There was a time in my life where I became obsessed with scents, and began collecting them quite religiously. There were ones I wish I hadn’t spent money on (like a certain apple-shaped one), but there are also quite a few which I will continue to love until my dying day. Okay that might have been a bit overboard, but you know what I mean.
Launched in 2010, the original Love, Chloe has had a few more recent flankers, but the first one is still the best yet. Most florals can be a tad cloying, what more an EDP, but Chloe creates the right balance between sweet, sexy and soft, combining notes of orange blossom, iris, powdery musk, talc and rice.
Annick Goutal Petite Cherie
Created by Annick Goutal for her daughter, Camille, Petite Cherie is a lighthearted scent you’d imagine a free-spirited girl would wear. More of a daytime scent, this fruity-floral features a disctinctive pear note, which doesn’t come across as too sweet, especially when it’s blended with peach, rose and freshly-cut grass.
Benefit Laugh With Me LeeLee
Bet you didn’t know that Benefit has its own line of perfumes! The beauty brand introduced its first trio of scents, Crescent Row, in 2009. Laugh With Me LeeLee is one of the originals, and to date I have not smelled any other perfume that comes close to its uniqueness. This floral-woody fragrance has notes of black violet, lily, amber and sandalwood.
L’Occitane Fleur d’Or & Acacia
The first thing that popped into my head when I smelled this was, ‘Honey!’ A few of my friends also thought the same thing. L’Occitane has always been known for its single-note scents, but this particular fragrance from last year’s Christmas collection hits the nail on the head. Perfect for both day and night wear, but unfortunately it’s not as long-lasting as I’d like.
Clean Warm Cotton EDP
You know some days where you just feel like you want to curl into a ball and surround yourself with fluffy pillows? This scent is guaranteed to make you feel much better. It smells like fabric softener – a scent I associate with home and my mother. And also because it feels like softener, one spritz and you feel so clean; even though you haven’t showered in a day.
Johnson’s Baby Lotion
Smells like: baby powder and babies and all things nice
This never fails to put me in a good mood, especially during bedtime. It reminds me of childhood and fond memories, so it’s the perfect scent to wind down a long day. The baby pink lotion is also smooth on skin without feeling heavy. A win-win, if you ask me.
Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter
Smells like: a burst of citrus with subtle floral notes
This scent hits you hard at first whiff, but it does the job in waking you up. But it stays on the whole day, without feeling like it’s getting in the way. You know how some scents just end up smelling so annoying after a while because it’s too much? This isn’t it. Somehow, it feels welcome.
L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil
Smells like: milky almonds with a sweet, powdery note
If you’re talking about luxury, nothing comes close to this. A silky shower oil that transforms into a light milk when you add water. But the scent itself is a godsend – everyone who’s tried the Almond body range raves more about the fragrance than the actual product efficacy.
The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream
Smells like: Johnson’s Baby Lotion
When I first smelled this face moisturiser, I was taken by how similar it was to Johnson’s Baby Lotion. And since I have a great big bias for that, this also goes into the list. The Body Shop has since reformulated the scent, which now has a hint of citrus at the end, but all in all it’s still a nice, comforting way to end the day on a soft powdery note.
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