It is nearing the end of summer, which means, PSL is everywhere.
Fall started like, mid July for me. I am totally over the summer - I am just not that kind of girl - I love all the seasons, but I much rather not be sweating while doing nothing? So yeah, call me crazy, but there’s just something about the crisp fall air and crunchy leaves.
Either way, there are some scents that just SCREAM fall or summer - but this gardenia scent from Natalie Wood Fragrances is somehow a mix of both. Don’t ask me how, but it is reminiscent of spring and warmer months, but also, with time, it makes me feel cozy and reminds me of chilly fall evenings surrounded by a bonfire and warm apple cider. It sounds like the two scents should never go together, but it is so light and fresh, that it is impossible to not feel transported to either moment.
If you don’t already know, Natalie Wood was a timeless and classic woman, an actual Hollywood Icon, who got her fame as a child star and quickly rose to fame. She may be most notable for her role is Miracle on 34th Street or West Side Story. Unfortunately, her life was abruptly and sadly ended at the young age of 43 when she was victim to a tragic accident and fell off a yacht and drowned while sailing with her husband, Robert Wagner, and their friend Christopher Walken. A lot of talk has been circulating that it was a murder, but I am not sure if it will ever be brought to light.
Fortunately, her legacy lives on through her presence in timeless and classic films and through her perfume line. The gardenia scent was not an accident - in 1946, Natalie appeared in the comedy The Bride Wore Boots as the daughter of movie legend Barbara Stanwyck whose signature scent was gardenia. Natalie was sent a bottle of gardenia perfume and it quickly became Natalie’s signature scent as well.
This scent is more than just a perfume for many - it is a triggering moment that allows Natalie’s family members and loved ones go back in time to when things were simpler, as described by Natasha, Natalie's daughter:
“A waft of gardenia could bring me back to private moments with my mom. Her laugh. Her hugs. Her effervescence. Her cozy nightgowns. Her fragrance made me feel close to her”
This is one scent that, unlike many, is more than just a scent. It is a reminder that there are so many things in life that you and I don’t notice have such a huge impact on us, so that we must stop and remind ourselves to take a break and really be in the moment.