I absolutely love fragrances. Up until the end of last year, I was never much of a perfume girl. Of course, like all girls, I received a lot of perfumes at Christmas and birthdays but I wasn’t crazy about them like I am now! They never seemed very important to me back then. The only perfume I remember loving when I was between the ages of 10 and 13 was a Betty Boop perfume that came in an oddly shaped bottle with a heart shaped cap. I can’t remember what it smells like now, I actually think someone stole it from me at school – (rude!) – I used to take it with me in my bag and one day when I got home it wasn’t there and I couldn’t find it in my room either. Since then, I have worn perfumes that I thought smell nice, but I’ve never really noticed who they were by or how much they cost, the first perfume I ever bought myself was purchased just after Christmas 2015! It just goes to show how much you can change in such a short space of time.
I think I started recognising perfumes more after I was told my Grandma (who I was never able to meet, sadly) wore Chanel No. 5 all the time. I’ve seen pictures of her in family photo albums and she always looked wonderfully stylish for her time, and it seemed to spark something within me. In an odd way, I wanted to find my signature fragrance – one that would remind people of me, and so it began: the search for my signature fragrance!
My love for perfumes was encouraged further when I landed a temporary job working at The Perfume Shop during the Christmas season. It was there where I discovered tons of new fragrances I liked – many of which I still don’t own yet! Although I didn’t work there for long, I learned so much; I was taught the difference between Parfum, Eau De Parfum, Eau De Toilette, Cologne, and so on, I found out about so many different brands, scents, and iconic bottle designs, and also learned about top notes, middle notes and base notes. I never knew there could be so many things to know about something so seemingly simple as a fragrance! Now, I never leave the house without wearing perfume, I alternate between the 7 that I currently have, and here they are:
Victoria’s Secret Fragrance Mist: Pure Seduction – This was purchased at the same time as Mango Temptation (below), and was one of the first fragrances I ever bought! It’s a body mist, which means that the scent does not last as long as a perfume would. This is because they have a much lower concentration (around 7%) than a parfum which would usually have a concentration of up to 40%. As the scent doesn’t typically last very long, it means that you will have to re-spray yourself more often, and depending on how often you do this will determine how long the body mist will last. The Victoria’s Secret body mists come in very generous bottles of 250ml, meaning that they should last a fairly long time, like I said, depending on how often and how much you spray. Body mists are much cheaper than other types of perfume, and you can purchase this fragrance from the Victoria’s Secret Website for £13.24, so you definitely get your money’s worth with these. Pure Seduction has such a refreshing fruity scent, perfect for summer time. The smell of it just makes me want to go on holiday somewhere hot – it’s definitely a summer fragrance. It contains notes of melon, plum, freesia, and chamomile so if you love fuity/flowery scents then Pure Seduction would be perfect for you!
Victoria’s Secret Fragrance Mist: Mango Temptation – I won’t talk about this one in as much detail as I did for Pure Seduction, as most of the things I said about that apply to this as well. It’s the same price, £13.24, and you can also buy it from the Victoria’s Secret Website. This fragrance is a beautiful summer daytime fragrance. It’s a very tropical, fruity scent, and I promise you will love it if you’re a summer girl! It smells so gorgeous, containing notes of mostly mango (obviously), hibiscus, aloe vera, and chamomile. I honestly recommend going into the closest Victoria’s Secret to you and testing all of the body mists they sell, because they are all so beautiful, you’re sure to find a scent you like. Victoria’s Secret also make a point on their website that you can easily mix and match their fragrance mists to make your own personal scent, and although I’ve never tried it before, I definitely will with the two that I have and see how they smell once they’re combined!
Giorgio Armani: Sí – This fragrance was introduced to me by a friend when I first moved to Manchester for University. She had experience working at the Boots perfume counter, and told me that this was her favourite fragrance! When she let me try it on, I fell in love with it immediately and I was straight on the phone to my Mum asking her to buy me it for Christmas… And she did! She bought me the 30ml eau de parfum bottle, which costs £47 from Boots. To me, this perfume smells like summer, but a lot of people say it’s more of a fall/winter fragrance. It’s very sweet, the strongest notes seem to be vanilla or cassis. Cassis makes the top notes, freesia and may rose make the middle notes, and vanilla, patchouli, ambroxan, and woody notes make the base notes for the perfume. When I read about the different notes, I understood why people classed it as more of a fall fragrance, but I think it’s one of those perfumes that can be worn year-round, day or night. I suppose you could say it’s a more flexible fragrance. It’s definitely one of my personal favourites, and it’s also the first ‘real’ perfume I owned. It definitely has a special place in my heart, and I would recommend it to anyone who loves a sweet smelling fragrance!
