Favorite Fragrances

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I’m guilty of being a bit lazy when it comes to my fragrance game. I used to keep no more than one bottle at a time which I would use everyday (that I remembered anyway) until it was gone, and that would usually take years. Since I’ve been in my thirties though I’ve gotten a little more intentional about this aspect of my beauty routine. There’s something so special about finding your signature scent, and having the right one for the season/your mood. So today I’m sharing a few of my favorites for every occasion and why I love them…

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Fragrances

Frederic Malle – Musc Ravaguer : Sensual, sophisticated – A blend of bergamot and cinnamon with vanilla, musk, and amber. I discovered this one after scouring the fragrances at Barney’s for hours one day and it hit me like a ton of bricks. It’s been my signature scent ever since. Perhaps a bit on the evening/Fall side of the spectrum but I wear it all the time.
Byredo – Bal D’Afrique :  Warm, romantic – African marigold and Moroccan cedar wood with notes of lemon, jasmine, violet, amber and musk. This is a very balanced fragrance that’s good for all year round. I don’t own this one yet but it’s probably my next purchase.  I have Gypsy Water by Byredo which is another lovely whimsical fragrance and probably their most popular. I love that one too but I have found that I have to be in the right mood for it.
Jo Malone – Wild Bluebell : Fresh – Bluebells, lilies, persimmon and lemon create this lovely blend of wild flowers misted with dew. So springy, youthful, and pure.
Le Labo – Neroli 36  Floral, sensual, warm – Rose, musk, mandarin orange, jasmine, and vanilla blend to create a floral fragrance with an essence of Neroli/Orange Blossom with a warm and sensual base.
Acqua di Parma : Classic, timeless, natural – A fresh blend of rose, citrus, lavender, and verbena with notes of bergamot, lemon, bitter and sweet orange, sage, rosemary, cedar wood, patchouli, sandalwood, vetiver, and oakmoss creates this fresh and natural  fragrance.
Santa Maria Novella Acqua di Colonia – Tabacco ToscanoAromatic, masculine – Bergamot and jasmine with tobacco and birch leaf mixed with notes of vanilla, amber, and malt create a aromatic fragrance  for women and men. I got this one in Florence on our trip last Fall so it immediately transports me back there. I love it, but it’s very manly (almost grandpa-y) and probably not for everyone.
Bobbi Brown – BeachLight, happy, summer – Jasmine, sea spray, and mandarine evoke warm sunshine and sea breeze, creating the perfect blend for any occasion. It’s simple, light, and smells like that perfect sunscreen/saltwater blend for summer.
Hermes – Un Jardin Sur Le Toit : Fresh, fruity, light – This light and cheerful fragrance evokes the scent of an apple tree, pare tree, and magnolia in the Paris air. This one is so feminine and has a lovely fruit/floral balance. Not super complex, but it blends so well into the skin for a natural girly scent.
Frederic Malle – Lys Mediterranee : White floral, musky – A warm blend of ginger lily, angelica root, orange flower and water lily. Another great one for a seaside vacation, weekends, or anytime you want to be instantly transported to a Mediterranean retreat.

What are your favorite scents? I love to try new ones…

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  1. You clearly have a wonderful nose for scents and your selections look SO interesting / varied / fun. I wish I had your nose…but my faves mostly center around gourmand scents, which are not all that sophisticated at all…but tend to be the only type of scents that I can tolerate anymore without being overwhelmed. Comptoir Sud Pacifique has some nice ones…prob too sweet for you though…?