Scent is a very personal thing. Firstly because we all like different scents (they evoke so many memories and feelings) and secondly because all scents smell different on people. I have a very small perfume collection – in fact it’s more of a gathering than a collection – but I still thought you’d be interested to see what I’ve got, mainly so you can imagine how delicious I smell.
For the last two years I’ve pretty much exclusively worn Balenciaga Paris, which remains one of my all-time favourites, but I used up my last bottle before Christmas and have since acquired these four which I’ve been wearing on rotation. I don’t subscribe to the ‘scents for Summer/scents for Winter’ thing. I just wear things I like whenever I want to wear them.
Firstly, Alien by TheirryMugler. Since I got this, I’ve worn it a lot, more than all of the others which I weird considering it’s my least favourite. I’m not a fan of Angel at all – far too sickly sweet for me – and Alien is its, to me, older, sexier sister. Alien is a blend of amber (which I love) and jasmine sabac (which I hate) and an interesting third scent, cashmeran wood. Unfortunately that’s not as exotic or enticing as it sounds, because it’s actually a synthetic scent component in the musk family. Hmm…not ideal, but I think it adds a subtle smokiness to the perfume which I really like. It doesn’t last particularly long on my skin, maybe 4-5 hours. I wear this to work and always get compliments on it when I wear it (which actually I don’t like as I think it means I’m wearing too much. I think you should only be able to smell someone’s scent when you’re inappropriately/thrillingly close to them). I’d say this is a safe bet if you’re buying perfume as a gift for someone. It’s in no way original, but that means that most people will find it quite nice.
Next is something totally different, and by different I mean aftershave, not perfume. I do love a good aftershave, particularly on an equally good man, but this one I’m keeping just for me. It’s from Zara, who do a fantastic (and affordable) range of perfumes and aftershaves. I did have a look at the perfumes but then found myself in the Men’s section buying scarves (they’re way better and bigger) and alighted upon their range of fragrances. I could have happily bought all of them but the one I settled on was the Gaiac Wood. It’s everything I love in a scent: woody, clean, slightly spicy and deep. It’s definitely a man’s scent but it’s not so masculine as to make you feel like you’re a walking Lynx ad. I especially like to layer this on top of a very feminine-smelling body butter, such as my Haus of Gloi Imp one.
My third perfume is my newest one, and was very kindly sent to me by DKNY. It’s their new PureVerbena* perfume, whose campaign focuses on the fact that the verbena is sourced from Togo and the packaging is made from recycled materials and is itself recyclable. In short, it’s a very ‘green’ perfume and I think that sums up the fragrance nicely as well. Verbena, obviously, is the top note but I think it’s a subtle version of other similar scents on the market. Sometimes I find verbena to be too lemon-y, bordering on toilet cleaner, but this feels fresh and nestles nicely into the basil, amber, vetiver and peony that partly make up the rest of the scent. It’s very light and I get about 6 hours of wear out of it. This, on me, smells particularly good after about half an hour of spritzing, when the citrus top note has gone and I’m left with, in my mind, a warm, mossy floral that doesn’t cloy or impart too much jasmine, which always gives me a headache. I love this, and have bought one already for a friend for her birthday.
Finally, my favourite. The perfume that makes me fancy myself. L’Agent by Agent Provocateur is, in short, pure sex. It’s divine. It’s my evening perfume; it’s what I want to smell of when I’m wearing a dress and heels, sitting in a hotel bar sipping (ok, downing) cocktails and getting my flirt on. Pink pepper, rosewood, ylang ylang, tuberose, patchouli, amber, myrrh…it’s just utter filth and I can’t get enough of it. It’s a warm, heady scent that’s got a powdery undertone to it, and, in my mind, smells very similar to the Josephine’s Rose candle from Jonathan Ward. I nearly squealed in delight when I got my paws on the candle and realised this; I’d looked to see if Agent Provocateur did a L’Agent candle and was disappointed to learn they didn’t, but now I have one. HAPPY. This isn’t a perfume for the faint-hearted, and I’d avoid if you like things like Miss Dior Cherie or anything by Calvin Klein. Clean, fresh and young this ain’t, and I think it’s so much better for it. I bought it from Fragrance Direct where it retails for £24.99. I’ve bought from them before and have never been disappointed with either the service or the product, so I highly recommend it.
I also have a small collection of Haus of Gloi perfume oils, which I adore. I often mix those into a plain body cream as I find that prolongs the scent longer, however I'll be doing a separate post on those with more in-depth information.
So there we have it, my small but very well loved perfume collection.
What are your favourite fragrances?