My Perfume Collection

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.

Viktor & Rolf BONBON

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.

Prada Candy

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.

Britney Spears Fantasy

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.

Comptoir SudPacifique Vanille Coco

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.

Britney Spears Believe

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.

Vera Wang Lovestruck Floral Rush

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.

Guess Seductive

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.


Bath & Body Works Beautiful Day

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!

Victoria Secret Noir Tease

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.

Victoria Secret Love Spell

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.


Elizabeth & James Nivana Bourbon

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.

NEST Dhalia & Vines (Peony, Daffodil, Garden Vines) / Indigo (Bergamont, Pear, Gardenia, Blonde Wood) / Citrine (Brazillian Lime, Amazon Lilly, Tangerine)

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.

TokyoMilk Dark Tainted Love

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.

Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine

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?


  1. Chris says

    Sweet collection!! I am the same way, like a lot of variety and no snobbery, please!

    The V&R Bonbon bottle is super pretty. And yes, the Britney Fantasy perfumes are soooo good. I really want to try Believe; might have to blind-buy it. The bottle is very cool.

    Love your perfume tray—I have to try to do something similar. 🙂

  2. stashy says

    I’m similar as you – fruity for summer and more vanilla for cooler months.

    The only perfumes I own in common with you are Prada Candy and NEST Dhalia & Vines. I only stumbled on the Prada Candy perfume through one of those sampler packs from Shoppers. I tested every scent in the box and ended up redeeming for that one. I agree with you, for it me it’s more of a Winter scent too.

    Everyone raves about Britney Spears Fantasy… I should just go get it. I think I saw the box at Rexall in their $20 section!

    Oh no about MJ Decadence! That perfume bottle is stunning! And I too, initially thought the scent was too strong but I got a sample of it and after wearing it a few times, ended up really liking it. I might get it one of these days.

    Right now I’m really enjoying the body mist Champagne Toast which is mix of pink champagne, nectarine and musk… I mostly smell the nectarine which is yummy! My other staple is Philosophy Falling in Love which is berries and vanilla. 🙂

    • prettyrufflife says

      Yes Britney Spears Fantasy is so cheap yet so good – it’s a hidden gem IMO.

      Is Champagne Toast from B&BW? How have I never smelled Philosophy’s Falling in Love before? That sounds amazing and exactly like something I’d like!

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