Merry Christmas everyone!
Feels like I have abandoned this little travel blog haven’t I? My only excuse (aside from work) is that I’ve been working on something life-changing this past few months that I can’t share just yet.
Anyway travel aside, I hope you guys enjoyed your Christmas celebrations with your family, lover, friends, and or with complete strangers. To many people, myself included, Christmas truly is the most wonderful time of the year. Aside from the festive atmosphere, the oh so sinful foods, the awkward/fun family reunions, the Christmas songs, lights and decors, there is also that gift giving tradition (that basically generates billions of mullah to countless retailers around the world each year) we all look forward to.
A staple gift during Christmas is perfume.
Over the years, I’ve received many perfumes (I got another one yesterday) and had my share of gifting them as well. To some, perfume falls in the “you can never go wrong” gifting category, but I always find that giving perfume as a gift (not only during Christmas) is a tricky one. After all, it’s a very personal gift. When you give someone a perfume, you’re basically saying to that person “this scent encapsulates you”.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying gifting perfume is a bad idea. When done right, it’s a wonderful way of showing someone you’ve been thinking about what suits them, what suits their lifestyle or their personality and it makes it all the more thoughtful. You never know, the fragrance you give someone might just become their signature scent and every time they spray the perfume, they’ll think of you. Totally winning.
So since I love perfumes so much, I thought I’d share my top 10 perfumes of all time, including their top, middle, base notes to help you cut down on research if you are choosing a scent for someone or considering buying a scent for yourself (you’re welcome).
Some of my favourite perfumes.
- Narciso Poudree by Narciso Rodriguez
Nose behind this fragrance: Aurelien Guichard
Top notes: Bulgarian rose, Jasmine, Orange blossom
Middle notes: Musk
Base notes: Vetiver, cedar, coumarin, patchouli
This was love at first sniff. It’s soft and feminine, light powdery, very intimate. It’s a stunning scent but not loud.
2. My Insolence for Women by GuerlainCreated by: Christophe Raynaud and Sylvaine Delacourte.
Top notes: Raspberry, Citruses
Middle notes: Almond blossom, Jasmine
Base notes: Tonka Bean, Patchouli, Vanilla
A classic and almost timeless scent, one can expect from the House of Guerlain. I love wearing this in winter. It’s soft and creamy yet strong, so don’t spray too much.
3. Eau Claire des Merveilles Hermes for Women by HermesNose behind this fragrance: Jean Claude Ellena
Top notes: Citrus, Aldehydes
Middle notes: Floral notes, Spices
Base notes: Vanilla, Powder, Driftwood
If I’m to describe this scent in one word, it would be “whimsical”.
4. Agent ProvocateurCreated by: Christian Provenzano
Top notes: Magnolia, Indian saffron
Middle notes: Gardenia, Vetiver, Moroccan rose, Egyptian jasmine
Base notes: Amber, Musk, Cedar
This scent is the bomb! I really feel like a bombshell when I wear this, my ex bf can’t stop sniffing when I wear this, truly sexy and provocative.
5. Forever and Ever by Christian DiorTop notes: Freesia, Water jasmine, Ivy
Middle notes: Almond blossom, Rose, Geranium
Base notes: Musk, Vanilla and Nutmeg.
This is sadly a limited edition back in 2002. I had to include because I love the packaging and scent so much, I’m keeping this forever and ever lol. It’s a delicate floral scent that basically screams, romance in a bottle. Perfect to wear on your first date.
6. Escape by Calvin KleinTop notes: Apricot, coriander, black currant, melon, chamomile, tagetes, mandarin orange, oakmoss, cassia, litchi, hyacynth, apple, Marigold, ylang-ylang
Middle notes: Almond blossom, jasmine
Base notes: Tonka Bean, Patchouli, vanilla
This is basically my everyday scent, so this is the perfume I buy the most. A romantic, feminine fragrance with a hint of marine scent created in 1991 and is a cult classic for a reason.
7. Burberry London for Women by BurberryCreated by: Michel Almairac
Top notes: Black currant, peach, apricot, pear, green apple
Middle notes: Jasmine, sandalwood, moss
Base notes: Musk, vanilla, cedar.
This scent debuted in 1995, but I only discovered in 2005 and has become a favourite ever since. It’s warm and fresh at the same time.
8. Josephine Eau de Parfum by RanceCreated by: Francois Rance
Top notes: May rose, jasmine, ylang-ylang, hyacinth – peony, lilac – hawthorn, bergamot
Middle notes: Iris, violet leaves, geranium, blackcurrant, peach – cloves, galbanum
Base notes: Sandalwood, bourbon vanilla, ebony, amergris, white musk
This was an impulse buy at Sydney airport en route to California. I was sold when the saleslady said that this was the scent Napoleon Bonaparte created for his wife Josephine. I didn’t bother googling whether it was true at that time because I liked the smell lol but according to my research, Francois Rance did create this fragrance within the strict guidelines of his pupil Napoleon Bonaparte as a dedication to Josephine, the love of his life. I wore this at a fateful reunion with my then ‘love of my life’ in San Francisco. We sadly didn’t work out and I’ve since stopped wearing it, so I think it’s about time I wear it again.
P.S. I took the crest of Empress Josephine sticker on the bottle because it was coming off as well as the pink knot around the neck.
9. Daisy by Marc JacobsCreated by: Alberto Morillas
Top notes: Violet leaf, blood grapefruit, strawberry
Middle notes: Gardenia, violet, jasmine
Base notes: Musk, white woods, vanilla
Most ladies will agree when I say that the real reason for buying this perfume is the cute bottle. It’s a sparkly floral-woody fragrance that’s perfect for summer.
10. White Moss by Acca KappaTop notes: juniper berries, lemon, bergamot
Middle notes: lavender, aldehydes, cardamom
Base notes: amber, white musk, cedar
I’m glad that I get to include a unisex scent. It’s very clean and fresh, like a white shirt that just came out of the laundry and it’s hard to overspray because the scent is very subtle.
So there you have it, my top 10 most favourite perfumes of all time (for now). Just one lil note before you start hitting the perfume section. There are some notes that don’t agree with our body chemistry so what may smell nice on me, may not smell nice on you and vice versa. Best to try the scent first on your wrist then leave it on for a few hours. If you still like how it smells, then you know you won’t regret buying it.