The Perfect Smell
The Elusive Signature
Queen Marie and I are both pretty obsessed with perfume. And I mean obsessed. I am probably marginally worse than Marie because I am eternally searching for my 'signature' scent - a perfume my friends associate with me.
For someone who is as stylistically changeable as myself, it's a surprise to me that I want so badly to find a single perfume I can wear forever. Yet for as long as I can remember I have tried to find a perfume that's perfectly 'me', whatever that means. I have tried every brand imaginable, from ones that come with a very hefty three figure sum, to ones that barely cost £10. I leave no stone unturned. I have been to every department store from here to London and ordered scents from all over the world, trying to find 'the one'.
Actually, I did find 'the one'. It was in the early 90's and it was a perfume called Venezia by Laura Biagiotti and unfortunately for me it has long since been discontinued. But it was utterly glorious. I have been trying to find something similar ever since. There are dupes out of it there, of which I have one, but it doesn't even come close to the deliciousness of the original.
A Rose Is A Rose
I was fairly obsessive about finding the perfect rose until a former blogger and IG chum, What Katie Wore, melted my heart by sending me a bottle of Angela Flanders Rose Poudree after I lost my job last year. It was the most perfect rose scent I have ever smelled and I have since gone through two bottles. Katie ended my search for the perfect rose.
The individual notes I love tend to be jasmine, gardenia and tuberose (although Venezia has none of those). There is something so utterly enthralling about those beautiful white flowers. I recently tried Givenchy Organza, which features both jasmine and gardenia and I was pleasantly surprised by how lovely it was. Is it 'the one'? No but it's certainly going to be a pay day treat.
THE HUNT GOES ON
Perfume is something I just can't live without. As you can see from the photos, I own a lot and that's not even all of it. But those bottles mostly represent settling for a perfume, rather being head-over-heels in love. The aforementioned Rose Poudree and also Chanel Gardenia are the only perfumes I have bought more than one bottle of.
So the search for the signature scent will most likely continue. Do you have a signature scent? If so, what's your whiff?