I LOVE PERFUME. It’s actually one of my guilty pleasures in life; buying perfume. I guess I found my ‘nose’ for it way back when I was a young teen still living at home. My dad worked away overseas and would spend a month away and a month at home and would often bring me back presents of pretty glass bottles filled with amazing scents. My dad luckily has pretty good taste when it comes to perfume so they were always high quality and so I thought myself extremely lucky to be rocking out the scents of Gucci, Kenzo and Prada at such a young age. Wearing the perfumes used to remind me of dad while he was away and this is still something I love so much about perfume! It’s so cool that one whiff of something can trigger so many memories, emotions and feelings!
Nowadays, I travel overseas a lot myself, so I like to try ($$$ permitting of course) and buy myself a new perfume either on my way to a destination or on the way home (TREAT YO’SELF right!!?). Buying duty-free knocks the price down so much and I love the whole experience of wandering around sniffing out all the options (literally), smelling some coffee beans and the continuing to sniff some more! I have, in my time had a few perfumes I have regretted buying but I also have found some absolute treasures that have become repeat buys. So I thought I’d share some of those good ones with you!
Day-time: (this is listed as affordable to more pricey by the way 🙂 just for your viewing pleasure!)
BRITNEY SPEARS – FANTASY:
I have to admit I do cringe every time I have to say the name of this perfume out loud. Which surprisingly is more than you probably imagine! I have worn this perfume on and off for the past 10 years and it always receives compliments… compliments followed by the question of what is it? Followed by my cringe. But sometimes you just gotta say hey, this perfume is $20, made by Britney Spears for young teeny-boppers but daaaamn it smells good! It’s super sweet and caramel-ly so for those of you gals out there that love sweet, vanilla, lolly type scents, this one’s for you! It has notes of kiwi, chocolate, musk and cupcakes (wtf, I know!) and really is a sweet summery smell. Another thing that I can’t get over about this perfume is its longevity on the skin. Most cheaper, celebrity perfumes you spray on and can’t even smell them 10 minutes later but this bad boy stays on for hours, years even! I can spray it on in the morning, have a shower that night and still smell it the next day! Cheap and long-lasting.. #DOUBLEBANGER!
CHLOE EU DE PARFUM:
This is a pretty iconic perfume in its own right and I’m pretty sure it’s because of its floral-y amazingness. Totally sure. It epitomizes the smell of roses so perfectly and for me that’s why it’s one of my faves. It’s feminine and fresh and doesn’t smell like a Nanna like some floral perfumes do (I’m looking at you Red Door by Elizabeth Arden!!) I like to wear this during the day but there’s absolutely no reason why it couldn’t be a night-time scent as well; it’s elegant but edgy y’see? Along with the significant rose smell it also contains hints of freesia, peony, lily of the valley and amber so for you floral lovers out there.. GO GET IT!
GUERLAIN – INSOLENCE:
Insolence hands down wins the title of my favourite ever perfume up to and including the year of 2016. I call it my powder puff perfume and I’ve been wearing it for about 5 years now. I remember the first time I smelt it.. I was in the U.K getting changed after a dance lesson and a girl in the change room sprayed some and I swear I almost died. It was love at first whiff. I had to ask her what the name of it was and I quickly bought it duty-free on that very flight home! It’s had my heart (and nostrils) ever since! I’ve also tried Guerlain’s other version of it called ‘My Insolence’ which comes in a pink bottle and it’s just as gorgeous just a little more sweet. The smell of Insolence is powdery and soft with floral and sweet notes. It contains violet, raspberry, red berries, musk and sandalwood just to name a few but for me the scent really can’t be summed up in words. Some one needs to create an app where our devices can pump out the smell of something at the tap of a finger. How good would that be right now!! Also for some of those cooking tutorials where you just know the smell of those baking cookies would be off the chain! Anyway, I digress.. go find this perfume, smell it and get back to me. I know the minute my mum smelt it on me she went out the next day and bought a bottle for herself she loved it so much 🙂
I only have a couple of night-time scents but I feel that it makes it a bit more special and maybe gives you more of a personal stamp that people can remember you by. I tend to leave this two to night-time or special occasions as they were both rather pricey and I don’t just want to go through them willy-nilly you know?! But that’s not to say they cant be worn through the day as well 🙂
TOM FORD – VELVET ORCHID:
This one is a bit of a newbie to my perfume corner but it’s one I loved immediately. I wanted to buy another special night-time fragrance to give my other much-loved, yet to be mentioned favourite a break sometimes. So of course I headed to the Tom Ford counter. Tom Ford knows how to rock + roll. I smelt a lot of their fragrances as most of them are neither masculine or feminine and can be worn by whoever (very cool) but this one really stuck with me. It’s a bloody treat. It’s my typical kind of scent; floral, sweet and powdery but with a hint of balsamic which gives it its edge. Kind of like Strawberries and balsamic ice-cream.. sounds wrong but it’s so right!! (For all you vegan folk out there, I tried that ice-cream before I was vegan 😉 it was yummy but the big bloated tummy I got afterwards wasn’t worth it) Velvet Orchid reminds me of dessert and liqueur and has a very luxurious feel about it, perfect for the night! Some notes are myrrh, rum (yes please!), honey, orchid, rose oil, vanilla and lime which all add up to create a very special, dark fragrance.
CHANEL No5 EU DE PARFUM:
Well I don’t think much needs to be said about this one. She is famous enough already and there really isn’t much I could say to add to that! This is the only woody perfume I’ve ever bought as I’m not much into the smell of the woods but I’ve loved no5 for roughly 6 years now. It’s always been my go-to special fragrance and I absolutely always wear it on my birthday (it makes me feel special, ok! he he). It’s one I always try to have a bottle of and that actually comes pretty easy, not because I buy, buy, buy but because it’s so darn strong! You really don’t need that much of it and if you do go too hard it can quickly become overkill, sending anyone in your 10 meter radius to start gasping for air. The longevity of it is awesome, both in the bottle and also on the skin. It lasts so long it’s another one I can smell the next day! Whilst it is woody, there still if a powdery, floral tinge to it and it’s another one of those ones I can’t put my finger on exactly what it smells like. It smells like Chanel no5! Hence why there are so many soap bars and candles and what not out there that are now branded as smelling like “Chanel no5”. The key notes however are ylang-ylang, sandalwood, jasmine, vanilla, rose, patchouli, bergamot and vetiver. Marilyn Monroe loved it for a reason guys!
What are some of your favourite fragrances? Are there any out there you think I might enjoy judging from this list? Please feel free to share in the comments below 🙂