I am honoured to be guest posting on Jo’s blog, Patent Purple Life. When I first met Jo she was wearing a fabulous purple Illamasqua lipstick. The girl knows how to rock purple!
We were both able to recently try a Perfume Society ‘Fragrance Education’ box and I wanted to share my thoughts about my top picks from the box on Jo’s blog (and you can find her thoughts on mine) as we have both now been welcomed into the Perfume Society world as VIPs (Very Important Perfumistas).
I have to admit that I needed a brushing up on my fragrance skills and identifying top, heart and base notes in a perfume. The Perfume Society is great because with each sample of fragrance there is an accompanying card that takes you through the notes of the fragrance, educating you on the scents coming out. So please forgive the pun when I say I was really able to perfect my fragrance ‘scents’ with this box.
In these Fragrance Education boxes, there are examples of key fragrance families and smelling notes with quiz questions to help you to identify the notes. I thoroughly enjoyed this tutorial and learned a lot and was surprised to see that I was better than I thought I was in identifying the notes.
There were eight perfume samples in the box: Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Noir, Paco Rabanne Lady Million, Chloé by Chloé, Versace Crystal Noir, Dali Wild, Nina Ricci L’Air Du Temps, Atkinsons 24 Old Bond Street and Miller Harris Fleur De Sel.
After testing and sniffing my way through all of these fragrances I chose my top three and here’s why:
Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Noir
This Eau de Parfum was super sweet, like bubblegum. That’s what drew me to it-the fact that it evoked fun and youth. This perfume made me feel like I should be on my way to a party or straight to a girl’s night out! ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’ by Cyndi Lauper is the song I dedicate to this fragrance. With its wild berries, mandarin and Mara strawberry in its top notes, it’s no wonder that the juicy sweetness hits your nose with a berrylicious pop. Viva La Juicy Noir is described as ‘the embodiment of the fun-loving Viva muse, who is always the life of the party.’ Told ya so.
Versace Crystal Noir
I found this scent mysterious and one that I felt could be worn day or night. The blackcurrant and frangipani really jumped out at me with this fragrance and made it sweetly sexy. It also has black fig in the top notes and violet, which is one of my favorite scents. This fragrance really develops over time as well and seems to become even better with age as it sits on your skin.
Paco Rabanne Lady Million
This was a really unique scent. It’s a serious scent to be taken serious in and I think the name is most fitting because you feel like a million bucks wearing it. I thought this was a sensual, floral fragrance. It was a rich floral however, and not too light and fluffy. This scent belongs to the fragrance family ‘Floriental’ which seems to fit it perfectly. Paco Rabanne describes the fragrance ‘like the nectar of voluptuous flowers’ which made me think of those sensual floral notes that I had first noticed. They were Arabian jasmine, gardenia with base notes of patchouli, amber and honey. Lovely.
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