My Favourite Fragrances
I wear a scent everyday, but I don't have any one particular 'signature' scent, nor do I have certain fragrances that I only enjoy season to season. I literally just get up, wash up and spritz whatever I feel like on the day. I've seen a fair few fragrance posts recently but they all seem to mention cult favourites which is a bit samey-samey. So here are my all time favourite scents, which I hope is something a little different to the norm!
Dolce & Gabbana – Pour Femme
I came across this scent lastChristmas, and after walking around with it on my wrist while shopping, I had to make a mad dash back to the shop to get it before the shops closed. It’s everything and more that you’d expect from D&G. It’s deep and sexy but playful at the same time. It’s exactly as described in the TV campaign. It’s La Dolce Vita in a bottle. The essence of a strong Italian woman who is feminine and passionate. – It wont turn you into a dark haired, olive skinned beauty with high cheekbones and a slender Roman nose but it will make you feel extra ‘slinky’. – I wear this the most.
Yardley – Royal English Daisy
I bought this on a whim once in T G Hughes (do they still have that anymore?), while my mum dragged me around shopping. I only really bought it because even the word daisy makes me happy. I have a thing for those obnoxiously large ones that are just ridiculously cute and adorable. It’s cheap as chips but is amazing quality. Yardley is one of the oldest producers of fragrance in the world and was established in 1770. This particular scent is one of their classics and dates back to the late 1880’s when Yardley really took off among the elites. Daisy has since been re-branded as the fragrance of ‘Kate Middleton’ which is a complete load of codswallop but, the new bottle is more ‘trendy’ I suppose and it’s still as lovely as ever.
Royal English Daisy combines daisy, white rose and apple so is especially lovely on hot summer days or in the spring. – I get loads of compliments when I wear this. For some strange reason, it always seems to be when I’m in a lift or a confined space. Daisy is subtle but definitely noticeable when someone is in close proximity. I’d some it up as ‘attractive’. 🙂
After purchasing some fierce sunglasses in Miss Selfridge, I was suckered in by the pretty display of the new in house fragrances. I took a sniff of both the Miss Beau and Miss Etoile and honestly couldn’t decide so I bought the two mini bottles instead of a full 50ml of both. The 50ml costs £12 and the mini’s cost £10 for two.
20% off for students too so I snagged mine for £8.
Miss Beau is a fresh smelling fruity scent with pink grapefruit that just lingers playfully on the skin and Miss Etoile is best described as ‘naughtiness in a bottle’. It’s like a vampy older sister of Beau which is definitely a nighttime fragrance. I never usually differentiate between ‘day fragrances’ and ‘night fragrances’ because I just wear whatever, but Miss Etoile is definitely something that is best off for date night’s out to dinner or date nights…. you know… in. 😉
An Interview with Azzi Glasser and the Miss Selfridge team can be found here.
The Body Shop – Strawberry Mist
It doesn’t smell anything like any strawberry
I’ve ever smelt but then again, neither does the body butter. This mist is a very strong strawberry scent as is certainly more for ‘fruity’ people. This is just a pretty smelling fragrance. It’s simple and not too much. I like to put this on after getting straight out of the shower.
H&M – Cotton Wood Body Splash
It sounds odd, but I used to have an addiction to cotton wool. As in
I’d eat it, chew it, sniff it. It was a little bit of an addiction. But then again, cotton wool was a much better alternative to ring pulls from drink cans or
plastic bottle tops. – I used to put some random stuff in my mouth. – But anyway. Cotton Wood is a range of scents and body butters from H&M. I bought the body butter on a whim a couple of years back and used it day in and day out. It’s quite ‘cool’ feeling and non-greasy which is just what I need from a moisturiser. I came across the fragrances in the flagship H&M on the corner of Oxford and Regent Street in London. They stock the full range of products just as they do at the ‘posh’ H&M on Regent Street.
Cotton Wood is like sweet cotton in a bottle but it does have that woody scent to it. It’s just really natural smelling without being a bit ‘hippy’. It also comes in a roller ball pen type thing for £2.99 that I have in my handbag and forgot to take out to photograph but still, its there. People always ask what fabric softener I use in the wash, which is a testament to how fresh smelling it is. If H&M did branch out into Cotton Wood fabric softener, detergent and/or air freshener I’d buy out all of the stocks just in case they discontinued it!!! It’s that good.
The other alternative is apricot/cashmere.
It’s one of those that you’re certainly not paying £3 for so you only buy it when Superdrug and ASDA are doing an offer for £1, then you stock up, you know? The Pear and Jasmine is just…… too special. If it were labelled as something higher end I’d easily spend £20-30 on it and not even bat an eyelid. It’s just a pretty mist. And unlike a lot of body spray aerosols, it actually sticks around all day long. I’m not suggesting that you pray it directly into your hair but it clings to that too so every time you move your head you fall in love with your own locks. Pear and Jasmine is another one of those with woody undertones which, just as the name suggests, really does make you sigh and smile.
Dolce & Gabbana – Dolce
“Dolce is a gentle, feminine mix of white flowers, introduced by the freshness of the Neroli leaves and defined by the White Amaryllis, a South African flower used for the first time ever in scent. A unique and opulent combination of White Water Lily and bold White Daffodil blend perfectly with the full-bodied White Amaryllis. Dolce’s elegant packaging is reminiscent of a vintage fragrance flacon. The flower stopper pays tribute to Sicilian customs and a thin black grosgrain ribbon, presented in an elegant bow, conjures images of the white shirts and bow-ties that were a signature of early Dolce&Gabbana catwalk shows. The final, and most personal, touch: Dolce signed in a flourish of black script, a replica of Domenico Dolce’s father’s own signature.”
Trish McEvoy – No.6 Mandarin & Ginger Lily
“Energetic. Discover No. 6 Mandarin & Ginger Lily, an exuberant, vivacious scent that blends iced mandarin and ginger lily blossoms with elegant bergamot and coveted Vetiver”
Yardley – Jade
“Yardley London Jade is a retro-inspired, fresh and elegant, green floral chypre
capturing the spirit of the 60’s.
Fruity, aromatic green top notes of peach, bergamot and galbanum blend with an airy floral bouquet heart of rose, jasmine, ylang-ylang and orris, delicately wrapped up in base notes of patchouli, sandalwood and moss.”
Those are a few of my favourite things!