I'm trying to think of a nicer way to say "I'm a hoor for perfume" but I can't, so there you have it. I love the stuff, and I'll give anything a go. So many perfumes are tied up to memories for me - no need for a flux capacitor, give me a bottle of Ralph Lauren's Romance and I'm right back on a frosty day, wrapped up in a duffel coat, big scarf, pair of boots (and clothes, too, obviously), walking into a chemist with my first paycheck. A sniff of Cool Water Woman by Davidoff and I'm at college again. I've done a couple of perfume posts, but never a collection, so I thought I'd do that today!
Calvin Klein Eternity Moment. I bought this blind when Littlewoods had a massive sale last year - it was reduced down to under €30. It's lovely, it has fruity, floral top notes that dry down to a musky woody smell. It's light, a perfect Spring/Summer perfume.
Lancome La Vie Est Belle. I bought my first bottle of this on Honeymoon in 2012. I'm now on my third, and have been generously gifted another bottle recently. Set for life! It's very, very sweet initially (iris, I think) but dries down to a beautiful powdery vanilla/praline/patchouli scent that lasts ages.
Emporio Armani Lei/Elle/She. I got this in the big Cara Pharmacy 20% off sale before Christmas for €28 or something ridiculous like that. It was bought purely for nostalgic reasons - my friend at college used to nick it off her Mam, and we felt dead expensive and posh with it on. I actually hate this for the first half hour - it's almost like aftershave. After that, it gets lovely and warm, with amber, sandalwood and musky vanilla coming through. Gorgeous on a really cold day.
Dior Pure Poison. This was one of the first perfumes my husband ever bought me as a gift. I bought this on adverts.ie off a lovely woman for a fraction of the RRP - it was just overwhelming to smell it again after nearly 11 years. This is an amazing perfume to spray on a fluffy jumper or a scarf - again, it's one of those floral, jasmine-y ones that turns musky and woody. It lasts hours and hours, and is a really sexy, heavy night time perfume.
Vera Wang Lovestruck. There's a story behind this one (isn't there always) - a while ago I ordered something from Cara Pharmacy and it came wrapped in the most deliciously scented tissue paper. Having been down this road before (even posting bits of the paper to fellow perfume lovers) and not being able to find out, I asked Cara and they told me that they were using Vera Wang Lovestruck Floral Rush. Of course muggins here picked the wrong one up, but it turned out to be just my thing - the usual candy sweet that turns into musk. I think I have a "type", don't you?
Roberto Cavalli Roberto Cavalli EDP. Not my usual sickly sweet-to-musk, this one opens with a burst of amber and vanilla. It's probably the most grown-up, sexy, sensual perfume I own - I adore it. This is my second bottle and it won't be my last, it's just stunning. This is the one I request from He Who Is Afraid Of Chemists for my birthday.
Roberto Cavalli Serpentine. The perfume I bought for my wedding day - I honest to god don't know why I bought this. Probably because it made me sing Welcome to the Jungle. It's not a perfume I turn to very regularly, and it doesn't last long. Plus, I have a suspicion that it's not genuine based on the quality of the other Cavalli I own. I bought this from Oxendales in 2012 - it's the usual, mango/sweet/floral that dries off to a soapy/woody scent.
Hugo Boss Deep Red. No, you're not seeing things. I still own a bottle of this. This was THE perfume back in 2003/2004, you could smell it everywhere (this and DKNY). I went through buckets of it until it began to turn my stomach - I spotted this (sealed) at a car boot sale and had to buy it for old times' sake. I do spray it the odd time, but I don't wear it very much anymore so that was a great purchase.......anyway, you probably know what this smells like, but it's very distinctive - blackcurrant/vanilla/sandalwood/musk.
Jo Malone Wood Sage and Sea Salt This is such a wanky thing to say, but I smelled a sample of this included in an issue of Vogue last September/October and I had to have it. Immediately. It's my first (and more than likely last) Jo Malone fragrance - it's just droolworthy. It's a woody, fresh marine scent that isn't overpowering and lasts hours. I keep her in her pretty box with her black bow so I don't waste her.
Roger & Gallet Fleur de Figuier. My second little bottle of this - it's most definitely what it says on the tin. Figs, fruity, very, very sweet - not my usual type of perfume, there's definitely no amber or sandalwood in there - but it's a lovely scent that I get good use out of during the brighter months.
Halle Berry Closer. I bought my mother a bottle of this ages ago, and I really liked how it developed over a few hours. When I saw it in the Cara Pharmacy sale (you'd swear I worked for them) for something like €13 plus 20% off, you can bet I snatched it up pretty quickly. This is one of my favourites - it's almost unisex, it's so masculine to begin with. It's strong, heavy, woody, musky, intense - and lasts ages. I think this is a strong example of why "Celeb" fragrances shouldn't be dismissed - google Jacques Cavallier if you don't believe me.
Britney Spears Cosmic Radiance. I think I've owned all of Britney's perfumes at one stage or another - this is my favourite of hers, and was a gift from my Sister. Lots of people are surprised when they ask what I'm wearing and I tell them it's Britney - this isn't sickly sweet. It's more fruity, with a strong base of musk, amber and sandalwood.
