My life in fragrance – Elaine Nixon-Campbell

The first person I asked to contribute to ‘My life in fragrance’ was my old boss and mentor, Elaine Nixon-Campbell.

Elaine and her naughty Tigger

Until she retired last year, Elaine was the Beauty Editor of Rooi Rose. She started off in PR and then went to work on the women’s pages of a Sunday newspaper. She has worked on many glossy magazines and initially started in the fashion department, and only moved into beauty when she started at Femina. She is still, after a lifetime involved with magazines, incredibly passionate about beauty. She says that her time at Rooi Rose was the happiest of her working career.

What is your earliest fragrance memory?


As a child I always loved the scent of roses and my brother and I tried to make a perfume with rose petals and water in a jar. Sadly it ended up like brown glug.

What was your first fragrance?

Coty L'Aimant

I think it was Coty L’aimnnt and Elizabeth Arden Blue Grass.

What is your favourite everyday fragrance? Why?

Chanel Chance

Chanel Chance because it’s fresh and never overpowering. Or one of the lighter summer versions of Thierry Mugler Angel. Dior’s Dolce Vita is also great for the same reason.

What is your special occasion fragrance? Why?

Chanel Allure

Chanel Allure because it makes me really feel 100% glamorous .

Have you found your ‘signature’ scent? What makes it so special to you?

Thierry Mugler Angel

Thierry Mugler Angel, no question! I’ve worn it and all of it’s variations for years and have never tired of it. There’s something comforting about it and people always ask me what I’m wearing.   

What is your best fragrance memory?

Realising that fragrance can have such an impact on the way you feel.

Is there a fragrance that you love the smell of, but it just smells horrid on your skin?

No, not really.

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