I was spurred on to do this post by the little sample or Burberry Body I got in the post last week (like many other bloggers, I requested a sample from the Burberry Facebook page) and sniffing my sample, and reading the variety of responses and reviews it got from bloggers I follow, it got me thinking about the kinds of perfumes I like.
Perfume is a funny thing to blog about really- it blends with an individuals body chemistry and therefore can smell very different from person to person; what smells lovely on someone else might smell horrible on me- and vice versa. My skin tends to turn perfume a lot more musky, which means that really fruity/light fragrances end up smelling a little bit weird on me... and actually I don't like them much anyway, I much prefer deeper, more 'sensual' scents- which seems to suit my natural scent (that sounds a little bit too much like I'm talking about BO... you know what I mean!) a lot more.
|My mini-collection: Flora by Gucci, Moschino Couture and Chanel No5|
As you can see I still have the boxes of each perfume- I'm a very good girl with my perfume storage- they live in their boxes in a cool drawer (not that anywhere in my room is actually warm...) to protect them from sunlight and heat. I would love to display them; the Flora by Gucci bottle in particular is very pretty, but I also want them to last as long as possible, and I'm just too sensible to allow my lovely perfumes to be damaged, even if that means they must live in a drawer :(
The whole concept behind perfumery is really fascinating to me; combining scents together in different quantities to make new perfumes (it's like a fun version of chemistry!) and bottling them to make people smell nice- what an amazing job. Anyway, perfumers like to break down the smells in perfumes as 'notes':
Base notes are the deep, rich scents that often take a while to emerge, and will last the longest on the skin: they are usually scents like sandalwood, vanilla or musk. (I think these scents are the ones most affected by a persons individual body chemistry)
Middle notes are often called the 'heart' of a perfume, and are often warm and floral scents- forming the main components of what a perfume smells like.
Top notes are what you initially smell in a perfume, and are often citrus or other fruity scents. These scents are the first to evaporate off your skin, which is why it's important to test a perfume for several hours before purchasing- it may turn into a scent you don't like!
I had planned to have my reviews for each perfume in this post, but I started writing and it turns out I can waffle about perfumes quite a lot, so they can each have their own post, and will be saved for a later date :) I know errfume is not something that is easily described over the internet, though I will try my best (If only smelly-vision were real) so look out for my perfume reviews coming soon :)
What's your favorite perfume? and why?