David & Victoria Beckham Intimately Beckham. This was a gift from a lovely lady when I had the twins - I've owned a different Beckham perfume before (purple liquid, flowers on the bottle) but I hadn't tried this one. I was pleasantly surprised, it's fresh, light and lasts ages. On me, this smells like musky rose.
Heidi Klum Shine. Let me explain what He Who Is Afraid Of Chemists does when he wants to buy me perfume. If he doesn't have "the list" or he wants it to be a surprise, he won't ask for help. He'll walk in, think "I'll get her a set, she loves all that lotion crap" and picks the box with whatever woman he likes the look of. This years' winner was Heidi Klum, and this was a present from the babas - thankfully, it's lovely. Last years' was not lovely (Amy Childs). This is very much another 'me' perfume - peppery/floral that fades to musk. Phew!
Britney Spears Circus Fantasy. I bought this after Christmas for a tenner in Argos. A TENNER! It's lovely, it's a lot more 'kiddy' than Cosmic Radiance. It's candy sweet, and doesn't have that usual fade-to-musk thing going on. On me, it dries down to a sweet vanilla and it lasts ages.
Suddenly Diamonds. Available from Lidl every so often (actually in store right now for Valentines Day), this was hailed as a dupe for Hugo Boss Boss Orange. Having never owned Boss Orange, I can't confirm or deny that - but I know Robyn owns both and thinks it's pretty close. On me, I get sweet, vanilla, sandalwood. It's lovely but sadly doesn't last very long on me at all.
Suddenly Madame Glamour. Another Lidl release (also available now), this is the much-hyped Chanel Coco Mademoiselle dupe. I don't own that either, so can't comment on the comparison but lots of people have mentioned that it is fairly similar. Regardless, it's a lovely, light, fresh perfume that does last a while on me. I love it for daytime, again it's fruity, floral, with all my usual favourite base notes - musk, tonka, sandalwood, vanilla.
Lady Gaga Fame. I picked this up after I saw it on loads of blogs when it was released, then found it on offer in my local chemist for less than €15. It's a unique black liquid that doesn't leave a stain on white clothes (one of the reasons I was reluctant to try it at first). It has notes of honey, incense, and some florals (including Belladonna apparently) - but this doesn't last p*ssing time on me. An hour after I spray it, it's gone. Boo :(
Saphir Black Femme. I found this in my local Salon Supply shop - Saphir are a brand that claim to use 99% of the same ingredients found in more expensive perfumes. This is supposed to be a dupe of Armani Code - it's not. It's similar, but it's not the same (the mantra of a makeup/nail polish addict right there - they put that on the napkins at the club). The missing 1% must contain the longevity, because like the Lady Gaga, this is gone within an hour of spraying it. It's a fairly inoffensive scent, another woody musk. Apparently they have a dupe now of La Vie Est Belle, which I'd like to pick up, because I'm much more familiar with that than I would be with Code. I dunno - I have had a couple of the Milton Lloyd dupes, but they're just not the same to me. Their DKNY one smelled like Harpic, their Daisy one made me sneeze. A lot of the supposed dupes smell really synthetic, and while the Saphir isn't quite as false, it's not just 100% right either. Still, for €8, it's not the worst perfume in the world.
Lacoste Eau de Lacoste. I got this little Rollerball in a giveaway when this was released last year, and still haven't gotten round to buying a full size. It's a beautiful light, fresh perfume that smells floral, powdery, and very clean. Bergamot, vanilla, jasmine, and my old friend sandalwood - they're all in here, and it lasts ages. Very preppy grown-up perfume, love it during Summer.
Katy Perry Killer Queen. This was Katy's first perfume in this range, I picked it up shortly after it was released. It's very sweet, with a strong smell of forest berries at the start, drying down to praline. Staying power isn't great on me, unfortunately.
Katy Perry Killer Queen Oh So Sheer. I got this last summer for Mother's Day (I did nail art to match in this post). It is a lovely scent, a lighter daytime version of the original - surprisingly, this lasts a lot longer on me (but still not as long as expected for an EDP). It's a fruity, berry praline mix that is perfect for day wear.
Katy Perry Royal Revolution. I was determined not to buy any more perfume........until I saw that my local chemist were selling off gift sets at €12 a pop. I picked this up at the end of January when I popped in for some lip balm (lord knows I don't have enough of those either) - and couldn't resist a go at this. I'm SO glad I picked it up - it's one of the longest lasting scents I've worn in a long time, I could still smell it going to bed which never, ever happens. On me, this smells like woody, leathery blueberries. I don't see blueberry listed on the notes - I do get the blackthorn, the jasmine and sandalwood. By far my favourite of the three.
And that's it! Congratulations for reaching the end in one piece.
I mentioned up there that I had been sent some La Vie Est Belle - they have a gorgeous gift set out at the moment, perfect for Valentine's Day, Mothers' Day or a Birthday gift.
Do we share any perfumes? Or do you run screaming at the first whiff of sandalwood?