As a beauty writer I’ve always found writing about fragrance to be the hardest thing. How do you describe an emotion? The way we all respond to the same fragrance is wildly different and that’s what makes us unique.
I switch up my scents seasonally: in Summer I crave flowery aromas like jasmine and orange blossom, whilst in the colder months, I’m drawn to sultrier extracts such as amber, wood and patchouli. I want my perfume to feel like it’s enveloping me, soft and warm like a cashmere wrap. And this seasonal shift actually makes sense: when its hot and humid, the body releases fragrance much more than when it’s dry and cold, so it goes to reason that we want to wear richer scents in winter as they travel less. Here are my personal favourites:
Jo Malone Myrrh & Tonka
A beautiful oriental with obviously myrrh and tonka bean, but it’s the unexpected dash of lavender that makes this truly special.
This is so sexy and comforting at once. Overly vanilla-ish scents aren’t usually my vibe –but here it’s slashed with bergamot, jasmine and iris which lends it an elegant powdery trail.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Grand Soir
Warm, fleshy and luxurious…but never overpowering. The way the amber and spanish labdanum notes intermingle is simply smouldering.
Diptyque Benjoin Boheme
Spicy and balsamic accords of sandalwood and Indonesian patchouli leaf make for an intense, fleshy skin scent.
Kiehl’s Original Musk
Originally named ‘love oil’ and unsurprisingly so: patchouli, musk and ylang-ylang are married with neroli and bergamot for a memorable long-lasting scent that will stay with you all day or night.
Is my ultimate. I love it so so much. The warm amber, cut with incense and benzoin is what gives it its addictive quality.
Tom Ford Vert Boheme
Earthy, cool and robust, this riff on a classic green scent is perfectly balanced by feminine magnolia and flowery violet leaf.