Explore My Fragrance Collection

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Happy National Fragrance Day! Fragrance is something that I pride myself on having knowledge of, and it honestly took a long time for me to develop the nose I have for it. Fun fact: when I first started at my current job, they put me in the fragrance department where I had absolutely no clue what I was doing, and yet people were asking me my opinion and for suggestions on fragrances. I think the art of scent is so particular to each person that there’s no wrong answers when it comes to fragrance; not only does each scent smell different to us, it also smells differently on us. Fragrance is powerful in that the slight whiff of a familiar scent can take us back to a specific time and place from our past. Personally, I am someone who has a different scent for the time of year, as well as for the occasion, which means that now I have unintentionally started a fragrance collection. So let’s take a little peak inside what’s currently living on my self.

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Most Loved: Clean Classic’s Skin EDP

Key Notes: Lotus Blossom, Dewey Petals, and Creamy Vanilla

As you can probably tell from how much is left in the bottle, this clean fragrance is one of my go-to’s. It’s light, with subtle notes of vanilla and lotus blossom that warm up on the skin to leave just this soft, feminine scent. This fragrance also lasts for hours on the skin, which is super impressive, and is 100% vegan and cruelty free.

Most Complimented: Ellis Brooklyn Sweet EDP

Key Notes: Pear, Bergamot, Violet, Marshmallow, and Cashmere

An homage to E.E. Cummings poem “In Time of Daffodils”, this fragrance is the perfect way to do sweet the adult way. It’s light, airy, but at the same time makes a statement. Not to throw any shade, but I am pretty sure that Ariana Grande took a whole lotta inspiration from this fragrance when it came to her scent God is a Woman. Though honestly, Sweet knocks Ari out when it comes to lasting power. This scent is also vegan, cruelty-free as well as being paraben and phthalate-free.

Most Recent Favorite: YSL Black Opium Extreme EDP

Key Notes: Jasmine, Coffee, and Vanilla Bourbon

I have a confession to make: I hate the original Black Opium. I know, I know, as a self professed coffee addict, I should love it, but I think it’s just too heavy in my own personal taste. That being said, Extreme just hits differently for me, and was a go-to for me over the winter. It might be the way that the bourbon vanilla cuts through the coffee, but balances out the sweetness of the jasmine, but it just hits different. The quality of the fragrance is just amazing as well (as you would expect from YSL), so you just need a little to last for hours.

Date Night Favorite: Valentino Donna Born in Roma EDP

Key Notes: Blackcurrant, Jasmine, and Bourbon Vanilla

Even though this is one of the newer additions to my shelf, I have been in love with this fragrance ever since it launched. To me, this is the epitome of the perfect date night scent. She’s sweet, yet still has this headiness to her that makes her sexy. She’s bold enough to make a statement, yet light enough to not overwhelm. It’s just the perfect scent.

Girls Night Favorite: Coach Dream EDP

Key Notes: Orange, Cactus Flower, and Joshua Tree

One of the first perfumes that I ever bought for myself, a quick whiff of this scent takes me straight back to all of the fun nights that my friends and I use to have before the great shut down of the world. She’s fresh, yet woody and a whole lotta unique. And just so you’re aware the nozzle is the flower so DON’T pull it off of your bottle (you’d be surprised how many people do).

Power Fragrance: Maison Lancome Figues and Argumes EDP

Key Notes: Mandarin, Fig, Jasmine Sambac and Tonka Bean

So this is the most expensive fragrance, which is why I break her out for very special occasions (or when I need a confidence boost). This scent is supposed to evoke the feeling and freshness of being in a Mediterranean orchard, and it hits it spot on. Unfortunately, this scent has been discontinued but I would give Maison Margiela’s Under the Lemon Trees or Ellis Brooklyn’s new Sun Fruit a try if this sounds like your cup of tea.

I hope you enjoyed this post and learned something a little bit about me and about fragrance. If any of these caught your eye, make sure you head over to Ulta for 5x the points on fragrance purchases today (3/21) in honor of National Fragrance Day! My socials are linked below if you want to give me a follow. See you next time!

Life Update!

So it’s been a while……to put it mildly. To say my life has been a mess of organized mass chaos lately is putting it mildly. To break it down, there’s been vacation time, job promotion (whoop whoop), and my boyfriend and I moving into our own place (so finally no other roommates), as well as my final semester of school starting. So like I said, mass chaos. But, in good news, I’m back and I have many, many new ideas of things to explore.

