Sunday Scent #13 – Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream

So, in true Joyful Things stylee, when I find something I like, I have to have every variation of it.  I do it with clothing, make-up perfume – everything.  My first Marc Jacobs perfume was Daisy Eau So Fresh, followed by Daisy Dream, and lastly Daisy Blush.


I described Daisy Blush (badly) here, and now it’s time for me to tell you why I’m wearing Daisy Dream this week.


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TOP NOTES: Blackberry, Grapefruit, Pear.

MIDDLE NOTES: Wisteria, Jasmine, Lychee.

BASE NOTES: White Wood, Musk, Coconut.


When I looked up the notes for Daisy Dream, I was surprised to see coconut.  It’s definitely not the first ingredient that comes to mind when I smell it.  It definitely opens with fruity notes, and is both sweet and sour. Sometimes the most gorgeous fragrances are a bit nasty to begin with, before reaching their full potential on drying down.  Daisy Dream is gorgeous from the start; even though it causes me to sneeze like a goodun.

It seems to stay pretty fruity (but not sweet) on me, before becoming musky and gorgeous after a few hours. I love that it lasts into the evening, without being overpowering for everyone else I come into contact with.  I think it is probably best suited to spring and summer. Not that I believe in rules as such, but there is something very spring-like about Daisy Dream.


I highly recommend Daisy Dream if you are in the market for a fresh, fruity fragrance.  Just don’t expect a summer coconutty scent.


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Sunday Scent #11 – Marc Jacobs Daisy Blush

OK, so I needed another perfume like I need a hole in the head but… I have no will power when it comes to perfume, I’m the first to admit it.

I already have Daisy Eau So Fresh, and Daisy Dream, and apparently that wasn’t enough for me. It was the words Limited Edition that got me; I am a sucker for wanting something purely because I think it won’t be around for long. An advertiser’s dream, you could say. A fool, you could also say.


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TOP NOTES: Water Lily, Frozen Pear, Bergamot

MIDDLE NOTES: Lily of the Valley, Mimosa, Honeysuckle

BASE NOTES: Skin Musks, Precious Woods


Daisy Blush is floral and fruity, and perfect for spring. It also has excellent lasting power, and good projection. It dries down to a warm, soft scent that makes me think of flowers and ice cream on a warm day.   When I wear it (every day this week so far, it’s rivalling my usual fave) I cannot stop sniffing myself and smiling, like some sort of demented idiot. If I ever left my house, people would think I was very strange. Fortunately, my family are used to my oddities.

I don’t have the original Daisy, but I did look up the notes, and they are completely different to Daisy Blush. I don’t really get that; surely it should have similar notes at least? I imagine it is a way for Marc Jacobs (the brand, not the man) to capitalize on an existing success (feeling cynical today apparently).

Marketing aside though, it is just a gorgeous, feminine scent that makes me really happy when I spray it. And we all need a little bit of happy every now and again don’t we? After I sprayed it today, my seven year old son said (as I wafted past him) ‘why do you always smell so nice mummy?’ I don’t get many compliments from my kids, so this was a joy to hear.


And if that doesn’t make you want to buy Daisy Blush for yourself, I don’t know what will.


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Sunday Scent #10 – Jean Paul Gaultier Ma Dame

After a busy old week (hence the distinct lack of blog posts), I am spending a rainy Easter Sunday with family, and wearing Jean Paul Gaultier’s Ma Dame.

Created in 2008, this perfume has the familiar corset themed bottle.  Despite the fact that I have horror flashbacks of Madonna wearing a very revealing Jean Paul Gaultier ‘corset’ back in her exhibitionist days (Google it.  Or don’t, it can’t be unseen), I really like the bottles of Gaultier’s perfumes.  Especially the almost radioactive qualities of Ma Dame.


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MIDDLE NOTES: Rose, Grenadine

BASE NOTES: Musk, Virginia Cedar


As you would expect from the notes, Ma Dame starts with a fruity burst, and warms to a musky floral fragrance very quickly.  If I am honest, I don’t like the way it smells for the first  minutes or so.  It is quite a strong scent initially, and is a little synthetic.  That’s not to say I dislike it after it warms up though.  If you have read any of my other Sunday Scents, then you’ll know that I am partial to a floral, musky perfume or two.  Ma Dame is like no other perfume in my collection; it is pretty unique.


For an Eau de Toilette, the lasting power and projection are both excellent.  A little bit goes a long way, and given that Ma Dame is really quite affordable (currently £23 for 50 ml from Debenhams – here)

Apparently Ma Dame is aimed at a young audience.  So, not me then.  Do I care though? Not one little bit.  I’m not even sure I would associate this perfume with one age group over another.  Some perfumes do indeed scream ‘old lady’ or ‘teenager’, but I don’t think Ma Dame is one of those.  It’s modern and all-inclusive.  Just how I like my perfumes.



