The car door opened and I sensed something airy, pure, sacriney, and captivating.  Unable to pinpoint what I smelled or its source, I sheepishly asked, “What is that smell?”

He paused for a second and stared pensively, unsure at first how to answer.

“It’s me,” he said coyly.  “Do you like it?” with a tinge of worry.

Grinning both inside and out, “Yes, I do,” I responded.

Unbeknownst to “T”, I inhaled his essence deeply and exhaled reluctantly only to secretly repeat quietly twice more.  I imagined myself carried off by his floating aroma.

At dinner, I yearned to sit right next to him…close.  The traditional across from each other, face-to-face positioning felt like posturing.  “If only I could smell him more closely,” I thought.  His rich, perfectly coated coco skin, wide smile, and broad shoulders conjured up images of Idris Elba—but ultimately it was his the scent that made me lean in to him.  I tried to convince myself not to think or focus on the superficial.  I was supposed to care about his mind, spirit, …his heart not just his aesthetic or scent.  

Making an honest effort to go deeper, we chatted for hours over Thai noodles and Lychee sangrias about everything from my brothers, his acceptance into Nursing school, basketball (which I know nothing of), children (one day) and marriage (before children, of course).  And then an almost out-of-no-where question, mid sip of my fourth glass of Sangria, blurted out,

“What cologne are you wearing?”  Awkwardly anticipating his answer, I dropped a lychee onto my dress as I lifted it out of the sangria glass. He laughed.

“Acqua di Gio by Armani,” he said.  

Love at first sight? For some, maybe. But in the case of “T” and his aura, which caused me to envision intimate moments of just the two of us on beach? I became a bigger believer in love at first scent.

Here, 7 scents for your beau that are swoon-worthy!

1. For the Mystery Man, YSL La Nuit De L’Homme
2. For the Refined Man, Tom Ford Noir Extreme
3. For the Hipster, Bond No.9 ‘Chez Bond
4. For the Power Player, Creed Millesime, Imperial
5. For the Adventurer, Polo Ralph Lauren Blue
6. For the Minimalist, Frederic Malle L’eau D’hiver
7. For the Outdoorsman, Jo Malone London Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne 

A #Beautyfullreminder: Use your senses.

Nieves Alvarez

Nieves Alvarez is an eclectic who devours information. They call her Google. Hablo Espanol. Art Fanatic + devoted foodie, conjuring a killer strategy near you. Instagram: EclecticMixx