Having denied myself the privilege of professional hair care due to budget constraints, I have taken on the task of cutting my own hair. It hasn't been colored or cut professionally in over a year and a half. I did have to splurge this week however because the hair thickening product that I thought could be nixed...turns out I really need.
Not willing to spring for the $36 Bumble and Bumble thickening product that I absolutely ADORE, I stopped in a beauty supply store and settled on a $14 bottle of the brand name "Rusk" - thickr.
I brought it home and it sat on the counter since I had no need to shower at the time; but right as I was going to bed, I thought I would take a sniff. Not sure why I needed to sniff a chemical product, but craving a salon/spa experience, I opened up the top.
With one simple wave in front of my nose, about 10,000 memories flooded my conscience. The Rusk I now had in my possession smelled JUST LIKE "ck ONE". ck meaning Calvin Klein of course and 'ONE' being the name of a fragrance that I couldn't get enough of in the 90's. I can picture the boys I crushed on, the girls that didn't invite me to birthday parties and the ads where I caught my first glimpse of men in low rise denim sans shirt.
ck ONE was the definition of sex appeal for me and possibly the first unisex fragrance to be marketed to a younger audience. Just like other popular trends, I was denied a bottle of this liquid sexiness, but wasn't stopped from peeling open the fragrance flaps in Vogue and desperately rubbing the scent on my clothes.
ck ONE advertised to the "the only one" and the commercials play in my mind as if I am watching them live.
The next day, I took just one more whiff to make sure I hadn't dreamt the smell...nope, definitely not of my imagination...it's got that unmistakable scent.
Was it a twist of fate that I should choose this brand from hundreds of others, or is it just luck that with every shower I get to think of the past, feel confident in the present and look to the future with HOT hair.
Was ck ONE "my only one"? Probably not, but it must have been something, or that scent would have been shelved in my mind with the rest of the 90's long ago.
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