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Sunday Scent #9 – Dolce & Gabbana L’Imperatrice

I absolutely adore this perfume. L’Imperatrice by D&G was the first fragrance that my husband bought me that I actually still like (sorry hubs). It was a birthday present a few years ago, and a total surprise. At the time it was new, and he told me that ‘the lady in the shop recommended it’. So, thank you lady in shop, for introducing me to this gorgeous scent.


D&G L'Imperatrice 3 Perfume Pour Femme Dolce and Gabbana


TOP NOTES: Pink Pepper, Kiwi, Rhubarb

MIDDLE NOTES: Jasmine, Cyclamen, Watermelon

BASE NOTES: Musk, Sandalwood, Lemon Tree


As you would expect from the notes, it starts as a fruity burst, followed closely by a waft of flowers. It dries down to a wonderfully feminine, musky warmth. Despite not being particularly feminine in nature, I do love to smell like a woman, and L’Imperatrice is as woman as they come. It is light and floaty, but somehow still close and warm. It lasts very well on my skin, and I can still smell it 12 hours later. It also has good staying power on clothing, without becoming distorted.


If I was forced to choose between my perfumes (who would make me do such a thing?!) then this would be in my top two. Along with this one, of course.


There are rumours that D&G have discontinued L’Imperatrice (or that they will be in the future) , but it is still available to buy for now. Hopefully that is just a nasty rumour, otherwise I would be forced to purchase several bottles to keep me going; I love it that much.



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Sunday Scent #8 – Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet

Good morning lovelies! It’s Mother’s Day today in the UK, and I have chosen a suitably girly fragrance to douse myself in.

In all honesty, Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet is not my normal sort of scent. I usually go for much warmer, creamier fragrances that stay close to the skin throughout the day. Blooming Bouquet is more of a cool scent, that starts off pleasantly light and floral.


Dior Miss Dior Blloming Bouquet Perfume Scent Fragrance



TOP NOTES: Sicilian Mandarin

MIDDLE NOTES: Pink Peony, Damask Rose, Apricot, Peach.



For me, initially, the dominant notes are the Pink Peony and Damask Rose. I can’t say that I detect much in the way of fruit at first spray; or when it dries down. As the day goes on I can definitely smell a light muskiness, and I think that is why I like it so much. For much of my teenage years, (until I discovered Clinique Happy) White Musk from The Body Shop was my scent of choice.  The perfumes are not really similar, but there is a little something in Blooming Bouquet that takes me back to my White Musk years.


Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet is probably more suited to spring and summer, when the days are warm and you don’t need, or want,  your perfume to be. It is light and inoffensive.  I wouldn’t describe it as unique, but that doesn’t change the fact that it is one of my most reached for perfumes.





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Sunday Scent #7 – Valentino Donna

Donna by Valentino was probably one of my more exciting perfume purchases.  I had seen it many times in magazines, and had madly rubbed the sample over my neck and wrists – trying to get every last molecule of scent onto my skin.  Being Valentino, I assumed it would be expensive. I was not wrongIt was definitely a treat for myself, purely because I have so many perfumes that I need to be careful not to get carried away with cost.



Valentino Donna Eau de parfum 30ml perfume fragrance scent


TOP NOTES: Bergamot

MIDDLE NOTES: Bulgarian Rose, Iris

BASE NOTES: Patchouli, Leather, Vanilla


When I first spray Donna, it is very sweet – and a little overpowering.  Thankfully it does settle into a more subtle scent.  It’s actually really hard to describe, because it is so unusual.  It’s almost…. messy. There is a definite floral undertone, but it isn’t your typical flowery fragrance.  Donna is classy, and long-wearing, with a musky (or leathery) base.  She’s warm, feminine, but not girly.


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It is easy to overdo it with this perfume – a quick spritz on both wrists is enough – because the projection is impressive.  In all honesty, at £97 per 100ml, it’s best used sparingly. If I followed rules, then I would only wear Donna at night. I don’t follow beauty rules, and I never leave my house in the evenings, so that leaves me no choice – day time it is.


Have you tried Valentino Donna?  What do you think of her?



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Sunday Scent #6 – Issey Miyake L’Eau D’Issey

L’Eau d’Issey by Issey Miyake is a light and uplifting floral scent.  It was a blind buy for me last year, and initially I was a little disappointed.  I first thought it was a run of the mill floral fragrance, and that it was too similar to other perfumes in my collection.  I have grown to love it though, and I always reach for it on days when I want something that lasts, but isn’t too heady.


