Sunday Scent #2 – Paul Smith Rose

I have to say, I am not one for wearing specific perfumes during particular seasons, or even for certain times of the day.  I know to some perfume collectors, this is unacceptable.  Being such a rebel (ha!) I have chosen to wear another ‘summer-appropriate’ perfume this weekend, despite it being the middle of winter.

 

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Paul Smith Rose starts – no sh*t Sherlock – as a gorgeous, light, rose infused fragrance.  Apparently, the rose that inspired the perfume was one cultivated by Paul Smith’s wife, and given to him as a gift.  It isn’t old-lady rose though, it is refreshing and clean smelling.  It warms up very quickly, and becomes a much softer, more subtle rose scent, that lasts well throughout the day.  The projection (or Sillage) isn’t huge, and I don’t find it overbearing at all.

TOP NOTES: Violet, Green Tea and Rose

MIDDLE NOTES: Magnolia and Rose

BASE NOTES: Musk and Cedar

 

According to the Paul Smith website, during the making of Paul Smith Rose, ‘No blooms are harvested, crushed and distilled – instead the living flower is isolated in a glass bell and equipment ‘inhales’ the scent’. Sounds intriguing, doesn’t it?

Paul Smith Rose has to be one of my favourite floral scented perfumes.  I think it is appropriate for all occasions, and with it staying so close to the skin, it wouldn’t be overwhelming in an office environment.  If you love the smell of roses, then this is the perfume for you. Find it for under £20 for 100ml here.

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Sunday Scent #1 — Eternity Moment

There are so many memories I associate with particular perfumes.  From the Body Shop must-haves Dewberry and White Musk as a pre-teen, to Clinique Happy in my early teens and Emporio Armani Lei in my late teens.  If I smell any of these scents now, they give me a blast of memories – some bad, some good.  I have always loved perfumes, and will wear it every day even when I have nowhere to go (er, isn’t that every day?).  With my collection growing at an alarming rate, I thought I would share with you weekly, or fortnightly what I am wearing that day.  I probably have enough to do this every week for a year. *hangs head in shame*.

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So, today we are starting with an oldie, but a goody. Calvin Klein Eternity Moment. Created in 2004, this fruity floral favourite is not massively unique, but it is very easy to wear.

TOP NOTES: Guava, Raspberry, Litchi, and Melon.

MIDDLE NOTES: Passion Flower, Jasmine, Pink Peony and Water Lily.

BASE NOTES: Sandalwood, Musk, Cashmere Wood and Brazilian Rosewood.

For me, it starts as a refreshing, floral burst, followed by a more fruity dry down.  Several hours in, it is still fresh and light, and although not as warm as I would usually choose, it is so inoffensive I can’t complain.  The longevity is great; I can still smell it over 12 hours later.  If you’re into sticking to the ‘rules’ (pah, who needs rules?!) then you may want to wear Eternity Moment during the day in the spring or summer.  Of course, if you want to wear it on a night out in the middle of January, then go for it.

The best part is that Eternity Moment is super affordable, currently £20 for 50ml here.

 

Have a relaxing Sunday, and thanks for reading!

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Understanding Perfume Terminology

 

Have you ever heard or read terminology about perfumes and wondered what on earth it was all about? I know I have.  Sometimes buying perfume can be a little overwhelming; there is a lot of choice out there, and some cost a small fortune. As sad as it sounds to admit this, one of my favourite things to do is to go into department stores, or Boots, and sniff away.  The perfumes that is.  I invariably find, though, that I get in quite a muddle.  Those little bits of card are all well and good, but to really get an idea of what a perfume will smell like it’s always best to spray it on your own skin.

 

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Having said this, I have bought a few different scents this year, and some of those have been blind purchases.  A little risky possibly, especially considering I am exceptionally fussy when it comes to perfumes.  It’s not essential to understand perfume terminology, but it does help sometimes, even if it only to rule out perfumes that definitely won’t suit.

 

Notes

These are the different layers within the perfume.  The top notes (or opening notes) are those that you smell instantly upon spraying, for example this may be a burst of flowers or fruit. Being the lightest part (literally, the molecules are smaller and lighter), the top notes fade fairly quickly, hopefully blending in to the rest of the ingredients within the perfume. Essentially, the top notes are the first impressions, a ‘hello’, if you will.

Now that you have greeted one another, the middle notes could be compared to small talk.  You like each other, and want to know a little bit more (either that or you’re stuck with each other, and too polite to walk away).  These middle notes will hang around for a little bit longer, and are often flowery or spicy, such as Jasmine, Gardenia, Rose or Pink Pepper.   As the small talk fades, this paves the way for the base notes, which will now start to emerge.

The base notes are the deep conversation.  You know enough to know you want to see them again, now you’re looking for the real nitty-gritty.  Base notes are typically stronger and heavier, and will – hopefully – last throughout the day, and even into the next.  An example of base notes would be Cedar, Amber, Sandalwood, Tonka Bean, Vanilla or Musk.

Sillage – (see-arge)

This refers to the strength of the scent.  Do you want people to smell you before they see you? Then choose a perfume that has good sillage.  Perfumes with a weak sillage are often described as staying ‘close to the skin’.

Accord

This is the combination of two or more notes that, used together, create magic (or not).  The individual ingredients will be blended together, and will compliment each other.  Some fragrances will have similar accords, if a combination is found that works well.

Dry-Down

This is the final phase, and refers to the scent that will be left behind when the top notes and middle notes evaporate. It will consist of the base notes, so choose these wisely!

Eau de Parfum, Eau de Toilette and Eau de Cologne

To put it simply Eau de Parfum (also know as Eau de Perfume, or Millesime) is the more concentrated version of a perfume.  The Eau de Parfum will therefore last longer and will be stronger smelling on the skin.  Eau de Parfums are more expensive, because of the higher levels of perfume oils (typically around 15%), opposed to water and alcohol.  Eau de Parfums are usually dabbed on, rather than sprayed, and will more than likely only need a drop or two to last for hours.

An Eau de Toilette will be a slightly weaker version (although confusingly, some may even have slightly different ratios of ingredients from their Eau de Parfum counterpart), and will contain a lower concentration of perfume oils compared to water and alcohol – often around 8%.

Eau de Colognes (or Eau Fraiche) are lower concentrations still, and are typically citrus scented.  Eau de Colognes will contain around 5% concentration of perfume oils to other ingredients.

Body sprays, splashes and mists will usually only contain top notes, and are not designed with longevity in mind.

 

So there we have it; a beginners’ guide to understanding perfume, and the terminology used.  This is obviously not exhaustive, but I was very conscious that the post was getting longer and longer.  I didn’t even really touch on the notes and olfactory groups, maybe that’s a post for another time.  I do love to talk (and buy – eek) perfume.

Do you love perfume as much as I do?  What’s your signature scent?

 

 

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