10 April 2010

Glow Girl Weekend: Scentsational..What's YOUR Common Scents?

I was in my cabinet the other day and noticed I have an affinity for perfume. Hey, you can't fault a girl for wanting to smell great...but how much is TOO MUCH? YELP!

             Left to Right: Gardenia, Naomi Campbell, Four White Flowers, Burberry,
         Dolce & Gabbana, Merveille, Tuberose Gardenia, Golden Goddess
Yep. I have eight (8) bottles of perfume. I know. Why the hell do I need 8 bottles?! Short answer: I like to have options. Here is what is in my cabinet:

Estee Lauder Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia | $80 
Fragrance Type: Classic Rich Floral
Top Notes: Neroli, Lilac, Rosewood
Middle Notes: Tuberose Nature Intact, Gardenia, Orangeflower Nature Intact, Jasmine, White Lily, Orangeflower
Base Notes: Carnation, Vanilla Bourbon
This is by far my FAVORITE and I use it for special occasions or when I'm feeling extra glamorous. You could wear this everyday. It was a gift I asked for and even though I didn't pay for it, I treat it as if I did. At $80 a pop this will definitely not be for everyday wear! (Even though I absolutely LOVE it!) 

Naomi Campbell | $31
Fragrance Type: Romantic
Top Notes: Bergamont, Anise, Red Pepper, Jasmine, Magnolia, Orchid and Fig
Base Notes: Vanilla, Sandalwood and Cedarwood
I love this one because it's light but distinct. It's a nice sensual fragrance that isn't over-powering and great for everyday use.

Burberry | $58
Fragrance Type: Fruity, Oriental
Top Notes: Lavender, Bergamot, Thyme, Mint.
Middle Notes: Geranium, Sandalwood, Moss, Cedar.
Base Notes: Amber, Tonka Bean.
Never fails, whenever I wear this to work I always get complimented on this fragrance. I think it's the woodsy-hint of masculine scent. I like it because it borders on masculine but is all femme.

Marilyn Miglin Four White Flowers | $24.50
Fragrance Type: Floral
Notes: N/A (couldn't find the notes on this one....)
I first saw this on HSN and was a little leery about purchasing something I had never smelled. When I got it-man, was I HAPPY! I wore it all that summer and then some. It's so feminine and not so floral where it's sickening but just right. It was so popular on HSN they brought it back and I was eternally grateful...because that's the only place you can really find it.

Elizabeth Taylor Gardenia | $25
Fragrance Type: Floral
Notes: Gardenia, Jasmine, Lily of the Valley, Orchid, Rose, White Peony, Carnation, Musk
I wanted something a little similar to Estee Lauder Tuberose & Gardenia but more flower focused. This smells great during the evening on a nice summers night and wears great during the day too. Strong when first applied but mellows within minutes.

Dolce & Gabbana |$52.50
Fragrance Type: Floral
Top Notes: Absolute Jasmine, Black Pearl Rose, Hibiscus

Middle Notes: Sicilian Bergamonts, Honeysuckle
Base Notes: Heliotrope, Sandalwood, Musk
I bought this as part of the Christmas gift bundle from Macy's. I love the sweet subtle spicy scent. Great for everyday wear and especially evening.

Kimora Lee Simmons Golden Goddess |$32.50
Fragrance Type:Oriental
Notes: Bubbling Champagne, heart notes of Seringa, Blue Lilies and Night Orchid, Caramel, Vanilla Flower, Patchouli and Vetiver
If you've ever tested a KLS fragrance, you know it stands out like no other. I like this unusal scent. It's oriental. It's a hint of floral. It's spicy. It's a hint of a lot of things. One this is for sure it's sensual.

Johan B. -Merveille |$19.40
Fragrance Type: Fruity, Floral
Top Notes: Bergamot, Blackcurrant Pear, Plum, Passion Lily of the valley
Base Notes: Amber, Sandalwood and Cedarwood
What first attracted me to this fragrance was the bottle. It was big and a tad bit gaudy. The salesperson was doing the usual sales pitch but the scent won me over. It's light and flirty and a tad bit playful.

Honorable Mentions (one's I've used in the past and still love): Sun, Moon & Stars (Karl Lagerfeld), Black Pearls (Elizabeth Taylor), Cashmere Mist (Donna Karan)

As you can see I enjoy a wide range of fragrances (maybe a little too much...lol) I think it's good to have variety because fragrance is a mood setter. Choosing the wrong fragrance can put you in a bad mood. Remember everyone's body chemistry is different-so what may smell great on your bestie may not smell that great on you.

A couple of my precious bottles are dwindling down. I think I'm going to start looking for new one's to try. So I'll be at a fragrance counter soon with my jar of coffee beans in my handbag! What are some of your favs? Which one's should my nose choose to bring home?

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