The Perfume Edit
A little like our favourite beauty site, Into The Gloss, we’re spilling a few of our make-up bag secrets, starting with our favourite fragrances.
Finding the right scent is a lot like finding the right pair of jeans. Most of the time, they’re just okay, but then you come across something that is really, well, just made for you. Our choice of fragrance is a bit like that, it’s a little insight into who we are: bright and breezy, someone who loves a floaty and feminine scent, maybe someone bold and distinctive who isn’t afraid to make and leave a lasting impression, could be a little bit of a trippy hippy who probably loves nothing better than some incense, or maybe somebody who sticks to the classics; trench coat, brogues, you’ve got it, Chanel. Whatever your poison, (a little Dior pun for you) we have listed our choices in fragrance as a little insight into us and a hopefully helpful guide if you’re looking to change that perfume up.
Boucheron pour Femme
The signature fragrance by the famous jewellery designer, Frederic Boucheron is composed of tangerine, bitter orange, a heart of Moroccan jasmine, ylang-ylang, narcissus and orange blossom and with base notes of Amber, Sandalwood and vanilla. It’s floral, feminine, with a slight Oriental vibe.
Chanel No. 5 L’Eau
Chanel No.5 is probably the most famous, if not the most iconic perfume, well, ever. Even so, it’s a heavy perfume, and sometimes, dare we say it, a teensy bit overwhelming. So, enter then Chanel No.5 L’Eau. As the name would suggest (Eau means water in French, FYI) it’s much more fresh, delicate, and a little more modern. Olivier Polge, the perfumer for the House of Chanel, describes it as “an expression” of the classic No.5. L’eau is still definitely recognisable as Chanel No.5 but it’s just… lighter. It still carries the floral headiness; that warm vanilla and sandalwood, but it’s fresher. It has absolutely been designed with a younger customer in mind and what with Lily Rose Depp as the face and the altogether less heavy scent, Chanel have nailed it. It’s less of a “dress-up” perfume and more for everyday wear with that hint of Chanel chic.
Elie Saab Le Parfum
Fruity, floral and feminine best describes this scent. It’s an ode to light, apparently, and it certainly is fresh and breezy. With top notes of orange blossom and rose honey it’s absolutely delicious and, like the gorgeously feminine bottle exudes radiance and light. A treat of a scent that’s ideal for a pick-me-up spritz.
Calvin Klein Obsession
For those who like a little musk (in a good way), this is for you. It’s an intense blend of incense, oakmoss and musk, layered with exotic mandarin, Jasmin, orange blossom and sweet vanilla. It’s quite a romantic fragrance, a little alluring and is long-lasting too. A light spritz will suffice.
Coco Eau De Toilette
A spicy-floral fragrance tinged with Indonesian Patchouli. It’s a light fragrance, with a distinctive top note of Sicilian Mandarin but, true to Gabrielle’s personality, contrasts itself with Tonka Bean and Benzoin. All in all though, a perfect fragrance for someone a little bit bold.
Lauren by Ralph Lauren
The first perfume by the silver fox himself was created in 1978 and is one of our very favourite perfumes. It’s a classic combination of rose, carnation and violet but has a base of wood and spices making it a great all-rounder. It’s pretty much like you would imagine a Ralph Lauren scent to be, feminine, timeless and classic.
Rituals Eau d’Orient
If you are as obsessed as Charlotte is by Tom Ford’s Jasmine Rouge, then this is the closest you are going to get without the big bucks. It’s woody, sweet, and subtly spicy. A little bit heavy for summer perhaps, this fragrance feels almost “cosy”, so it’s ideal for those darker months, and be careful, a light spritz will do!
Tobacco lovers will appreciate this one. Whether you have the habit, or simply wish to smell like a modern-day Marlboro man, this is the scent for you. It’s an intense one mind, so again, make like Phoebe and walk through that spritz. Top notes include Cedar, Lemon, Citrus Fruit, Tangerine, Bergamot, blended with Patchouli, Jasmine, Rose, and Vetiver and finally those base notes: Frankincense, Vanilla, Opopanax, Musk, Leather, and Sandalwood.
Nuxe Prodigieux Le Parfum
If you want to smell like summer all year long, then this coconut based perfume is right up your street. It smells almost exactly like our beauty favourite Nuxe Oil, (if you haven’t already indulged in this, we suggest you do, like right now) with top notes Orange Blossom, Bergamot and Tangerine, infused with Rose and finished off with that familiar summer scent of Coconut Milk, this fragrance will bring you right back to the beach.
Scotch & Soda Barfly
Okay, so technically this is for men, but we don’t care. Hey, the borrow-form-the-boys trend is never going to go out of style. Barfly is the signature fragrance of Scotch & Soda. With fresh top notes of citrus-herb, middle notes of lavender and jasmine, and base notes of sandalwood, and Madagascar vanilla, this is our fragrance-du-jour.
Over and out.