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I've been looking at my small perfume collection and eyeing up the Britney Spears Fantasies - I have Fantasy and Midnight Fantasy - and feeling I am too old for them. I like how Fantasy smells of raspberry spongecake to me and Midnight is all woodland berries and almonds to my nose, but I smell them on youngsters a lot. In a way, my first time ever visiting the Christian Dior counter has brought me of age: with Dolce Vita I have grown up. I love sweet scents but I no longer love Britney Spears
My mum gave me some Christmas money so I went to Debenhams. I tried Guerlain's Shalimar because I am fascinated by its age and how different it is - it reminds me of my gran and her sisters. I also looked at Marc Jacobs Daisy but I think I'll get that in a few months when I can wear it as a springtime fragrance. I settled on Christian Dior's Dolce Vita which I fell in love with just before Christmas when I went on a shopping adventure with a gentleman friend of the family.
I love my perfume collection. I like to store the bottles away in the dark in their boxes apart from the one I'm currently using which either sits on my dressing table or better still comes with me in my handbag wherever I am going. I'm not necessarily a one squirt per day woman although I know when to leave the stronger personalities alone.
I'm fascinated by fragrance and by the way others use it and how they feel about it. I like to get people talking about their favourite
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