Today I wanted to share with you all the three newest additions to my fragrance wardrobe. I always wish I was one of those loyal fragrance-wearers who has a ‘signature scent’, the kind that instantly reminds those closest to you of you… but in reality I’m just too fickle with scent and my taste is constantly changing and developing. Over the years I’ve found myself gravitating to more and more ‘grown-up’ scents. I still can’t handle full-on floral but I’ve definitely developed more of a nose for florals and muskier, more unusual scents.
Even though I’m writing this on one of the rainiest days in British history (I’m currently sitting on a 3-hour delayed train due to flooding on the tracks) Spring is definitely on it’s way. These three are all perfect for spring as they are light, fresh and feminine...
The first is Maison Martin Margiela’s ‘Beach Walk’ from their Replica collection. I adore the concept of this range, designed to remind you of specific moments in history, this particular scent being of sun kissed salty skin in Calvi, 1972. I also love the bottles, reminiscent of apothecary bottles with white twine detailing around the neck and no lids. They do, however come with an *eye watering* price tag of £85 for 100ml Eau de Toilette, so for some that’s an automatic turn off, but if you’re into your fragrances they are worth taking a detour for in store to experience them. There are 10 scents in total, some female, some male and some unisex, but Beach Walk is by far my favourite with subtle notes of bergamot, pink pepper, lemon, musk, cedarwood and ylang ylang. Available online here.
The second scent I’m loving at the moment is easily one of the most unusual in my collection. It’s part of Jo Malone’s new Herb Garden collection for Spring 2016 and it’s called Wild Strawberry and Parsley. Whenever I think of strawberry notes in a fragrance I assume it’s going to be sickly sweet and probably a younger celebrity fragrance. But the parsley in this fragrance adds a green freshness to the scent that smells unlike any other fragrance I’ve come across. The entire collection is actually very unusual. Again, I would recommend checking it out if you’re into your fragrances and happen to be passing a Jo Malone counter. I personally wasn’t crazy about the other three scents in the collection but love this one when I want something a little different. It’s only available in the handbag-friendly 30ml bottle and is £44. Available online here.
Lastly is the latest addition to Chloe’s fragrance collection: Love Story Eau de Toilette. When ‘Love Story’ launched last year, I really wanted to love it (I mean, look at the bottle, it’s simply beautiful!) But something about it was too much for me, too strongly floral and a little heady. I felt the same way about it as I do about the original Marc Jacobs Daisy… I like it in theory, but when I actually wear it, it just gives me a bit of a headache. Last month they launch the EDT version of the original and I’m happy to report I’m a fan! I’m taking baby steps into the floral world but this is a nice in-between for those of you who want to love a floral fragrance like this, but can’t quite handle the full-on effect of an EDP. It’s still got strongly floral notes of Neroli, Orange Blossom and Jasmine, but a little softer and cleaner. It’s £42 for 30ml. Available online here.
What are your current favourite scents?