My Favorite Perfumes

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

With a simple spritz of the juice, perfume unlocks powerful memories, enhances atmosphere, clings to experiences, and unfurls different scent narratives. It’s one of my favorite parts of "getting ready" - the mist a finishing touch after picking out your outfit and makeup, helping to establish what kind of person you feel like or want to channel.

As somebody very driven by the idea of capturing a moment, learning that wearing a specific perfume can, in effect, bottle up meaningful moments, sensations - every time you smell it, was a revelation.

I am in no way an expert when it comes to the more technical side of fragrances, but I have such a great admiration and love of perfumes, and wanted to share some of my favorites! While writing this post, I did quite a bit of research on fragrances and the ones I like, and discovered I’m usually drawn towards fruity, warm, and sweet scents.

This experience has made me want to learn even more, so if you have any book or scent recommendations please let me know! I also took another shot at learning how to use watercolors, so I could attempt to accurately portray the translucent perfume bottles. While the paintings definitely aren’t perfect, I really like how they turned out!

Lancôme La Vie Est Belle *
Elegant, and feminine - La Vie est Belle has iris, patchouli, and gourmand notes. There is a floral and musky quality to the fragrance, but I also feel like there is a warmth and complexity I can’t quite put my finger on that unfurls over time on the skin. Personally, this scent feels inherently elegant and glamorous - with an Old Hollywood sophistication. I think in my perfume wardrobe, this is the one I wear the most - maybe because I would never describe myself as sophisticated, I’m trying to overcompensate with this fragrance!

Marc Jacobs Daisy
The perfect scent to wear picnicking in the fresh spring air - picking strawberries and flowers for a heart shaped basket. A hopeful, breezy perfume with strawberry, gardenia, and musk as key ingredients. One of my first perfumes as a teenager, it feels very youthful and nostalgic - but I’m just as smitten with the daydreaming scent as I was when I first discovered it. I also am a sucker for the bottle - with plastic daisies perched on the cap, giving it a 60s Mod feel.

Miu Miu L'eau Rosée
Arrestingly bright and fresh, L'eau Rosée has sharp citrus dancing a pas de deux with dewy lily-of-the-valley. The crystal clear bottle features a Miu Miu trademark: a matelassé pattern encasing the blush pink juice contained within. I really love this one - the mingling of crisp and blossoming notes make me think of a spring morning - when you open the window, inviting chill air and floral smells to dwell inside. (Also, shout out to the first Miu Miu perfume as well!)

Prada Candy
Prada Candy is a vanilla caramel melting in your mouth. Warm, sweet, a little sultry, and a dazzling amber hue - this perfume practically glows. I feel like this is a fitting scent for the beginning of fall, with the last of the sun's rays leaving a sun-kissed luminosity.

Yves Saint Laurent Parisienne
Sugared cranberries, blueberries, and hints of floral make up Yves Saint Laurent’s Parisenne - the effect is a sparkling, slightly tart perfume. Personally, this is a distinctly winter scent - the fragrance painting a picture of a snow globe winter scene; complete with faux fur coats, softly falling snow, and a trip to the ballet. Maybe the connection to winter with this particular fragrance for me lies in my childhood obsession with The Nutcracker - not knowing what a "Sugar Plum" tasted like, I always associated it with winter fruits like cranberries. Did you know a sugar plum isn’t a fruit at all, but instead a very difficult to make candy (somewhat similar to Jordan almonds)? I didn’t!

Honorable Mention: Vera Wang Princess
Seeing advertisements of Zoe Kravitz, with a titled crown perched on her head, and Vera Wang Princess sprawled across the image made a huge impression on me. I ripped out the ads (to thumbtack on my bedroom wall) from my issues of Teen Vogue, and Princess became my first perfume. A charming scent with white florals and apricot, I will admit this a very nostalgic choice for me. With happy, day dreaming memories attached to it, the fragrance with a faceted lilac heart bottle was a staple on my vanity for years.


  1. my first proper perfume but was nina by nina ricci mostly cause i loved the bottle shape and i used it for myspace selfies a LOT. it wasnt really a scent for me though, i found it quite sweet and sickly. the second perfume that kind of became my signature for 5 years was sweetheart by ghost - it has pinneaple and peppermint in it and is really hard to describe. i think ive kinda grown from it but ill occasionally spray it if i see it and it always makes me feel warm. i became obsessed with marilyn monroe and found an almost full bottle of chanel n5 at a thift store and even though it was way too powerful for me i insisted on wearing it. i still like to use it when im going somewhere nice at night but its too much for during the day. one perfume i love but i know would never wuit me is eden - an old primary school teacher of mine wore it and every time i smell it i feel so calm. im more drawn now to masculine tones like amber tobacco or cinnamon but i need to find a good perfume that has all those within.

    1. I remember that Nina Ricci perfume oooh my gosh - and I'm crying at "i used it for myspace selfies a LOT"! Sweetheart by Ghost sounds so interesting - I'm having a hard time imagining pineapple and peppermint together but it's also making me super curious? :o Meanwhile, how amazing you found Chanel n5 at a thrift store! I'm not a huge fan of Chanel myself, but I must admit that perfume has a huge allure to me because of the Marilyn association. I hope you find your holy grail perfume soon - amber scents are divine!

  2. everyone talks highly about la vie est belle a lot and aargh i might as well put it in my wishlist XD

    I LOOOOOOVE DAISY (also their bottles are absolutely gorgeous)! but the eau so fresh version more than the classic one. daisy twinkle and daisy love are so good too but for some reason they just don't really last on me? i feel like after 4 hours i can't smell it on me anymore and the projection isn't as prominent as i want my perfume to be. the only way to smell it is if i get SUPER close to my skin, LOL. i've never tried the original daisy on my skin though hmm should probably do that some time in the future. as of now, i just finished up my eau so fresh and i'm currently trying out other perfumes and brands.

    my current perfumes on rotation are chloe's original chloe, marc jacobs' dot, estee lauder's pleasure, jimmy choo's fever and hermes eau des merveilles. i personally think jimmy choo has the best longevity and i just love how sensual yet cuddly it is (fragrantica describes it as balsamic, warm spicy and sweet) my faves for daytime wear are def chloe's and estee lauder's pleasure — the former smells like tea and white floral in a good, balanced way while the latte smells like the aftermath of spring rain.

    1. Ahh thank you so much for your comment Élise! I hope you get a chance to smell La Vie est Belle soon - it's my go-to when I don't know what to wear!

      Eee I'm definitely going to try all the Daisy perfumes you mentioned here! The line has expanded so much and I really want to try more :o I think I know what you mean regarding the longevity, Daisy doesn't last super long on me either! I read that you can use Vaseline on your pulse points, then try spraying your perfume to help it last longer and I'm going to try that!

      Meanwhile, these other recommendations you have sound HEAVENLY - your description of the Jimmy Choo and "Pleasure" both sound like a dream! I'm going to write these all down - thank you so much! :')

  3. These illustrations are utterly beautiful in pastel shades, wow! My favourite for a while now has been Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel :) Happy Boxing Day! x

    1. Thank you so much Gabrielle! I haven't tried that one yet - adding to my list! <3

  4. These watercolours turned out so beautifully! I could totally see these illustrations used in an ad campaign! I don't use perfumes, but that doesn't stop me from ogling gorgeous perfume bottles :P -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

    1. Thank you so, so much Audrey, this comment means a lot to me! <3 Perfume bottles are undoubtedly stunning! <3


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