I have fallen into a tradition where over the last 3 years of having my blog, I have shared my festive favourites of the latest perfumes that I have in my possession. Not one for change, I have collected a few of my most recent bottles together, ready to share with you. It’s getting very close to Christmas now, so if you are struggling for last minute gifts, these are the bottles that you want. If you want some more inspiration, take a look at last years perfume post which includes two of my absolute faves; Marc Jacobs Decadence and Gucci Bamboo. I’m going to try and keep it as short as possible, but describing each fragrance is a bit time consuming and gets a tad lengthy, so be warned!
First up is a brand new fragrance that only launched this year. French fashion house Zadig & Voltaire have released their first two fragrances; This Is Him and This Is Her. This Is Her is a woody floral fragrance, which isn’t something that I would usually go for but I find it to be really clean as well as mysterious. The flacon features a cracked glass design, and bold minimalist labelling in white, whilst the male version is black. It’s a very edgy and contemporary design. Top notes of jasmine sambac, pink pepper and silkwood blossom open before heart notes of vanilla, whipped cream and chestnut develop. Base notes of sandalwood and cashmere wood warm onto the skin giving a woody yet powdery musky scent. It lasts an age on my skin, and I could smell it on a scarf that I hadn’t worn in a few day so strongly, that you may have been forgiven for thinking I’d only just sprayed.
Rather than taking an expensive bottle of perfume to work with me, I like to find cheaper high street alternatives that have a fresh and fruity bouquet, that last a long time and keep me feeling fresh. Fitting the bill, the Accessorize Love Lily fragrance is ideal at £19 for 75ml. The fragrance comprises of raspberry, orange, jasmine and sweet vanilla notes to create a girly, yet grown up scent. The flacon is exceptionally pretty with the floral glass lid.
When I saw that Hugo Boss were releasing Hugo Boss The Scent, I knew I had to have it. I love all the fragrances from Hugo Boss and this is no different. The flacon is presented in a nude matte box, with a gold block stopper. The fragrance is a floral fruity gourmand, and feels feminine yet powerful and has a sweet yet sophisticated modern feel. The top notes of peach feel juicy yet velvety whilst mixing with freesia blossom before heart notes of osmanthus appear. The dry down of roasted cocoa give the juicy peach an interesting twist and the soft peaches and cream gets taken over with a seductive blend. It’s love.
I’ve been wanting Gucci Guilty for ages since smelling it on a friend, and although this is quite an old scent, I just never got round to getting it. The Studs edition is a limited edition with the original bottle decorated with studs to reflect the catwalk trends. Mandarin and pink peppercorn open up before hearts notes of geranium, peach and lilac appear. Base notes of patchouli and amber make it quite oriental but with a fruity bouquet. It’s definitely at the forefront of my current perfume rotation.
After getting my head around the non descript scent of Molecule 01, which although doesn’t smell of much on me, but smells amazing on me to others, I thought it was time to try some more in the peculiar range of fragrance. This time I opted for Esentric Molecules Escentric 01, which has more of an opening scent on my skin compared to the previous. Escentric 01 is a woody floral, again not a scent range I would usually go for, but it’s actually beautiful on the skin. The woodiness is divine. ISO E is the main ingredient within Escentric 01 as well as pink pepper, Iris and Amalfi lemon. The lemon isn’t tart, yet gives the fragrance an uplifting quality. It’s clean, like fresh cut wood and more perfumey than Molecule 01. I find this to be a lot more sensual and fragrance like as I can smell it on my skin like a perfume rather than just being this scent that I cannot detect.
A travel exclusive found in World Duty Free, the Estée Lauder Modern Muse set features all five of the Modern Muse variations including the brand new Modern Muse Le Rouge Gloss fragrance. Modern Muse symbolises the strong and independent woman, and the original Modern Muse blends notes of mandarin, jasmine, tuberose, lily, honeysuckle, and Sambac jasmine with Chinese Sambac jasmine. Patchouli, vanilla, amber wood and soft musk appear at the base. Each new version differs slightly yet the notes make them a similar yet alternative fragrance.
Modern Muse Chic – Top notes of plum and artemisia, heart notes of jasmine sambac, tuberose and lily. Base notes of cashmere wood, agarwood, labdanum, patchouli, ebony tree, musk, madagascar vanilla and suede.
Modern Muse Le Rouge – Top notes of redcurrant, raspberry, pink pepper and saffron. Heart Notes of Bulgarian rose and May rose, jasmine and magnolia. Base notes of patchouli, vetiver, Madagascan vanilla and ambrette (musk mallow).
Modern Muse Eau De Rouge – Top notes are pink pepper, rose, green notes, currant buds and raspberry; middle notes are rose, jasmine and magnolia; base notes are vanilla, ambrette (musk mallow), woody notes and vetiver.
Modern Muse Le Rouge Gloss – Top notes – Cherry and pink pepper, heart notes of rose, jasmine, leather and vinyl and base notes of patchouli and sweet vanilla.
Phew! That took a while. And, it was quite lengthy, so I apologise. However, I hope I have given you a few good ideas of the latest fragrances that you can buy for that special lady in your life. If you have any perfume favourites, let me know in the comments. I’m always looking for new scents to add to my collection.
*Contains PR Samples