When asked if I could write a blog about five of my favourite scents, I assumed it would be easy. What I hadn’t realised however, was just how many love affairs I have had with numerous fragrances throughout the years. Miraculously I’ve somehow managed to whittle my list down to five, ranking them nevertheless has proved far too challenging!
Hot Couture by Givenchy
My first ‘grown up’ fragrance at the age of 13. Gone were my adolescent days of Charlie, Blue Jeans and CK1. It was my ‘own’ unique and distinctive scent compared to the Aqua di Gio and Issey Miyake fragrances my peers wore. I love the notes of raspberry as it entwines with vetiver and magnolia, giving the playful scent a cloying sweetness. I wore Hot Couture on a daily basis until I discovered the world of fragrance at 21. Wearing it instantly transports me back to my care free days at school and the fun I used to have, arguably some of the best years of my life.
Hugo by Hugo Boss
Hugo by Hugo Boss, the only scent I know of to this day that still makes me go weak at the knees. I just have to smell someone wearing it and I instantly stop in my tracks. A gift I once bought for a boyfriend at a very young age, I have never tired of this heavy and aromatic scent. It doesn’t matter where I am, Duty Free or a department store, I always can’t help but instantly spray it on my wrist. I’ve tried over the years to work out whether it’s the specific notes in the composition that I love or the fond memories I have. I still haven’t decided.
Amaranthine by Penhaligon’s
Whose top five fragrances wouldn’t be complete without Penhaligon’s in their list? Whenever I wear Amaranthine it never fails to amaze me just how stunningly beautiful and complex the dry down is. How comfortable and confident I feel when I wear it. The scent whisks me away to a tropical and exotic location, replete with palm trees, coconuts, white sand and the bluest of seas. The mourishness of the creamy base of condensed milk and tonka bean entices me to smell myself time and time again.
Black Orchid by Tom Ford
I remember the first time I smelt this fragrance in the busy beauty hall of Harvey Nichols. I wasn’t impressed. Somehow it didn’t live up to the expectations I had hoped. It wasn’t until some dear friends of mine (thank you Alex and Zillah) kindly gave me a sample, that I literally became obsessed with it overnight. The spiciness of the floral accord gives the opulent and sensual fruity notes an unusual kick. The amalgamation of patchouli and vanilla as it develops on the skin reminds me of dark rich chocolate. Saved only for special occasions, Black Orchid is a scent which in my opinion embodies elegance.
Samsara by Guerlain
A fragrance I’ve only just started to wear, Samsara is the haute couture of fragrances. Sophisticated and elegant yet mysterious. Extremely versatile, the drydown takes you on a journey of twists and turns. The contrasting dry notes of sandalwood and iris magically blend in with the hypnotic richness of jasmine and ylang ylang. I can wear this fragrance for any occasion, time of the year, or weather. A scent that has certainly stood the test of time!
So there we have it, my current/all time favourite fragrances. There are a couple of close contenders which I feel I should mention: Absolue Pour le Soir by Maison Francis Kurkdjian (the sweet honey note combined with benzoin is divine,) Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille (an intense oriental with dry coconut) and Vanille Absolument by L’Artisan Parfumeur (what’s not to like about a fragrance based on the vanilla pod!) If you haven’t already guessed I’m currently swaying towards extremely rich, sweet and creamy scents! I guess only time will tell if one of these may secure a place in my top five in the near future…..
Could you name your top five fragrances? It’s harder than it seems!