Smells good…

In the last few years I’ve developed a real obsession for perfumes. I love trying them, recognise them on my friends, even just look at the bottles or lose myself in the memories they bring back. I like it sweet when it comes to perfumes, maybe because as a kid I had a very sweet tooth or maybe because the first perfume my mother bought for me was Lou Lou* by Cacharel, pure sugar candy! I like smelling all perfumes and I believe I have developed a bit of knowledge in the area. So if you want to buy or discover a new fragrance, I can give you some hints.

1. Ask a professional to help (some shop assistant are very well prepared). Fragrances are divided in to seven olfactory groups (Citrus, Aromatic, Floral, Woody, Fougere, Chypre, Oriental, Leathery), masterly blended by the “maitres parfumers” to create fragrances; always mention your favourite perfume to narrow the search of the fragrances you might like.

2. Try the fragrance on one of those paper strips you find near the tester first. If you like it keep it with you to see if you still like it after a few minutes as it might change.

3. Ask about the ingredients in the perfumes you like and when you identify your favourite two, spray them on the insides of your wrists (one on each of course!). Due to PH values, fragrances change when they come into contact with the skin, sometimes they even become unpleasant!

4. If it passes the test and you like it on your skin, then dare to ask for a sample and use it for few days. NEVER, buy a fragrance after having smelled and tried many and without first having gone out and away from the shop for a while – after trying many fragrances our nose crashes. In specialised shops, you’ll be given coffee beans to reset it: a quick sniff and your nose will be on track again!

5. If you’re buying a perfume for the first time, choose a smaller bottle. Big bottles are for enduring loves!

 

If you like perfumes and want to try some extraordinary, even niche fragrances, I would suggest:

 

Creed

Virgin Island Water. For me, this is the fragrance of summer, citrus and fruit (coconut is very noticeable on me): Sicilian white bergamot, Jamaican lime, Sicilian tangerine; grassy hints, ylang-ylang, Indian jasmine, Tonkin musk, tropical woods, coconut, tiare flowers (gardenia taitiensis).

Love in Black: I love violet, this musky floral fragrance reminds me at times of liquorice candy: violet, Virginia citron, Florentine iris, cloves, Tonkin musk, Grasse violet, Borgogne black currant, rose.

 

Montale

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Intense Tiarè: tiare is widely used in sun protections for its tanning and emollient properties, and that’s why this fragrance will make you feel on holiday: Ylang-Ylang, Vanilla, Coconut Milk, Jasmine and Rose.

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Mukhallat: The quintessential oriental gourmand: wild strawberries and sweet almonds, Peruvian balsam and vanilla from Madagascar, white musk.

 

Robert Piguet

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Fracas: Created back in 1947 by the famous nose, Germaine CELLER, it was relaunched in 1996 with some innovations. This floral hesperidic is definitely my favourite fragrance: bergamot, orange blossom, green notes, tuberose, jasmine, lily of the valley, iris, carnation, sandal, vetiver, citron, musk.

 

What these three firms have in common is the very high quality of the ingredients they use resulting in a long lasting olfactory persistence (many hours, up to 4 or 5). So even if you have different tastes to mine and my favourites aren’t yours, these masters’ fragrances are all worth a sniff…

 

And don’t forget to let me know!!!

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*Loulou (Cacharel) – 1987 – Oriental, Flowery, Woody – (Jean Guichard) violet, plum, cassis, jasmine, bergamot, orange blossom, mimosa, apricot, daisy, anise, cashmeran, tiare flower, ylang-ylang, iris, sandal wood, vanilla, incense, tonka bean, benzoin, musk.

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