What a romantic thread idea! For me, it's Givenchy Gentleman, stolen from my father's vanity back in the '70's. My first real girlfriend. Drinking beer and smoking cigarettes out in the countryside in the middle of the night. Jean jackets. Cool country breeze. Stars, trees, the moon. I felt like I could never love anybody else. When she fell for my best friend I was heartbroken. But I met another girl who wore Chanel No. 5 and had beauty and a heart to match. That was the beginning of the rest of my life, and many other scents.
Gentleman evokes those memories, but I rarely wear it. I tried recently, but it seemed out of place - as if from a time that can never be again.
I still have a small sample from my father's bottle, in a music box, next to the movie ticket stubs from our first date, and the ribbon from the hair of the girl who wore Chanel.