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My top 5 favorite perfumes

As an avid fragrance addict, I love how certain smells and perfumes take us back to old memories. They makes us travel back in time and somewhat relive the good memories. I may or may not be a perfume hoarder, but that’s only because each scent holds a special place in my heart. I generally, whenever I travel, like to purchase a new perfume, because it forever keeps reminding me of that particular place I went to. I  have this weird thing, where whenever I finish a perfume, I cannot ruse it…bizarre I know, but that’s just me. However, over the past few months and years, I have collected the ones I know that I will surely come back to as they truly do represent me as a person…a little bit of a badass princess.

Here are my top 5 favorite fragrances:

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1- Now this is probably on my most loved perfume out of this bunch, because it takes me way back to Morocco; it reminds me of the morning walking in the souks and the beautiful, colorful spice racks that were on display and the warm, welcoming people of Morocco.  There’s a certain je ne sais quoi about it that really makes me travel back in time to relive my greatest moments of  solitude and self-discovery. This perfume is very sexy, woody and intoxicating in the best way possible. I tend to gravitate towards musky fragrances rather than floral-y or fruity ones and so I feel like this compliments my personality so much. The notes of Oakwood and Vanilla create a lovely, magical balance which wraps you in a warm, leather-y aroma. I find that the Elizabeth & James fragrances are all unique and for the price, they’re worth it because the scent is there and the staying power too.

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2- I have talked about this perfume already in a previous post. This fragrance really does live up to its name; it is the most decadent, rich, luxurious, feminine and sultry scent you can ever possibly come across. I have gone through a lot of perfumes in my life time, from CK One, to Dior’s Miss Cherie…but this Marc Jacobs fragrance is a definite keeper for me…It’s floral-y but in a warm way; with hints of amber. Marc nailed in on the head with this one! I feel like I am (literally) unstoppable with this one, it lasts all day and you can smell it on yourself and when I do, I feel like a surge of energy hits me and then I just keep going (if that makes sense). If I were a super badass, super vigilante, heroine, I would imagine myself always smelling like this.

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3-As the name suggests, the main, key player note in this fragrance is Oud. This particular scent has always been associated with Arabic culture, it is to an extent the definition of royalty, strength and power. Coming from a little of a Saudi Arabian background, I have always smelled this around me and I feel this perfume in particular takes me back to my childhood. I am very fickle when it comes to Oud, because it can sometimes be too over-powering to the point where it gives me migraines. However, Roberto Cavalli made this one work in the most delicate way; it’s an absolutely rich fragrance but it’s not overbearing. I love wearing this one of special occasions (mainly because it’s a gift from my sissy), because it’s not a daily fragrance. But whenever I do choose to wear it, I always get complimented on it! It honestly smells amazing and even though the main ingredient is Oud; its undernotes are sweet and floral.

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4-Yes, I am slightly obsessed with the Elizabeth & James perfumes, but what can I say, they always get it right! This is quite a new addition to my little collection of perfumes (I only have 8 and some were gifts). I know it sounds a little stupid, but when I saw it launch on the Sephora website, I knew I would love it, purely by its name….yes, I bought a perfume only based on its name! Amethyst; it sounds so luxury to me! With notes like Tobacco and Cedar, this perfumes give me rebel vibes. It’s feminine yet masculine. It has a slight resemblance to the Bourbon perfume but it’s a lot more special. It has an edge and perhaps it’s the Tobacco in there that gives it a little bit more kick. This too is very sexy but in a subtle way.

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5- Last, but definitely not least, this one is a little bit of a funny story. I was out looking to buy my husband a new perfume as a birthday gift, but ended up loving it so much, that I got it for myself (insert the See-No-Evil monkey emoji here…you know the one covering its eyes). LOLZ! But since I am not a greedy person, I also ended up sharing it with the hubs. Yes, I do realize that the Armani Code is a masculine scent, but hey, works for me! It literally smells like a hot man! It’s seductive and opulent and elegant and the list goes on. My husbands sprays it on himself before going to work and he still smells yummy after 12 hours of wear. It literally lasts for forever and a little bit goes a long way. It too has notes of amber in it (QUELLE SURPRISE!), but by now, I guess you all figured out what I like in my fragrances.

 

**PS: I am now putting up 3 blog posts a week at 11 am EST**

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Decadence by Marc Jacobs

Here I go yet again with another post about Marc Jacobs…but I can’t help it, everything he does is just magical!!! I had purchased a few of the Marc Jacobs fragrances when I was in university and keep using them for a while. I was a big fan of the Daisy perfume. It was a fragrance that suited me at the time. If I now wore this, I would be feeling a little too girly…not that it’s a bad thing, but I prefer muskier “masculine” scents now (although this isn’t how I would describe Decadence). I purchased this new Marc Jacobs perfume a month ago and this is how I feel about it…

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The perfume is described as follows:

 A sensual, luxurious, and woody fragrance, Decadence embodies the spirit of irreverent glamour. The fragrance opens with sultry top notes of Italian plum, iris flower, and saffron. The heart combines luxurious notes of Bulgarian rose, jasmine sambac, and orris. The indulgent dry down reveals the base notes of vetiver, papyrus woods, and liquid amber.

I have been using the Miss Dior Eau De Parfum for a few years now and it’s a very demanding and heavy scent for those who are used to light floraly perfumes. Like I said, I like musky scents that give of a little hint of masculinity (a little like Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb for men…secretly..I’ve used it…not so secret anymore). Okay so, Decadence is a perfume beyond anything I have used. It’s a very unique fragrance. I mean the notes are very peculiar and just all over magical. I smell hints of vanilla, of jasmine but in a woodsy/musky way. It’s a light yet heavy scent..a little ambery and surprisingly a little sweet. The smell lasts all day!!! Like literally all day. Don’t go heavy on spraying it, because with 2-3 spritz, you’re set. It’s definitely not a scent for everyone, but for me it works and I wear it day and night (as opposed to my Miss Dior..which I only wore on night outs).
Overall this perfume is sensual, magical, feminine, opulent, surprising and delicious. I feel like a badass woman who can conquer the world. It makes me feel super seductive and sexy in a very subtle way. Everyone who took a little sniff of this perfume fell in love with it. Now, this baby runs about 115$ CAD for 1.7 oz, but for me it’s totes worth it. A little goes a long way and if you’re looking for something totally unique, it may be worth giving this a try.
I know that scents and perfumes are particular to every person, this is why I suggest you try it out before committing. I usually go into Sephora, spray perfumes I am interested in on my wrists and continue shopping in the mall. After a few hours, If I still like the perfume I sprayed and the lasting power is great, then I invest in it. Fragrance isn’t something you can buy out of impulse as you need to see how well the perfume sits with you. There are two main reasons for this. One: Because all perfumes are composed of a top note, a middle note and a base note; these notes will change over time (if you keep the perfume for too long). The top note you notice when you first spray the perfume on the card will totally change as the fragrance evaporates and this is why I suggest you spray it on your wrists. Which leads us to point number two…Now two: your body chemistry has a major effect on a fragrance. What smells heavenly on your sister/mother/friend may not necessarily work for you depending on how your body reacts to the fragrance.
Before y’all get bored, I will stop here, because I got carried away giving you a chemistry 101 lessons on fragrances…
If any of you are on the hunt for a new sexy perfume, I suggest you go into a Sephora near you to smell this baby out.
Hope this post helped!
Until next time,
Cheers xo