Hi there, I hope you’re all doing well and had a lovely Easter Sunday!
In this post I will be telling you all about my top 5 favorite fragrances. Even though we’re not going out as often as we used to anymore, I still like to have one of my favorite scents following me all day (even when I’m at home).
Let me start off with a little backstory on my fragrance preferences and how I wear them, so that the list below makes a bit more sense. I personally like fresh and floral fragrances that are light but still stick around all day. I’m definitely not a big fan of deep, strong, and heavy scents. I actually came up with a theory about this preference by looking at my personality. I automatically associate strong fragrances with strong, clearly present personalities who aren’t afraid to stand out and have all eyes on them. I personally prefer to stay away from the center of attention, which might explain why I prefer soft, subtle scents over stronger ones.
I generally like to spend a bit more on a fragrance, so that one or two sprays in the morning can last me an entire day. I don’t have a lot of fragrances, but the ones I do have are my signature ones and I keep purchasing them over and over again.
Now, let’s move on to my favorites.
Good to know: Most of the fragrances I mention below are available in several types and variations. The specific fragrances I’ve tried out are all the initial and original fragrances, and they are all Eau de Parfums (often confused with Eau de Toilette).
Chloé Signature (Eau de Parfum)
Price: 65 EUR (30ml)
Scent: Lychee, damascena rose, magnolia, lily of the valley, amber, and cedarwood
This iconic Chloé fragrance has been around for quite a while yet never went out of style. This fragrance, like many others, comes in several variations. However, the Signature one has always remained my favorite. The Chloé Signature EdP fragrance has a very light, classic, and floral yet recognizable scent. I personally do find that the fragrance fades off quite fast, it doesn’t last an entire day. But, to me, this wonderful scent outweighs this disadvantage. Also, this signature bottle is just too cute! (Here’s a little secret, I first fell in love with the packaging before I fell in love with the fragrance itself. The little bow made little marketing heart too happy.)
Carolina Herrera Good Girl (Eau de Parfum)
Price: 65 EUR (30ml)
Scent: Bulgarian rose, jasmine, orange blossom, praline, cinnamon, bergamot, lemon, tonka beans, sandalwood, cedarwood, cashmere, patchouli, amber and musk.
Another iconic fragrance, but not one that I would typically go for when looking for fragrances. The original Good Girl fragrance by Carolina Herrera is floral, but also quite heavy. This strong scent stays around all day (which might be exactly what you’re looking for). I personally think this fragrance is perfect for fancy dinners or big events, but I barely wear it to small gatherings. Like I mentioned before, strong fragrances make me feel too present which is not something I like. However, the feeling of walking past a group of people in a fancy restaurant and knowing that they’re all turning their heads to follow this amazing scent you’re wearing, that’s priceless. In fact, one of the reviews I read for this fragrance was titled “Compliments guaranteed!”, so that should say enough, right?
Tip: One of my friends described this fragrance as “perfect for marking your territory, if you know what I mean *wink*”.
Just like the Chloé Signature fragrance, my little marketing heart initially fell in love with the packaging. Because, let’s be honest, who could not want this classy stiletto standing on their dressing table?
Lancôme La Vie Est Belle (Eau de Parfum)
Price: 75 EUR (30ml)
Scent: Iris, accord gourmand, pear, blackberries, iris palida concentrate, orange blossom absolute, sambac jasmine, patchouli heart essence
Another floral, classic fragrance; one that I will forever associate with Julia Roberts. La Vie Est Belle was one of my first high-end fragrances that I absolutely adored. It is exactly what I’m looking for in a fragrance. Wearing this fragrance and smelling throughout the day just gives me a little boost of happiness, which is exactly what your favorite fragrance should be doing. La Vie Est Belle has this sophisticated scents, the kind that anyone could recognize out of a hundred others.
This fragrance is slightly more expensive than the Chloé Signature and Good Girl one, but then again, that should tell you something about the fragrance, right? This is the fragrance my aunt, my grandmother, my mother, and me, all have sitting on our dressing table and keep reaching for nearly every day. No matter your age, your personality type or occasion, La Vie Est Belle could be your newest go-to.
Miss Dior (Eau de Parfum)
Price: 75 EUR (30ml)
Scent: Bergamot from Calibria, rose from Grasse, rosewood; originally from Amazon
One year ago, I bought a set containing four miniature Miss Dior fragrances (once again, the packaging convinced me…). I already went through two little bottles, and one of them was the original Miss Dior fragrance. To be honest, I expected Dior to make their iconic Miss Dior fragrances just a tiny bit stronger. I’m loving the scent, but it just fades too quickly. Then again, this could also be because I haven’t used the spray fragrance yet, so let’s keep this topic open for discussion. The scent itself is wonderful, you can clearly notice the dominating rose scent and a hint of wood. In fact, if I would have to describe this fragrance in terms of seasons, I would associate it more with autumn than with spring.
In a way, the Miss Dior fragrance reminds of the Lancôme’s La Vie Est Belle, I can’t really put my finger on it yet (aside from the fact that they are similarly priced). So ,if we have similar fragrance preferences and you’re planning to purchase all the fragrances from this list, you might want to opt for either one instead of both.
“I refined her florality to make her vibrant and evocative. It had to sparkle like the feeling of being in love. A declaration of love, to love!”François Demachy, Dior Perfumer-Creator.
Georgio Armani Sí
Price: 75 EUR (30ml)
Scent: Nectar of black currants, modern chypre and blond musk wood – with hints of freesia and may rose.
I bought this fragrance a while back in Spain. It had just come out and wasn’t really popular back then, but it was a good deal so I went for it and oh my- I can’t believe I doubted this fragrance! Sí reminds me of both Lancôme’s La Vie Est Belle and Miss Dior, it has a floral and wood-y scent that will stick around all day. When I describe this fragrance as subtle and elegant yet strong and deep at the same time, do you know what I mean? If not, I’m sorry, you’re going to have to smell this fragrance yourself and you’ll know that that is exactly how to describe it.
This fragrance is perfect for standing out but could also be worn as a subtle fragrance for small gatherings (one spray). Its versatility is one of the things I love most about this fragrance. I personally wouldn’t wear Sí every day, but it’s a wonderful go-to fragrance for events.
Those are my five favorite fragrances and as they’re mostly classics, I’m convinced that most of them will become my all-time favorites. I still want to try out Georgio Armani’s My Way, I’ve heard some really great things about that one. If you have any recommendations, feel free to leave them below!
Unfortunately, I’m not wearing fragrances as often as I’d like because we’re simply not able to go out as much. Hopefully, this summer will be a great opportunity to go out more and show off some great outfits, makeup looks, jewelry combinations, and of course, iconic fragrances. But before then, let’s make sure to all stay safe and avoid crowded places, wear your masks, get your vaccine, and keep yourself and others healthy.