Admission time. My name is NOT TGFRL.
But it IS Ciara and I thank the universe everyday that it IS Ciara and laughingly think about the fact that my parents ALMOST named me Cleopatra. Luckily for me, I was saved by the recommendation of super-thoughtful family friend who worked for Revlon and was designing a perfume package at the time for the soon to be launched perfume that would be named Ciara.
Now Cleopatra is a nice name, for the various succession of Egyptian queens that were endowed with it. But because of my parents stylish, forward thinking friend Bob, I have gotten to spend my life with the name of a lesser known 70’s perfume. I know way more Chloe’s, Chanel’s and Charlie’s but every once in a while I find someone who realizes that I am named after a 70’s perfume which at one time had the tagline “Devastatingly Female.”
I pronounce it like Revlon would want me to (after all I was named specifically after their product) “Ciara as in Tiara.” Supposedly the name came from the initials of Charles Revs-on himself. But because I am posh and international and realize that the name itself is Gaelic and means “dark haired beauty” and pronounced by many in Ireland and in Great Britain the way people in the states would say “Kiera” I accept that version. Also, all of my Italians (I’m not Italian in the slightest but am sort of an honorary Italian to many) who pronounce it Chiara also get a pronunciation pass. I am not a fan of “Sierra” as a well-known, current musical sensation has pronounced her name, alas, I am the celebrity of this blog.
I used to give bottles of the strong, musky perfume to my teachers at the end of the school year to remember me by and honestly at some point forgot the stuff might still actually exist. So many years had gone by since I had owned a bottle of it and you barely ever see it anymore, but while on a weekend getaway with my in-laws, we spotted some in a double bottle set and showed it to my daughter C-bomb. Of course C-bomb thinks I AM a celebrity so it didn’t faze her that I had a celebrity scent that came packaged in a cute yellow double bottle set. She insisted that she get one of the bottles of “big girl” perfume and be allowed to wear in on occasion ( 3 times at last count) and I couldn’t really refuse since she was so adorable about it. I’m sure J-Lo would let her toddler have a bottle of one of her myriad of celebu-scents. [Insert ironic smile please]
After deciding that I would spray some on instead of just adding the signature bottle as a novelty to my cluttered vanity table, I had a misty eyed, heady flashback to years earlier in my life. The rich, velvety aroma transporting me there the way only a scent can. An online retailer described this 1970’s scent as:
“a gleeful and marry breeze of bergamot, lemon and neroli at the beginning. Floral wave of jasmine, iris, palisander and ylang-ylang form the heart, while base notes include incense, myrrh, raspberry, sandalwood, patchouli, cedar, leather, musk, opoponax and vanilla. This edition was presented as 100% strength. 80% and 200% strength were launched the same year.” source here.
It is a unique and distinct scent and reading the perfume’s review on Makeupalley.com (here) was both interesting and humorous.
I kind of love having a once popular but now obscure beauty item with my name on it and figured I should share it with you since after all it is a part of my life, my style and my namesake!! Also I figure Lauren Hutton and Rachel Williams (see vintage ads above and below) are beautiful faces to be on the advertisements for a perfume with MY name on it, after all I was only one when it launched. I should style my own advertisement starring myself but I’ll use Lauren Hutton’s perfectly side swept bob and amazing lush lashes as inspiration for sure.
Your Favorite “Dark Haired Beauty”
Devastatingly Female (a tagline I have decided totally applies)