Like many a basic white girl, to say I’m obsessed with fall is putting it mildly. Do I already have my halloween decorations up in September? Yes (but only on the inside, the boyfriend is making me hold off on the lights and cobwebs on the outside till October 1st). Do I have a stockpile of the Pillsbury spooky cookies? Yes (in my defense, those things are a hot commodity in my town , so if I want to enjoy any for the next month, I need to grab them while I see them). Am I unable to go about my day without a pumpkin spice beverage? Unfortunately, also yes (on a side note: has anyone else tried Starbuck’s new oat milk PSL creamer? It gives me life). With a new season, comes new launches, and already the sneak peeks are giving me life. To highlight just a few of the things I’m excited about:

  1. Chloe is coming out with a perfume that is 100% natural origin fragrance.
  2. Urban Decay’s new light/metallic, 100% vegan Cyber palette
  3. The possible return of Colourpop’s Hocus Pocus collection (yes, you heard that right)
  4. Drunk Elephant coming to Ulta

Honestly, I could go on and on about all of the exciting things that I’m looking forward to, but that list would probably be 20 pages long and no one has time to read that. So just make sure you stick around, I promise I won’t disappear again. My socials are linked in the icons if you want to give them a follow, and I’ll see you next Friday!

Top Summer Fragrances 2021

To be totally honest with you, I am obsessed with fragrance. Just something about being told you smell good is just a great boost to your confidence. As a personal quirk, I don’t have just one single fragrance that is my signature scent, but multiple depending on the occasion. I’m talking work, church, brunch, a night out, or a casual night in. They all have their own scent (like I said, personal quirk). Summer is no different, I think it’s a fun time to try out something different. This season’s fragrance launches are hitting it out of the park (I guess that year long break was good for something), and there are some brands that have really surprised me. So here are my top five new summer fragrances you need to be wearing.

https://www.ulta.com/la-vie-est-belle-soleil-cristal-eau-de-parfum?productId=pimprod2022357
  1. Lancome’s La Vie Est Belle Soleil Crystal

Since we are being honest, I’ve never really been a fan of the original La Vie Est Belle. I’m pretty sure it has something to do with the spun sugar notes in there (I’m not the biggest fan of anything smelling candy sweet). The best way to describe this perfume is like someone bottled sunshine, it’s literally summer in a spray. With top notes of mandarin, a base of coconut and Madagascan Bourbon Vanilla, with some iris and ylang-ylang thrown in for good measure. You definitely won’t regret picking up this fragrance.

https://www.nordstrom.com/s/valentino-donna-born-in-roma-yellow-dream-eau-de-parfum/5809281?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&breadcrumb=Home%2FAll%20Results&color=000

2. Valentino Donna Born in Roma Yellow Dream

Citrus florals are honestly my favorite kind of fragrance. There’s just something about them that I naturally gravitate towards. So when I found out Valentino was releasing this perfume, I was over the moon and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. This scent takes Italian Lemon and twists it with Damascus rose, and the base is a clean, light musk. it’s been one of my absolute favorites for everyday wear.

https://www.ulta.com/oui-splash-eau-de-parfum?productId=pimprod2023061

3. Juicy Couture Oui Splash

If you grew up in the early 2000s, then there’s a chance that the slightest whiff of Viva la Juicy takes you straight back to middle school. That being said, I usually run the other way when I see a Juicy launch. It’s normally just too sweet, too immature smelling for my taste, but this scent surprised me. Don’t get me wrong, it’s probably still more for my girls on the younger side, however you’re not going to smell like you rolled in straight sugar with this one. The notes are lemon sorbet and pineapple, with jasmine and magnolia, with a base of cedarwood and white moss.

https://www.nordstrom.com/s/estee-lauder-beautiful-magnolia-eau-de-parfum/5892560?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&breadcrumb=Home%2FAll%20Results&color=000

4. Estee Lauder Beautiful Magnolia

Again, this one surprised me. I’ve never been a lover of Estee Lauder Fragrance, it’s kind of like Juicy Couture (except instead of me feeling twelve, it’s more like I’m a fifty year old), but they got me. It’s still a more mature scent, however I don’t feel like a grandma wearing it. The notes are magnolia (of course), with Solar Gardena and Turkish Rose, and a base of cedarwood and sandalwood. It’s such a light scent, I actually love layering it with the Valentino. I feel like they complement each other perfectly.

https://credobeauty.com/products/bee-eau-de-parfum

5. Ellis Brooklyn Bee Eau De Parfum

For my girls who love sustainable beauty, this one’s for you. Bee is darker and richer scent than the other fragrances on this list, making it amazing for a night out. There are notes of dark rum, cinnamon, vanilla bean, sandalwood, and of course, honey! It’s non-toxic, vegan, and cruelty free, so not only do you smell good, you feel good about wearing it too.