There’s a simple rule of thumb to follow: is your skin oily? The oilier your skin is, the less perfume you need for the scent to be impactful, and the longer the scent will last. Recommended fragrances are those with citrus and floral earthy scents, fresh and light aromas. If you’re one for darker, muskier fragrances, then try to use a minimal amount. A little will go a long way.
1. L’Eau d’Issey Pure Nectar de Parfum
Created by Fanny Bal and Dominique Ropion, this floral, woodsy combination will conquer the personality of any free souls and lovers of bright essences. Top notes of warm honey and pear notes. The rose brings more poetry and femininity to this sweet breath. At the base of the L’Eau d’Issey Pure Nectar de Parfum are hints of aromatic wood, such as ambergris, sandalwood, and cashmeran giving the fragrance his longevity.
It is lasting and intense, not heavy or overwhelming at all. On the contrary, it is refined, pure and generous, fresh but with personality. The bottle is designed to mimic the original – a drop of water, but instead of being transparent with a silver-green sheen, it’s tinted rich, rose gold.
2. Chloe Nomade Eau de Parfum
Chloe has always been an interesting brand in terms of fragrances. The latest perfume, Nomade is one of the most interesting of the whole collection since the beginning. Created by the perfumer Quentin Bisch in 2018, the fragrance is a floral chypre composition including notes of Mirabelle plum, freesia, and oakmoss.
Nomade is described as “a spirit of adventurous femininity uplifted by distant horizons and inspiring encounters.” Not too intense, feminine, rich and earthy, smells like the kind of scent you’d wear during a summer evening. Once on the skin, the blend of notes settles into a warm, floral finish. The bottle design is wrapped with a gold cap, pink suede ribbon, and a unique O shape.
3. Aerin Gardenia Rattan
From the Estee Lauder’s house, Gardenia Rattan collection was launched in 2013 with the assistance of Firmenich perfumers. The entire line looks luxurious. The heavy rectangular bottles with rounded corners have a golden cap that is inlaid with something resembling a gemstone. Every scent has its own color. The Aerin Gardenia Rattan is pale green and the box has a brightly colored floral pattern.
The fragrance is a feminine floral fragrance that captures the spirit of a summer’s day. It features top notes of sparkling wet marine notes, middle notes of gardenia, tuberose, Tiare Tahiti, and amber notes in the base. But what distinguishes this fragrance is the presence of salty aquatic notes. Great lasting power and even though it smells great and close to the skin, it also seems to project fairly well for a light floral considered for warm weather scent.
4. Louis Vuitton Le Jour Se Leve
Le Jour Se Leve is a citrus, floral and musky fragrance launched in March 2018. The perfumer behind the scent is Louis Vuitton’s master perfumer Jacques Cavallier, who also created the brand’s existing fragrances. The fragrance, which translates to “Daybreak” is composed with one of Jacques Cavallier’s favorite ingredient: mandarin.
“Mandarin is a marvelous citrus fruit because it’s possible to diffuse from it simultaneously the optimism of its flesh, the freshness of the zest and the floral aspect of the tree,” says the perfumer. Jasmine, Sambac from China, bergamot, magnolia, petals, osmanthus, blackcurrant and musk are among the other notes.
As a bonus, the bottle is designed to last and withstand the journey. So, instead of purchasing a new bottle when the perfume runs out, the bottles can be refilled at Louis Vuitton boutiques, giving everlasting life.
5. Frederic Malle Portrait of a Lady
Portrait of a Lady was created by Dominique Ropion, one of the most well-respected, famous perfumers around, and was released in 2010. The fragrance was named after the novel by Henry James from 1881. This modern, elegant and unusual opens with promise. It includes notes of Turkish rose, raspberry, black currant, cinnamon, clove, patchouli, sandalwood, incense, ambroxan, benzoin and white musk.
It lasts for days, a single spray is highly recommended, and even then, one is certain to leave a trail. That being said, this is the kind of perfume to wear with confidence and not for everybody. It’s a perfume to wear if you want attention. Its mysterious scent turns heads and draw questions.