Welcome to the 357th Metamorphosis Monday!
Back in March 2012, I wrote a post asking what were your favorite perfumes. You’ll find that previous post here: Scents: Do You Have a Favorite? The comments on that post were awesome as you shared your favorite scents.
One of the perfumes recommended to me at that time was Philosophy’s, Amazing Grace. I loved it and went through an entire bottle, purchasing a new one as soon as I realized I was almost out. I also bought a bottle of Marc Jacobs’s “Daisy Eau So Fresh” that day.
The only complaint I had with Amazing Grace was it didn’t seem to last very long. Now that I’ve gradually learned a bit more about perfume, I know why–I purchased the “toilette” version instead of the “Eau de Parfum.”
Three years ago, when I wrote that post, the only other scents I owned were Vera Wang’s “Vera Wang” and a very old bottle of Jessica McClintock’s, “Jess.” Back in the day I had purchased two different kinds of Jessica McClintock perfume and had finished one, but for some reason had never completely finished the Jess perfume. I’m sure it’s way too old to use at this point but I still have it because the bottle is so pretty. Do you ever do that, hold onto an out-of-date perfume or an empty bottle because it’s just too pretty to toss?
Over the last few years I’ve added quite a few scents to my perfume collection. For this Met Monday, I thought I’d share my faves and a special perfume I’ve just ordered.
My perfume collection is a bit like my dish collection: high-end, classic fragrances sit right along side inexpensive scents. Just as I’ll mix dollar store wine glasses with sterling silver flatware in a table setting, you’ll find an inexpensive perfume rubbing elbows with Chanel and Burberry on my perfume tray. If I love it smells, that’s good enough for me.
I’m going to link out to where I found these perfumes at the end of this post so you can read more about them. I always like to read the reviews before I purchase a perfume.
The perfumes I’ve added to my collection over the last few years are: Lancome-La Nuit Trésor, Marc Jacobs-Daisy Eau So Fresh, Viktor & Rolf-Flower Bomb Fairytale, Vera Wang-Vera Wang, Taylor Swift Wonderstruck, Viktor & Rolf-Flower Bomb, Ghost-Ghost Eclipse, Ghost-Ghost Deep Night, Carthusia-Mediterraneo, Philosophy-Amazing Grace, Vivienne Westwood-Naughty Alice, Carthusia-Corallium, Jessica Simpson-Fancy Love, Victoria’s Secret-Victoria, Burberry-My Burberry, Jessica McClintock-Jess, Chanel-Chanel N°5, Taylor Swift-Taylor
Do you wear any of these?
I wanted to share a bit about each one and how I came to purchase it or why I love it, in case you’re like me and love trying new scents. Starting up front on the left, the beautiful, deep purple, diamond-shaped bottle is Lancome-La Nuit Tresor. I bought it on my recent “Sailing with the Scotts” cruise.
During our long day at sea on the way back from Cozumel, I visited a perfume shop on board our ship and enjoyed checking out their collection. The bottle was the first thing that caught my attention. I really wanted it for the beautiful bottle and was delighted to find it smelled as lovely as it looked.
I also purchased one other fragrance that day, a perfume I had tried about a year ago while shopping in Phipps Plaza in Atlanta. Do you ever do that, try a fragrance, love it, then walk away knowing that it’s just a matter of time before you add it to your perfume collection? The perfume I had tried but didn’t purchase until that day on the cruise was My Burberry, by Burberry. This could be a fun tradition, bringing home a new scent whenever I travel.
See the bottle in the center with the aqua blue charm hanging from it?
The two perfumes to the left of that bottle are Carthusia-Mediterraneo (clear top) and Carthusia-Corallium (black top.) Corallium is my favorite of those two.
When we visited the Isle of Capri in Italy, I stopped into Carthusia, I Profumi di Capri, Antica Officina del Promumo, which translates to: Carthusia, The Perfumes of Capri, Ancient Perfume Factory and purchased the two fragrances above.
Here’s a bit about the history or legend of this delightful perfume.
The walls were covered with photos of the famous folks who used to visit the island for rest and relaxation. I see Clark Gable, (is that Bridget Bardot with Clark?) and Princess Grace.
There’s Frank Sinatra…do you recognize some of the others? If I remember correctly, the perfumes sitting in front of their photos were supposed to be their favorites. This was the first time I purchased perfume while traveling but I kind of like the idea of doing that, bringing back a special perfume that reminds you of a wonderful place you visited or stayed.
The Naughty Alice perfume is a Vivienne Westwood scent that I’ve read good things about online. The name of the perfume gave me a laugh and it wasn’t expensive, so I tried it, scent
unseen unsmelled. I do like it! It’s rumored Vivienne chose the name with Alice in Wonderland in mind. I wonder if that’s true.
