“FOR ME, PUTTING ON MY FRAGRANCE BEFORE I HEAD OUT THE DOOR IS AS RITUALISTIC AS PUTTING MY CLOTHES ON”
Whenever I talk about fragrances as being just as essential as putting clothes on, I’m either met with nods in passionate agreement, or confusion over why I’ve made it a huge part of my life and routine. Like most things we do ritually, I do it because I love it; it’s something that enhances my day, mood and self. It’s one of my favourite things to receive as a gift; beautiful, useful and I’m always eager to add new additions to my fragrance wardrobe!
Whether you’re looking to try something new yourself, or are in search of a thoughtful gift for a loved one, I’ve compiled a selection of my current favourites; from timeless classics to new and exciting scents. Ranging from affordable, to the more luxury purchases, there’s something for all personalities – here are my picks to indulge your senses with this festive season!
LEIGHTON DENNY LIGHT AND DARK
From one of my favourite, brands for nails, comes a fruity, fragrance, mixture of pepper, myrrh and incense (perfect for the festive season, right?) Leighton Denny Light and Dark offers a warm, unique fragrance with a heart of gardenia, jasmine, lily and rose. Alluring, distinctive and welcoming, both suitable for day and night. I also adore the classic, uncomplicated glass bottle design, which makes me reminisce of vintage styles from decades ago. Not only does it look stunning on a shelf and in your fragrance wardrobe, but also won’t break the bank too, making it a great, slightly more affordable option for how much you get! This one is for the classic, fragrance lovers amongst us.
When to wear: Spritz on your neck come evening time and mist over your jacket for a lingering scent all, evening long.
CHARLOTTE TILBURY SCENT OF A DREAM
Aptly named, Charlotte Tilbury’s Scent of a Dream really is that one fragrance I fell hard for. It stormed into my life last year and doesn’t plan on leaving. The bottle, for one, is the most stunning, art deco esque design and would make an incredibly, beautiful gift for a loved one. (or ya self 😉 ) For me, it’s become one of my signature scents and the one I always reach to; I don’t know a single person who doesn’t adore this perfume.
Perhaps the reason it’s so addictive to many wearers is the unique concept; “It attracts Love, Light, Power, Positivity and Sex to the wearer. Positivity, fresh and invigorating, this confidence-boosting aura develops over 15 minutes. So if you’re wanting to please the masses with a glorious scent, whilst also indulging yourself, this is the one for you.
When to wear: Day, night, whenever you damn can! Never fails to boost my mood, enhance my confidence and make me feel incredible! (Can’t beat the power of a good, scent right?!)
MUGLER ANGEL EAU DE PARFUM
Me and Mugler go way back; it was the first, big, perfume purchase I made, on my way to France on a school trip. I got Alien at duty free, which ironically, was a perfume I hated until I actually put it on my skin, which then developed into an absolute love affair. So when I tried Angel, I knew it would be love at first spritz. Not to be taken lightly or for the subtle perfume lover; Mugler is renowned for their distinctive scents. Angel Eau de Parfum is a beautiful, blend of sweet Red Fruits, Soft Caramel, Honey and Praline combined with Patchouli and Vanilla. Chic, sweet and timeless, this is one if you love very, classically, feminine fragrances and something to capture attention. I also love how you can re-fill the bottles
When to wear: To dinner, evenings out and when you want to feel particularly striking.
ROGER AND GALLET EXTRAITS DE COLOGNE TUBEREUSE HEDONIE
Roger & Gallet is a brand that if I had to choose a favourite from 2018, this would be it! From their skincare to fragrances; nothing epitomises affordable luxury more. This is my favourite fragrance of theirs that I have tried and incorporates everything I love about perfumes, all in one. Again, the instagram appeal is strong with the streamlined, chic and classic bottle. Their products never fail to make your home look beautiful.
Roger & Gallet Extraits De Cologne Tubereuse Hedonie is a fresh, modern and makes me feel perfectly pulled together. They developed this scent to have a soothingly, relaxing effect on the senses, thanks to the mix of tuberose, jasmine, bergamot plus distilled precious essences of pink pepper, neroli and celery seeds. I adore all these elements in candles and essential oils, so it only makes sense to wear them on the daily in a perfume!
When to wear: This is my go-to for daytime. Sophisticated and relaxing, it makes me feel ready to tackle the day and is the perfect, finishing touch before dashing out the door!
THE MERCHANT OF VENICE BLUE TEA
Inspired by the aromas and precious materials of Asian Islands, The Merchant of Venice Blue Tea fragrance is the first to use the Blue Tea flower, making it already, an incredibly luxe and personal purchase. I love how unique and distinctive the bottle is, with the white and blue Chinoiserie design, which carries it’s history and concept through, making it much more of an immersive experience. This is definitely a fragrance for those of you, who, like myself, relish in the ritual of putting a scent on each morning and evening! This would make an incredibly, memorable gift for fragrance lovers, with the history behind the scent making it even more special. A true, luxury fragrance and with top notes of Blue Tea leaves and nutmeg, with a base of musk and touch of Neroli at the heart, amongst others, it’s a beautiful combination that is light enough for day, but mysterious and lingering, making it perfect for special, evening occasions too!
When to wear: To add a touch of luxe to your day, spritz on your wrists and indulge in the exclusive scent. I also love to wear to formal, evening occasions, to really give me a subtle confidence boost, knowing how unique and subtly enticing the fragrance is.
SHOP THE FRAGRANCES
I hope you guys enjoyed my round up of my current, festive, go-to fragrances! I always love to hear people’s stories behind their favourite scent or what people wear – do pop your utter, most, favourite below, I’m always on the look out for more to add to my fragrance wardrobe!
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