Time to blog about another huge passion in my life - fragrance! I'm one of those gals who doesn't feel completely dressed unless I spritz myself with a delicious perfume, even when I'm not going anywhere special, or just doing some boring household chores. Simply put, perfume and I have a ♥ love-love ♥ relationship, and while it can take many many months of searching and sampling to find one that makes my spirits soar, I don't spend more than three seconds choosing what to wear each morning from the ones I have - I just know :-)
My preferences change with the seasons, and my collection is roughly divided into warm & cool weather scents. Pictured above are my Spring/Summer faves - interestingly it was only when I grouped all these bottles together for the photo shoot that I noticed that both product and packaging are either lavender, pink or colourless, whatever that means lol (?)...
Eclat d’Arpège by Lanvin, eau de parfum
My favourite perfume of all time, and without a doubt my signature scent. I adore everything about it, including the bottle - simple and elegant, with a glittering amethyst crystal embedded in the cap. The fragrance is classified as a fruity floral, and the only one I've ever worn that instantly makes me feel like I've just stepped out of the shower, even at the end of a long hot and humid day. Unlike the original musty Arpège that my grandmother wore, this version is light, subtle and delicate, with a zesty tang that is both refreshing and youthful. To me it smells like lilacs and lemons, and I rarely have to reapply after my early morning spray as it endures magnificently on my skin. I've had so many fellas ask me what I'm wearing, and in the 10 years since I discovered it, I've never EVER smelt it on anyone else - c'est moi!
Dazzling Darling by Kylie Minogue, eau de toilette
This was last summer's fabulous find - it was on special at Priceline (less than half price) so I bought up big, gave away a few bottles at Christmas to some very appreciative rellies (including my Mum), and horded the rest. Encased in an exquisitely shaped flacon, this is predominately violet, rose and musk, and what I'd call girly, flirty and fun. It doesn't last more than a few hours, but then it is a toilette - how I wish it came in a parfum! This is far more serious and musky than Kylie's other "Darlings", and the only one I like because the sweetness is tempered with a wee bit of spice. My beautyheaven review of it is here.
Violet Eyes by Elizabeth Taylor, eau de parfum
This was such a delightful surprise. Having sampled all the other fragrances by Elizabeth Taylor, and not even remotely liking any of them (way WAY to heady and sweet), this one is oh so special. Interestingly there are no violets in the formula (although my nose begs to differ) - instead there is a magical blend of white peach, jasmine & purple rose, but I reckon it's the amber & cedar base that ultimately grabs me. A perfect partnering of floral and oriental, I find this perfume cooling, calming and comforting, and perfect for day-time wear. In my mind it conjures up femininity and romance - it's a fragrance for a woman, not a girl :-)
Part 2 to follow...
Have you tried any of these perfumes? What's your favourite summer fragrance?
Take care of you,