You may not know this about me as I rarely talk about it, but I am obsessed with fragrance. My first job was as the assistant buyer of women’s fragrances for a department store chain in Boston. I did that for almost four years and then I spent 5 years working in fragrance marketing as an assistant brand manager and then a brand manager. This was all before BaubleBar and blogging! But spending 8 years in that industry really made me passionate about it – I learned so much and built up quite a collection of perfumes.
But it’s hard to write about here, as fragrance is such a personal thing and we all gravitate to different things. Also, every fragrance smells different on each person! It’s hard to write about fragrance without you experiencing it and trying it on… I wish I could make my blog scratch and sniff so that you can experience my favorite scents. That’s why I never give fragrance as a gift unless I know EXACTLY what the person on the receiving end loves… or I’m just repurchasing their signature scent for them. Oddly Briony is maybe the one person I could buy fragrance for – we love all the same things and had the best time shopping for perfume when we were in Paris together last year.
In the cooler months I almost exclusively wear Le Labo Santal 33. It is my favorite and it smells like a sexy fireplace. It’s gotten so popular though and I kind of hate smelling like everyone else. Also, once summer strikes I like to mix things up a little bit, favoring something a little bit lighter! I am very lucky to have a massive library of fragrances at home. I am sent quite a bit of perfume for the blog, I buy perfume a lot when I travel (it’s the best memory keeper)… but I do try to narrow it down, frequently passing scents along to friends, etc. Today I wanted to share five lighter fragrances that I’m loving right now!
One of my all time favorite scents. (I’ve talked about it before but if you are a regular here you know I love, love, love all things orange blossom.) I stayed at the Coqui Coqui in Tulum 4 years ago (and bought my first bottle of this while I was there) and the whole place smells like it. Orange blossom paradise, right on the beach. Every time I spritz a bit of this on I feel like I am back there. If you are a fellow orange blossom lover, you must try this.
What I’ve been wearing the most lately. It’s hard to describe the scent. It’s really soft and a little bit musky but smells so, so good. It smells very clean but also very warm and sexy. I really love this scent – it’s definitely addicting. I’ll spritz a little on in the morning and reapply throughout the day as I love it so much.
Unlike anything I’ve ever smelled. To me, it smells a little bit like an apple orchard. It’s earthy and fruity all at once. The site describes it as a mix of earth, hay, and apricot and I would say that’s pretty accurate. Fruity and earthy which is a weird but good combination.
The newest addition to my fragrance wardrobe (yes, in the fragrance industry we call it a wardrobe and I still say that) and it’s the perfect evening scent. I LOVE tuberose and this has notes of that (along with pink pepper, bitter orange, vanilla, and of course black orchid). It’s very sexy and sultry… good for a date. Also, I really do just love that rose gold bottle.
It’s a new favorite fragrance line for me. I LOVE all of their scents (I have three of them) and this shouldn’t matter but whatever, it’s an added bonus: their packaging is divine. I save all of the cartons even, as they are just so pretty. Viper Green is such a pretty fragrance. To me it smells like being home on Cape Cod. Fresh cut grass, a little bit of vetiver… it’s bright and green and just smells amazing.