Everyone has certain fragrances that evoke memories of their childhood. For me it’s Evening in Paris, Yardley Oh De London, Chanel No 5 and White Shoulders. I remember my fascination over those dark cobalt blue bottles with their shiny silver labels sitting atop my grandmother’s vanity. If I had known the word “glamorous” back then, I’m sure that’s how I would have described them.
Back in the 60s Yardley’s Oh De London was the first bottle of cologne I saved up to buy for myself. That’s when I also started to become more fashion conscious. So I will always associate Yardley products, especially Oh De London, with Twiggy, miniskirts, Carnaby Street and groovy Mod fashions!
My Dad gave me my first bottle of Chanel No 5 and I remember how special and grown up it made me feel. So seeing a bottle of this iconic fragrance never fails to put a smile on my face.
And I wear White Shoulders today not only for its lovely powdery floral scent but because it always brings back wonderful memories of my Mom. It was her favorite scent worn only for when she was dressing up.
Below are some ads for memorable classic fragrances. My favorites and some others that will maybe help stir up some memories for you too!
Beautiful 60s ad of Jean Shrimptom for Oh De London. Sourced from the Swinging Sixties Blog.
Got any favorite scents that bring back fond memories for you? Please feel free to share!