“Quality over quantity” is a motto that I’ve always heard and tried my best to put into practice, but it’s only in the last couple of years that I’ve really been able to say I’m learning to live by it. As you probably already know if you’ve read my blog posts before, I adore fragrances and home scenting. I think it’s such an important part of reflecting your personality to the world. Scent is such a wonderful thing because it gives a gift to everyone around the person who is wearing it, and helps to create long lasting memories.
I’m always surprised by the reluctance both men and women have to treating themselves to a beautiful fragrance. It took me a good couple of years to wean myself off of the high-street ‘mighties’ such as Dior and take a journey to discover my own personal favourites, such as the exquisite Citrus perfume from Clive Christian, ‘No.1 Masculine’, to the alluring ‘Elysium’ from Roja Parfums. Fragrance is something that most people wear everyday and defines you as much as your clothes do – it fascinates me how people are happy to spend hundreds on a bag or a pair of shoes, but a perfume? Oh no. In this post, I hope to lure some of you onto the path of discovery and ‘luxury enlightenment’ – whatever your budget may be. Small spend, Splurge or Investment!
Clive Christian is the British luxury interiors and perfume company, with craftsmanship at its heart. With a passion for transforming the expected into the extraordinary, the perfumes are uniquely complex and expertly crafted with the rarest, most precious ingredients. No. 1 is an intoxicating blend of some of the most precious ingredients available; Thyme, Lily of the Valley and Tonka Bean.
The opening notes are very floral and citrus-y and you can immediately smell the Jasmine, then when it dries down in an hour or two, it becomes very masculine with the woody notes of Tonka Bean, Sandalwood and musk shining through. This fragrance is a complex one full of wonder and transformation. At first, I was a little unsure as I am not normally drawn to floral scents, but over time the scent transformed into something different – more to my liking. Definitely one to invest in for those very special occasions that you want to make a long lasting impression at.
Perfumer extraordinaire, Roja Dove released his newest men’s fragrance recently exclusively to Harrods. Elysium is a mysterious and hypnotic aromatic blend of some of the most precious ingredients out there, and boy, are they in there! The top notes are lemon, bergamot, grapefruit, thyme, lime, artemisia and galbanum; with the middle notes of lily-of-the-valley, rose, jasmine, black currant, apple, pink pepper, nagarmotha, vetiver, cedar and juniper berries; rounding it off with the base notes are benzoin, vanilla, labdanum, leather and ambergris.
I’ve dabbled with a couple of Roja’s fragrances in the past and have always been captivated with how much love and attention goes into each aroma. The promo video for Elysium shows an other worldly UFO flying through space makes complete sense now. This perfume is out of this world – at first it is quite sweet and floral but in an hour or two this mellows down and allows the benzoin, leather and vetiver shine through. This is one of those investment fragrances that is best suited for summer evenings in my opinion. Empowering yet delicate, feminine yet masculine – it ticks all the right boxes.
Jo Malone’s Wood Sage & Sea Salt is an enchanting scent that packs a sea-breeze punch. I discovered this cologne whilst waiting for a delayed flight at Heathrow and have been using it sparingly for the past year or so! Created to evoke the feeling of pleasure, freedom and escape into nature, inspired by the unique character and quality of the British beach, ‘Wood Sage & Sea Salt’ is a refreshingly unique scent that is musky, salty, citric whilst still maintaining a softness throughout the day. If you are looking for something that is uplifting, look no further.
Diptyque’s Philosykos quite literally means ‘Friend of the Fig tree’ in Greek and well, it has been a friend of mine since I was eighteen. Eleven years strong Philosykos and I have been going steady now. There is a real element of creaminess to Philosykos thanks to the coconut note, which evokes both sap and plump figs on a tree branch. It’s an utterly necessary part of this beguiling scent, and one that reminds me of summer and vacations to tropical islands. The musky notes of fig and cedar mellow this into a delicious aroma that you will love wearing. This is a scent that has never aged and I have never grown tired of. A perfect treat to wear everyday during those warmer months.
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