Tuesday, 9 October 2012
Autumn Perfume Fix
It took some time to kick in, but now I can finally admit it: Autumn is here. I can’t wait until this nasty rainy weather turns into the gorgeous and colorful, dry and crisp weather we normally associate autumn with. I love changing wardrobe after summer as I’m such a fan of rich knits, heavy coats, huge scarfs and bonnets with a pon pon. Same goes for changing perfumes: I always wear very light and flowery scents during spring and summer, but during fall and winter I’m game for stronger scents. Do note that I’m not the heavy perfume type, so all of my perfumes are possibly classified as lighter ones even though some are -for me- quite bold. Let me talk you through the perfumes I wore most since the weather changed.
Thierry Mugler’s Womanity is one of those “hate it or love it” scents. I fell in love with it two years ago in London, when I got handed a few samples on Oxford Street during its launch period. At first it felt like a bit of an odd scent and I did not know where to place it - surely it was nothing I’d ever wear, I thought. However I kept using the samples until I ran out of them, but hesitated to buy a full bottle. A few weeks later someone came in at work and smelled amazing - and I asked which perfume they were wearing. Of course this had to be Womanity, and then I knew: I’m totally buying this. Obviously, I did and I’m still happy I have! This is (for me) quite a heavy & very present scent. The notes are: Mara des Bois strawberry for the fruity notes, white fig for a fresh and sweet note and caviar for the unexpected savoury note. This is not a sheer scent, so I do recommend trying this one on your own skin before buying it. However, if you fall in love just like I did; you’ll fall in love hard. A pretty 50ml of Eau De Toilette goes for around €50.00, and afterwards you can get a refill for around €40.00. Available in most perfume stores in Belgium, I believe.
SuperDry’s Neon Purple Creamy Ozonic is a new and interesting perfume that just got launched along with three other female scents. I chose this one to try out as it’s quite different than the perfumes I usually go for - I really like the scent of figs lately (while I absolutely hated it before) and want to embrace that new found love. This fragrance was created with fresh figs, green leaves, lily of the valley, cedarwood, sandalwood, dry amber, coconut, tonka and musks. I’m not a fan of fig perfumes that turn excessively present after a while, and I’m very glad that this one doesn’t. It’s quite a mild fig perfume that stays that way, although it does not fade easily. The bottle is very modern, and while I like romantic and classic packaging more, this lighter-inspired packaging does seem fitting for the scent and the brand. It’s also all too handy to carry with you during the day (no more lost perfume caps and ruined bags!). In Belgium these are available only at Planet Perfume for €35.00.
Flora by Gucci is a present from my mom, and a great present it is! It’s a very sophisticated scent that was designed to appeal to a younger audience. This one is supposed to appeal to young women more than Gucci by Gucci, which is scent with more power to it. Although I’m convinced both these perfumes are perfectly wearable for all ages, as long as it’s your thing. This scent is very sensual, very floral and very feminine. Perfect name for the scent, indeed! The top notes are citrus and peony, the heart notes are rose and osmanthus flower & the base notes are pink pepper and sandalwood. It starts out quite fresh with the citrus and then turns out much deeper when the sandwalwood and pink pepper come through. I love the little bow on the bottle, which makes it quite playful and girly, contradicting the firm and classic body. In Belgium, a 50ml bottle of the Eau De Toilette will cost you around €67.00 and should be available in most perfume stores.
As for the availability in other countries: They’re surely available online for all regions.