I’m so picky about perfumes. I still couldn’t tell you what type of fragrances I’m drawn to. Floral, prob not, but fresh or woody or musky….yes….or no. I don’t know. I do know that scents that are floral with white flowers are not for me, I love a gardenia/tuberose/jasmine in real life but in perfume I just can’t. It’s probably true that I gravitate towards less overtly feminine scents (a reason I love the Byredo line, its all perfectly unisex). Because of this, finding new perfumes is like trying to find a new perfect pair of jeans….a total drag. So I’m sharing my arsenal of favorite perfumes to maybe help you guys a good starting point if you like similar types of scents which also gives me a chance to see if theres a theme my nose follows.
Straight to Heaven by Kilian– cedar/nutmeg/brazilian rosewood. Woody. I was at a blogger function and the girl next to me smelled so good that I became borderline creepy in profuse compliments and demands of the scent. I love it, and since I got it for Christmas, it is the one I’m wearing daily.
Vallée de Farney by Maison Louis Marie- grapefruit/black pepper/cedar/patchouli/musk/amber. This suckers complex so I guess citrusy/earthy/musky/woody!!!! My friend would wear this and overtime I saw her I thought she was wearing a new, amazing scent. Turns out it was always the same scent and I just loved it anew each time. I also love this one for daily use.
Oliver Peoples by Byredo- amber/lemon/accord. Somehow fruity/earthy. I love Byredo. As a birthday gift, I got to go to Barney’s and have the help of their “personal fragrance expert” who learns what you like and then hand-picks and helps you refine your new “signature scent”. The process was so fun and this perfume was the resulting choice. I really like it but I choose this one for when I want to be aware of my scent all day because this one is more present to me whereas I usually stop noticing my perfume soon after applying. It’s a great wild card for me.
Eau des Merveilles by Hermes-amber/wood/accord. Woody. This was my signature scent for years and while I still love it I haven’t worn it much lately since my perfume wardrobe has grown. This is a no-nonsense “I mean business” scent. It feels confident and feminine to me but not sultry so for work it’s perfect but not my first choice for date night. My hubs does really like it though.
Capricorn by Strange Invisible-(iris, frankincense,vanilla, neroli) Earthy. I wanted a “refined hippy” scent and this is it! Even though I’m drawn to stereotypical hippy scents like patchouli and sandalwood (I had no idea the extent to which until now as I analyze the components to my favorite scents which have a lot of this), I can’t do straight patchouli in try hippie fashion. It needs something to break it up. This one is exactly that and it’s natural and healthy which a lot of fragrances are not which makes it the perfect choice for lunching on Abbot Kinney. My man thinks I just smell full flower child though but I wear it anyways of course, just not at times when Im trying to be my most alluring.
Sunday Cologne by Byredo- bergamot, cardamom,geranium, lavender, patchouli, vetiver. Citrusy/clean. This is a bright, clean, lighter scent for casual days. Looking at the Byredo site right now it seems that this scent is meant for the menfolk but I really love it all the same.