Issey Miyake Eau De Toilette L'eau d'Issey perfume



TOP NOTES: Lotus, Freesia, Cyclamen, Rose Water, Melon.

MIDDLE NOTES: Carnation, White Lilies, Fresh Peonies.

BASE NOTES: Musk, Amberseed, Tuberose, Osmanthos, Sandalwood, Cedarwood.




On first spray L’eau d’Issey is a little like shoving one’s face into a bunch of flowers (not totally unpleasant), but it dries down to become a less obvious, musky fragrance.  I can really smell the Sandalwood as the perfume warms up on my skin.

The longevity is excellent, and the projection is just right: not stinking out the whole room, but not undetectable either.

Looking at my – embarrassingly extensive – perfume collection, Sandalwood and Musk are the most common base notes, and I always look for one or both when buying.  To have both is a bonus, and I think that is why I love L’eau d’Issey with a passion.


What is your favourite type of scent? Floral, sweet, or something else entirely?


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Sunday Scent #5 – Clean Cashmere

You may remember from last week’s Sunday Scent, that I love Clean Skin the mostest out of all my perfumes (just don’t tell the others).  Clean Cashmere is up there in my favourites too.  What I didn’t mention in my Clean Skin post, is that the Clean scents are perfect for layering.  Cashmere, in particular, is excellent for changing other fragrances to create a unique scent.


TOP NOTES: Cedar Leaf; Bergamot; Lime; Lavandin

MIDDLE NOTES: Mimosa; Jasmine; Guaiacwood

BASE NOTES: Heliotrope; Tonka Bean; Musk; Sandalwood


By itself Clean Cashmere is a gorgeous creamy, clean-laundry-type scent.  It has the perfect projection, it sits close to the skin, but not so close that I can’t smell it at all.  It wears well throughout the day, and doesn’t change significantly.  I have an issue with fragrances that become a completely different scent during the course of the day.  Of course perfumes all change, but some more than others.

When layering, I like to apply Clean Cashmere first, and the other fragrance over the top, and I’m really not fussy what I layer it with.  This could mean that I have some sort of super power for combining fragrances.  Or it could simply mean that I smell like a muddled mess all day.  Something to think about….


Do you layer fragrances, or stick to one at a time?

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Sunday Scent #4 – Clean Skin

Clean Skin, it is safe to say, is my absolute favourite perfume. It is easy to wear, subtle, warm, and gorgeous. Although it starts as a floral waft of cleanliness, it dries down to a glorious musky warmth.



TOP NOTES: Sheer Honeydew, Lotus Blossom, Fresh Air Accord

MIDDLE NOTES: Dewy Petals, Aquatic Notes, Blue Rose

BOTTOM NOTES: White Musks, Amber Wood, Creamy Vanilla

I have quite a few of the Clean fragrances – I bought a set of rollerballs to try them out – and Skin is my favourite by miles. If I had to choose one perfume to wear for the rest of my life, then this would be it. I like that it isn’t overwhelming, and it sits quite close to the skin. To me it smells of warm clean laundry; fresh without being sour, and warm without being heavy.

Clean perfumes are not always that easy to get hold of in the UK, but Skin is definitely worth the extra effort to locate.  I found it on for £59 for 60ml.   Or here for £44.50! Maybe I need a backup…. *gets out the battered credit card*


Have a great Sunday!



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Sunday Scent #3 – Lancôme Miracle

I have actually been wearing Lancôme Miracle most of this week.  It’s one of my faves.  Starting at £25 for 30ml, it’s another affordable option for those of us that aren’t bathing in money every night.  Musk and Sandalwood base notes are my top choices for perfumes usually.  I like warm feminine scents; colder or more masculine fragrances just don’t do it for me.  Sweet perfumes are also a no-no, and I prefer lighter, rather than heavy, overwhelming scents.




TOP NOTES: Freesia, Lychee

MIDDLE NOTES: Jasmine, pepper, mandarin orange, ginger, magnolia

BASE NOTES:  Amber, jasmine, musk

Lancome Miracle begins as a floral aroma, and warms to a delicious creamy warm scent throughout the day. There are some perfumes that are almost an assault to the nose – this is not one of them. I find that when applied to my neck and wrists, the fragrance floats to my nose in a rather pleasant and soothing waft.

As it dries down, it doesn’t smell anything like the first spray, so if you like ‘green’ floral scents, then you are only going to like Lancome Miracle for the first hour or so. However, if you are drawn to smooth, creamy, warm fragrances, then Miracle could well be for you.  It changes as time goes on, and just gets better and better.  Miracle is one of those perfumes that has me sniffing myself all day (btw this is not the way to make new friends).


Have you tried Miracle by Lancôme? What do you think of it?



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