Hey My Perfume Samples Crew,
It’s Portia from Australian Perfume Junkies, Perfume Posse and Olfactoria’s Travels and thrilled to be writing for one of my favourite Perfume Sample Sites. Over the next few months I hope to bring you some great information, maybe some ideas that you can use in your daily life, a selection of my favourite fragrances from the site and great ways and times to wear them.
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For my first post I thought we could chat about some fragrances that are on the softer side but still have excellent longevity. With many workplaces allowing little to no scent we need to have a bunch of daily wear stuff that whispers to you only.
B. Balenciaga by Balenciaga
A lovely fresh green that is happily sweet but not a sugar fest, maybe warm green rather than sweet green. Not a hardcore, dank green but a light and frothy one that works through a clean and soft powdery iris to a musky wood finish. Soft enough to wear in very confined spaces but with excellent longevity for secret, selfish huffing.
Bottega Veneta Eau Legere by Bottega Veneta
The original Bottega Veneta is one of my all time favourite fragrances but it can dominate a room. Here the clever perfumer Michel Almairac washes the scent through with water and creates a beautiful, light, dewy fresh version of the first Bottega Venetta. The patchouli and leather are gone, replaced with musk and gardenia. This is lush, easy work wear at its best.
DKNY Pure by DKNY
DKNY Pure is one of the bottles I had in my collection until agirlfriend loved it so much I really felt she should have it. I miss most of the notes listed to be honest and find DKNY Pure to be like a lazy afternoon at the beach when its not too hot and the water is perfect for dipping. It’s refreshing and elegant but quiet enough that it can be perfect work wear.
Eau de Magnolia by Frederic Malle
Imagine sparkling lights drifting through a late winter/early spring Magnolia tree. You are lying in dappled shade curled up in whoever it is you loves armpit, reading a book after you’ve had a picnic, drinking orange juice & champagne. You can smell the earth returning to its warm spring scent, the magnolias are blooming and the leaves are budding. There’s fresh mown grass, a picnic rug and love. This is how Eau de Magnolia makes me feel, what a fragrance.
Five O’Clock Au Gingembre by Serge Lutens
Five O’Clock Gingembre was one of the first full bottles of niche fragrance I bought. The bright Earl Grey opening is cut through with delicious spices and herbs, the base is softly ambered and the honey gives it all a bit of an animalic growl. Sweet, green and spicy. Quite fragrant for the first 30 minutes and after that it hangs around in a very soft cloud of warmth that could be you, but it’s so much better.
Jeanne Couture by Lanvin
OK, imagine dewy wet strawberries picked at dawn, they are sweet and cold and delicious. That is how I smell Jeanne Couture’s opening. It then goes gorgeously soft and powdery with a woodsy ending but the sweet wet strawberries stay all the way through for me, softly weaving through the rest of the fragrance. Gorgeous and fun.
La Tulipe by Byredo
My BFF has a bottle of this, La Tulipe is one of her signatures. It smells like a bunch of freshly cut tulips in a florist shop. Softly green and fully Air Conditioned. La Tulipe is cool, cooling and the coolest, whenever I’m around my BFF when she wears it it’s like getting a gorgeous icy blast from the fridge.
Mure et Musc by L’Artisan Parfumeur
Mure & Musc, who would ever think this gorgeous fruity musk stick had been created in 1978? Still it smells absolutely bang up to date with its opening of herbs and citrus, a heart filled with berries both black and red and with a whispered base of musk and oak moss. An incredibly classy version of the modern sugar bomb that will quietly lure them in to smell your gorgeous self. Take this with you for a respritz every 3-4 hours.
Narciso Rodriguez L’eau For Her by Narciso Rodriguez
Narciso Rodriguez is a designer who really wants the world to look and smell killer. In Narciso Rodriguez L’eau we have a less intense version of the original blockbuster. Rose and lily of the valley play the starring roles while a lovely dewy peony slightly warmed by amber and the cleanest patchouli play background, then smother the whole lot in white musks to dry down. Beautiful, together and poised.
Opus 1870 by Penhaligon’s
Yes, Opus 1870 is directed at the men but I think every person needs a fragrance in her collection that smells like they jumped out of bed at their lovers place and found some guys fragrance in the bathroom cupboard and thought “What the freaking hell! I’m going to wear it”. Green and spicy fruits to open, cool incense and rose through the heart and musky woods to finish. Quite strong at application but 15 minutes in Opus 1870 becomes a very comfortable and cuddly puppy dog. Go on, DARE YOU!
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Waft on my lovelies,