May 11, 2016 // beauty· style
The weather is finally starting to warm up, which means we can all stop bundling up in so many clothes and actually show some skin. More skin = easier to smell, and we all want to smell good, right?
Rumor has it that Bath and Body Works is bringing back throwback 90s scents, but I’m not here to talk about that. (Besides, I was always more of a Gap “So Pink” girl.) I am here to discuss my favorite grown-up lady perfumes instead!
Perfume can be expensive, but a good one that really feels like you is so worth it — and can be a great wish-list option or gift idea if you don’t want to drop somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 on a fragrance. In fact, gifting perfume has become something of a tradition in my family. All my favorites were given to me by my mom (thanks, mom!) and I also replenished my little sister‘s stock of Nirvana White. Yes, we wear the same perfume and yes, she did it first. Whatever.
Of course, keep in mind that fragrance is super personal, and what smells good on one person might smell horrible on another, but here are a few that have either consistently popped up in my rotation (Burberry, Nirvana) or I just super lust after after trying at Sephora (Maison Martin Margiela):
- Burberry My Burberry – an instant classic and one of two I keep in rotation (the other is Nirvana White, below). It’s meant to evoke an English garden after the rain, and the bow is tied with the same hand-woven gabardine used to make their iconic trench coats.
- Byredo Gypsy Water – did I add this one for its sheer popularity on Instagram? Maybe. Maybe I did. It is a “glamorization of the Romany lifestyle” with topnotes of bergamot, juniper berries, lemon and pepper. So basically, you’ll smell like Esmeralda from Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame, which is a super underrated Disney film.
- Daisy Marc Jacobs – an oldie but a goodie that I’ve worn for years that captures the “feminine yet edgy” vibe of Marc’s designs.
- Maison Martin Margiela Replica Lazy Sunday Morning – If everyone’s Sunday mornings smell like this, the world would be a better place. Plus, there’s a candle version!
- Aerin Rose de Grasse – it seems to me that Estee Lauder’s daughter would know a thing or two about fragrance, and rose is one of my absolute favorite scents. This one features roses hand-picked in the fields of Grasse for the ultimate luxury.
- Commodity Rain – designed to be worn on its own or cocktailed with other Commodity fragrances, this one smells like, well, rain. In a good way. It features notes of Italian bergamot, lemon verbena, jasmine, freesia, lotus blossom, water musk, sheer woods and vetiver.
- Chloe – this is one my mom particularly likes, and she has good taste. I just love that the fragrance description claims “the Chloé vision is not about one singular woman, but rather about the rich and varied personalities of all Chloé women. This fresh, smooth floral fragrance evokes sublime powdery rose.” Do you see a rain and rose theme here? No wonder “Raindrops on roses” made it into a “My Favorite Things” lyric.
- Elizabeth and James Nirvana White – my new favorite and small step in my quest to become an Olsen twin. (Or would it be triplet?) It combines notes of peony, muget and musk for a feminine scent “with a dark sophistication.” I can get on board with that.
What is your favorite perfume? Do you have a tried-and-true or are you more likely to experiment?