Coco Chanel believed that women should wear perfume wherever they wanted to be kissed. Perfume is a very personal statement. Your signature scent is an extension of your personality; of your character; and your emotions.
As one of our five senses, smell plays an imperative role in non-verbal communication. Which fragrance you choose may be representing you far before you have spoken or possibly even been seen.
Whether it’s floral, oriental, chypre or fruity; perfume is described in three sets of notes. These notes unfold during wear with the immediate impression being the top note; followed by the deeper middle notes; and finally the base notes which develop gradually over time.
Your signature scent should be captivating, alluring and exquisitely beautiful.
It should stay with you through the seasons and across your moods. When finding your signature, be sure to take your time and smell many options. Never settle for a fragrance that doesn’t encapsulate your style, taste and desires.
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Two of the world’s most iconic perfumes…
Chanel Nº 5
Chanel Nº 5 was the first fragrance launched by Coco Chanel in 1921. Described as the world’s most legendary fragrance, one bottle of Chanel Nº 5 is sold every 55 seconds around the world.
Chanel Nº 5 evokes a sense of intimacy, seduction, opulence, desire and warmth; however, the exact scent is almost impossible to express. With top notes of Ylang-Ylang and Neroli; Heart notes of Grasse Jasmine and May Rose; and Base notes of Sandalwood and Vanilla; it’s this extraordinary complexity that set Chanel Nº 5 apart from all other fragrances of its time.
Chandler Burr, the New York Times perfume critic, best described Chanel Nº 5 as ‘a bank of hot searchlights washing the powdered stars at a movie premiere in Cannes on a dry summer night’.
Yves Saint Laurent Opium
A rich embodiment of magic, mystery, enchantment and exoticism, Opium was an extension of Yves Saint Laurent’s intense fascination with the Orient.
With Opium, Yves Saint Laurent intended to arouse the senses and release a woman’s hidden emotions & inexplicable passions.
First launched in 1977, Opium created quite the sensation (partly because of its controversial name). Opium features an exotic blend of lush florals, rich spices, and deep wood notes.
When asked what she wore to bed, Marilyn Monroe simply replied,
“Five drops of Nº 5.”
Which is your signature scent? xx
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Some Of My Favourite Things…
Inspiration can be found anywhere. For me, it is never much further away than a copy of Vogue; images of Chanel; a sprinkling of sequins; or a day dream of Paris.
Here are some of the beautiful things that are inspiring me right now…
What are your inspirations right now? xx
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