Scent. It’s magical. It’s nostalgic. And its effects are, of course, timeless. From the days of the irrepressibly gorgeous Marilyn Monroe and Chanel No. 5 to the undeniably seductive Elizabeth Taylor and Elizabeth Arden, fragrance has remained one of our most powerful tools of femininity. It has the ability to transport us to places from our past and conjure up long forgotten memories of people we love and places we’ve visited. Indeed, a mere spritz can transform our mood. But just what does your favourite perfume mean to you, as an individual? I’ve endeavored to pick out my three favourite fragrances and discuss what they mean to me, from blissful holidays by the sea to precious memories of family, friends and loved ones.
Tom Ford- Neroli Portofino
“This scent perfectly captures the cool breezes, sparkling clear water and lush foliage of the Italian Rivera. His reinvention of a classic eau de cologne features crisp citrus oils, surprising floral notes and amber undertones to leave a splashy yet substantive impression.”
Tom Ford’s Neroli remains one of my favourites. The slightly masculine edge makes for a real ‘grown-up’ scent. When I spritz this on against my wrists and collar bones, I’m transported back to holidays in stunning Puerto Banus. It’s a real summer fragrance and I think of tanned skin, sea and salt. I think we all feel at our most beautiful when we’re sunkissed and dressed to kill for an evening meal. I do anyway, and this takes me back to such times.
Viktor and Rolf- Flowerbomb
“Escapism, in a bottle…. A thousand flowers in a bottle. Full-bodied and opulent, Flowerbomb explodes in a bouquet of sensations with its addictive floral notes which leave, their trail, like a whirlwind that is distinctly couture.”
I was bridesmaid for the first time at my cousin’s beautiful summer wedding. Flowerbomb was her wedding scent and it felt like we were enveloped in a cloud of its sweetness throughout the day! Our dresses had a distinct vintage feel- a shimmery blush pink with a delicate lace waistband. I couldn’t think of a more perfect wedding fragrance, with its key notes of centifolia rose, India osmanthus, catleya orchid, sambac jasmine. All the right levels of a classic, floral and undoubtedly romantic scent.
Jo Malone-Pomegranate Noir
“The sensuality of a daring red dress. Ruby-rich juices of pomegranate, raspberry and plum are spiked with pink pepper and laced with Casablanca lily and spicy woods. Dark and enigmatic.”
Another stunning scent, this actually reminds me of my boyfriend. Probably because it used to be his cologne before I decided it would be mine! Again, as with a lot of Jo Malone scents, they are unisex so there is an alluring sense of masculinity mixed with femininity. This will forever be my choice of fragrance for an evening do and no classic dress or jewellery ensemble feels complete without it. It’s rich and fruity and just seems to ooze glamour, opulence and sophistication, perfect for adding confidence.
Only one spritz of our favourite scent is enough to transport us far away from reality, as magically evocative perfume notes awaken our deepest senses. And sometimes, just sometimes, that’s all we really need.