Since it’s national fragrance day (Happy National Fragrance Day!) I thought I would share what perfumes I have recently received, to give you an idea what is new on the market. Admittedly I think writing about fragrance is particularly difficult and you have to be far more skilled of a writer than I am, so I guess this is your warning- this posts is unlikely to be very informative but I’ll try to not just say that a fragrance is ‘nice’ or ‘fruity’.
As I can’t stop talking about how excited I am for summer, lets start with the fragrances which remind me most of holiday. Michael Kors Coral is a very summery, floral, fruity fragrance with notes of Jasmin, Tuberose, Cedar and Orange. It’s a really great fun fragrance which would work well for any age. A more grown up summer scent is Guerlain Terracotta Le Parfum, don’t get me wrong it isn’t an ‘older’ scent, I absolutely love it but it probably isn’t one for teens. I love the white floral notes in this fragrance but I think it’s the coconut which makes it stand out from must other scents. It’s a slightly more luxe, exotic and unique smelling summer fragrance and I can’t wait to wear it more.
Last month I also got my first ever Penhaligon’s fragrance! I went into the Covent Garden store to pick it and it was a really great, sit-down experience. I spoke through what I like, what I usually wear and what I was looking for and after smelling quite a few, I picked Iris Prima. I typically love unisex scents so it’s no surprise I picked this Floral Woody Musk scent. I love the combination of leather, iris, Bergamot and vanilla. It’s probably my favourite ‘grown-up’ fragrance from my collection, it’s sophisticated with a touch of sexy and not at all over powering.
Another brand I only recently discovered is Bronnley, it’s a British brand started in 1884 and that has a royal warrant from the queen. Surprisingly the packaging and fragrance isn’t as traditional as you would expect, it’s all very pretty and modern. There’s something a little nostalgic about Crimson Cloud, I love the cherry blossom, bergamot and Raspberry notes.
If like me you’re a fan of YSL Black Opium, you’ll be excited to hear about Black Opium Nuit Blanche. Looks wise, not much has changed from the original Black Opium but this scent is inspired by Nuit Blache which is an arts festival in Paris which lasts all night. The scent really isn’t dissimilar to the original with the notes of Vanilla, Coffee and Orange Blossom but possibly even sweeter and younger.
From Tory Burch and I have been wearing Jolie Fleur Bleue, it’s been released with two other floral scents; Fleur Verte and Felur Rose but this one is my favourite. I love the packaging of these fragrance, they’re really chic and elegant with just a pop of colour. Out of the three Fleur Bleue is the most interesting to me, it’s made up of Grapefruit, Sandalwood and Tuberose. I’m not overly crazy about this scent, it’s just a nice soft perfume but fairly expensive at £84 (100ml).
I’m quite the Jo Malone fan but Herb Garden range is surprisingly my favourite Jo Malone scents. There are five different scents; I have Carrot Blossom & Fennel and Sorrel & Lemon Thyme although Lavender & Coriander is my favourite from the collection. It’s a really unique collection and unlike any other fragrances I own so definitely one to smell in-store.
I also wanted to quickly touch on the new Ghost Girlcrush perfume, the price point and packaging very much suggest it’s for teens but if you are on the market for a super sweet, everyday, young fragrance either for yourself or to gift then it’s a great one. It has the usually fruity notes of peach and pomegranate but definitely only for a sweet perfume fan.
There seem to be a huge rose theme in perfume at the moment but since I love rose I am really not compaining. Since I love tacky packaging I think the Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Rose is fab! I love the notes of pear in the fragrance, it’s quite a mild rose and a very wearable everyday fragrance. I touched on the Tory Burch perfume earlier, Jolie Fleur Rose smells to me a lot of tea rose and is a little bit of an older, more traditional scent. From Diptyque I have the Eau Rose Roller Ball which is a very true rose scent with a little lychee, it’s pretty but I don’t think it works too well on me. Dolce&Gabbana Dolce Rosa Excelsa is a really floral scent and not just rose, with notes of water lily and musk. Ellie Saab Rose Couture is a scent that has really grown on me, the vanilla scent makes it quite sweet and in my opinion more wearable. There are so many rose scents to choose from at the moment, so if you’re a rose fan you’re in luck!
If you made it to the end of this post well done! It’s quite lengthy and I have a huge headache after smelling far too many perfumes.
Which perfume have you most recently added to your collection?