At Last

At Last by Lollia


For Christmas, I bought IZ a fragrance sampler from Sephora. He’s worn the same fragrance for years and he was looking for a change. But differentiating colognes at a mens’ fragrance bar is a next to impossible task. It all starts to smell the same. And even if you can find something you prefer, there’s always the acid test of wearing it. 

Sephora and a trip to Portland to the rescue. The sampler lets you try 20 different colognes and gives you certificate to trade in for a full size bottle of the cologne you like best. It seemed like a good way to try something new without  making a committment to a fragrance in the store.

How pretty is that packaging. . . and I have a new appreciation for yellow all over again. Maybe I should reconsider the paint?

Being IZ,  he’s keeping detailed records about each sample. Mostly based on my reactions. Let’s face it, when you’re in a relationship, fragrance isn’t a unilateral decision. Not if you’re smart, anyhow. Not if what you adore makes your sweetheart sneeze or curl their nose or make them say, “Oh, my grandma used to wear that!”  The choosing of scent becomes this subtle negotiation. Do I love it. Does he crave it?. . . Do I smell uniquely like me? Will she notice?

So far, there have been a couple of real winners: but I’m still waiting for the the ultimate cologne that will past my litmus test: will I follow you, or a strange man, around a store just to catch a whiff of it. I’ll never admit to doing this, of course; but if I’m being honest, there is something lovely about a great smelling man. Ahem. 

I’ve worn Lollia’s Wish since 2007, I think. Maybe 2008, I forget; I just know I’ve got several empty bottles stashed away because they’re too pretty to toss. (hoarder!) I layer the fragrance with bath gel and lotion and  I am not tempted to follow women around stores if they are wearing a pretty perfume. That would be creepy. When it comes to my fragrance, I can’t even be tempted by pretty packaging.

It’s soft and floral and reminds me of sunshine. Lollia sells smaller tubes for about $8–an inexpensive way to try a fragrance. 

However, lately, I’m jealous. IZ gets out of his shower smelling like a different man, a new man. Somedays, a man I make up excuses to talk to during work, just so I can catch a whiff of his cologne. He’s not driven by his nose like I am, and he says he loves my perfume, but he’s not following me around the house. I’m delusional, but I may be in a rut as well. 

Yesterday, we walked around Cannon Beach. It was 50 degrees, sunny, and we desperately needed a break. There was a tester tube of this lotion in a store. I had seen the packaging online and I’d wondered what it smelled like. I never pass up an opportunity for hand lotion in the winter or ever really,  so, I dabbed some on. I was immediately intoxicated. 

“Here,” shoving my hand under his nose, “smell this. . . ” 

“Uh-huh… pretty.” 

(Short of wearing a fragrance that smells like prime rib, I probably need to let it go.) And then I spent the rest of the afternoon smelling my hands and sighing so much, that IZ went back to the store and bought me a tube of the stuff before we left.

It totally feels like I’m cheating–but I don’t feel like me, either. I feel new. At last. 

14 Responses to At Last

  • what pretty packaging! glad you found something you love, I know the feeling with new scents… it’s fun when you discover something wonderful! ♥

  • Linda says:

    What lovely packaging! I am going to have to find some of this to try. I am a lotion hoarder. My husband wears L’eau Par Kenzo and I love it. I searched and searched for a cologne we would both like him to wear so I totally get what you are saying about it being a mutual thing.

    • Wende says:

      Hee… I chose my words carefully. So, this is my PG-Rated version of this. Some things, you people don’t need to know. But yes, fragrance starts out as this super personal thing, unique to YOU… but the minute you’re sharing space with someone, it’s now a mutual thing.

  • CitricSugar says:

    Great post! I think the man-chasing whiff cravery must be a XX chromosome thing… I completely get it and have been known to demand/find hug excuses around the best-smelling of my guy friends. Shameless!

    I personally wear Eternity (and for about that long, too) and get a special sense of me-ness when I get a hug from someone who says, “Ah, you smell like Carly.”

    • Wende says:

      Shameless, indeed! I know what you mean about smelling like yourself, though. I tend to stick with a fragrance until it no longer works with my chemistry. Hormones and allergies? IDK, but things change on me every 5-7 years and then, it’s off to find a different scent. When I was pregnant the ONLY fragrance that didn’t turn my stomach was Donna Karan’s Cashmere. I bought a bottle and loved it for those few months. After Geo was born, I couldn’t stomach the stuff.

  • IZ says:

    You always smell wonderful – but I like this new Lollia. See, I’m not change resistant. 😀

  • Julia says:

    The packaging is just gorgeous! Unfortunately I have really bad allergies and cannot wear perfume or really anything scented. I know, it sucks for me. And my husband does not wear cologne unless I say it’s ok, for a short time, you know where I am going with this…there really is something wonderful about a good smelling man!

    • Wende says:

      Oh, there’s nothing worse than being allergic. And sad. I have lots of allergies, but typically to really specific things: so it only comes up occasionally. But I would miss the use of my nose.

  • Michelle says:

    Oh that packaging!!! I’ve been off scented hand lotion recently (I find too many are too strong) but I will have to seek that out to take a sniff. All because of pretty packaging.

    • Wende says:

      I’d love to know what you think! I don’t find it super strong… Like I don’t smell it when I take a sip of tea. But the lotion and fragrance does last a really long time.

  • Keri says:

    Gorgeous. Your writing MADE this post. Your photos of the pretty packaging are icing on the cake. 😉

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