I’ve mentioned before that my skin reacts rather oddly to certain things (all normal mascara smudges, self-tan makes me yellow, hair dye just washes straight out etc) and perfume is no different. Although I like a lot of fragrances in the bottle or on other people, lots of them smell completely different (and frequently hideous) on me. For this reason, I tend to stick to simpler scents, usually colognes, which seem to work better with my skin chemistry.
One of my favourites is Jo Malone Blackberry & Bay Cologne. It’s the only Jo Malone scent that I’ve ‘upgraded’ to a 100ml bottle and thankfully I still love it. I like to think of it as a cashmere blanket of a fragrance – comforting and warm. The top note of blackberry is sharp, rather than sweet, and the middle and base notes of bay and cedarwood give it depth. It doesn’t last very long on my skin but the huge bottle means that I don’t feel so bad being rather liberal with my spritzing. It also seems to cling to clothing really well which is lovely for things like scarves.
Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir is another favourite for the colder months. It’s heavier than Blackberry & Bay, with richer, fruitier notes and it lasts much longer. Frankly, it’s pretty sexy. The notes are pomegranate (top), Casablanca lily (middle), and guaiacwood (base). According to the website, guaiacwood is a ‘temptingly smokey wood’ and I think it’s this note that makes the fragrance more ‘me’; without it, it would be overwhelmingly fruity, I think. It’s not an everyday scent for me, as it can be a bit shouty, but I love it for evenings out (or meetings at work where I have to feel like a proper grown-up).
Saving the best for last, there’s Shay & Blue Blood Oranges. I’ve been slightly obsessed with this fragrance since the autumn, when I’d sneak a spray of it whenever I walked past it in John Lewis. The initial scent is juicy and zesty, as you’d imagine, but when it’s dried down the notes of napa leather and amber come through and it becomes both comforting and sexy. I just love it. Shay & Blue have several lovely perfumes, actually; I have my eye on Blacks Club leather, which is like sitting with a glass of brandy in an old library full of leather-bound books, and Almond Cucumber, which would be perfect for Spring.
What perfumes do you turn to in the colder weather?