Friday Favourites is back! I’m having a self-care day today (I’ve had my nails done, and tea, cake, and chat with friends) so to continue the girly treat theme, I thought I’d share with you my favourite fragrances. Plus, I like a bit of alliteration…
I’ve always loved perfume; I can remember stealing a spritz from my Mum’s dressing table when I was a little girl. I was in my teens in the early ’90s when affordable brands of perfume were taking off – I was a particular fan of Exclamation (with the black-and-white bottle in the shape of an exclamation mark), and of course The Body Shop’s White Musk.
It’s taken me a few years and bottles to find ‘my’ scent. Years ago I tried to be more grown-up by going for sultry perfumes like Christian Dior’s Poison, or sophisticated ones like Chanel’s No.5. Both beautiful scents, but just not ‘me’.
So what is me? Lots of flirty florals, mainly…
Very Irresistible by Givenchy
This perfume has a special place in my heart because I was living in New Zealand at the time I discovered it. I treated myself to a bottle in the duty free on the way home from a wonderful two years’ adventures to soften the blow of coming back to ‘normal’ life.
In an elegant purple bottle, the perfume is light, floral, playful and cheerful. A firm favourite for the past 12 years or so.
Issey Miyake Florale
I found this one by accident, browsing in a department store one day as you do. It’s the perfect summer scent, bursting with (as the name suggests!) floral notes. It’s a perfume that helps put a smile on my face.
Jo Malone English Pear and Freesia
The concourse at St Pancras train station is dangerous! I’d never entered a Jo Malone store before, and only did so while killing time waiting for a train. I’d heard other people raving about her pomegranate noir cologne, but it was way too strong for me (and I’d managed to get it on my coat so I had to endure it for a while!). However, I discovered instead English Pear and Freesia. I love the smell of real freesias – so pure and beautiful. Paired with the pear (boom boom) the cologne smells like the epitome of an English summer.
Calvin Klein Euphoria
This is the strongest of my favourites, and one I tend to keep for evenings. While it is still floral-based (especially the Blossom one, which I prefer over the ordinary Euphoria) it smells richer, deeper, and sexier. Ooer!
What are your favourite fragrances?