Monday, August 17, 2015


favorite perfumes

If you want to smell amazing keep reading this post…Over the years my fragrance collection has continued to grow and the six scents below are my all-time favorites.  I have repurchased many of them time and time again and feel like I'm prepared for any occasion with this perfume arsenal in tow.  Be it a business luncheon, traipsing around Coachella with a glow stick in hand, or when Jake Gyllenhaal finally gets around to asking me out on that worries I got a fragrance for that.  My point is I feel content with my current scent wardrobe and would highly recommend any of the parfums below.  So without further ado here are my six favorites…

The everyday fragrance…
Notes: Bergamot, Muguet Blossoms, Musk
Amazing Grace is a darling fragrance and a scent that anyone would love.  It's also Philosophy's best selling perfume and the most affordable of the bunch at only $18 for the travel sized bottle featured here.  This is my no fail scent that I reach for when I'm unsure of what to wear and the crisp fresh fragrance works year round and is complimentary on all ages.  It’s feminine, but not overpowering and this is a favorite I see myself wearing for years to come.  

The perfect summer scent…
Notes: Grapefruit, Italian Lemon and Lime Blossom, Lychee, Mango Flower, Freesia, Sandalwood, Tonka Bean, Amber
You know how a fragrance can bring back a flood of memories?  Well I purchased a bottle of this at a Blue Mercury boutique when I was living in New York City and every time I wear Fresh Sugar Lychee I think of all the great times I had in Manhattan.  This is moderately priced at $48 for a 1oz bottle and the exotic fresh citrus scent just makes me think of tropical beach vacations and summer time.  It’s so inviting and unique and I basically douse myself in this during the summer months.  If you’re looking for a fresh scent that isn’t overpowering I would check this out.

The classic fragrance…
Notes: Amber, Black Cardamom, Ginger, Water Lily, Black Orchid, Kyrara Incense
This is my most recent purchase and the priciest of the bunch at $170 a bottle.   To me, Jo Malone fragrances just ooze luxury and sophistication and this lovely scent lives up to all expectations.  I had heard Jo Malone raved about on YouTube and beauty blogs for years, but didn’t experience their fragrance line until I was in Paris a couple years ago and visited their shop.  Me and my friend Danielle spent time with their helpful sales associate learning about the brand and experiencing their different scents and I fell in love with this Dark Amber & Ginger Lily variety.   The past year or so every time I went into Nordstrom I would swing by the Jo Malone counter and douse myself in this cologne.  I knew it was finally time to purchase when the sweet sales associate said Dark Amber & Ginger Lily again?  So I bit the bullet.  Dropping $170 on a bottle of perfume was painful, but my birthday is coming up next month and it’s all in the name of the blog right??  

fragrance collection

The seductive scent…
Notes: Deep Blackcurrant Nectar, Airy Florals and Musky Blond Wood
This perfume is all kinds of fabulous.  It’s unique, long lasting, and perfect for a date or night out on the town.  I feel this would be a bit heavy for everyday or summer use, but boy is this a lovely nighttime fragrance.  For some reason before I tried this I thought it was going to evoke old lady vibes, but it doesn’t at all.  It’s sophisticated, but in a feminine classic way and I always get compliments when I wear this.

The unique fragrance…
Notes: Exotic Woods, Black Amber, Patchouli, Night-Blooming Jasmine, Vanilla Orchid
This is definitely the most unique fragrance I own.  This scent made quite a splash when it debuted at Sephora a couple years ago and it’s a wonderful winter fragrance. It’s hard to explain and unlike anything else I’ve smelled on the market, it’s rich and woody with an underlying fruity scent, almost reminiscent of pineapples.  I know sounds weird, but trust me and go try it!  I will warn this scent packs a punch, so it’s best to go light handed. 

The signature scent…
Notes: Honey Flower, Solar Musk, Orange Blossom, Osmanthus, Amberlyn, Vanilla, Tactile Musk, Tactile Woods, Vetiver 
Ughh my love for this fragrance knows no bounds.  Back when I was a freshman in college I remember every time I would go to Sephora I would sample this scent and loved the maturity of the notes.  But at $79 a bottle it wasn’t really in my college student budget.  Nevertheless, I remember treating myself and splurging on a bottle for my 19th birthday and I have been rocking this scent ever since.  This was also my first ‘adult’ fragrance as I had been favoring Bath & Body Works and Victoria’s Secret body splashes prior to this.  It’s by far my favorite of the group and what I would imagine wearing on my wedding day.  It’s that signature scent that my friends say reminds them of me when they smell it.

What are your favorite fragrances?  Do you have a ‘Signature Scent’?  Let me know in the comments below!  And thanks so much for stopping by!!
xoxo Nicole

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