The Fragrances I'm Wearing Now
A scent has the power to instantly transport you to a place, a time or even to a person. The smell of Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue takes me straight back to high school, as it was the fragrance we would spray after we'd been smoking in the toilets. Gucci Rush takes me back to underage nightclub stints with my friends in the late 90's and the musky scent of Chanel No.5 instantly reminds me of my sister, as she's worn it for as long as I can remember.
Before I went away, my fragrance collection was stale and really just contained fragrances that reminded me of a different time. With 2018 shaping up to be the biggest year of change (unplanned, naturally) I've had in a while, I decided it was time to mark this with some new scents, so here's what I'm currently rolling with:
I'm a fresh, zesty citrus girl (you'll pick up this as we go on) when it comes to fragrance. Not in a spray n wipe lemon fresh kinda way though, more in a sitting under the lemon trees in Capri kinda way. Ancient perfumery Carthusia, and Mediterraneo in particular, was introduced to me by a good friend of mine who's Mother Ship is the Island of Capri, so during my recent trip there I visited their flagship store (which you need to go to if you're ever in Capri - it's ahhhmazing) and picked up not just a full bottle of Mediterraneo, but also their two more recent fragrances: Essence of the Park (not the best name going around for a high end fragrance) a fresh scent with a slightly woody undertone, and Terra Mia a delicious scent for winter with notes of hazelnut and coffee arabica.
Mediterraneo however is my absolute favourite, with top notes of lemon and mint, mid notes of green tea & jasmine and a subtle base note of white musk.
Much closer to home, this complexly beautiful fragrance comes from uber cool Melbourne couple Josh & Julia Mihan, who developed their bespoke range ofunique fragrances after realising the gap in premium Australian parfumeries. Already hailed as the Byredo of Australia, Mihan Aromatics choose to tell the story of their fragrance rather than simply list the notes. This is Guilty Story: 'Intent on getting lost in heady afflictions. Richly rubbery, stubbornly unattainable, inviting to touch. Hot like a sun-licked car bonnet yet smooth like the inside of an oyster shell. A familiar scene that’s hard to catch and harder to forget. Volatile of its own volition. Piquant, irreverent and sort of troubled.'
While killing time during my stopover in Dubai, I discovered the new Les Eaux De Chanel collection, and if i'm being really honest, I could have easily bought all three fragrances as they are all incredibly light and fresh - unlike the traditional Chanel fragrances. But lucky for my wallet I didn't and instead went with Paris -Venise. Designed to be worn as a spritz, so incredibly light when sprayed, Chanel describe Paris - Vensie like this: 'The Essence of neroli illuminates the warm tones of an oriental accord with an ambery touch of vanilla and tonka note'
Now this might come as a surprise, but according to Fragrantica, this fragrance also has a main accord of citrus. Who would have thought!
But why I love it, is because it definitely runs a slightly more masculine vibe than any of my other citrus scents (it is a cologne after all). There's something a bit more moody about it too, so I'm finding I reach for it when I want to feel a bit more empowered and leave a good impression.
This was actually a spontaneous purchase in Rome and was the result of having to wait around in the Hermès store while staff exchanged faulty shoes. Get upsold much?
Another mens fragrance? Yes, because I don't like sickly sweet or overly floral scents and unfortunately many womens scents these days tend to fit that genre. Anyway, off topic, so I grabbed this in the Loewe store also in Rome, and after spraying it on my skin was instantly mesmerised by my own wrist and couldn't stop smelling it. Ironically, when describing this scent, the Loewe website says 'The lightest and most citric version of LOEWE 001 MAN is also notable for its freshness and energy due to the lime which is complemented by the softness of orange flower, the sparkling character of red pepper, and the exoticism of Ceylon cinnamon.'. Again with the citrus.
The final fragrance I'm all about right now is the newest addition to Prada's Les Infusions collection. A unique collection of luxe parfums, the range has some really interesting spins on classic fragrance notes. The zesty mandarin scent is balanced with white florals and a mid note of orange blossom and neroli. Easily my new daywear go to, this fragrance is a keep in your handbag type. And not that packaging matters too much (I mean it does, but I have to pretend I'm not that shallow, right?) but I'm in love with this bottle and the old school Prada logo - so 80's.
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