Morning Lovelies! Hope you are all okay. Today my blog post is on my favourite perfume, so it’s short and sweet. Some people don’t really have stand out favourite perfumes and I thought I didn’t either but I have always returned to this perfume since I was 17 years old, so that’s a good five years of perfume loving. It always remains my favourite, right at the top of the list and I would say I have quite a bit of a perfume collection. Now that I think about it I can pick my top three perfumes without having to really think about it but that’s a whole new post!
So if you haven’t already guessed from the title and the picture, my favourite perfume is Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum. I think my taste in fragrance has changed a little as I have grown up because when I was first introduced to this perfume I preferred the Eau de Toilette version more, probably because it was lighter. I would say that with age I have become more of a bolder person now, and maybe my perfume taste reflects that too (or so I would like to think!)
I don’t really research notes when it comes to perfume buying or choosing, usually I just smell the perfumes when I’m out and about and I either like it or I don’t. I have been very very lucky and I’ve only bought about one or two perfumes for myself over the years and have extremely generous loved ones who have always gifted perfumes that they know I like. Maybe that’s another reason why I’ve never really researched perfumes too in depth before purchasing.
After all these years of wearing this perfume, it is only today I research what notes are within the perfume that causes me to be so attracted to it! And straight away I know exactly why I am so gravitated towards it. It has a jasmine accord running through the perfume, and jasmine is one of my all time favourite scents. It’s so obvious I don’t know why I didn’t pick up on it before, I am so predictable. I find the fragrance to be floral but not sickly, feminine but not sweet at all and although it’s a fresh scent it is quite sultry and sexy in a way which I think is enhanced by the jasmine. It definitely makes me feel much better, more luxurious and classy once I spray it on – its funny how a perfume can do that!
This perfume really doesn’t come cheap, hence why I said I have extremely generous loved ones. It starts at around £48.00 for 35ml for the Eau de Parfum and up to £95.00 for the 100ml. You can have a better look at the range here.
I really do think I will have this perfume in my life for years and years to come, but you never know my taste in perfumes may mature and change, it definitely isn’t a set in stone thing. I like the thought of Chanel No.5, it’s very sexy but I think currently it is still too strong for me but as I mature, I might grow into it. If I could change one thing about this perfume, I would change how readily available it is! I want to be really greedy and keep it all for myself and let people ponder over what special signature fragrance I am wearing.
I am not even joking when I say if someone walks past me with this perfume on, I would straight away notice it and pinpoint that they are wearing it. I have never been able to do that with any other perfume, yet I do it repeatedly with this one. I don’t think there really is much more to say other than this clearly is a winner to me. Let me know if you guys would like a top three perfume post, it would be interesting to see whether the notes are similar in my top picks! Until next time lovelies have a great day, and let me know what your favourites are! Tanzina x
Can I just begin this post by saying the reason why my title is so long is because I really like the way ‘Eau De Parfum’ sounds, is written and looks. And I felt I needed to appreciate the wording fully by applying it to my title. That being said, today’s post is about a new perfume I have discovered and am really enjoying. I have a quite a few perfumes in my collection, so for me to keep going back to a perfume is quite rare. I tend to mix it up a lot but this perfume is something quite different hence why I keep reaching for it.
I introduce you to ‘Caligna’, a new Eau de Parfum that has joined the Grasse collection over at L’Artisan Parfumeur. Just like all L’Artisan Parfumeur perfumes, this particular one has a story behind it and I was exposed to when I attended the preview of the perfume. This is inspired by Provence (in France for those slightly confused!) and this is what the L’Artisan Parfumeur have to say about the perfume and it’s story:
‘Caligna, meaning to court or flirt in the local Provencal dialect, is in essence an encounter with nature in this glorious part of France. This new woody, aromatic Eau de Parfum captures and brings to life different impressions of the Grasse countryside. It evokes a warm breeze blowing over the land, a sense of freedom in the wild open spaces, a lightness of being with laughter echoing into the distance.’
It’s such a unique scent, something I’ve never come across and the more I discover L’Artisan Parfumeur, the more I realise just how unique their take on perfumes are. On my skin it smells rather sensual, whereas on others it smells quite fresh. It really does represent spring well and for those wanting to get in to the spring mood (like me!) I would highly recommend you try this out. I can smell woody notes in this quite clearly and I think I’m getting better at picking notes out in perfumes. The starting point for this perfume was sage, it’s based around sage which as a raw scent smells like a wood forest after rain fall or even grass after rain. I was able to actually smell singular notes in the preview (see picture below) and that really helped me pick out the note in the perfume.
