Fragrance is a topic that most commonly tends to fall into the dark cracks of my beauty knowledge, along with fake tanning and wielding a blending brush like a Chapman. I’m still not sure if I have a signature scent, and most of the raved about perfumes make me gag in a way that resembled a cat bringing up a hairball. As you can imagine after that mental image, I avoid the fragrance section of beauty halls at all cost. However, what I do know – after an afternoon of filling out various “what’s your scent?” magazine tests, is that A) I have too much free time and need to go back to work, and B) I’m drawn to floral scents with bottom notes of amber, vanilla, musk or wood.
The above section of my summer scent stash definitely illustrates this – with a little hint of fruit thrown in for my top three:
Viktor and Rolf Summer Edition of Flower Bomb “La Vie En Rose” (only available in the summer but so work the wait), a mix of mandarin, grapefruit, pink pepper, green tea, rose, jasmine, and orchid, with an overlay of patchouli and amber. Sounds like overkill right? But it’s not, to the un-educated nose (a.k.a my nose) it’s sweet and musky with a citrus kick to it. And it’s that last kick that sold it to me. Something a little different with a good natural base note that keeps me coming back every summer.
Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh follows up with a similar overload of fruity and floral fragrances with a musky base note: Grapefruit, raspberry, pear, violet lychee, apple blossom, rose, jasmine, musk and cedar. But the lasting power just isn’t there with this one, so it’s generally a touch up during the day kinda scent.
And then we have the scent that has lead the way this summer, and is so simple that it will work its way perfectly into my A/W fragrance collection too: The Korres Perfume in Vanilla Freesia and Lychee. With key notes of vanilla freesia and lychee – as the name suggests – it’s incredibly sweet, but the three key notes keep things simple and the addition of peach, bergamot, tea, jasmine, patchouli and musk, gives it a little more depth and that warm musky base I seem to gravitate towards. I always thought of this one as the more floral version of La Vie En Rose, which one would assume is a result of the patchouli and amber. But after a look at the ingredients for the previous two scents, this one seems to take the best of both of them, wrapping it all together with a vanilla bow, it’s no wonder it comes out on top of my summer scent stash.
So what have I learnt from this? Clearly I’m predictable with my top summer scents reading like a who’s who of sweet, fruity musky mixes. After countless online tests telling me what my nose already knows – at least I know I’m on the right track. On the other hand, I’ve also learnt that it would be unwise for me to work from home on a regular basis. My search history is filled with fragrance quiz’s, scent wheels and links to fuzzy kitten GIFs…