My Top Ten Favourite Perfumes!

I was interviewed for The Scented Letter last month and in preparation I had to think of my top ten favourite perfumes. I thought that it might be difficult to narrow down my favourites from such a large collection (there are really so many I love) but actually once I started to list them it was surprisingly easy!

My Top Ten Favourite Perfumes
Boudoir by Vivienne Westwood

So this was one of my earliest perfumes…perhaps back in the days when I owned no more than eight?! I discovered it when I was 16 and just loved the powderiness of it and how different it was to anything else I’d smelled. You couldn’t buy it in my home town then so my parents bought it for me from London for my 17th birthday. This is a newer bottle and I’m sure I will always want it in my collection; it’s perfect for winter and I just love the cinnamon note! Last December I took it on our trip to Liverpool because I was happy to associate it with that time of year.

Fantasy by Britney Spears

This.Is.So.Fun! I think most people recognize the smell of this one now…if not from having owned it in the past then on someone they knew who wore it. Cupcake accord…it’s just perfect for me! I always enjoy wearing this and it’s a bit of a complement-collector. There are some people who think it was reformulated after its original release but personally I can’t tell the difference.

Black Opium by YSL

I can thank Instagram for this one! I saw so many posts praising this perfume and when I realised it had a coffee note I knew I had to try it. I loved it instantly! To me Black Opium smells like the perfume section in a department store – this is a good thing! Maybe that’s because it has a classic feel to it, reminding me of perfume shopping years ago.

Rebelle by Rihanna

I love this perfume for going out and evening wear. This beat Reb’l Fleur (Rihanna’s first release) for me because it’s more wearable and once again I like the coffee note. It just smells so beautiful and creamy, as well as being a coconut scent that I don’t find sickly. My bottle has become a little damaged so it might be time for a replacement soon.

Stunning by Katie Price

I once heard Katie Price say in an interview that she based this scent on some of her own favourites. I can only remember one of them – Coco Chanel – but it got me interested and when I tried the perfume I loved it. Stunning is incredibly similar to Miss Dior but in my opinion is a little more wearable. Perhaps it’s because I like to spray perfume liberally and I feel that this is the one that you can do that with. I like the bottle and the pink juice too and I think that’s it’s such a shame that it was discontinued because I really thought it would last the test of time.

Roberto Cavalli by Roberto Cavalli

I got this scent in 2012 and I think it will always remind me of that summer. I wouldn’t say that it’s particularly summery, it’s more of an association for me and it so happens that it smells really good on warm skin! The notes include pink pepper, vanilla and orange blossom.

Covet by Sarah Jessica Parker

This perfume is so…green! It smells fresh…but sharp! The notes include lemon,lavender and chocolate and even that list alone would have encouraged me to buy it. Covet has become a bit of a favourite with perfume lovers and with rumors that it was being discontinued I was among a few people who have stocked up just in case.

Believe by Britney Spears

This is the most amazing fruity fragrance. It’s actually mouth watering! I think the key note for me is the guava, but there’s lots of patchouli too. I’d love it if a flanker came out in this line…I can really imagine the same bottle but with lilac perfume!

Fancy by Jessica Simpson

Thinking about it, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen this one in an actual shop in England. I bought mine online and I’m so glad that recently I’ve found other fragrance fanatics who’ve tried it and loved it. I think this smells like candy floss – which must be something to do with the caramel and vanilla. Other notes include pear, gardenia and amber. This is probably the perfume of mine which has received the most compliments and it’s definitely worth trying if you haven’t already.

212 Sexy by Carolina Herrera

This is the ultimate going-out scent for me, and since I met Sam, also an occasion scent. It has so many great memories and I save it just for evenings or special events now. I want to wear this when we get married but today my friend said that if I got a new perfume for the day it would always remind me of the day itself – so I think that’s now the plan!

Have you tried any of these? What would be in your top ten list of perfumes?

Sarah xx

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