It is national fragrance day, and I am actually giving myself a little pat on the back for knowing this before today, and creating content for it. My usual style for this kind of thing is randomly stumbling upon it on twitter ( on the day) and pulling out a series of tweets, throughout the day highlighting my favourite perfume reviews. Social media is ever moving and it needs to be reacted to, and national fragrance day is definitely something I can get on board with. Here are a just a few of my favourite new and classic fragrances that you need to consider for an update on your spring perfume wardrobe.
This sleek Narciso Rodriguez cube may at first be unassuming, but the first signature scent, aptly named narciso rodriguez for her, combines floral, amber and woody notes. Compact, a special added touch includes three 15ml refills.
Bronnley England’s Wild green is an embodiment of spring, it really is the spirit of the colour green. The initial sweetness fades quickly and the scent quickly develops and envelopes the senses, ending on a warming deep essence. Notes of orange flower, coriander seed, bergamot, violet leaf, cardamom, pink pepper, incense, patchouli, are all tied down by Leather.
The Cartier Eau de Cartier is a classy fresh unisex parfum with key notes of vanilla, balsam, amber, and citrus accord. Subtle at first, the fragrance rests on the skin, as a deep afterthought. The Self titled Alaia first fragrance is a triumph, there is nothing typical about this luxury floral musk.
I had to include both Boucheron Paris place vendome and Boucheron Quatre as they cater to different needs. The Place Vendome is deep and floriental whilst the Quatre is soft and pretty. ( Click the links to see my original reviews).
I adore Balmain Extatic and I use sparingly because I don’t want it to end ( you can tell by how much of the bottle I have used). This is a sexy floriental fragrance with notes of jasmine Bulgarian rose, osmanthus, and nashi pear. This is the chance to own a genuine piece of Balmain to your dressing table.
Jimmy Choo Illicit was the long awaited release, with Sky Ferreira as the face of the fragrance. Top notes include ginger and bitter orange with heart notes of rose and jasmine. Illicit is grounded with base notes of honey, amber, and Sandalwood.
This is a preview for new look Paul Smith Sunshine set to be available nationwide from the 4th April. This year’s Sunshine fragrances for men and women, come in classic transparent bottles, decorated with colourful squares; vibrant pink and warm orange tropical heat for women and sunrise on an ice field for men. The classic summer scent remains the same – fruity florals for her, and woody citrus for him.
Annick Goutal Vanille is my favourite of le absolus range, heady and enveloping with top notes of pepper, ylang-ylang, vanilla at the heart and rounding of at the base with Tonka bean, vetiver, and vanilla absolute.
The Dunhill Icon Absolute is a men’s fragrance that I have adopted as my own. A strong masculine entity I was drawn to it, and I really love the design of the bottle. Opening with Sicilian bergamot and black pepper, the heart develops with saffron combined with black rose and Egyptian jasmine. An essence of masculinity continues with a strong oud, combined with tobacco leaves and Tuscan leather.
Bulgari or Bvlgari whichever you prefer, Goldea fragrance is the latest release by the luxury jewellery house. Described as a hymn to musks, it is sweet with spice. Top notes of crystal musk, orange blossom, bergamot, raspberry combine in this floral oriental scent that peters out with a velvet musk, patchouli, and papyrus. I touched on the Salvatore Ferragamo Signorina in my Editors letter. It continues to be a pretty addition to my dressing table and an evening scent for date night that gives me confidence.
I was introduced to Hermina at the Yardley London evening at Quill London. An affordable floral woody fragrance that packs a blend of pear, lemon and bergamot with basil in the top notes. This leads to a heart of fig, peach flower, black pepper and heliotrope, complemented by a warm woody and spicy amber base.
Last but certainly not least is Diptyque Floralbellio. This is undeniably invigorating as it captures the essence of an English beach with a salty sea spray, and a botanical bitterness of sea fennel.