I recently slipped my black knit infinity scar, a statement in my fall/winter wardrobe, over my head for the first time this season. Along with the warmth that the scarf encompasses, I was greeted with the familiar scent of last winter. The strong combination of Burberry Brit and my $5.95 H&M holiday perfume had remained in the scarf and immediately took me back to the days of starting my first retail job, staying up until 5 am watching every season of Mad Men, and late nights spent at Denny’s having cup after cup of unlimited peppermint hot chocolate. The thing is, I’ve always had a fairly strong connection with scents, more so than any other sense at least. Whether good or bad, I’ve always believed that scents have the power to immediately connect you with memories, places, or even people in a way that taste, touch, or even sound simply can’t.
A lot of things have changed since last winter. Recently, while feeling somewhat in a rut, a co-worker of mine suggested that I branch out and try a new perfume to help uplift my mood. We’d both been going through similar situations and she claimed that changing her perfume made her feel renewed in the same way that changing the part in her hair, buying new clothes, and switching up her living space had. Considering how proactive I had been in implementing personal changes in my life, I was surprised I hadn’t thought of it sooner. It made perfect sense, the relationship you have with a scent can be almost stronger than the one you have with the person, place, or the memory it belongs to. While you obviously can’t change the scent of these things, changing your own perfume is a great way to feel renewed.
Logically, after realizing this information, I did the next most appropriate thing to do; I took a trip to Sephora to find a new perfume. Sephora, for me, has always been one of those places I can spend an obnoxious amount of time in and not even realize it. So after over an hour of testing numerous perfumes and obtaining the worst migraine ever, I was able to compile a list of my four favorite perfumes on the market now.
A newcomer to the perfume world, but already an eye catcher, or a nose catcher? Or a… whatever, you get the point. Marchesa, as a brand, is known for it’s effortlessly polished femininity, and their perfume, Marchesa D’Extase, is a perfect accompaniment to it. The perfume itself smells very clean with strong floral notes and would be perfect for a date night. Also, it’s important to mention that the bottle is absolutely stunning, which for perfume collectors, is a definite plus.
2. Flower Bomb/Viktor & Rolf
My most recent beauty purchase and current signature perfume; I am obsessed. Since it was my first time purchasing the perfume, I decided to test it out with the roll on version, which so far is lasting surprisingly well. While mulling over the endless choices of perfumes at Sephora, the sales associate advised me to go with the one that gave me the “a-ha!” moment. It wasn’t until I tested a sample of Viktor & Rolf, that I actually knew what that meant. I was immediately drawn to the scent. It’s warm vanilla and floral notes, while strong and present, aren’t overpowering at all. It’s proven to be perfect for almost any occasion and I’ve gotten countless compliments on it which is a definite plus. The scent doesn’t last quite as long as I would like it too, but overall, I really couldn’t be happier with it.
3. Daisy/Marc Jacobs
Playful, young, and fresh, Daisy by Marc Jacobs is a fantastic scent for everyday wear. True to its name, the perfume has a strong floral scent but is also combined with fruity notes. The scent is light, which makes it ideal for those who don’t want to wear overpowering perfumes. Daisy would be a particularly nice perfume to brighten the mood of the upcoming cooler months, because it’s reminiscent of spring and summer days outside. I was really impressed with the easy-going nature of this perfume and hope to purchase it in the near future.
4. Burberry Brit/Burberry
Recently retired from my collection, but still a favorite of mine, Burberry Brit is truly a classic that will never go out of style. While the scent is something I associate closely with memories, it’s still one that I like to use on occasion. The scent is a mixture of fruity notes with hints of warm amber and vanilla. The nicest part about this fragrance is its ability to last an amazingly long time. Seriously, one application of Burberry Brit, in the morning, will last throughout a majority of the day. This perfume is easily able to be mixed with any other scents and I would highly recommend this perfume to anyone who is looking to find their signature scent.