Perfumes is something I have tried to avoid talking about. I feel its too personal and the over the top packaging and publicity usually makes sure that most designer perfumes get more attention than they are worth. Which is why I thought talking about the less expensive brands which have some just-as-amazing fragrances would be interesting. So for this post I am going to concentrate on the non-designer brands which in my opinion, need some recognition for their fantastic quality, yummy fragrances and great prices. The reasonable prices ensure they are everyday perfumes.
- I will start off with my recent beauty brand obsession, L’Occitane.
This was the brand which got me started on using hand cream. I remember a friend asking me if I have hand cream, with me replying ‘no way, who uses hand cream?’. Well that question has been answered for me – people who have tried the L’Octane Delicious Hand cream do. Please try it. It smells divine.
But apologies, I am getting distracted. This was meant to be about the perfumes. After coffee, vanilla is probably my favourite fragrance. So when I was at the L’Occitane counter at Selfridges recently, I instinctively went for their Vanilla Eau de Toilette. Very light and fresh yet perfect for cold weather. When I came back to google it (of course) I was not surprised to see the rave reviews and awards. I am currently in the market for a winter fragrance – I think I can call off the search. They also seem to have some discounts for Christmas, so definitely convenient.
2. Origins: Honestly, ginger is not a smell you associate with perfume. In fact, I love ginger in my food and do not think of it as a smell I would like on my person. Till I tested the Origins Ginger Essence perfume. Weirdly refreshing and fresh!
3. Korres: I am not a big believer in different masculine and feminine fragrances. Perfume is something that is so personal, generally dividing preferences on the basis of gender alone seems strange to me. Especially since the unisex perfumes currently available are so good. DJ is using this Korres Eau de Toilette. Honestly, out of all the fancy perfumes he has, this is my current favourite. I nick it every now and then!
Although John Lewis stocks Korres, I didn’t see any of their fragrances, only the toiletries were available. We got these while in holiday in Corfu. Now I really wish I had picked up a bottle for myself as well!
4. Avon: Surreal Garden is a really old one from Avon but still so good! if you manage to get hold of a bottle from somewhere please let me know where? Avon doesn’t seem to have it on its website anymore.
6. Victoria’s Secret: Party girl Bidisha has included Victoria’s Secret Shimmer Spray Mist. I have a feeling this might not strictly be an everyday perfume since its actually leaves a slight shimmer on the skin! The fragrance itself is everyday wear though, and quite nice, light and energetic.
7. The Body Shop: I wanted to avoid mentioning any of the Body Shop perfumes. Not because they are not great (they are which is why they are on this list!) but everyone has used atleast one Body Shop fragrance and has their personal favourites. Mine was Aqua Lily – I remember spraying it and actually feeling better, less stressed. This was the best thing in the Bombay heat. I will stop now or I might cry. This is now discounted.
Bidisha recommended the White Musk Sun Glow. Frustratingly, this is also not available on the Body Shop site but it is on eBay. I might go home and just steal her one!
Please always remember to swatch perfumes on your own skin (not on the test strips), after you have worn the moisturisers and other products you normally wear everyday. And please try before you buy!
This post was in collaboration with L’Occitane.