Hello, my name is Anoushka and I am addicted to perfume. I have a huge selection of my favourite fragrances sat in my bedroom, and I can’t help but buy more. I blame my job, partly, as I have a direct link to the hottest new fragrances each season and combined with being a lover of all thing beauty – well, it’s just a recipe for obsession isn’t it? I’ve taken a selection of my current six favourite fragrances to put in my Christmas post today. Some are classic fragrances, some are old favourites and some are brand new to the fragrance market. I hope you like it and I hope it may give you some gift ideas ready for Christmas.
I have been really impulsive lately and I’ve four new fragrances in as many weeks. But, they’re all gorgeous and I really really wanted them – including the latest release from Marc Jacobs. I have quite a lot of Marc Jacobs fragrances already in my collection and I can safely say that there isn’t a Marc Jacobs fragrance that I haven’t yet liked. The new Marc Jacobs Decadence went straight on my wishlist as soon as I saw an advert for it. Out of all the Marc Jacobs fragrances, Decadence is the most mature especially compared to the Daisy and Lola families. Not only is the flacon designed to look like an emerald green handbag with a snakeskin patterned lid gold chain and luxe black tassel, but the scent is simply divine. Sexy and sophisticated, the top notes of Italian Plum, saffron and iris lead into heart notes of Bulgarian Rose, Sambac Jasmine and orris root whilst the base notes deliver liquid amber, vetiver and papyrus wood. It’s one of those perfumes that has to be owned, in my opinion. Marc Jacobs Decadence Eau de Parfum 50ml is £69 at Debenhams.
Paco Rabanne Olympéa is my newest fragrance and I knew I had to get hold of this when we started selling it on board the aircraft. I’d be given some samples of Olympéa and after trying it out on my skin, I couldn’t get it out of my head. One of our top selling men’s fragrances at work has been the Paco Rabanne Invictus so it’sabout time that it’s female counterpart was launched. With a laurel crown inspired flacon, the fragrance opens up with green mandarin, water jasmine and ginger lily with salted vanilla at its heart. The base notes of cashmere, ambergris and sandlewood make for a truly special fragrance. It does remind me a little of the original Thierry Mugler Alien, but mixed with something else. Maybe it’s the warming salty vanilla and jasmine. Either way, it’s still beautiful and I love how it smells on my skin. I have the 50ml Paco Rabanne Olympéa Eau de Parfum which I purchased from World Duty Free*
A fragrance that has stayed with me for the last year or so is the Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium. I was really unsure how Black Opium was going to smell when it first came out, especially as my Mum wears the original Opium and it’s a really heavy, seductive fragrance. Black Opium is the younger, more rock n roll sister of the original Opium and the black sequined covered bottle sets it on it’s own path. The fragrance is dominated by the addition of black coffee and vanilla, which I love. It doesn’t smell like a Starbucks, but the coffee is definitely present alongside pink pepper, orange blossom, patchouli and cedar. To me, it’s one of those fragrances that will sit in my collection like Flowerbomb does. I will always want a bottle of it to fall back to because it’s a signature scent.
Jo Malone’s Pomegranate Noir has become a bit of a comfort blanket type of fragrance in my house. Not only do I Wear the fragrance, but I like to have Pomegranate Noir scenting my house with delicious fruity pomegranate and deep darkness of the patchouli and amber. Another stalwart in my collection, this continual repurchase has arrived in my home in many forms – bath and body products, room sprays, diffusers and candles and of course the cologne. It’s slightly disappointing that the longevity isn’t brilliant as a cologne has less sillage than an eau de toilette but the intense burst of fragrance when it is first applied more than makes up for it. Combined with the fact that it can be worn alone, or layered with any other Jo Malone fragrance to create a truly individual scent makes this a wonderful product. Little secret – Pomegranate Noir and Wood Sage and Sea Salt mix to make a magical scent. Pomegranate Noir Cologne is £85 for 100ml.
Every year for as long as I remember, I have received a new perfume from my family on Christmas Day. Now, although I know that the perfume gift sets are out all year around, they are promoted a lot more at Christmastime so whenever I see a gift set, it instantly evokes memories for me. The new Gucci Bamboo fragrance from The Perfume Shop* is a stunning present containing a 50ml bottle of Gucci Bamboo Eau de Parfum and a 100ml bottle of body lotion all wrapped up in a Gucci Bamboo embossed gift box. The floral – woody fragrance is a bit different to my usual fruity – florals but I love the blend of bergamot, ylang ylang, orange blossom and casablanca Lily that lead to a deep base of sandalwood, amber and vanilla. It’s fresh and clean and I really like this modern, feminine scent. £68 for 50ml and 100ml body lotion.
My final fragrance is an updated version of a classic fragrance that I’ve been wearing for many years. Thierry Mugler Alien Eau Extraordinaire is a lot more delicate than the original woody, amber based Alien and take on a more citrusy form. It’s perfect for daytime and for when the weather starts to move into Spring – although that’s a long way off right now. Alien Eau Extraordinaire contains top notes of neroli, bergamot and tea that lead to heart notes of Tiare flower and sensuous amber. The citrus is really noticeable to my nose, and it awakens my senses. It’s such a positive fragrance that I’m already relating it to being in a really good mood. The flacon is also slightly different to its predecessor with larger bottom and transparent glass with a silky looking golden beige perfume inside. For a special treat for Christmas, Fragrance Direct have the gift set that contains a 60ml bottle of Alien Eau Extraordinaire* and a limited edition candle inside for just £42.95.
What are your favourite fragrances?
*Contains PR Samples