Monday, 14 January 2013

"A woman should wear fragrance wherever she expects to be kissed" Coco Chanel

I could talk about perfume forever. It's an evocative a subject as a product.I can still remember the scent of my Mum's Dolce Vita when she was getting ready or my Nana's Yardley. Perfume resonates so clearly with memories of the women that I admire most, so it's always been close to my heart. My mum was and is a great beauty role model, from her dedication to skincare to the regular henna-ing of her hair she demonstrated a diligent attention to detail and care for her body which I still try and emulate. She also wore perfume, her favorite perfume every single day. Whether she was going to the supermarket or going for dinner she would always spritz herself in whichever scent my Dad had bought her that year.As a result she received complements on her perfume nearly every day and she had a husband who from one smell of his wife's new perfume on Christmas morning could be transported back to their wedding day, or their first date.

Growing up I was determined to find perfumes that meant as much to me as my mum's to her but, as I discovered, finding your smell is a fine art. After years of trying our different smells I have finally settled on these three, each is special to me and each I plan on wearing for years to come. 

"A women who doesn't wear perfume has no future." Coco Chanel

This was the first perfume I fell in love with, it also happens to be one my Mum wore in my early days( I didn't find that out until later though). I was in House of Fraser and was attracted to the classic and vintage feel of the packaging, I chose my favourite colour, purple, and tried it on. And the rest, is history. I made one bottle last nearly five years by only wearing it on the very specialist of occasions. Every time I wear this, whether it's a date or a night out, I am instantly reminded of seminal moments of my teenage years. It's quite a spicy, heady scent so I save it for evening occasions to make sure I don't overpower people!

"Dior's ultimate weapon of seduction. Its exceptional, exotic alchemy is created by a rich blend of spicy, fruity and amber notes warmed by honey and musk - an unsettling, charismatic and unforgettable oriental."

"A woman's perfume tells more about her than her handwriting." Christian Dior

This next perfume is a more recent discovery. I sceptically put in on one morning, it came as a sample in one of my Glossy Boxes and to be honest I wasn't expecting much. Oh how I was wrong, from the first dab I was hooked. And years after finding Poison I couldn't believe I had found another perfume that I loved as much. I stretched out that sample as long as I could, every day I wore it was a good day. Noticing my subtle hints my Favourite bought it for me last Christmas and it's been my most special perfume ever since. 

"Mysterious and addictive, this gourmand oriental is a spellbinding combination of lush white vineyard peach, pear, bergamot, ylang, rose and orange flower mingled with rich patchouli, sandalwood, vetiver, vanilla beans and a gourmand leathery accord. Dazzling and dramatic, Visa de Robert Piguet is the fragrance for those who expect the exceptional."

"A perfume must be more mysterious than a copy of something in nature. When a man sees a woman, he shouldn't think of a rose; he should think of that woman." Jean Paul Guerlain


This perfume still takes my by surprise, it's from Lush and it is really quite amazing. I buy it in the solid form and carry it with my for mid day top ups, it's my go to normal day perfume. On days that aren't quite special enough for Visa or a night not promising enough for Poison, Karma is my scent. It lasts for hours, it's spicy and warm and I love it. It's also the perfume I receive the most compliments on. 

"Karma is a powerful, spicy and unique patchouli and citrus perfume. It's a strange slow-burner for some; you fall for it without realising what's happening. Others love it from the first sniff as they are transported to the age of freedom."

Perfume shopping is endlessly challenging and the only advice I can give it to allow time, you wont find it on one trip. There is a huge difference between a smell that you like and a smell that likes you. Allow several trips, make sure you try it on and wear it for a while, see how the smell changes on you. It will be worth it in the end when you find a smell that works with your natural scent and becomes part of who you are.

What's the story behind your signature scents?

R x


  1. Before our wedding my husband took me to buy some perfume. We picked out several to spray on tester cards then, after 15 minutes, picked the two we liked best (without me looking at the names). He sprayed one on either of my wrists, we went for a walk, then finally chose the one that had developed my favourite scent. He bought it for me and I discoverd the one I'd chosen was... Chloe! Perfect. Now he'll never forget which one to buy me!

    I feel like I should try other perfumes but I just adore this one - it's become my scent and will always remind of the romance of getting married :)

    1. Chloe, I love the combined romance and logic of this story. A x