From custom blends and designer brands down to drug store standbys there are thousands of perfumes at all price points, but if you haven’t found your signature fragrance yet, trying out a myriad of choices might be costing you a pretty scent!
Once found, the perfume that’s right for you will embody your essence, please you and those around you and blend harmoniously with your natural body aroma. A scent adds to your persona, can alter the way people relate to you and how they remember you, it should be subtle however... not hit you like a freight train coming through!
A perfume should be worn as a hint, not a full-blown statement! Don’t be that person who walks by leaving a trail of nose invasion, wearing too much perfume or a scent that opposes one’s natural human odor is not attractive, it’s tacky! Your perfume should be a gentle waft, a subtle suggestion of the woman or man you are, sexy, strong, deep… you get my drift!
I have only three fragrances in my repertoire used for different occasions. My everyday perfume which I’ve considered my signature scent for over 30 years. The second is my summertime occasion perfume and the third an evening scent for dressed up dates and special events. If you're still searching for the one that embodies your spirit, then read on for my suggestions... or should I say "hints"!
In 1988 I discovered my forever fragrance which came about on the recommendation of a gentleman friend with exceedingly good taste. He told me about a new perfume just launched by the house of Boucheron which he believed to be the sexiest scent he’d ever smelled on a woman! I tried it, fell in love and from that day on entered a lifelong relationship with this exotic perfume! The unique scent blends into my being and becomes one with me. It’s complex, light but spicy, notes of floral but not sweet, sensual and classic. I recommend the Eau de Parfum for daily wear, linked HERE.
I also love the body lotion of the same scent which I sometimes use instead of the perfume. It's luxurious, melts into the skin and gives an all over gentle hint of fragrance. I recently purchased a fabulous deal which is still available offering both the Boucheron Eau de Parfum and the Body Lotion in a beautiful gift box at a great price, linked HERE.
Boucheron fragrance notes (Source:basenote.net)
Lemon, Bergamot, Blackcurrant, Basil, Orange blossom
Tuberose, Jasmine, Lily of the valley, Geranium, Iris, Sandalwood, Cedarwood
Tonka bean, Civet, Oakmoss, Benzoin, Amber, Olibanum, musk
My husband discovered this perfume, a man very much into old classics… that’s why he married me! Whilst the perfume itself is one of their newer ones (2011), the company, Acqua di Parma was founded in 1916 in Parma, Italy. The Gelsomino Nobile is an exquisite perfume of floral jasmine, tuberose and mandarin among other notes. Every time I wear this, I receive a compliment and asked what it is. To me it’s a very summery smell, it’s pretty and fanciful, it’s laughter in a bottle!
Upon writing this post I discovered that it is no longer available, discontinued... well that was rude! There is another scent from Acqua di Parma called Magnolia Nobile which has very similar notes to the Gelsomino. I haven't tried it myself so I cannot give my recommendation at this point. You can read more about it along with reviews at www.basenotes.net
My third scent which I save for evenings, going out and special occasions is Black Orchid from the Tom Ford collection. This is an exotic, intoxicating scent which can drive a person crazy with desire (from my experience)! It’s deep, rich, luxurious and expensive but so worth it! A very little goes a long way and it lasts well.
Black Orchid fragrance notes (Source: basenote.net)
Jasmine, Gardenia, Blackcurrant, Lemon, Bergamot, Mandarin
Orchid, Spicy notes, Fruity notes, Lotus
Vetiver, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Incense, Amber, Chocolate, Vanille
Perfume is a very personal choice but if you already wear or like one of these perfumes there is a good chance you will like my other picks too... makes perfect scents, don't you think!
scentsible perfume tips!
Apply perfume only to your skin, never to clothes:
The oils can discolor and damage fabric and the whole purpose of perfume is to mingle with your own body oils which is what creates a unique smell solely yours!
Never rub perfume in:
When you spray it or dab it on leave it to dry by itself or pat dry at the very most. Rubbing it in can dissipate the smell so that it doesn’t last.
Best places to apply perfume:
Warm parts of the body that will omit the scent such as the neck, décolletage, the inside wrist. I know there are other warm body parts, but I’m assuming they will not be out in public, so no point wasting your expensive perfume there!
Do not store perfume in direct sunlight or where it can heat up. Room temperature and neutral light is best. Perfume does go off although it’s rarely labeled with a ‘use by’ date, so if you’ve had a bottle for years… yes that dusty old bottle at the back of the bathroom cabinet which looks like it contains a liquid resembling a malt whisky, it’s probably gone off… throw it away!
Best places to buy perfume:
I recommend to only buy from reputable stores or the perfume house itself. I once purchased Boucheron from an online perfume discount seller and I’m sure it was a dupe. It smelled similar but there were some ever so slight differences in the bottle and the color of the perfume, it also didn’t last for very long when I wore it.
What to do with partly used old perfumes:
You can donate them to women’s shelters or other charitable organizations. You can sell on Ebay, there is a good market for them. I don’t recommend purchasing them this way because there are lots of dodgy sellers out there, plus, they are usually past their “use by” date!
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