A fragrance is such an evocative thing; it can remind you of summers as a teenager, people you love or memorable events. Your sense of smell determines so much within your life; it can stir up strong feelings of love, comfort and even disgust. Over the years I have tried many a fragrance or three and it is accurate to say that my tastes have altered and changed along the way. I remember fragrances that I wore in my younger years that do not appeal to me at all now and likewise, fragrances I would not consider back then that I love now. So I have decided to share with you my current favourite perfumes; these are the perfumes that I love at this time in my life.
Allure by Chanel
This has been my favourite perfume for twenty years and I think that this will be my ultimate favourite forever. This is a perfume that I only wear on special occasions due to it being on the expensive side. If I get a bottle for Christmas or my birthday I make it last as long as possible so I will always have it around for when I want to feel extra special.
I used to wear this perfume a lot more in my late teens and people would associate me with this perfume, it became my signature scent. I love the scent because it is fresh, fruity and floral and has an extra something that makes it special. The perfume was created by Jacques Polge in 1996.
Fresh: lemon and bergamot
Fruity: mandarin and peach
Classical floral: the rose of May, jasmine, water lily, peony, magnolia, orange blossom
Woody: sandalwood and vetiver
Of all the high-end brands, Chanel has the most pull for me. I always associate Chanel with elegance and class, it is synonymous with sophistication. As I said in my Q and A post, one of my style idols is Audrey Hepburn and I believe that Chanel is a brand that encapsulates the sense of style that she had. This is the reason I have two Chanel perfumes on my list and I would be quite happy just buying Chanel if I was limited to one brand and I had enough money to spend on it.
Coco Mademoiselle was created by Jacques Polge who also created Allure. It is a much more recent perfume that I adore and something that I discovered by accident. When I was seventeen I was obsessed with the original Coco Chanel, I had a tester bottle from my Great Aunt and I would wear it when I was going out partying. I have a memory of a dear mentor once recognising the scent and saying ‘that is a perfume for a real woman’. I received this perfume last Christmas from my mother, she bought this one getting it confused with the original; I’m glad that she made this mistake as I love this and have worn it most weekends throughout of 2017. I have been so lucky that my dear husband has bought me another bottle for my birthday so I can wear this throughout 2018 as well.
Top notes: bergamot, mandarin orange, orange and orange blossom.
Middle notes: Turkish rose, jasmine and mimosa
Base consists of white musk, vetiver, vanilla, opoponax, patchouli and tonka bean.
Mandarin and Basil by Primark
I discovered this perfume on a recent Primark haul after hearing that they were releasing dupes of the coveted Jo Malone perfumes. I was after some more perfumes for work as I get bored of wearing the same fragrances all the time. I first bought the £3 20ml handbag size spray. From the first time I smelt this fresh fragrance, I knew I had to buy the bigger 100ml bottle and I went back to Primark later that month to grab a bottle.
The moment I saw that it was a mandarin based scent I was instantly hooked as I adore fruity fragrances and with the addition of the basil it gives it a fresh perspective. This perfume is perfect for spring as it is so fresh and uplifting. I will be wearing this throughout the spring and summer months with great frequency. This perfume also is amazing value as it lasts all day, all of the Primark collection perfumes last throughout the day which makes the £8 price tag for 100ml an absolute bargain.
This is what the Primark website had to say about it:
Mandarin & Basil is an instant classic. It’s refreshing and delicious, like a breeze in a summer sky, with the basil and pine leaves uniting with the mandarin and bergamot.
Jean Paul Gauthier Classique
This perfume has such emotional connections with me as I wore it for my wedding. I chose to buy a completely new perfume for my wedding so that I would always associate the scent with my magical day. This perfume is a classic and feminine perfume that just fills me full of love and joy when I smell it.
Having done some research for this post I have discovered that I have a particular ‘type’ of perfume that I am drawn to; I feel like I gravitate towards fruity/sweet/floral scents and ingredients like mandarin, bergamot and vanilla. This perfume fulfils many of my ideal notes in a fragrance and also the packaging is beautiful. I love the classic silhouette of the bottle, it screams out ‘I’m a woman and I am not afraid to show it’. I also love the tin can outer packaging that makes this perfume stand out from many of its competitors; the canister rather than a traditional box gives it an edge in terms of packaging. I am happy to have this perfume proudly displayed on my dressing table.
Top notes: orange blossom, traditional rose, bergamot, mandarin, juicy pear and star anise.
Medium notes: ylang-ylang, romantic jasmine, orchid, plum, iris and ginger.
Base notes: vanilla, chantilly cream, wood, musk and amber.
Little Black Dress by Avon
This is another ‘go to’ work perfume that I discovered when I ran out of my previous work perfume and there was an offer on the Avon website where most of the fragrances where half the regular price. Two things drew me to pick this perfume; the classic design of the bottle and the notes of lemon and its oriental vibe. I bought three other fragrances at the time and this was by far the stand out winner and the perfume has a good longevity, which is a bonus.
Although I usually change my work perfumes around I think that I will repurchase this fragrance and try the other fragrances in the Avon dress collection; Little Lace Dress and Little Red Dress will be in my shopping basket the next time I want a new perfume.
Avon describes the new formulation of the scent as
A modern classic of sparkling Italian lemon oil and elegant jasmine essence embellished with luxurious sandalwood. The finishing touch that’s perfect for every occasion.
What are your favourite perfumes, do you have any particular notes that you love? I want to hear about all your perfume recommendations in the comments.
Ciao for now beauties xx