I realise that as my moods and outlook in life evolve, fragrances often reflect my transition. So when I feel like I need power in my life, to manage all the little stresses that prop up, I use fragrances that are predominantly masculine... Those that come to mind; Serge Lutens Chergui - there's nothing seductive about this scent, but it's surprisingly empowering.
When I have miserable days, I only seek comfort fragrances which I would then spritz on the pillows and fall deep in sleep... Narcisco Rodriguez for Her is reminiscent of my days in Australia, simply because every other lady will have this on her. I don't usually like to smell 'familiar' but on occasions, it's a great pick me up.
And now, when I'm appreciating the simplicity of life where I spend a good majority of my evenings with my boyfriend, I lean towards cleaner and more linear fragrances. Jo Malone springs in mind. Vanilla and Anise brings an elegant warmth to the skin. Nothing too complex, in fact a very simple single note. No character depth as you would typically expect in Tom Ford and Serge Lutens fragrances.
I picked up her one her new additions to her line; the Cologne Intense range, in Rose Water & Vanilla. When I took a whiff of this one day at the Dublin Airport, I was instantly drawn to the sweet exotic accent of rose with a comforting layer of warm vanila enveloping the skin. It now belongs on my must-have Autumn fragrances. Exquisitely deeper than her other clear bottles and so feminine that it makes all my other unisex fragrances jealous of her position in my ranks.
Delicately composed of rose, vanila, neroli and petitgrain, designed by Christine Nagel who designed 'Miss Dior Cherie', 'Dolce & Gabanna the One' to name a few.
You can purchase this at stores for 80 pounds... a little bit pricier than the normal 100mL bottles.
I have combined this with Jo Malone Nutmeg and Ginger, making this a more spicier version or worn it on its own. Either way, it's intense but clean enough to be layered.
And when winter is looming close, comforting vanila scents will make me feel that much more happier in within my candle-lit home with friends and family.