My Life in Fragrance – Margaux Knuppe

Today’s life in fragrance is another one of my favourite people, Margaux Knuppe.

With Fairlady and GLAMOUR magazine behind her, Margaux’s swapped the world of publishing for a geek-chic internet start-up. Co-founder of the beauty box phenomena ruby box (read about ruby box here). She still gets to test a lot of products, but the real perk for her is hearing the whoops of delight from thousands of happy rubybox consumers every month. Margaux and I met when she was at Fairlady, and have been friends ever since.

What is your earliest fragrance memory?

Estee Lauder Spellbound


Being a child of the eighties, I remember my mother all dressed up and kissing me goodnight in clouds of Estée Lauder Spellbound.

What was your first fragrance?


Jacadi, a French children’s fragrance that my mother brought back after a trip to Paris. Looking back now, this was probably one of my first experiences that has led to my love of all-things-French.

What is your favourite everyday fragrance? Why?

Bvlgari Omnia Green jade


Ooh, that’s hard to choose. Depending on the weather I’ll either spritz on Chanel Chance (if there’s sunshine) or Gucci Rush (if it’s overcast or wet). However, if I’m looking for a pick me up during the day, I’ll treat myself to a fresh, zesty spritz of Bvlgari Omnia Green Jade.

What is your special occasion fragrance? Why?

Whenever I smell this, I think of Margaux.


Tom Ford Black Orchid – for now. I loved it from the first spritz and even though I tend to wear it more at night or in winter. I love how opulent it feels. Plus it last forever, I’ve had the same bottle since it launched here (must be something to do with the dark bottle and how well it preserves the juice).

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

A part of Margaux's signature scent


I have had a couple over the years but being exposed to so many fragrances and new launches can do that. I’m still searching for my signature scent though…ultimately it’s going to be a blend of Africology Body Balm, tuberose and vanilla.

What is your best fragrance memory?

Her first grown-up beauty purchase.


Weirdly, the scent of Estée Lauder lipgloss can transport me back to buying my first GWP offer (I think it was a summer bronzing special with a coral lippie). I was about 16 at the time and I’d saved up enough to buy something from the beauty counter for the first time. I remember how grown-up I felt and couldn’t wait to go and show off my purchases to everyone at school.

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

Angel, either you love it or hate it.


I used to adore Thierry Mugler’s Angel and wore it up until a couple of years ago. Sadly now I can’t go near it. However, even when I wore it I thought it was always better on blondes.

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