I love perfume, I’m a complete hoarder when it comes to perfume. I have one for pretty much every day of the week and am one of those people who picks a perfume to go with their outfit and their makeup.
The lovely people at Selfridges asked me along to a fragrance consultation last week with Mark Tranter – Selfridges fragrance buyer – and the team from Manchester Exchange Square Selfridges to explore the world of niche fragrances, which was a complete unknown to me, and pick out my own niche fragrance while picking up some tips to share with you guys too!
So I wasn’t too sure how to split this post at first, but I’ve decided on explaining the process of choosing a fragrance and the niche fragrances at Selfridges, then a little guide on how to pick & apply one yourself.
Picking my own niche fragrance …
We started off by identifying which fragrances I actually like to begin with – vanilla, rose etc. – and it turns out I’m into vanilla with some oud thrown in the mix. From this I was given a selection of about 10 different niche fragrances to try out, each one leading closer to a fragrance that I’d really love. I found out that I really do not like rose, at all, but stronger, sweet fragrances really float my fragrance boat.
What’s awesome about this part of the Selfridges Beauty & Fragrance Department is that there’s someone who’s experienced to guide you and help you take your time to pick something really special.
After about half an hour of perfume sniffing – yes you really can spend that long choosing your new signature scent – I landed on Bella Bellissima’s Essence of Oud White Leather. It’s like Illamasqua Freak’s big sister, to me anyway, and everyone knows you’ve got it on as soon as you walk in the room.
It’s a real luxury for me, I don’t think I’ve ever owned a perfume that’s so extravagant! Just opening the box is something to behold. But more on this in another post, so stay tuned.
Top Tips to Choose (and wear) Your Perfect Fragrance …
Let’s see how much I can remember of this, I hurriedly wrote it all out on the train on the way home like a bad blogger. Oops!
1. Don’t go on whether it’s for men or for women, in fact fragrances are becoming less and less aimed at a specific gender, so just go with your nose and what smells good to you.
2. Identify what type of fragrance you like, whether it be floral or sweet, heavy or light. Once you’ve got the basics then you can get into picking your perfect scent.
3. Pick your fragrance because you like it not because other people might think it’s too strong etc. Wear it for yourself not for others!
4. Never ever rub your fragrance once you’ve sprayed it. This ‘breaks’ the components of the fragrance and can even change how it smells on your skin.
5. Spray your clothes, as long as your fragrance doesn’t contain any red colouring. The French have been doing this for years and helps the fragrance last longer throughout the day.
Thank you to Selfridges for inviting me along to meet Mark & the team!
And not forgetting all you lovely readers for reading
What’s your favourite perfume? Have you tried any of Selfridges niche fragrances?