Some things in life are best to keep for yourself or best. They’re so beautiful or precious that experiencing them every day seems like an injustice to them; they need to be enjoyed, savoured even. These objects range from your best china to your most prized jewellery, or in this instance, a cherished perfume. I asked the Escentual team to share the one scent they hold in this high acclaim, the single eau they love but rarely or ever wear; here’s what they said…
1. Because It’s For Best
Do you have a fragrance for best? I do, so much so, I haven’t bought it yet; I’ve sworn to myself I will only buy it when I feel I have accomplished goals I have set myself, as it signifies special memories for me.
I only spray Moonlight Patchouli at work, as it’s a sweet reminder of where I started. I’ll never forget how lucky I felt smelling this fragrance for the first time in a strategy meeting; straight away, I thought, this is what success smells like, and I’m going to own this one day.
2. Because It’s Nostalgic
My daughter Caitlin, an Escentual beauty team member introduced me to the #EscentualScents floral box, which featured Anais Anais by Cacharel. As soon as I tried the first blind vial, it instantly made me think of my grandma and being a little girl and smelling this perfume on her; it made me quite emotional! I didn’t even realise it was Anais Anais; I then bought a bottle of it so I could spray it and think of her; even though it’s not a scent I would particularly wear or choose for myself, it just brings back so many happy memories and reminds me of her. I did actually wear it to work since buying it, and straight away, someone said, “are you wearing Anais Anais? I haven’t smelled that in years!” which shows how distinctive and familiar it is to many people.
3. Because It Smells Good
Have you ever had a perfume that you like to smell, but when you wear it, it just doesn’t feel ‘you’? That’s Flowerbomb for me. On paper, it should be everything I like; hot white flowers, sweet roses, oodles and oodles of spun sugar, and a dash of patchouli for contrast, and I do like it, but when I wear it, I feel like I’m wearing someone else’s clothes. It’s like a pair of shoes a size too big or a shirt in a colour that doesn’t quite go. So instead of a fragrance I enjoy and wear often, Flowerbomb has become a fragrance I like to keep on hand to sniff now and then because, after all, it really does smell very good!
4. Because It’s ‘Their’ Scent
A favourite fragrance doesn’t have to be one you wear; one of mine is Versace Eros Eau de Parfum. My boyfriend wears this scent, which is why I love it. One spritz of this fresh woody aroma, and I instantly think of him so much that the refreshing aroma is more comforting to me than anything. Despite loving it so, I don’t think I could ever wear this scent, it wouldn’t feel quite right, but if my partner’s ever away for the weekend or want to think of him, I do sneak in a few sprays!
5. Because It’s Too Pretty
A fragrance I love but don’t wear enough is the Parfums De Marley Delina; it is luxury in a scent! It is on the pricey side (so I save it for best), but it’s so worth it! No matter how little I spray, someone always compliments how I smell (even on my coat a few days later). I couldn’t imagine anyone not liking this scent; it’s very floral (peony, my fave!), with a hint of fruitiness, and the bottle is perfect for any dressing table.