I’ve written various articles about perfume over the years, from selecting your wedding scent to moving on from what you thought was “the one” to well, another one. With the exception of the aforementioned big day favourite (I invariably have a bottle of “Lady Vengeance” by Juliette Has a Gun on the go every year for special occasions, holidays and whatnot) I tend to find a perfume I like and stick to it for at least a year or so.
When I was younger I was actually faithful for longer periods of time, favouring flirty fruity concoctions that I hoped would become my “signature” waft as I entered a room. I find that nothing evokes a sense of nostalgia quite as much as a whisper of a long forgotten fragrance, and be it a very welcome memory or a time in your life you would frankly rather forget, I never ever go back.
Now I have officially moved into the realms of parenthood I feel that I need something a little more sophisticated, a scent that was I don’t know, grown up if you will. Even though some days I am anything but (ever feel you need to “ask an adult” and then realise you are supposed to be the adult? That). Gone are the days of my overly sweet vanilla infused misspent youth, and even though I won’t deny the occasional desire to have the ability to spontaneously hop on a cheap flight to Dublin with my friend Naughty Maria*, this phase of my life is by far my happiest and most content yet.
I love rose. Love it. And it was the title of my latest love affair “Rose of No Man’s Land” by Byredo that caught my attention in the first instance. Add to that a simple yet totally instagrammable bottle, top notes of pink pepper and a heart of raspberry blossom and Turkish Rose Absolute and it was a match made in Liberty’s beauty hall heaven.
I wear it every day. Even if I’m just working from home and only have plans to see Mabel and James all day. For this time in my life it is very very me. And even though I haven’t all of a sudden become worldly wise and able to walk gracefully in heels, I do smell rather lovely. Even if I do say so myself.
Do you have a go-to fragrance that you can’t imagine yourself ever changing? Discovered anything new and delicious recently? I tell you what mind, I can’t get over how much these perfumes ruddy cost these days, I remember when spending thirty quid in Boots on a bottle of Calvin Klein seemed like a fortune.
*We used to have this giant map of the UK and Ireland and we’d close our eyes and stick a pen on it and wherever it landed we would plan an adventure there for the following weekend, as cheaply as possible mind. Back in the day when a one way ticket with Ryan Air was genuinely 1p and they didn’t charge you the price of a small island in order to transport your over-100ml and completely necessary hair mousse to your destination of choice.
*Those were the days*