Early Dollars and Scents


Close your eyes.

Take a deep breath, and picture yourself at the age when you first had a little spending money of your very own. Maybe it was babysitting money, or a paycheck from your first part-time job.

Ok . . . now which cologne would you have purchased for yourself at that time? Was there an “in” fragrance that all the girls liked?

When I was a teen, (during the time the dinosaurs roamed) the cologne we all wore was called “Ambush”!


Oh my goodness, how we LOVED it! Picture a bunch of giggly girls getting ready for the Saturday night dance and passing the bottle around so that each of us could have a spritz. So much for having your own signature fragrance! LOL

It’s funny how scents are wildly popular for a while and then they’re suddenly replaced with a new phenomenon. “Arpege” by Lanvin will always remind me of my grandmother. “Promise her anything, but give her Arpege.” was their slogan. My mother loved “Jean Nate”.

CharlieCologneWhen I was a young Mom – Revlon’s “Charlie” was THE cologne! I can still hear the song from their commercial, “… kind of young, kind of now – Charlie, kind of free, kind of wow – Charlie!”

HalstonLater, when I had my second daughter, my husband brought a gift to the hospital. He had stopped at a department store and they suggested the “hot” new fragrance, “Halston”. I sprayed a little on my inner elbows and loved it immediately. Later the nurses began to tell me that my baby’s head smelled wonderful – which at first puzzled all of us. We had a good laugh after we finally figured out the reason – as I was holding the baby, the fragrance from my arm must have been transferring to her!

Lately, I’ve been wearing “Inner Grace” by Philosophy. It’s really pretty, and light enough for everyday.

So, which cologne was your first love? 😉



Early Dollars and Scents — 7 Comments

  1. Memorieeeees!
    Nope. Didn’t wear Ambush. It smelled exactly like a mens fragrace that was out at that time but the name of it escapes me. However, I am still a HUGE Dana fan. I wore it then and I still do today….Taboo. I bath in it, I’m sure.

    Or I take Navy and mix some vanilla scent in.

    I have alergies so I am limited with what I can wear.

    I am sure when I am dead and gone some will remember that I always wore Taboo.
    xx, Carol

  2. My mother told me the ‘in’ cologne was Channel # 5. So that’s what I bought – I was never in love with it (I think it smelled great on her but who wants to smell like your mom?)
    I loved trying different colognes all the time so I never had one that I loved.

  3. Love’s Baby Soft was the cologne all the girls wore. I think the whole roller rink probably smelled like it.

    I also liked Avon’s Ariane. Boy, does this bring back memories.

  4. My first love and I still love it is Eternity by Calvin Klein, when I wear it I still have people say, it that eternity! I love the freshness of it!

  5. Oh gosh Crystal! … what memories you’re stirring up here! Remember Heaven Scent? … My favorite perfume back then was Je Riviens. Now I mostly wear Ellen Tracy, but her older perfume, (I don’t like the newer one.) It’s clean and soapy smelling, and I tend to love those type fragrances! I have to try something from that Philosophy line!

    I hope you’re enjoying your weekend Sweetie!


  6. Love’s Baby Soft is the one
    I remember wearing. As
    Kelly Ann T. says – along
    with almost everyone else.
    When I went to my grandmother’s
    place I used her cologne called
    No. 4711.

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