If you follow me on Instagram (@abohemianexistence) you will know I have expanded my makeup addiction into fragrances. Sadly for me and my wallet, my obsession lies in high end quality perfumery but it does keep me smelling damn good and who doesn’t want that. In lieu of my recent purchases (and probably more to come) I have decided to start a new series: Fragrance Fiend. So far I have two posts planned for you. This one, which will talk about my 3 new found loves and the next one which will talk all about the new trend of fragrance layering.
Without further ado, here is a little about my 3 new, cost a pretty penny, perfumes.
Comme Des Garcons; Wonderwood
This was the first of the 3 that I added to my collection. I had been lusting after Wonderwood since I started working at Mecca Cosmetics 2 years ago. I used to go into work and douse myself in this scent. It is definitely a more masculine scent, but sometimes I just love smelling like a delicious man. Is that weird? Don’t judge. It lasts all day on my skin and often notice it even after I have had a solid shower. I love spraying it on my handbag for a weeks worth of Wonderwood following me around.
There is no denying that this is just a huge overdose of woods, woody notes and synthetic wood constructions; and I LOVE it. The notes in this are:
Head: Madagascan Pepper, Bergamot, Somalian Insence Nutmeg
Heart: Cristalon, Cashmeran, Cedarwood, Carvi Graines
End: Javanol, Sandal Wood, Vetiver, Agarwood
Because it is such a pure wood scent, it layers beautifully with florals and fresher smells (more on this in the next post). I do however love wearing this on it’s on. It pulls more feminine once it hits my skin and honestly when I wear this I just feel sexy. Usually a night time scent for me, but hey you do you boo. At $182 AUD from Mecca for the 100ml bottle, there’s not denying this leaves a dent in your bank balance, but it is 100% worth it to me. No regrets.
Jo Malone: Blackberry and Bay
The next 2 scents were picked up together duty free from Manchester airport on a recent Europe trip. This one is Jo Malone’s Blackberry and Bay; a social media fave. I was perusing the isles in Selfridges and in a moment of bad decision making sniffed this smell. I needed it. Right away. I left Selfridges with it sprayed over one of my wrists and couldn’t stop smelling myself. I think I had a brief moment of being mentally unstable. Anyway, I went back and bought it.
Here are the notes for you true perfume connoisseurs:
Heart: Bay Leaves
Jo Malone is known for her simple, easy to layer, fragrances and this one is no exception. This scent has it all. Fruity, but slightly tarty, scent from the Blackberry. I enjoy that it isn’t straight up fruit in the form of peach or strawberry as those scent tend to make me feel 15 years old and leave me with a pounding headache. I love the freshness from the Bay but the Cedarwood gives it the grounding I need in any of my fragrances to wear it on it’s own. Given we are in summer here in Australia right now, this one is a great light refreshing scent for all times of the day. I actually like this as a night time fragrance, but it is definitely light enough for daily wear. There is a reason this is such a huge hit with the masses, it smells phenomenal.
Jo Malone: Wood Sage and Sea Salt
The story with this goes much the same as the Blackberry and Bay. I sniffed it, I needed it, I got it. The name pretty much gives away the notes but:
Top Note: Ambrette Seeds
Heart Note: Sea Salt
Base Note: Sage
The woodiness in this comes from the ambrette seeds, which means it is a far less heavy musky masculine wood. Sage is something I have never thought of as being a fragrance I love, but it just works so well in this to just lift the scent to the next level. Sea salt, ahhh, sea salt. It reminds me of the beach, Australian summers, sunscreen and fresh air. Exactly what I need in this season right now. Probably my new signature scent I think. I literally douse myself in this every morning and I am out the door smelling fabulous! Once again, the simplicity of the Jo Malone collection means they layer incredibly well.
Both Jo Malone scents retail for $185AUD on the Australian website for the 100ml bottles. I genuinely don’t believe in buying smaller bottles of fragrance, it is just terrible value for money.
So there you have it. My 3 new and expensive fragrance purchases. The next post will involve all 3 of these as layering scents with each other and with a number of other fragrances within my collection, because let’s be honest, a single scent is so outdated.
Until next time,
xox your local bohemian