As I’ve come across perfumes I want to add to my collection, I will sometimes take a risk and buy it online without first smelling it if the reviews are really good and it isn’t very expensive. If it is kind of expensive, (over $50 starts to feel expensive to me) then I’ll only purchase it from a place that will let me return it if it turns out I don’t like it. I’ve only had to return one perfume so far, so this system seems to work pretty well.
The two moon-shaped bottles (orange and gold on the left and dark purple on the right) are by Ghost. The one on the left is Ghost Eclipse and the one on the right is Ghost Deep Night. I found Ghost Eclipse after listening to a YouTube review and had to order it. I love both fragrances. They are rich, bold scents and very sensual…best way I can describe them.
The bottle near the back with the pink bow is Victoria by Victoria’s Secret. I stopped into Victoria’s Secret a year or so ago to purchase a strapless bra for a special dress and they had a huge gift set on their clearance table for just $25. It was the last set left and it included a bunch of different products including their lotion, bath wash, etc.. One of the items in the set was this good-size bottle of their signature perfume. The manager shared a sample of the perfume and it was great. I’ve enjoyed all the products from that set.
The purple bottle with the star, bird and birdcage hanging from around the top, is Wonderstruck by Taylor Swift, another perfume I purchased without first smelling it. I like Taylor Swift and loved the bottle with the bird set free from its cage, plus the perfume had great reviews. An inexpensive perfume, I decided to order it and I’ve enjoyed it very much. Again, I’ll link out to where I purchased these perfumes or where they can be purchased online at the end of this post.
Fancy Love is another perfume I purchased without trying it first. It also had great reviews in several places and is very inexpensive, so I was willing to give it a try. I’m glad I did, I really like it, too!
The bottle in front of and slightly to the left of Naughty Alice is Vera Wang by Vera Wang. That was the first, what I would consider, “expensive” perfume. I purchased it around 7-8 years ago while shopping in Bloomingdales. After going through my first bottle of it, a good friend surprised me with a new bottle as a birthday gift.
A recent addition was a bottle of Chanel N°5, you can just barely see it there in the very back. I don’t know why it has taken me this long to buy a bottle of this iconic scent. It’s truly a classic. As soon as I sprayed a bit on in the store, I was suddenly 8 years old again. I can’t remember who in my family wore this scent, I just know it was present a lot in my life as a young child.
The two faceted bottles up front containing a pink perfume are my absolute favorites in my whole collection.
They are Flowerbomb by Viktor & Roft. The one with the writing on the left is their “Fairytale” version. I noticed there are only a few bottles left now in the Fairytale version. If you love the idea of a perfume bottle covered in a fairytale, you’ll find the last few bottles available here: Flowerbomb Fairytale. Flowerbomb is the most elegant, feminine scent. It’s truly lovely! I always get compliments when I wear it. You’ll find Flowerbomb here: Flowerbomb.
The next perfume I’ll be adding to my collection is one I’ve read about but have never tried. I felt comfortable ordering it since I can return it if for any reason it isn’t a fave. The fragrance is, Creed’s Love in White. I’ve smelled other fragrances by Creed and loved them, so I’m pretty confident I’ll like, Love in White, too. It was produced in 2005 and has been a favorite of several of our First Ladies including Laura Bush and Michelle Obama.
It’s very important that this perfume only be purchased from an authorized store because Creed is a perfume that is often faked. It’s an expensive perfume because Creed grows their own flowers each year to make their perfumes and it’s made in fairly small batches. Some years there will be less available due to weather conditions, etc… So Love in White gets faked a lot.
I ordered mine from Nordstrom, just to be safe. You’ll find it available here: Creed, Love in White
If you have a special man in your life, treat him to Aventus by Creed. I had an opportunity to smell it in a store yesterday and Oh. My. Gosh…it is wonderful! The reviews online RAVE about it. One man said it was the only fragrance he’s ever worn where other men stop him on the street to ask what he’s wearing. lol
They say it’s unisex, Creed makes a lot of scents that can be considered unisex like Royal Water that was created for Princess Diana, but I think Aventus primarily smells like a men’s fragrance. It’s wonderful, though!
Here’s where you’ll find the perfumes I’ve collected and shown above.
Lancome-La Nuit Trésor
Marc Jacobs-Daisy Eau So Fresh
Viktor & Rolf-Flower Bomb Fairytale
Vera Wang-Vera Wang
Viktor & Rolf-Flower Bomb
Ghost-Ghost Deep Night
Vivienne Westwood-Naughty Alice
Jessica Simpson-Fancy Love
Creed-Aventus (great for men)
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