Over the past few years I’ve really enjoyed writing about fragrances, and after a recent swap around of the spot where I keep around 5 fragrances that I was most using, I thought it might be a great time to do an updated Perfume collection for 2019. We’ll jump straight in as we’ve got a fair few to talk through.
Beauty Pie Brazilian Lime, Fig Leaves and Tea
Let’s start with the newest addition to my perfume collection, this is a very fresh and light perfume, I love the twist of lime in this and the fig note is something I also really enjoy. This hasn’t been something that I’ve worn a lot so far as it had been sat in my basket waiting to be photographed, but it will be making it’s way into my “currently using and testing” shelf.
Paco Rabanne Olympea | Review
At this point this is definitely my most repurchased bottle in my 20’s, I can think of others I bought religiously as a teen, but now I’m more of a fragrance flirt it’s hard to convince me to rebuy. This one will forever be in my collection. This is a grown-up gourmand, it has a sweet vanilla heart to the perfume and has a base of warm notes such as sandalwood and fresher top notes such as mandarin, I ended up wearing this on my wedding day mixed with an old favourite. This easily wins the title of my most used perfume, and it’s just pipped to the post and is my second favourite, losing only to…
Tom Ford Black Orchid
Okay, I seriously need to get around to reviewing this, considering how much I love talking about perfumes it’s a bit ridiculous that I haven’t reviewed it yet. Ben bought me this for Christmas several years ago and I’m still on my original bottle, I wear it the most in autumn and winter – and usually only for date nights in summer, as it’s the most sultry dark spicy perfume that gives me all warm feelings. This is a seriously powerful perfume and one spritz is enough to linger on clothing for days, hence why I’ve never managed to finish a bottle. I think after 5 years, I have about a third left.
Tom Ford Velvet Orchid
Onto my second Tom Ford. This was purchased for me by Ben’s parents for Christmas a few years ago and I was a little underwhelmed by it initially. I’ve started to get a lot more use out of it this year, to me, it isn’t as iconic and distinctive as Black Orchid, but it is a softer velvety and powdery floral that is wearable for the day into evening, I will get through this one a lot faster and it won’t be one I repurchase but I do enjoy wearing it.
Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir | Review
This was a perfume that I coveted for a long time, and I’ve felt kind of disappointed by it. I don’t find that it has great lasting power and I’m not as in love with the fragrance as I remembered being in shops when I smelt it. This is the perfume I’m currently trying to finish up, it’s semi-spicy fragrance makes it one I think I can finish up as it’s more autumnal to me.
Jo Malone English Oak and Redcurrant
I got this for free when I purchased Pomegranate Noir, and as you can see it’s not really been used. I don’t think this is a perfume that’s very “me”, it’s very fresh and green, and kind of manly in my opinion, I think because of the oak base. I’ve been debating selling this on as I just don’t think I will use it and maybe reinvesting it into a favourite perfume I’ve not repurchased yet.
Michael Kors Very Hollywood
Before Olympea this was my go to “nice” perfume for day to day wear, at one point I had the 30ml, 50ml and 100ml bottles. I’m now left with the 100ml only and I’ve finished up the 50ml since my last collection, but I can see I’ve barely used the 100ml bottle since the last time it was photographed! I can see the perfume is starting to lose it’s colour so I need to start making an effort to finish this up. It’s a lovely floral fragrance with slight hints of citrus that is very wearable for day to day. This isn’t too easy to find any more as other MK fragrances have been developed, but it is still found online and I’ve spotted it in several TK Maxx stores recently for a bargain price which I have been half tempted by.
Victoria’s Secret Victoria | Review
A perfume regret! I picked this up on the way back from New York when I was trying to shift my last $70 because I couldn’t be bothered to change it up when I got home, and I’ve barely used it. Ben picked this in the airport and as we’d just gotten engaged I let him pick as a way to commemorate our trip. It’s a very light floral that melts away to nothing on my skin. I keep this in a drawer because I never, ever reach for it, which is a shame because it’s such a pretty bottle. I even tried to get my bow-obsessed sister to take this off me and I couldn’t get her to. I am pleased to see I do seem to have made a little progress on it, it did feature in a products I want to use up post but I clearly didn’t get very far before it was tucked to the back of a drawer again!