Chloé: Chloé – I bought Chloé on my last day working at the Perfume Shop during the boxing day sales (although unfortunately for me this wasn’t on sale). I bought it as a gift set, which included the 50ml eau de parfum fragrance and a 100ml body lotion, for £54.40. The retail price is usually £68, but I bought it with my 20% staff discount at the time. The gift set seems to be sold out in all the major fragrance stores, but you can currently buy it on Fragrance Direct for £56.99. However, if you wanted to buy the 50ml perfume on it’s own, you can buy it at Boots for £65, or you can buy the 30ml for £47 at Boots. I had my eye on this fragrance the whole time I was working at The Perfume Shop, and I had promised to buy it for myself before my contract ended. To me, it comes across as such a feminine, sophisticated scent. Chloé is a fresh Spring daytime fragrance, that in a way reminds me of newly cut grass and flower gardens. As it is an eau de parfum, it lasts for up to 4 to 6 hours (I find that it lasts much longer than this). Eau de parfums tend to last longer than eau de toilettes (2 to 4 hours) but less than parfums (6-8 hours or more). Chloé contains top notes of peony, freesia, and litchi, middle notes of rose, lily of the valley, and magnolia, and base notes of amber, and Virginia cedar.
Lady Gaga: Fame – This fragrance was given to me as a Christmas present this year. I don’t wear it as often as my other scents, mainly because I find I am more drawn toward Sí or Chloé. Fame is classed as a fall/night perfume, containing notes of belladonna, orchid, jasmine sambac, honey, apricot, saffron, and incense. The prevailing notes of this particular fragrance is the honey and apricot. To me, this perfume smells as dark as it looks. It seems more musky to me than the others that I own which is why I don’t wear it as much – it just doesn’t seem to match my personality very well, even though it is a lovely smelling perfume. I especially love the bottle of this perfume, it looks so edgy and slightly gothic. I think the black fluid and gold top complement each other very nicely. The perfume pictured is the 30ml eau de parfum. You can purchase Fame from Superdrug for £10. It’s a lot cheaper than Chloé or Sí, perfect for those of you who are on a budget or don’t want to spend a lot on a perfume, and for the fact that it’s an eau de parfum too, you can’t go wrong!
Yves Saint Laurent: Black Opium – Yes, this perfume is very tiny! I purchased this 7.5ml bottle from a friend for £18 as I was desperate to own it, and didn’t have the money at the time to go out and buy a 30 or 50ml bottle. Usually, the 30ml bottle is priced at £44 from Boots, and in the future I will definitely buy the full sized bottle as I love this fragrance so much! It’s an extremely sweet fragrance, laced with notes of vanilla and coffee. This perfume is perfect for nights out and winter days! I think it’s a very sultry, mysterious smelling fragrance, and the bottle it’s very glamorous! I own the eau de parfum version, so it’s very strong. If strong perfumes don’t appeal to you, I’d definitely recommend the eau de toilette verison of Black Opium (it’s in a pinkier bottle) as it still holds that beautiful dark scent, but in a much more subtle way. The top notes of Black Opium include pink pepper, orange blossom, and pear, the middle notes include coffee and jasmine, and the base notes include vanilla, patchoilu and cedar. This perfume holds so many notes of my favourite scents that it’s no wonder I love it so much! I hold this fragrance highly among the likes of Sí and Chloé.
Chanel: Coco Mademoiselle – This is actually a sample of Mademoiselle but I wanted to include it in this post anyway because I really like it! In my opinion, it doesn’t quite reach the status of my favourite three perfumes, but it is still a gorgeous scent regardless! I was given the eau de parfum sample. The bottle doesn’t state how many ml it is – probably because it’s a sample. However, I did some quick research and found that the smallest bottle of Mademoiselle (35ml) is priced at £49 from Boots. I think that this perfume is another Spring perfume, as it’s very light and airy, with lots (and I mean lots) of citrus and floral notes. When I was researching the notes, I found that this particular fragrance has way more notes than any of the other perfumes I own, and I have to say I was quite surprised! Top notes of Mademoiselle include orange, mardarin orange, orange blossom, and bergamot, middle notes include mimosa, jasmine, Turkish rose, and ylang-ylang, and base notes include tonka bean, patchouli, opoponax, vanilla, vetiver, and white musk. There’s so many different components to this perfume that I wasn’t quite sure what stood out to me the most, but most people say the main notes are patchouli, orange, and Turkish rose.
And that’s everything! I have so many more perfumes to add to my little collection, and I’m not quite sure what I want to buy next. Here’s a short list below, please let me know what your favourite is and which perfume you think I should buy next!
- Burberry: My Burberry
- Michael Kors: Glam Jasmine
- Viktor Rolf: Flowerbomb
- Marc Jacobs: Daisy Dream (Blush)
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