perfume 3


..Coco by Chanel -my favorite perfume which always make me feel elegant , and brings out my French side!

perfume 4

So, come on ladies, spritz your perfume, time is too short not to!

à bientôt


18 responses

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  2. bmweeks

    Never feel dressed without it! I just read a blurb on L’heure Bleue By Guerlain and have a mad desire to run to the store to sample it. I haven’t smelled it in years!

    May 20, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    • I have a partner in crime! Yay Barbara!
      L’heure bleue…well another one to try, I don’t know it, thanks for the hint.

      May 20, 2014 at 8:55 pm

  3. annie

    What lovely bottles, Ronelle. And you have painted in a bit of their magical aura.

    May 20, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    • Annie..in reality I think I made bit of a mess, but I had so much fun spritzing myself and smelling and spritzing the cats…!

      May 20, 2014 at 8:56 pm

  4. Jo

    Thanks for the idea. I’ll get my fav bottles and paint them. In my teen years there were many offers of perfume samples by the famous names in tiny bottles. I had dozens and wore a different one every day to school, no matter if it was a good one for me or not. I wish I still had the empty bottles… they were beautiful.

    May 20, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    • I hope I get to see your painted bottles Jo..let me lnow!

      May 23, 2014 at 8:23 am

  5. Hi Ronelle,
    Loved all the aquarelle paintings of your perfume bottles.( I certainly don’t think they are a mess ) Another thing I’ve found out about you is we also have the same favourite perfume Coco Chanel. Although as I have aged my skin oils have changed & I’ve stopped using it now, as I find it too overpowering for me. I’m having difficulty finding a perfume to suit me. I must make time to test a few, something with a little lighter with a hint of musk but what I call a powdery scent. Any ideas ??

    May 21, 2014 at 11:04 am

    • Hi Barbara…I think you miught like the perfumes of Issey Miake…they are very light and as you say “powdery”. Try the Hermes ones as well?


      May 23, 2014 at 8:22 am

  6. I too love scents..
    Very much..It isn’t a day to me w/out a scent.
    I LOVE your bottles..
    I have tried painting my faves too..let me just say they look paltry and cartoon like beside yours.
    Even bottles are pretty to me..and sometimes I go back to one after years..
    I love L by Lolita Lempika..Eden.by.Cacharel..Angel by Thierry M..Beautiful by Estee L.
    Neiges..Lise Watier..and still love Allure Chanel.
    Oh so many..I must stop..

    May 21, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    • Aha Monique, you are a connaisseur when it comes to perfumes it seems! Yes, there are so many, one for every different mood.

      May 23, 2014 at 8:20 am

  7. I love l’eau d’Issay – it’s my favorite perfume. I think my favorite perfumes are soft and light. I love your painting of the Chanel bottle. So pretty and some of my favorite colors.

    May 23, 2014 at 1:14 am

    • Oh, I agreee, l’eau d’Issey is a lovely light perfume!

      May 23, 2014 at 8:16 am

  8. I love this series of paintings.

    I guess I need to where my perfume more 🙂 I only use one scent though from Calvin Klein’s Euphoria range.

    May 29, 2014 at 7:37 am

  9. Love your bottles and the splashy way you did them!!

    June 9, 2014 at 1:05 am

  10. I love your bottles!! And they look so much more than just bottles: it seems you’ve captured the magic of perfume too!
    What bugs me is that I’ve had to change perfumes, not because I wanted to change but because they stopped producing the ones I liked. And it’s happened three times already! It feels so frustrating and depressing to have lost those fragrances I had come to consider “mine”, like losing a part of myself 😦

    June 23, 2014 at 3:37 pm

  11. Can’t decide which I like best, your perfume bottles or your portraits.

    July 6, 2014 at 3:58 am

  12. Lovely! I sometimes don’t feel I steep myself in scent as much as I should because it’s such a pleasure when I do. the last time was when I was shopping for perfume for my daughter, for her wedding day. That was heaven, just to “taste” all the scents and try to choose one that best suited her. I even wrote a blog post about it–Sated by Scent.

    July 10, 2014 at 11:18 pm

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