My Favorite Fragrances
Welcome back! Today I thought I would share with you all my little menagerie of perfumes. My fragrance trove if you will. I'm pretty particular with what aromas I choose. I know what I like and I don't stray far from it. My favorite scents will always have at least one of the following notes; vanilla, patchouli, or jasmine. Find a trifecta of all three in one fragrance and that's an olfactory jackpot for me. I can't leave the house without a little dab of this or that. One thing you'll quickly notice about my selection is that they're all travel size. I am not a "signature scent" kind of gal per se, I like to mix it up (though a lot of my fragrances are in the same family). Problem with that is having options can get expensive real fast so I like to go for travel sizes so it's cheaper and I'm not wasting product if/when it goes off since they have a shelf life and will start to loose their potency after a while. One of my biggest pet peeves when I'm watching a favorites video from a YouTuber is when they recommend a fragrance but then sit there and sniff and are like "I don't know how to describe it." For ease, and continuity, I opted for using Fragrantica as my source for the notes because I'm not going to leave you hanging like that. Fragrantica is pretty thorough with the notes on each perfume and they're always right on target with what the brand as well as other retailers list. Enough jabbering - let's get to it, shall we?
This is my number one fragrance and is the only one I've ever repurchased. If you twisted my arm and told me I had to choose a signature scent this would be it. I'm not a big repeat offender on pretty much anything when it comes to beauty items so the fact that I've repurchased this speaks volumes as to how much I love it. This perfume has notes of exotic woods, black amber, patchouli, night-blooming jasmine, and vanilla orchid. The vanilla is definitely the star of this one for me. This scent is so intoxicating to me because it has my magical three and I cannot sing its praise enough. I bought this travel spray from Sephora back in December on clearance and it came with two refills so I won't be running out of this one any time soon (yaaasss).
I think I first got a whiff of this when I received a free sample with an online order. I kept hearing so much about it online and was dying to try it out myself. I could not get the memory of the smell out of my head after I used up the tiny sample and had to purchase it. It's notes are cassis, freesia, May rose, vanilla, patchouli, ambroxan and woods. It's definitely in the same family as Midnight Fleur which is why I love them both so much. It's sweet like Midnight Fleur but also a bit sexy and is more of an "evening" scent (I wear it whenever I want though). I normally stay away from all things rose but I don't really get a lot of it in this so it doesn't bother me here. Would highly recommend this if you like patchouli since that note is quite strong in this one (at least to me).
This one I first tried out by way of a sample from a subscription box and was immediately hooked. It has notes of pink pepper, orange blossom, pear, licorice, bitter almond, jasmine, coffee, vanilla, patchouli, cedar, and cashmere wood. This one also has my perfect trio which is why I put it in my top three. The patchouli is quite strong in this as well. Compared to the previous two, since I'd say they're all sisters, it's not fruity like Sì and not as vanillery as Midnight Fleur - it's definitely more spicy. This is definitely a bold fragrance and is not for the faint of heart.
I believe I also got my first waft of this thanks to a subscription box. It comes off as fruity at first but then simmers down with hints of florals and finishes with a little spice. The notes for this one are black currant, pear, iris, jasmine, orange blossom, patchouli, tonka bean, vanilla, and praline. Did you catch it? Yes, it has my power notes as well! Once more, it also is in the same family as the previous three. I would say it's most similar to Sì but less spicy and more fruity and sweet - the day time version if you will. I don't hear a lot about this one compared to some of the others but I really like it and it's definitely worth checking out.
This is my newest fragrance - like I literally just went and bought it the day this post is going up. I got a sample of this from an online order and was hooked (they seriously know what they're doing with these free samples/subscription box testers). It has notes of plum, pink pepper, violet, and patchouli. It may only have one of my favorite notes but I absolutely adore this fragrance. To me it smells fruity and a bit spicy because of the pepper and patchouli. I would say compared to my others it definitely most resembles La Vie Est Belle. They both have that fruity forefront but have the patchouli to really keep it from being too sweet. If you like La Vie Est Belle you'll probably like this one as well. I have smelled this before but because I've only had it for a few hours I decided to put here in my ranking but it definitely has the potential to work it's way up to a top three favorite.
This where I started to depart from my norm a little bit. I decided to try this one out after a influencer I used to follow raved about it in a monthly favorites video. Her praise was enough to get me out to a department store to see it for myself and I ended up quite liking it. This perfume has notes of wormwood (absinthe), apricot, incense, camellia, jasmine, honeysuckle, musk, honey, and ambroxan. It's a lot lighter than the previous fragrances but it's pretty unique, at least to me, which I enjoy. Some people have complained that it doesn't last very long and to that I say get the rollerball for touchup or try the perfume oil since those tend to be a lot stronger and last longer. I don't notice it fading but I'm also not applying it in the morning and wearing it out all day like most others probably are. If you're after something that's a little more special I'd say give this one a try.
And here's where I totally flip the script. Not to sound like a broken record but I also had my first encounter with this fragrance as a sample from a subscription box. It's extremely citrusy (as you can probably guess from the name). This one has notes of blood orange, bitter orange, jasmine, geranium, tonka bean, sandalwood, and amber. I got this as a layering duo with the next one on my list back in spring. It works really well layered with other fragrances or on its own so that's what makes it a step above its counterpart for me. This is a great spring/summer scent and I would recommend it those that want something fresh and citrus but not cloyingly sweet.
Now don't get me wrong, I do absolutely love this one as well it's just not as interesting when worn alone. Vanille Insensée has notes of coriander, lime, citron, vetiver, jasmine, oak moss, vanilla (duh), oak, and amber. It does smell good on its own but, I feel, it is best when layered with either Orange Sanuine or Midnight Fleur out of my collection. When worn with Orange Sanguine it smells like a creamsicle which is awesome. Also worth noting that it is not a sweet vanilla like a lot of vanilla perfumes - because of the coriander, oak, amber, and vetiver it has a bit of spice or warmth to it. I wouldn't suggest this one so much for wearing alone but it is a great layering fragrance to add a vanilla touch to other scents.
And those my friends are all the fragrances I currently own. I tried to list them from favorite to least favorite but I do really like them all and wear them pretty much equally (with the exception of the newest addition). I would also like to give a shoutout to the classics that got me through my late teens, Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue and Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia. They're both pretty light and fresh compared to what I typically go for now but I do still like them both. Funny story, I was smelling my most recent fragrance purchase up until today, which was the Urban Decay Go Naked Perfume Oil, so I could describe and write about it and I literally wrote about how much I don't like it (you can read that here if you fancy). I really just didn't care for it and realized I could still exchange it since it was within the returnable time frame at Sephora so I took it back and photographed my new one, Black Tulip by Nest, as soon as I got home so I could finish this post up. So glad I decided to do that since I really didn't like the UD one at all and now I've got something that I am much happier with and will definitely get my use out of.
If you like some of these scents and think we have similar taste I would love to hear some others that you like/would recommend! I'm always on the lookout for a new fragrance to add to my stash. Below I've linked to my current perfume wishlist so you can see what other fragrances I'm lusting after. I hope you enjoyed today's post and thank you so much for visiting and have a lovely day!
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