Surprisingly enough, one of my most-requested posts has always been a perfume collection and overview. For most of my life I’ve been a one-perfume kinda gal, until about two years ago when I started to expand my collection a little bit. My skin is quite fussy when it comes to fragrance, and there are a lot that don’t work well on me (florals in particular). Which is a real shame because they always smell so beautiful in the bottle but then turn into something really awful on my skin. I’ve managed to find a few core fragrances that I’ve worn on and off for the last 10 years or so, and I still love them all. Here is a list of the fragrances I currently have in my collection, I’ll star the ones that are tried and true “holy grail” scents –
Demeter Lemon Meringue
Versace Bright Crystal
Byredo Gypsy Water
Chanel Coco Mademoiselle*
Jeanne En Provence Amande & Fleur de Murier
Vera Wang Princess
Jessica Simpson Fancy
Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille*****
Flourish/Firebird Brown Sugar
Flourish/Firebird Almond Milk
Taylor Swift Wonderstruck
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess
Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black
At this stage I’m not looking to add anything new to my collection, I’m just focusing on making my way through what I already have (and will be replacing my favourites when I run out). Do you own any of these scents? I’d love to know what you think of them!
I first heard about Demeter fragrances years ago, before they were readily available for purchase in Australia. This was frustrating, because there were so many scents from the range that I wanted to try for myself. I was recently made aware that MU Australia stock a wide range of scents from Demeter, including a little gem called ‘Lemon Meringue’. Now, Demeter fragrances are essentially supposed to smell like whatever the particular cologne is called, and this is no exception. This smells EXACTLY like a big ol’ piece of lemon meringue pie. Delicious. They have somehow found the right balance between the citrus element of the lemon and the sugar of the meringue without being too bitter or too sweet. If you’re a fan of gourmand scents with a sweet leaning, this is perfection. The only down side to the spray is that the scent is not long lasting, so I tend to chuck the bottle into my handbag for quick touch-ups on the go throughout the day. I’m sure everyone catching public transport with me is dying to figure out what smells like lemon meringue pie. Jokes on you suckers, it’s ME! If you’re keen to try one of the Demeter Cologne Sprays for yourself, there is a wide range of scents to choose from including pizza, and lettuce. Yes, you read that right. Honestly, I’m tempted to get the pizza cologne, just to see if my boyfriend can pick the scent. The Demeter Lemon Meringue Cologne Spray retails for $29.50 AUD and is available for purchase from MU Australia (note: this product was sent for consideration for review).
I’m not really sure why it’s taken me so long to write a review of this perfume because, just so we’re clear, this is the most amazing perfume in the world. This is my signature scent, my holy grail, my soulmate in fragrance form and I’m not even being deliberately dramatic here. This perfume is simply amazing. If you’re not a fan of sweet or vanilla based fragrances this won’t be for you. But if you are, this is a niche vanilla scent that is an absolute delight to wear. The lasting power on this bad boy is second to none, and the smell. MY GOD THE SMELL. The Mecca Cosmetica website describes the fragrance better than I can, so here you go: “This sumptuous, all embracing parfum is composed with Mexican black vanilla absolute, Sandalwood, Black Liquorice and Coconut milk. This mysterious fragrance will have you feeling vibrant and luminous immediately.” Mmm, sumptuous. I tend to wear this perfume more during the cooler months of the year and occasionally at night during the warmer months, due to it being quite a heavy fragrance. The fancy ass notes feature sandalwood, black licorice, coconut milk, bitter almond, musk, vanilla, benzoin, guaiac wood, and tonka bean. Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille retails for $148 AUD and is available for purchase from Mecca Cosmetica (currently out of stock online).
This perfume sat unloved on my dresser for a long time. For a couple of reasons. Firstly, it is a strong fragrance. Overwhelmingly strong. Secondly, I bought it right before stumbling across my holy grail perfume (Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille) after which everything else sort of fell by the wayside. As I’ve been making more of an effort to use ALL of the products I own, I thought June felt like a great month to see if I could make YSL’s Cinema work for me. This took a bit of effort. This is a heavy scent, and before this month I wore it exclusively at night. Before figuring out how to wear this without ending up with a headache by 9am, I was that person on the train who seems to bathe in perfume before leaving the house in the morning (usually these people are exclusive fans of Stella McCartney or Red Door – I was the exception). I can only wear this if I spray it once on one of my wrists and pat them together gently (probably CRUSHING the delicate aspects of the fragrance with my mighty wrists but I don’t have time to care about this). That’s it. If I wear it on my neck, I literally suffocate to death feel overwhelmed by the smell. If I spray it on both wrists, it’s still too strong. This perfume could be used as a weapon of mass destruction, but when worn subtly it’s beautiful. I’m terrible at describing scents so I’ll let Fragrantia do the leg work: “The top note is delicate and softly fresh (clementine, almond blossom and cyclamen). The heart reveals jasmine, peony and amaryllis. The drydown is warm, opulent, and balsamic with amber, musk and sweet powdery vanilla.” If I were to describe it I would say it smells like what a rich woman would wear to dinner on a private yacht before getting caught up in a tangle web of lies and intrigue and there is lots of champagne and oysters and also Daniel Craig is there. YSL’s Cinema can be purchased for $72.50 AUD from Strawberrynet.
YSL Cinema, Byredo Gypsy Water, Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille (my all-time favourite) & Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom and Honey
Vera Wang Princess, Aquolina Pink Sugar, Versace Bright Crystal
Bath + Body Works Exotic Coconut, Bath + Body Works Secret Wonderland, Urban Rituelle Mango Milk & Urban Rituelle Coconut and Honey
MOR Marshmallow, Flourish Bath + Body Brown Sugar, Firebird Bath + Body Almond Milk, Firebird Bath + Body Sugar, Flourish Bath + Body Saltwater, Firebird Bath + Body Sugarberry and Taylor Swift Wonderstruck
For years I was someone who owned one perfume and wore it day in day out, but somewhere along the line with this beauty blogging business I’ve managed to accumulate the collection you see above. This is way more than I’d like (or need) to own, so I plan on culling it and using up as much as I can. The perfumes that I tend to wear the most are the Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille (though in the warm weather I tend to wear this at night for special occasions only) and the Firebird Almond Milk and Sugar perfume oils.