I’ve had a fascination with fragrance from a young age which I seem to have inherited from my mother whose dressing tables are filled with the latest fragrances from fashion houses, unique perfume oils from souks in Arabia and old classics like Givenchy Organza, Elizabeth Arden Sunflowers and Chanel No 5. Perfume just runs through my veins and it’s an obsession that will never die down.
Only my bank manager knows how much I spend on candles! I have luxury candles from the likes of Jo Malone and Cowshed scattered across my house to fill it with the scents of jasmine, tuberose, palmarosa, sandalwood, frankincense and any other exotic fragrance, but sometimes nothing beats spicing up a cheap candle with a few drops of perfume oil.
Who doesn’t like Tom Ford Private Blend fragrances? Everyone I know is besotted with at least one of the many perfectly crafted fragrances. The beauty of the Private Blend perfumes is that they’re ingenious in the sense that there are some unusual notes and blends like tobacco. Also, the main focus in these fragrances are very unconventional, for example I had never really come across a lavender based fragrance before Lavender Palm.
Versace’s Vanitas is my perfume of the moment. The lime, freesia, cedar wood, tonka bean and tiare flower make this a very irressistable fragrance.
Jo Malone products are not only of the finest quality, they also have the most breathtaking scents to them. My favourite Jo Malone fragrance, Nectarine Blossom & Honey can be found throughout the range of hand wash, body creme and candle. I light up my candle in the shower, but when I’m not unwinding I’ll store it in my wardrobe to subtly scent my clothes.
I’ve probably said this a million times, but jasmine is my absolute favourite scent ever so I’ll snap up anything scented with jasmine and Tom Ford’s Jasmin Rouge is my absolute favourite jasmine scented thing in the entire world. It’s so easy to fall in love with this!
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