I’m not what you’d call a perfume snob, I’m quite happy buying fragrances from shops such as Zara, River Island and even Primark which sometimes cost the same as that pumpkin spiced latte you’re dying for from Starbucks. But when the Autumn/Winter comes around I crave the finer things and look at what the shops have to offer designer perfumes wise. And also places love a good perfume sale in the run up to Christmas.
Finding scents I love is rather hard as I hate anything too floral. It just reminds me of a time I was on a train to Scotland and stuck in the smoking carriage, someone tried to mask the smell with a Kenzo perfume and I get headaches everytime I wear something too flowery. The only fragrance that I can stand and say that it’s one of my favourites even though it’s classed as a floral scent is Calvin Klein In2U, the pink grapefruit and vanilla counteract the floral notes well. I love this for summer time but equally into the New Year when you want to be feeling fresh and ready to go back to work. I’d say the same about the Jean Paul Gaultier MaDame scent too, even though it has notes of fresh rose, I feel the top note of orange zest completely over powers it leaving a glorious fresh perfume.
Favoured perfumes of mine seem to come from similar families and I would say that a signature scent for me would be any that are oriental, woody or warm spicy. I enjoy those dark, warm scents that instantly give you sex appeal even if you’re wearing a dressing gown and chewed up slippers. Carolina Herrera 212 VIP has been a favourite since I was around 19, the top notes of chocolate and cocoa beans are just wonderful paired with the tobacco leaf and a base note of woddy and musk notes. This is a definite evening scent but I wear this all year round to make me feel sweet, warm, spicy and 19 again.
Speaking of sweet scents, if you love something that has a little citrus but is also sweet and has just enough warmth to it then the Hugo Boss Orange Woman is a must. I have been wearing this for a good five years and it’s one I always put on my Christmas list. It’s described as a oriental woody scent, the top notes are very fruity with apple and peach, middle notes of orange flowers and cinammon with creamy vanilla and sandalwood and olivewood infusing that Autunmal warmth. I have to say when I found this I thought I’d died and gone to fragrance heaven and haven’t ever found a cheaper dupe anywhere. I found the 75ml size on Amazon for £26 which is half the price you’ll get it elsewhere.
I’m always open to new scents and I ventured into Boots a few weeks ago and finally got my nose round the YSL Black Opium. It’s heavenly,
can I leave it there because from memory I couldn’t do it justice, the vanilla base note bring sweetness to the warm coffee notes in the middle and the pear and orange blossom on top add a little delicacy to the perfume. This scent oozes sofistication and gives off that seductive quality you’d expect from the YSL brand.
I have to blame Vogue’s October issue for this latest obsession, I always find those little perfume samples in magazines really horrid and I never use them but for some reason I was drawn to the Viktor and Rolf Bon Bon sample. And boy was I glad I got a whiff of this perfume, it is perfection, it’s indulgent, sweet, milky and just simply orgasmic. Yes I meant to type that word. It has an almost smokey tone to it, however there aren’t any tobacco elements so it must be the woody base notes coming through. This is not cheap at £70 for 50ml but worth it in my opinion, G really liked this one so I think I’ll have to sell my soul to pick up a bottle of this.
Have you got perfumes on your Christmas list? Have any from mine tickled your fancy?