Today, another online bestie of mine, Lauren Watters from Dearheart Beauty tells us about her life in fragrance.
What is your earliest fragrance memory?
You mean aside from the familiar and comforting smell of mothballs in my Dad’s fishing cupboards? One of the earliest is seeing the bottle of Eau de Joy by Jean Patou – a classic scent that I love – on my Mum’s dressing table and smelling it after she spritzed it. It’s had the same spot for over 20 years and I’ve watched it go from full to almost empty throughout my life at home.
What was your first fragrance?
Like most young girls I dabbled in some rather exotic smelling aerosol deodorants in my early days but my first real fragrance was Dunhill Desire for a Woman EDT with notes of orange, magnolia, gardenia and musk. It’s a fairly sweet yet citrusy floral and I think this must be where my love of white florals developed. There’s still a half-used bottle in my cupboard that I think I must haul out and use to relive my teenage years for a weekend or two.
What is your favourite everyday fragrance? Why?
At the moment I’m loving Swarovski’s first fragrance offering, Aura. It’s a beautiful and very feminine scent and I always feel pretty and happy when I wear it.
What is your special occasion fragrance? Why?
Oh dear, I have so many. Givenchy Eaudemoiselle is always a favourite; I love the decadent and deeply floral scent of Issey Miyake Noir Absolu (a limited edition from a few years back); and Elie Saab Le Parfum is one of the most beautiful and sophisticated scents I’ve smelled in a while. I think it’s the perfect wedding scent and you don’t get much more special occasion than that.
Have you found your ‘signature’ scent? What makes it so special?
I don’t believe in one single scent worn each and every day of your life. Fragrance is meant to be fun, beautiful and dynamic; a representation of your moods and personality (perhaps that’s why I have so many). Although, my one all-time favourite that I consider to be ‘Eau de Moi’ has to be Narciso Rodriguez for Her. The first time I smelt it about 6 years ago it spoke to me and we’ve been enjoying fabulous conversation ever since.
What is your best fragrance memory?
My best actually has nothing to do with perfume and everything to do with travel. I have a small obsession with cruising and one of my favourite smells is what I call ‘ship smell’ (not very creative I realise). No matter which liner I’ve travelled on, whether close to home or far away, they all have the same familiar scent that you notice the minute you step on board. It’s like coming home and it gives me that wonderful butterflies-in-my-stomach feeling in anticipation of a new and exciting journey to different places and what lies ahead.
Is there a fragrance that your love the smell of, but it just smells horrid on your skin?
Yes, although I’ve never been a huge fan of Thierry Mugler’s Angel I really like the newer Angel Eau de Toilette that was launched in April this year. The flacon is just incredible and the juice is a much lighter, fresher version than the EDP, which I really like. Unfortunately, just like the original, it doesn’t like me.
DKNY Women also turns very strangely on my skin, despite smelling fresh and full of energy in the air.