Perfume From The Past

When I was a little girl, my mom would wear a perfume called "Charlie".  I loved the scent and when I was old enough, maybe about 14 years old, I took some of my baby sitting money and bought some of my own.  We weren't really allowed to wear perfume at school so I would dab a tiny drop on my wrist...just enough so other people couldn't really smell it..then sit in class and smell it during the teacher's lectures.  I like and wear a lot of the newer fragrances on the market now but Charlie will always be at the top of my list.  I don't know if its available in other areas but I can't seem to find it here in the Pacific Northwest.
Suzan66 Suzan66
46-50, F
39 Responses Sep 10, 2011

mmm it does smell good , my wife used to wear that as well ..smell so very good ..i am going to have to look and see if they still sell it...

Hi this might seem like a stupid question, I just found you through a mutual friend. But did you do a Google search for the perfume?

My young girlfriend in the late 70's wore Charlie - partly because of the associations, I remember it as being a sensual and seductive fragrance - haven't noticed it for years, but then, I scarcely frequent perfume counters!

oh, i remember Charlie.

"Charlie" by Cindy Crawford???

She can bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan, and never let you forget you're a man... No wait - wrong perfume but same vintage... Fun memory! ;)

Charlie was the first perfume I was exposed too by the daughter of the program director and the daughters best friend when I was a camp councilor around the age of 14.

I remember that fragrance well as they sprayed easily half the bottle in my tent before they left for a sports camp at the end of the summer. The three of us worked in the kitchen all day long and argued and had food fights off and on and this was their going away present. For years afterwards I would recognize even the slightest hint of Charlie on a woman. Good Memories. -Wil

Wonder if I might find it in France! Anyhow I liked your story! I can almost picture it! It's just crazy tho! To think that only not so far ago girls weren't aloud to put on perfume!

We can get it here in Australia.Most of the old fashioned perfumes are far more fragrant than all those new fangled so called "designer" perfumes attributed to "celebrities" hitting the market at the moment,no doubt thriving on the names.

I had an old girlfriend that her favorite was jovan, musk. This was in the seventies. Not to long ago I smelled it on a woman it was a rush of emotion and reminiscing.

I wore Charlie when I was younger! Now I wear a perfume that is no longer sold in stores, but can still get it on the Internet. Bet you can too

its still very popular in the UK

Charlie is my mother's favorite perfume. It's a great fragrance.

I still remember the commercials. It is nice to have something that invokes memories of the past. We all have something that is a trigger for memories gone bye.

My mom also wore Charlie, reading your story brought back fond memories. Thank you!

Oh I loved that one. My Mom used to wear it. You might be able to get it online at one of those sites that sell perfume like fragrancenet or something like that. Even Amazon might carry it.

Charlie was a cheap perfume in the UK mainly worn by ****** as it excited the nostrils and ***** of young boys.
I am amazed that you have 2989 friends on EP, when you have only written 5 stories and posted two pictures and been a member since 10.09.2011
It shows how shallow EP is.

Or how shallow you are...

It took you all that time to read my reply are you a retard or just a stupid person,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, maybe and idiot.

thy sell it here honey !! try

Yea I remember Charlie. It had a nice smell. Men would wear English Leather and Jade East.
After my barber would shave my neck he would put Sea Breeze on it. Love the stuff. Good momeries.

I remember Charlie. I found an older fragrance my mom used to wear called Zen by searching for it through a store called Sephora. They don't sell it but told me who now does. Good luck!

Yes. The scent of that perfume was really nice and soft. Every once and awhile someone will still wear it and it brings back nice childhood memories. Those were truly the good old days!

When I used to be on business trips 20 years ago in Moscow I remember that if there was one good perfume, and it was home Charlie. My colleagues bought it there and took it home to their wives and girlfriends .. As a long time ago, but remember this, it were exciting perfume and exciting ages :-)

My first ever girl friend loved Charlie..................your comments made all that come back to me ...............thanks for the wonderful memories you strirred D

lovely story. <br />
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thanks. <br />
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Charlie was my all time favorite even through High School. I wore it all the way up into my late 20's when i had my daughter..While i was pregnant my body changed so much now I can not wear any perfume.. If i could, it would be Charlie again!

my mom wore Charlie also. she has passed on, but thanks for that memory with mothers day coming up. I almost forgot that

which one?<br />
Blue,Gold,Red,Silver,Sunshine, White, or<br />
White Musk!

I still wear Charlie, it is easy to get here, but I also love Sand and Sable.

When I was younger, my favorite perfume for a girl to wear was Wild Musk. To this day, I still recognize it if I smell it.

My mother use to wear Charlie I thought it smelled nice too.

Oooh i looooved Charlie! And come to think of it, I swear I have seen it here in Canada somewhere...brings back memories.. Loved this story..thx for the walk down memory lane!

It's still one of my favorites. I usually wear it a couple times during the week. Easy to find where I live.

Gosh I remember Charlie!! And my Mom wore Taboo and Shalimar--- such distinctive scents!!<br />
And even further back.... My first perfumes (ok, colognes,lol) were Avon's Sweet Honesty and later, Love's Baby Soft... And Jean Nate's lemony clean scent..... <br />
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Its fascinating how smells are tied to memories....<br />
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Oh and I've purchased from Regular emails with free shipping offers and they have EVERYTHING :-)<br />
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Thanks for the memory jolt!!!

Ah, yes, remember it well. I can still even remember the commercial and the jingle.

Hello Suzan :) Try online - should have it. I remember Charlie and used to wear it myself. I like vanilla and vanilla musk and also clean fresh scents that remind me of trees and forests :) I like the way you used a secret drop that only you could smell. I do things like that too. I like to refresh the scent throughout the day too. Polo is sort of a licoricey, spicey smell. I know it is for men but it is so interesting to me and smells good on me lololol .. I go by the scent, not who it is made for. I do associate scents with memories or people too, just the way i do with songs :) I like your story. thanks for posting :)

Brings back college memories!! I survived an attempted kidnapping once but was left injured and had to stay home. The biggest surprise was one of my professors showed up at my house to see me and she brought me a present and it was a bottle of Charlie!! I'll never forget that. It was all the rage back then and I remember the commercials too!!

I have got some of that I bought it at a perfume sale that comes to my hometown every 6 months in NZ

Wow that takes me back.I had some when I was a teenager in New Zealand !

I remember 'Charlie' from high school! The girl in the commercial was very hot, I remember smelling it in class thinking, "all the girls must have watched the same commercial"...