I have so many perfumes and whilst I’ve always loved the idea of a signature scent, it’s never been for me. As fickle and extravagant as it may sound, I like the idea of many a perfume bottle adorning my dressing table. However, in all honesty I’ve had to make room for them elsewhere, what with all the other stuff I keep collecting.
Be it uplifting, glamorous, sultry or feminine, each fragrance I own nevertheless has its place. The seasons and even my mood effects which perfume I wear as does, of course, that much sought after compliment we all seem to seek; I know it certainly makes my day and makes me gravitate towards a perfume even more.
I have to admit though that there are some perfumes in my collection which smell very similar to each other that I could just do with one. But then there are those that smell unique and unlike any other that I own.
Those of course are the ones I’m always seeking but they can be hard to come by. And lets not forget that perfume is so personal; what may be unique to some may just be run of the mill to others.
I’d like to think though that the five perfumes I’m sharing with you today are just that – unique and maybe this will give you some perfume inspiration.
The premium French beauty house that is Diptyque is always the first that comes to mind for unique perfumes. Eau Duelle, with its vanilla base has such a nostalgic vibe to it. But don’t be fooled into thinking this is just another vanilla fragrance.
With an intoxicating blend of sweet and spice, this is warming yet enticing at the same same time. Definitely more of an autumn and winter scent for me, I love how this lingers for ages and it’s a great one to spray on your scarf too.
Alongside bourbon vanilla, a clever blend of cardamon, black tea, amber, saffron and white musk makes for an aromatic scent. A little goes a long way and although the notes suggest that this may be somewhat of a heady fragrance, far from it I say.
Just the name alone oozes luxury. This is definitely one of the most premium fragrances I own. Although another vanilla-based scent, it’s much sweeter – think toffee apple, caramel and bourbon vanilla. This makes perfect sense since the key notes are black vanilla, bitter almond paste, tonka bean and sandalwood, whilst the presence of liquorice adds an edge.
Even the bottle is sleek, complimenting the golden caramel tones of this fragrance. Rich and creamy, this has a toasted marshmallows by the fireplace kind of vibe to it. Equally it’s glamorous enough to wear on a night out but one I like to reserve for special occasions.
Does Chanel ever need an introduction? Chanel Allure was one of my first ever Chanel fragrances and it has always had a special place in my heart. When I started adding to my perfume collection, I almost forgot about this but it’s made a strong comeback over the past two years. Why I ever forgot about it I don’t know.
It epitomises elegance and without fail always draws me compliments. An irresistible blend of jasmine, peony and magnolia alongside sandalwood, orange blossom and vetiver makes for a distinctive fresh floral with a subtle woodiness that lingers for ages. A timeless classic, this is a must-have and next to the Chanel Chance range is one of my all-time favourite perfumes.
Armani Privé Pivoine Suzhou is a part of the deluxe Armani fragrance range. It’s the rectangular bottle with the pebble-like lid that has always appealed to me – a minimalistic aesthetic I always aspire to. Luckily this perfume doesn’t disappoint either, which is great since the smallest size available is 100ml.
Inspired by the beautiful gardens of Asia, this for me is the most wearable from the range, although I wouldn’t mind adding a few more to my collection. I find this perfume almost hard to describe, which adds to its uniqueness. The mix of mandarin, pink pepper and amber as well as musk, patchouli and essence of rose provide for the perfect blend of femininity but with a masculine edge as there is a subtle cologne-type feel to this perfume.
Exquisitely put together, this works well as a spring and summer time fragrance too and as an EDT, I can afford to go all out with this.
Woody and sultry, Jimmy Choo Stars is the perfect companion on a night out when you want to make an entrance. However, it’s one I’ll be sure not to overdo. It was actually a limited edition from a few years ago which is still going strong as I really don’t need to use too much.
An enticing blend of candied orange, toffee and patchouli really make this a stand out perfume. Although no longer available I think the original Jimmy Choo perfume is somewhat similar and that’s what I’ve linked above. It’s not for the faint hearted and quite a grown-up scent, but nonetheless luxurious.
I guess if I was to narrow down my preference when it comes to perfume, then florals and musks generally never disappoint me. But there always has to be that slight, indescribable twist that draws me in. That is certainly what links all these perfumes together as although all so different, they all have that edge making them unique and always coming back for more.
So which are your most unique perfumes and have you tried any of these before? x
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