The perfume contains notes of sage, fig and jasmine marmalade accord (which smells heavenly and I hope they bring out a perfume with just that as the one ingredient!). The woody scent I can detect comes from the perfumes base, which has pine needles in it to represent the Mediterranean hillside. It really is a perfume that reveals itself in layers slowly, so each time you go to smell it you pick up different notes.
I think my perfume describing skills are getting much better, just as long as I’m not put on the spot! I’ve been mixing this perfume with other perfumes and have been getting some really nice results. One of my favourite perfumes is Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Eau De Parfum, and underneath this perfume the mixture smells divine. I’ve never ever layered perfumes before, but I find that this perfume brings out the best in some of my favourites. This is most definitely a spring, early summer perfume, it’s not too fruity or overwhelming and I’ve been spraying it on quite often. For someone who isn’t faithful to perfumes, that’s really saying something.
The perfume hits stores, concessions and the L’Artisan Parfumeur website early April 2013, and will be priced £95 for 100ml
In July I was able to attend an event in the L’Artisan Parfumeur store in Covent Garden which marked the release of their new perfume, Séville à l’Aube. I had the great opportunity to sit down and have a talk with the master perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour who actually was behind the creation of Séville à l’Aube. I thought it would be great to share the day with you and then share my thoughts on the perfume as it is a perfume that is very unique and slightly out of my comfort zone.
With the help of the lovely Justine I was able to navigate myself through some of L’Artisan’s bestsellers (pictured above) and discover the inspiration behind their creation. I love how it’s not just about throwing a few fragrances together, instead it is about trying to capture a moment through the use of perfume. Like a gorgeous citrus based perfume that was inspired by lazy afternoons by the beach, sipping on fresh lemonade.. it adds a whole new level of romance that commercial perfumes now tend to lack.
I fell in love with Nuit de Tubereuse, I love perfumes with tuberose within it but gosh, this was a complete new twist to it. I hadn’t ever experienced a tuberose perfume so intoxicating, and woody and it seemed to be adapting to me the longer it remained on my skin. I know it sounds awfully dramatic, how can a perfume evoke such a reaction however it truly did feel like I found my signature perfume once I sprayed it. You see, tuberose is a flower I had come in contact with many many times whilst in Bangladesh so I know how it’s scent becomes more intoxicating during the late evening.. and it brings back memories of tuberose and jasmine fragrances billowing through corridors late at night. However I’ve never yet found a perfume that could capture that experience, most tuberose perfumes are too floral and synthetic smelling compared to the real thing. However this perfume, it’s not like that, it wasn’t fresh floral.. I can’t even find ways to describe it now that I haven’t smelt it in so long, I think I need to get hold of it again. Just amazing. Again it is a perfume created by the talented Bernard Duchafour.
How beautiful is the packaging for the Christmas gift sets? I was so amazed how much detail just goes into the packaging, I can imagine myself keeping these little boxes as decoration long after the perfumes inside have been used up.
With the lovely Bernard Duchafour
Okay now on the VIP of the event (Very Important Product – get it? Okay, please ignore my geekiness). L’Artisan have launched a limited edition perfume called Séville à l’Aube. I was able to meet the muse behind the perfume, the beautiful Denyse Beaulieu. Watching Bernard and Denise speak about their love of perfume and inspiration behind the perfume was great to witness, their was so much chemistry between the pair. The perfume is based around Denyse’s book ’ The Perfume Lover‘ and like the story the perfum is also about a passionate love story in the city of Andalusia. The first scent that jumps straight at me is orange blossom, even though I dislike citrusy perfumes there is something so different about this one. It has many layers that unveil themselves as the day goes on. You knew when you get a freshly picked orange (slightly difficult to get hold of in the UK) and you squeeze the rind and little droplets of juice squeeze out? That’s what this perfume reminds me of. To those who love citrus based perfumes I would definitely recommend trying this one out. I think the incense notes from this perfume really help make it stand out against all the other citrusy perfumes I’ve tried, it really is unique.