Rosie for Autograph Rose Gold | Gifted | Review
I was sent this fragrance by M&S, and if I’m truthful I didn’t expect too much other than a pretty bottle from it, it ended up being the perfume I used most in the summer of 2018. It’s a very light and bright floral with top notes of rose and freesia that make it very airy. I really love this perfume but it didn’t end up getting rotated in this summer so I didn’t end up making much progress on it this year, so I’m making a note to myself for next year!
The Body Shop White Musk Libertine
I first received a bottle of this in a beauty box and when I found out it was being discontinued I purchased 2 100ml bottles for something silly like £4 each from my local body shop outlet. I used up my first original bottle but haven’t made much progress on the other two. This is however a really nice musky floral I should get more use out of – I’ve actually placed one in my spare room so that when guests come they can feel free to use it. I prefer this to the original white musk scent from TBS – the floral notes take the edge off for me.
Aqua Citra & Aqua Manda | Gifted
I will only very briefly talk about these, I was sent them last year and they ended up getting lost in the hustle and bustle of moving – I only recently found them in a box which hadn’t been unpacked. I am currently trialling these out, but they are revamped popular perfumes from the 70s. They are very dark and spicy citrus’ that are perfect for this time of year, so stay tuned to see my thoughts when I’ve been able to give them more of a test.
Just Jack Orchid Noir
I found someone talking about perfume dupes online from a particular irish brand and how good they were so I did some research and found that they did a copy of Tom Ford Orchid Noir. I’ve got a post in the making already as to whether they are actually comparable. It’s definitely not as heady as my favourite fragrance and doesn’t have the same initial punch, but it does have the essence of the original perfume.
Calvin Klein Eternity Moment
And let’s end with a good one – this is the perfume which has been longest standing in my collection, I believe I first had this when I was around 15, and other than a few brief months inbetween it’s always been in my collection. It’s a very floral perfume – it’s not got any hints of any other notes. I remember the first time I had it my Mum told me it ‘smelt like something your nan would have worn’, and she didn’t mean it in a complimentary way! I still love it to this day and this was the other perfume I wore layered with Olympea on my wedding day. I decorated our spare room over summer where it was living and I just realised it got lost in the jumble that didn’t end up going back into that room – so I’m glad to be reunited with it!
If you’re a regular reader you’ll know that i’m often lucky to be gifted fragrance subscriptions to try – The team at Secret Scent Box kindly have been sending me their boxes every month to review which has meant that amongst trying and reviewing my others I do have a little army of vials. I enjoy dipping into these on days at home or taking them on weekends away to try something new. I won’t go through everything here, but as you can see I’ve probably got the equivalent of another 50ml of perfume!
Perfume Collection 2019 vs Perfume Collection 2017
I started off this post by reviewing my last post of these, I was curious to see whether my collection had grown over the past few years and how many lingering perfumes I had since the middle of 2017. I do also know that I had several other perfumes in the past two years that I have been purchased and finished within that time (YSL Black Opium, Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Glace and Lancome La Nuit Tresor all spring to mind immediately).
- I have repurchased only one perfume – Paco Rabanne Olympea since, and I’m close to needing to repurchase again.
- I have finished up 4 perfumes that were in my collection back then which have not been replaced
- I have thrown one away (Matthew Williamson) which was very old and I’ve never liked
- I have 5 of the perfumes still in my collection (including the repurchased Olympea)
I was very surprised to see that my collection has grown since 2017. I know that I’ve finished many up over the past few years, but I felt like I’d managed to shrink my collection!
Find my 2017 Collection here.
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I’m curious, how big is your perfume collection? and what is your favourite perfume?