I’ve always been one to enjoy perfumes and fragrances; there’s rarely a day where I’m not wearing some sort of scent, and I usually like to mix it up everyday. In addition, I’m most definitely not a perfume snob – my perfume collection ranges from super cheap body sprays to higher end products and everything in between – I like them all!
I keep all my perfumes housed in a mirrored tray on my makeup vanity in my bathroom. This tray is getting a little tight – at some point I’m probably going to need something bigger but for now it works.
My fragrance preferences are fruity and sweet for Spring/Summer and vanilla/musky for Fall/Winter; I think my collection reflects those preferences pretty well.
Notes: Caramel, Peach, Amber, Mandarin Orange, Orange Blossom, Jasmine, Sandalwood
This is my current favourite fragrance; I’ve said this before but this is exactly how I’d design a perfume bottle if I could – it’s so unique and beautiful and perfect! The scent is pretty much perfect too – on the sweeter side, a little warm and slightly musky. My only complaint is that this tends to fade sooner than I would like (you’ll hear this often unfortunately). Oh and the price – my wallet’s going to take a hit when I have to repurchase this but I’ll be doing it anyway.
Notes: Caramel, Benzoin, Musk, Powder, Vanilla
I’m definitely a fan of the design of this bottle – it’s classy and sleek but the hot pink makes it stand out. I find the scent to be quite intense (in a good way) so I can usually get away with using very little of this and it lasting all day on me. Because it’s heavier I designate this to the Fall & Winter months.
Notes: Kiwi, Litchi Fruit, Golden Quince, Jasmine, White Chocolate, Orris Root, Musk, Woods
This has been a staple in my collection for years and I don’t ever see that changing. I know, I know it’s Britney Spears – but I get so many compliments when I wear this and it’s very reasonably priced. It’s actually one of the few perfumes that has minimal sillage as well and I love that – I suspect that’s why I get so many compliments. It’s my go-to fragrance for any time of year and the bottle is so pretty.
Notes: vanilla, coconut, coconut and vanilla; heliotrope, banana, whipped cream;
This is my most recent addition and one that I’m a little disappointed in. I was looking for a coconut-y, beachy type perfume for Summer; the scent is nice but sometimes I feel like I could have obtained something very similar much less. On top of that, the lasting power really irks me – basically there isn’t any. I spray this on and within an hour it’s gone. I’ve only used it a handful of times and it’s depleting itself quite quickly which is also disappointing. Once this is gone, I’m not likely to repurchase another bottle.
Notes: Guava, Tangerine, Honeysuckle, Lime Blossom, Praline, Amber, Patcholi
Another Britney Spears fragrance – she actually has quite a few good ones! I’m also a fan of the bottle – the geometric shape is unique and the glass has a green tint to it which is different. I find this one slightly musky and slightly sweet and not at all overpowering which makes it a great scent to wear in all seasons.
Notes: Champagne, Apricot Blossom, Pink Pepper, Pink Passion Flower, Marigold, White Freesia, Ambergris, Musk and Cashmere Wood.
Floral is really not my preference when it comes to fragrance – it’s actually at the bottom of my list and I tend to avoid them like the plague. So I’m not too sure why I ever added this to my collection, given the name. That said, I actually don’t mind this – it’s not overly floral and it’s quite light and fresh-smelling. I do think the bottle is pretty cute as well, although dust tends to collect in those flowers on the top and that can be a PITA to clean.
Notes: Bergamont, Black Currant, Pear, Jasmine, African Orange Flower, Orris Root, Vanilla, Olibanum, Cashmere Wood
This is a really intense, deep fragrance that I reserve for the Winter months. It’s really musky and woody with a hint of sweet; it’s also pretty strong, so much so that I apply a minimal amount to avoid feeling nauseous while wearing it.
Notes: Sunkissed Apple, Sparkling Cassis, Wild Daisies, Pink Peony, Fresh Woods
Who doesn’t have a B&BW body spray in their collection? I think I got this as a gift with purchase years ago and I’ve used it minimally since then. I actually don’t mind the scent at all – it’s light and sweet with hints of fruit and florals. It’s a great scent for Summer and as a matter of fact, I plan on using this up quite a bit over the next few months!
Notes: Black vanilla, frozen pear and blooming gardenia
Just a little travel-sized spray that’s almost all used up; I liked this one because it didn’t smell like your typical fruity body spray. The black vanilla made it smell a little more sophisticated in my opinion and for a body spray, it lasted a good few hours on me before I felt it fading away.
Notes: Cherry Blossom, Peach, White Jasmine
Another one that’s so old that they changed the packaging and design years ago! Despite that it’s still as fragrant as can be – it literally smells like straight up peach to me. Like many body sprays it has very little lasting power but for days when I want a barely-there scent, I reach for this.
ROLLERBALLS / TRAVEL-SIZED
Notes: Vanilla Bourbon, Oakwood, Tuberose
I love this scent so much but I’m really glad I only invested in the rollerball. It is not long-lasting whatsoever on me and I hate that because I really wanted it to be my new go-to fragrance for the colder months. It’s that perfect blend of being woodsy, sweet and slightly smoky – it makes you want to put on a cozy sweater and sit by the fire with a glass of wine (or bourbon?). Sadly once I finish up this rollerball that’ll be the last of it for me.
This was a set of minis I picked up at Sephora’s Black Friday Sale. I absolutely love Indigo, in fact I’ve almost used of it and I’ll be sad once it’s done. I’m not as crazy about Citrine and Indigo as I find them very strong and a little overwhelming.
Notes: Dark Vanilla Bean, Sparkling Citrus, Orchid, White Tea, Sandalwood, Tonka Bean
This is another one of those warm and musky vanilla scents that I love but once again, it doesn’t last on me, no matter how much I apply. This is kind of a pain to apply as well – there’s no rollerball so you have to dab it on. I like this so much that I might consider getting a larger bottle of it at some point.
Notes: Blood Orange, Bitter Orange, Jasmine, Geranium, Amber Woods, Tonka Beans, Sandalwood.
This is my second rollerball of this scent and while I really enjoyed the first one, I’m not liking the second as much. This second bottle just seemed way too intense for me. If you like smelling like a straight-up orange though, I’d recommend you check this one out.
RIP – Marc Jacobs Decadence
Notes: Plum, Iris, Saffron, Bulgarian Rose, Jasmine Sambac, Orris, Amber, Vetiver, Papyrus
I used to have a rollerball of Marc Jacobs Decadence but sadly it tragically perished when it fell off of my makeup desk and smashed into a million pieces on the floor. This was another one of those scents that I applied minimally to avoid sensory overload but I just found it very sophisticated and luxurious. Perhaps one day I’ll have it in my collection again.
What’s your favourite fragrance?