Tuesday, 1 June 2010

I can't imagine a life without...perfume

I was suprised to discover i've only written about fragrance once or twice before: i'm a complete fragrance addict, and a spritz of a really good perfume can really brighten up my day. Last Thursday I left the house without putting any on, and didn't realise until i'd got to the ground floor of our block: I had to turn straight back round and apply some perfume, or my day would've been spoilt!!
I love sweet and feminine fragrances: I think my tastes are still a little young and girly. I read somewhere that your fragrance tastes mature as you get older because your sense of smell is continually changing, which is why people in their 40s+ tend to like musky fragrances and younger people like sweeter ones. Perhaps I have an immature nose! I love Anna Sui (almost every single fragrance, although I have a soft spot for flight of fancy) Vera Wang Princess, and the latest edition to my reportoire is Marc Jacobs Lola, which was a Christmas gift from my parents that I have since replaced, because I totally fell in love with it! Before it was discontinued Nina Ricci Les Belles de Ricci was my signiture scent, and I haven't found it's replacement yet: I wear a different fragrance every day, and they each make me feel different things.
I do want to secure a signature fragrance though, one you can smell and immediately associate with me. And as much as I love the Gwen Stefani perfumes, I think i'm a little old to be buying perfume based on the fact I like the doll on the bottle! I read in one of my many bridal magazines (sorry more wedding talk!) that you should buy a new perfume to wear on your wedding day, that way whenever you smell the scent it whisks you back to that day. I think this is a really good idea, especially if, like me, your sense of smell is strong and does help evoke happy memories.

So I need to find a wedding day scent. And I want that wedding day scent to become my signature scent: but I don't know where to even begin with finding it! When you walk through a perfume counter the smells are so overwhelming they all merge into one, and just end up giving me a headache! So i'm turning it over to you guys (you've always helped me out before!) What's your favourite perfume? Do you have any recommendations for a scent you could wear every day and never get bored? I need a new perfume anyway, so it would be nice to combine both shopping trips, and have a sense of purpose around the perfume counters for a change! All suggestions gratefully received!!

Love, Tor xx


Alex said...

I'm a big fan of Armani She. I've run out though and as it's not the cheapest in the world, have gone for a £15 cheapo stand-in of Soap & Glory's perfume (from Boots) which is gorgeous too!

Definitely worth trying a little spritz of both as they're quite light and floral but both deepen and change the longer they've been on the skin.

Edinburgh Stylist Girlie said...

I wear perfume every day as well, can't imagine not wearing it. I currently love Alexander McQueen, Angel Eau De Star both of which people say they associate with me.

Totally agree with Alex, love Armani She as well, have gone through 2 bottles since Christmas!

Looking Fab in your forties said...

I ore Beautiful by Estee Lauder but it was 10 years ago and they used to have a bride in the add campaign. You rarely smell it now.

KD said...

I WISH I could help you! I never wear perfume just because I've never bought any due to age (or lack thereof). Also, because I run, I always end up sweaty and smelly by the end of the day anyways. But I absolutely LOVE Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf and I've heard good things about Stella McCartney's roll-on perfume, which I desperately want to try. Unfortunately all I smell at school is Victoria's Secret "Body Spray" which makes me want to SCREAM.

Kenners said...

I don't share your taste in perfumes (I prefer heavy, incense/amber style secents) so I can't personally recommend any specific ones... but Penhaligon's always has beautiful perfumes.

Harriet said...

I have the exact same issue with perfume stores, too over the top smelly! It put me off buying purfume for years because it was impossible to tell if I liked it or not in the shop.

I love BeDelicious by DKNY but it's not very wedding-y, I'd imagine you'd want something fresh and light and floral-y.

tor (fabfrocks) said...

Alex-ESG - I'll give Armani She a go, given you both recommend it!

Looking fab - My mum wears beautiful by Estee Lauder, it smells great but I will always associate it with her!

KD - It was impulse body sprays when I was at school. Yuck! At least you have good enough taste to know it's disgusting!

Kenners - Thanks for the suggestion: its always nice to try something new!

Harriet - Be delicious is yummy (lil sis has a bottle) but you're right - not wedding-y enough I dont think!

Adri said...

I second the suggestion of Flowerbomb. It's floral and sweet but a bit more sophisticated than the Anna Sui ones tend to be.

teawithonesugarplease said...

I love the idea of a perfume just for your wedding and to be your signature and new you as a married woman. I would try sniff something my Miller Harris - she has a fab store in Bruton St, the staff are very knowledgable and not pushy in getting you to make a purchase.

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