Friday Favourites: Fragrances

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

Very Irresistible

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?

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9 Comments on Friday Favourites: Fragrances

  1. Hannah Parker
    September 17, 2015 at 4:04 pm (6 years ago)

    Ooh I love this post – It’s amazing the power a perfume has on your memories. Literally taking you right back somewhere. You brought back so many memories with just the mention of Exclamation!! I remember making some very dubious choices. At one point, during the CK One phase, I wore a man’s perfume. I thought it was very cool to be so blatantly pushing the stereotypes. Haha! Who knew I was political? These days I have a huge stock pile of John Paul Gaultier’s Classique…Mike forgets what he’s bought me so I seem to get a new one at every occasion! I love the idea of the Jo Malone perfume, but I’d better steer clear of St Pancras!! Thanks for linking up to #TheList

  2. MyLifeMyLove
    September 13, 2015 at 7:59 am (6 years ago)

    Oh Leigh, I love this post. Perfume is my favourite thing ever, if I showed you the contents of my handbag, it would have 4 bottle so f perfume in it!! That’s why it’s always so heavy. My scent is definitely alien by Tierry Muglar, it’s amazing! X

    • Leigh
      September 14, 2015 at 5:21 pm (6 years ago)

      Oh blimey Ali you do love perfume! I’ve never tried Alien, I shall give it a sniff the next time I’m in a department store. Thank you for commenting! xx

  3. Harriet
    September 12, 2015 at 3:13 pm (6 years ago)

    Lovely post, Leigh. For me it’s Chanel No.5 at all times – I usually put on a splash just before bed! I grew up with Anais Anais by Cacharel, then moved on to Miss Dior and Diorella and even occasionally Diorissimo, but for the last I don’t know how many years it’s been “Every woman alive loves…” xx

    • Leigh
      September 14, 2015 at 5:21 pm (6 years ago)

      Thank you, Harriet! I think I might have had Anais Anais when I was younger too. Your splash of Chanel No 5 before bed reminds me of Marilyn Monroe, apparently it’s all she wore to bed! xx

  4. Amy @ Mr and Mrs T Plus Three
    September 11, 2015 at 10:38 pm (6 years ago)

    Perfume is one of my most fav things EVER! I love the Givenchy one, also used to have an Issy Miyake one but can’t think of the name…My favs are Chanel mademoiselle, and I also love Viktor and Rolph Flower Bomb I’m thinking of getting the intense version. Oh and Miss Dior Cherie. Eeek there’s too many to chose from! xxx

    • Leigh
      September 12, 2015 at 11:38 am (6 years ago)

      I’ve heard good things about the Viktor and Rolph one Amy, will have to give a try. There are so many to choose from aren’t there? And new ones always coming out too xxx

  5. Beth
    September 11, 2015 at 5:47 pm (6 years ago)

    English Freesia & Pear everyday and then in summer I add Nectarine Blossom & Honey (I find it calming but uplifting) x
    Not smelt the Givenchy one (will definitely give it a try) but have worn the other two x
    For me I’d add Body Shop Dewberry (not sure that’s how it was spelt) and CK Eternity from my teenage years x

    • Leigh
      September 12, 2015 at 11:37 am (6 years ago)

      Ooh I’ve not tried nectarine blossom and honey, but that sounds divine too. Oh yes I meant to add CK One – had loads of that, was quite the thing at the time! Thanks for commenting Beth xxx


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