3 Picks: Perfumes

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

1) Jo Malone - Pomegranate Noir

Last year I wanted to treat myself to a special perfume that I could use for my hen do, wedding, and honeymoon.  I liked the idea of having a scent that would remind me of those moments and settled on picking a Jo Malone fragrance for the job.  I'd never even smelled a Jo Malone perfume before but for some reason I had it in my head that it would be a nice fancy treat.  Whilst in the airport flying back from London one day last summer I spent a looooong time in duty free smelling every Jo Malone perfume they had.  Pomegranate Noir stood out for me - it's a dark musky fruity scent with notes of pomegranate (duh), raspberry and plum.  Now I wear it several times a week but it still hols those lovely wedding memories, just like I hoped!

2) Chanel - Coco Mademoiselle
My friend Kirsty bought me a Chanel lipstick for my birthday last year and the bag it came in smelled  incredible.  Kirsty said that the woman on the counter has sprayed it with a Chanel perfume but she wasn't sure which one, so I made it my mission to track it down.  I kept the bag and every time I was going shopping or going to the airport I would smell it before I left the house to keep the scent fresh in my mind.  After several failed trips I FINALLY matched the scent in duty free at Rhodes airport on the way home from our honeymoon - and it was Coco Mademoiselle.  Luckily, we had about 100 Euros left over so I had plenty to buy a bottle (I think it was 70 Euros).  It's an oriental scent with notes of orange, jasmine, rose, and patchouli (I took that from the official description - obviously) and for me it smells like a proper grown up fragrance.

3) Bond No 9 - Central Park West
I'm sure I've mentioned this perfume before as I'd received a sample of it in a Glossybox ages ago and loved it so much that I tried to make the sample last as long as possible.  The reason I didn't buy the full bottle right away was that once I Googled it I found out it was around £200 a bottle and there's no way I would've paid that.  There was a period about a year ago though where I was selling lots of clothes on eBay and I decided that I would save up my eBay money and then buy the perfume as a treat.  As it had been so long since I had the sample, the perfume was quite old so I was able to find it for something like £99, so after a little bit of saving I was able to buy it.  Again, this is an oriental fragrance with notes of narcissus, ylang ylang, jasmine, linden, orris, gardenia, and black pepper.  The only annoying thing about this is that the bottle is quite big so it's not one I can carry around in my handbag, but as least it's going to last me for ages!

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