April 11, 2017

Beauty 101: My Favorite Fragrances

I don't think I have ever, in 5 years, talked about perfumes on the blog. That is a pure travesty because I really do love perfume and I have ever since I was 11 years old.

When I was younger, my favorite scents were Britney Spears Curious & Fantasy, J.Lo 'Glow' and DKNY 'Be Delicious'. The DKNY scent has a special place in my heart because it reminds me of elementary school, my first kiss, and school dances.

As I got older, my taste in scents changed but the idea of perfume has remained the same. Certain scents bring me back to specific times in my life and I'm filled with a true feeling of nostalgia. It's amazing how a smell can transport you back in time, and how important a scent can be to a specific occasion.

I love the idea of wearing a certain scent on a vacation or on your wedding day, and not really wearing it any other time. It's so special and so nostalgic. *I love anything related to nostalgia if you couldn't tell.

There was a time that I couldn't wear perfume and you may remember that because I talked heavily about it here on the blog. I was having an allergic reaction to fragrance so my dermatologist told me to stop wearing perfume. I stopped for a solid year and it was so difficult. I love perfume and feel so much more put together when I spray a bit on before I leave the house.

After about a year of no allergic reactions I decided to test it out again but on one condition: instead of using a spray perfume I switched to rollerballs. Ever since I haven't had any allergic reactions. I think it really does make a difference because I'm keeping the scent concentrated in one place instead of walking through the spray or spraying it too close to my face.

I also think rollerballs are better all around; they're perfect for travel and much less inexpensive. You go through them faster so you can try more scents.

With perfume, I feel like a lot of people have very specific tastes. Either they like musky scents or floral, or very sweet. As for me? I don't discriminate and I pretty much love all kinds of scents. I will say that I don't like scents that are overly sweet or sugary, but otherwise, I like everything.

I'm so confident in my scent tastes that I purchase a lot of scents online without smelling them first and I've never returned a single one.

I figured spring was a perfect time to talk about my current favorite perfumes so here we go!



Marc Jacobs Daisy: This is my OG perfume and I exclusively wore it throughout high school and college. I still have a rollerball in my collection but don't wear it too much anymore. It's the basic betch scent of our generation and it's produced a thousand spin off scents, including Daisy Dream, which I have and love! Daisy Dream is very light and airy but, still has that signature floral scent that the OG has.

Sarah Jessica Parker 'Stash': When I saw that SJP was releasing a perfume, I purchased it without even reading the notes. It's a very masculine, musky scent but it's so divine. It has notes of black pepper, sage, pistachio, cedarwood, patchouli and much more. It's definitely more of a winter scent and I wore it constantly in the cold weather. It has a comforting smell and I really love that.

Tory Burch Love Relentlessly: This is my newest scent and I've been loving it! I've never tried a Tory Burch perfume and I smelled this in a magazine sample and couldn't stop thinking about it. The notes are Pink Grapefruit, Lemon, Sparkling Pear, Rose, Jasmine, Amber, and much more, but from those few, you can tell that it would smell floral & very fresh. It's a great everyday scent and I've been wearing it nonstop.

Elizabeth & James Nirvana: This is probably one of the most hyped perfumes of the beauty industry in recent years, right behind Marc Jacobs Daisy and Flowerbomb but I think the hype is real. The original scents were Black & White, which you could layer together. Later on, Bourbon and Rose were released. 2 years ago for Christmas, my sister bought me this mini set of Black & White and they both smell really wonderful. Black is a little muskier while White is more floral and feminine, but the good thing is that they're made to be worn together.

I also purchased Rose when it was released and it has a very strong rose scent but is not floral or feminine, if that makes any sense.

I also just purchased this set of Kate Spade travel perfumes because I've wanted them all for a long time and it comes with its own branded refillable spray case. I haven't tried them all yet but I wanted to include these as an honorable mention.

Shop some other perfumes that I have in my collection or have loved in the past below:




What are your favorite scents?

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