Whenever I read an interview of some international movie star raving about her love and loyalty for just one perfume, I am usually slightly puzzled... first, how come this is almost always the fragrance she has just been signed to promote by some multinational beauty empire and second: why? Isn't it all a bit boring? I get being faithful to one fragrance for a couple of years, or during a certain period of your life, but isn't it so much fun to change sometimes?
As you can see from the above picture of my perfume shelf, I vote for fun over loyalty, at least in the fragrance department! Now, don't get me wrong, I'm a fiercely loyal friend, daughter, sister and wife, but when it comes to perfumes, well, the relationship box says it's complicated.
See, for Winter I like slightly powdery or spicy scents, such as Prada's Infusion d'Iris, a flowery fresh scent with a powder overlay which makes it ideal for days when I need something a bit more lingering. Some other days I reach out for Mûre et Musc by L'Artisan Parfumeur, a perfume that reminds me of my very first eau de toilette and which smells so delicately of clean skin and spicy fruits that I've become quite addicted! The thing is, I have a very sensitive nose (to the point I sometimes recognise the moisturizer worn by people I air-kiss...), so I get disturbed by strong scents, and prefer softer fragrances which are original yet discreet.
Come Summer, I'm more into fresh fruity fragrances, ones which are very simple, reminiscent of sun-drenched orchards or days at the beach... I like them fresh and sweet without being in your face, and sometimes even go for some super zesty fragrances with very little sweetness in them, for those extra warm days (not saying that we get that many here in London...) My favourites? At the moment I'm totally in love with Acqua di Parma's Fico di Amalfi, a perfume that is so perfect it takes me right back to the fig tree we had in our first home in Casablanca when I was a child.
I sometimes mix it with Jo Malone's Lime Basil & Mandarin or another zesty fragrance for my own personal fruity scent depending on my mood... When on the beach, I either wear nothing at all besides from sunscreen and a bikini or for a little added sea-inspired touch I go for a Cooling Spray by Hampton Sun, it smells amazing and adds a little shimmer, perfect!
The only fragrance I wear pretty much all the time and have done for the past seven years is Petite Chérie by Annick Goutal, a true parfumeur's fragrance which mixes perfectly peach, pear and roses to create one of the most feminine fragrances you could imagine... It's the one I keep going back to, and I never ever mix it with any other one!
So there you have it, a long-time love, a few vacation flings, a couple of multiple-partner trysts, like I said, it's complicated. How about you? Do you prefer to have a signature perfume or are you happy to alternate between a few favourites?