Things that smell nice: the air after it rains on a hot summer’s day; the sweet vanilla scent of home after a long trip away; homemade bread baking in the oven; Bulgari Pour Femme. I must have been about 17 when I first fell for this perfume, back when I spent Saturday afternoons wandering the fragrance aisles of Debenhams, trying to find The One. A strange choice for a 17 year old, some might say, but there was just something about Bulgari’s classic fragrance that called out to me. I liked that is was soft and feminine, but moody rather than sickly. Its floral notes are rich and green rather than fruity or sweet, and it creates a beautiful, elegant, grown-up scent on the skin.
But alas, my Bulgari supply ran out and I just never got round to replacing it. Occasionally I would catch a trace of it again – pulling out an old coat from the back of the wardrobe ready for another winter of wear, or putting on a scarf that had lain forgotten in a drawer for months – and it would remind me just how much I loved this scent. A couple of years went by and, although I never forgot about it completely, I had just kind of moved on as there were other perfumes waiting by my mirror ready to be used. Recently Fragrance Direct got in touch offering to send me a little something from their extensive collection of fragrances and beauty products, and I knew without even looking that it had to be Bulgari Pour Femme.
It is so nice to be reunited once again, and I still love the scent just as much as the first day I spritzed it on my wrist. The lovely floral notes of rose, jasmine, mimosa and orange blossom are still there, but for me the one that stands out is violet. It has that nostalgic, powdery scent of parma violets, but it’s much more musky and sophisticated than that. The perfume lasts for hours on the skin, fading beautifully and evenly, leaving you with little reminders of the scent throughout the day. It’s subtle enough for the daytime and strong enough to hold its own for a night out, too. Undoubtedly a classic, it’s probably my all-time favourite and I know I’ll be wearing it for years to come.
What’s your all-time favourite perfume?