I’ve realized that I show signs of having an obsessive personality. One minute I’m completely obsessed with red lipstick, and buy all of them THIS ONE IS MY FAVORITE. The next minute, I’m into shoes…who am I kidding I’m always into shoes. My point is, since I’ve been trying loose weight and not make food a reward, I’ve been focusing my obsession into other places. This month it’s been perfumes. Last year I had only one fragrance, but I’m now slowly becoming obsessed and have learned more and more about perfume. I’ve learned the difference between a toilette and a parfum, I’ve learned how to make fragrances last longer on your body, and I’m even learning the complexity of top notes and base notes and how they are unique to each scent. Through much research I’ve found many fragrances that I’m lusting over. However, there are three that I will make sure are always in my collection.
I first smelled this scent when I was in Paris this past June. A lady had walked by me in the Galeries Lafayette and her scent was infectious. I wanted to ask her what fragrance she was wearing but my French only extended to “merci”. Luckily I saw some of her purchases and saw that she had an Armani bag and figured that it was a scent from Armani. Sure enough it was and I knew I had to have it. Though I didn’t buy it that day, I knew it was a must buy when I got back to New York.
Sephora describes Si like this.………..
Sì Eau de Parfum is a tribute to modern femininity, an irresistible combination of grace, strength, and independent spirit. A modern chypre reinvented, Sì opens with deep blackcurrant nectar that softly recedes to airy florals. A base of musky blond wood adds lightness while grounding the fragrance for a lingering, distinctive trail.
Chypre, Blackcurrant Nectar, Airy Florals, Musky Blond Wood.
Graceful. Modern. Unconventional
J’adore Eau Lumière My Grandmother died a few years back and let me tell you that she was one of the chicest, most fashionable, God-loving women that I had the privilege of knowing. When she passed I got her watch and my mother kept her perfume. I remember watching grandma get ready for church. Watching her prepare for church was like a well thought out plan that turned out beautifully every time. She would do her hair, put on her stockings, and then spritz a little perfume on her wrist and neck to finish it off. One perfume I remember her distinctly wearing is the Original J’adore that she purchased in Europe. So I knew that when I was in Paris that I wanted to follow in her footsteps. I don’t think that I can ever be as classy, fashionable, or chic as my grandmother but I sure can smell like her. I opted for a lighter version then her original J’adore but the smell still packs a punch. Here’s to you grandma.
Sephora describes Dior J’adore Eau Lumière like this….
Joyful top notes explode and captivate as blood orange essence awakens the senses and whets the appetite. Neroli from Vallauris is an intense flower that shines with a radiance as white as its petals and as warm as the golden Mediterranean sun. It unfurls alongside orange blossom absolute. The sweetness of magnolia, tinged with vanilla and lemon, meets the delicate and lively beauty of the base note and essence of J’adore, the Damascan Rose.
François Demachy, Dior Perfumer-Creator, wanted to accentuate the luminous character of J’adore. With J’adore Eau Lumière, Demachy highlighted its contrasts, fine-tuned its facets, and renewed its freshness while staying true to its floral signature.
Blood Orange Essence, Neroli from Vallauris, Damascena Rose Essence.
Jasmine Noir I purchased this perfume by accident. Let me explain, it was Christmas time and of course I was last minute shopping. I saw this bottle and thought that it would look good on my mothers’ table. I purchased it without smelling it and moved on to find a gift for the next family member. When I got home I sat down exhausted from the shopping day. For some reason, I decided to smell this intoxicating perfume. Needless to say I found my mother another Christmas gift. Ha! This went very nicely on my dressing table. No worries I later got my mother Gucci Flora to make up for my selfness.
Sephora describes Bvlgari Jasmine Noir like this…
BVLGARI’s Jasmin Noir captures the irresistible charm of a mysterious and intensely sensual woman. Captivating and caressing, Jasmin Noir is a rich mix of voluptuous floral and precious woody notes with accents of almond and licorice. This infinitely addictive essence is sublimely revealed by jasmine, a flower whose beauty is as pure as it is tantalizing. This scent embodies the very heart of the BVLGARI brand, reflecting the richest and noblest codes of a luxury jewelry legacy. The deep black and luminous gold bottle beautifully honors the heritage of prestigious allure.
Green Sap, Gardenia Petals, Sambac Jasmine Absolute, Satiny Almond, Precious Wood, Licorice, Tonka Bean Absolute.
Seductive. Sophisticated. Refined.
What are some of your favorite fragrances? Why?