Hello everyone, sorry about the lack of activity on the blog lately! I’ve spent the last week or so catching up with friends and tidying and unpacking after getting back to my flat, but I should have plenty of time to update now. The Edinburgh Festival starts this weekend so hopefully I should have lots of interesting things to blog about over the next few weeks!
Anyway, on to today’s topic – perfume.
I love having a wander round the perfume department in Debenhams, looking at the pretty bottles and spritzing myself in wonderful scents. When I win the lottery I’m determined to have a huge vanity table covered in perfumes for every occasion and a collection of gorgeous vintage perfume bottles and atomizers. Due to my student budget though, I tend to stick to these two favourite fragrances.
This is Bvlgari’s Pour Femme, a classic perfume that has been around since the early 1990s. I love the idea of having a ‘signature scent’, and this is definitely mine. In my 1st year of university, the first time I saw my friend – who I always sat next to in class – outside of our lecture she said to me “I always thought our lecture hall smelled really nice, but I’ve just realised it’s actually your perfume!”.
Cheap Smells (which is a great website btw, I always test perfumes out in Debenhams but buy them from here because they’re much cheaper!) describes this fragrance as “a serene, sensual fragrace”:
Its’ refined bouquet opens with top notes of mimosa, violet, iris, and orange blossom, symbolic of naturality and purity. Heart notes of bulgarian rose and jasmine tea, followed by base notes of florentine iris, vetiver, and madagascar musk, reveal a modern sense of clarity, serenity and sensuality.
To me, it smells like parma violets (not to everyone’s taste, but I love them!) and a bouquet of roses. It is both delicate and heady at the same time, light enough for daytime but strong enough to wear on a night out too.
This is my other favourite perfume, J Lo’s Glow After Dark. I’ve been using this perfume since I was about 16, and I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of it! On our first date, the guy I’m seeing told me he liked my perfume and asked what it was – sadly I had to admit it was J Lo not something classy and fancy like Chanel haha!
Cheap Smells says:
Glow After Dark was inspired by the feeling you get when you’re out at a nightclub with your friends, celebrating and enjoying the nightlife. It’s all about the fun times with your girlfriends, going out, feeling good, looking good and having fun.
With juicy notes of passion fruit and ice lychee, sexy notes of pink peony and orange flower, and warm notes of blonde woods and soft pink musk, Glow After Dark evokes feelings of warmth and sensuality from the outside in.
I think this perfume is really hard to describe – it’s fruity but not fresh. It’s strong but not overpowering. In a way, it reminds me of mulled wine even though it smells nothing like that! Glow After Dark is the perfect perfume for a night out, but if used sparingly I like to wear it during the day too.
Do you have a ‘signature scent’ or do you have lots of different perfumes for different occasions? What are your favourite fragrances?