Recently Grant and I went to a wedding and he revealed an impressive collection of designer brand cologne.
I used to occasionally wear my favourite CK One and I have a bottle of Lancôme La Vie Est Belle but I find it too sweet and it makes me sneeze the whole day when I wear it.
The weekend after the wedding Grant asked if I liked Alien. We were at Dischem so I asked to try the original. After walking around with it and having a nap I decided it was not for me.
But I’ll tell you about the fragrances I do love.
I recently discovered this perfume. No. 5 doesn’t really suit me, but this… Oh, it is beautiful! It is all flowers and magic: jasmine, ylang-ylang, orange blossom, Grasse tuberose. And the simple design of the bottle just adds to the glamour.
Elie Saab Le Parfum
More of the same, I guess, possibly in different combination of notes and intensities, and completely irresistible: orange blossom, jasmine, honey rose, patchouli.
Christian Dior Tendre Poison
My longest-loved perfume, created in 1994, is another floral bouquet of delight. Galbanum, mandarin, freesia noting the top, orange, honey and amber in the middle balanced on a base of vanilla, sandalwood and cedarwood.
Versace Dylan Blue Pour Femme
My most recent discovery is a bit of a departure from the others. The top notes include black currant sorbet, Granny Smith apple, clover, forget-me-not, Shisolia. The succulent heart contains sweet briar rose, Petalia, Rosyfolia, jasmine, ice infusion of peach. And at the base, patchouli coeur, styrax, white smooth woods, musk.
I live in hope that luxury fragrances will eventually become more affordable. For now, I scrounge for samples of new fragrances on a road of olfactory discovery.