I am ALL about scents. For the home, for my body, on men, in nature…it’s very important to most because nothing is more evocative of time and place than scent is. It is my most favorite sense, even though we take it for granted all the time. Imagine you couldn’t smell the garlic/lemon aroma of a pasta dish, or the chocolate melting while you’re baking brownies ?? Imagine not being able to smell your significant others’ cologne or your freshly laundered sheets? How horrid!

Fragrance is a very personal thing, and I think we don’t always give enough attention to the business of choosing and buying one. When stepping into a department store, sales associates are practically ready to hose you down with whatever new designer fragrance is out at that time, and most people fall for it. Don’t. You need to let the spritz marinate on your skin for at least an hour to see if it blends well with your body. All scents smell differently on everyone, so it’s crucial you let it sit. Also, there are so many scents that don’t hold up during the day, or have too strong of a linger that it distracts people (and not in a good way).

I remember I was stepping onto a flight from Greece to Turkey, and I had a sample of Chanel Allure in my purse. Clearly not thinking clearly, I decided to spritz myself with this little guy, and BOY WAS THAT A MISTAKE! First of all, it was SO strong being that I wasn’t airing myself out in such small quarters. It felt like I was literally sitting in my own personal perfume box, so I started getting a headache and felt nauseated. Secondly, my fellow passengers DID NOT appreciate it. They didn’t know what to do with themselves. I saw the man across the aisle plugging his nose, and my poor friend sitting next to me trying to mask his face with his shirt. It was the worst flight I had ever been on and I think those near me, would agree. Lesson of the story? Know when to wear perfume, when to not, and when to wear a little or a lot.

I’m always switching up my fragrances, but at the moment these are my keepers:

Santal Blush by Tom Ford is amazing and it’s light. Perfect for summer, daytime, or even an outdoor summer evening. I’m personally a huge fan of santal in general, and Le Labo makes an amazing one, but EVERYONE is wearing it. It’s starting to annoy me, so I stick with this one because it’s got a little twist that’s noticeable.

Jasmin Rouge by Tom Ford is a scent I’ve been wearing for a while now and it’s best for evening. It’s strong at first, and has a nice flowery linger to it but not “old-lady” like, more sexy and alluring than that. I love Jasmine bushes so this is the next best thing!

Rose 31 by Le Labo is not what you’d expect. It doesn’t really smell like roses, it’s more spicy than that. It has the perfect kick to it but you can’t smell it right away. It has to sit for 20 minutes before you smell the goodness! It’s such a great scent!

La Tulipe from Byredo is a very pretty fragrance. Pretty and clean is the best description I can come up with. It’s not a sweet flower scent, but more along the lines of crisp, cool, and clean without smelling like grass or cucumber. I kept coming back to it at the store, but wasn’t sure if I would like it. I get headaches from certain scents especially flowery ones. It’s soft, lady-like, and blends well on the skin. I get asked what I have on whenever I wear it! Definitely worth trying out. Byredo also has Bal D’Afrique which is AMAZING and masculine! I LOVE a good masculine scent. The only reason I haven’t purchased that one is because a friend of mine wears it, and I don’t want to cramp her style. You catch my drift?

Tom Ford Jasmin Rouge
Le Labo Rose 31
Byredo La Tulipe