Although i rarely dedicate entire posts to perfume it's actually one of my favourite aspects of my beauty routine. I think to be told i smell lovely is one of the nicest compliments to get, so whether i'm going to the supermarket or out for dinner i'm never without one of my favourite scents.
When it comes to perfume my collection is largely high end, however i have got one perfume in my collection which is ridiculously affordable, vegan and comes from a really unique brand so stick around for that in a little bit.
Let's start off with the classic: my little bottles of Chanel. I have two 50ml bottles, one being the original Chanel Chance EDP and the other being Chanel Chance Eau Vive which only comes in EDT. I have to admit i prefer Chance Eau vive to the original, Eau vive is a much younger scent: it's sweet, floral and literally smells of grapefruit which i love. Although its an eau de toilette, this is a Chanel eau de toilette which means it lasts longer than most perfumes from other brands. The longevity of this is amazing, i put it on in the morning when i went to Paris and i could still smell it when i got back into my bed in London that night.
Black opium was the first ever perfume i bought for myself; its also quite a coincidence that when my mum was around my age her perfume of choice was the original Opium, so with their second generation of perfume came a second generation wearer. I bought this in Macy's in New York while i had an awful cold and no sense of smell, although i had smelt it before the first time i wore my own bottle i had to rely on my friend telling me she could actually smell it.
This is a perfect warm winter scent, super sweet with black liquorice but not sickly sweet or cheap smelling because of the hints of black coffee. When i first smelt this i actually didn't like it but it grew on me and one day i decided i was obsessed, initially this is strong but it settles down to a sweet warm scent with incredible longevity.
Remember the affordable perfume i was talking about earlier? This is it. While we and my best friend were on a day trip to Brighton in the summer we came across Eden perfumes. Eden perfumes make eco friendly vegan alternatives to high end brands; so if you have a favourite high end scent you love but its too expensive or you're a vegan and its not a vegan formula, chances are Eden perfumes make a dupe.
This isn't cheap imitation perfume, Eden have their own branding and perfumes have numbers rather than names - they aren't saying they make the same perfume that the high end brands make but they make their own version using essential oils and same notes as found in the high end brands. I have 100ml of perfume 405 which smells exactly like Lancome La Vie Est Belle but for £25..
Normally £25 perfume would be loaded with alcohol but Eden perfumes are 100% natural, made with essential oils and are still really long lasting. This scent to me is like summer, its floral while still being light and sweet, this is my perfect day time scent.
Although not every perfume is exactly like the high end alternative so many of them are really close and really really affordable.
Marc Jacobs perfumes have held a special place in my heart for years, the original "Daisy" was my first ever higher end perfume which was a gift for my birthday after a lot of hinting. Although i don't have the original in my collection anymore, i do have Daisy Dream a lighter version of the original which is quite a heavy musky scent. When it comes to packaging Marc Jacobs perfumes stand out against the rest, i mean just look at that daisy covered bottle! Now we're starting to creep into warmer months i can see myself wearing this a lot more, its not sweet like the rest so its a nice break away from the other perfumes in my collection.
I've realised a lot of my perfumes have stories behind them.. "bought in New York", "worn in Paris" or "given as a present" but this one i bought on amazon ..
Lastly we have a sub section in my perfume collection: my mini perfume collection! Aren't these bottles just adorable?? I have 3 different mini perfumes; Lancome La vie est belle, Giorgio Armani Si and YSL mon Paris. Although i love Mon Paris i just don't find it lasts very well on me at all compared to the rest, but Si and La vie both have excellent lasting power taking you from day to night. I save these bottles for when I'm travelling, so i can have high end scents with me without risking loosing or breaking a bottle.
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