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3 Best Perfumes for Women

With the change of seasons upon us, I thought it might be nice to talk about my choices for the 3 best perfumes for women. Sometimes a scent is perfect for winter but not spring.

Scent is a powerful thing. I wore the same perfume all throughout high school and college. It was called Amarige and to this day if I walk past someone wearing it I’m instantly mentally a twenty year old again!

Additionally, I also find that when I’m in a change in life – either I’m feeling optimistic or in a rut, I want to change my fragrance. A new smell is always a nice refresh and reboot. But I don’t get rid of the old ones. It’s nice to come back to those. Variety is the spice of life, right? I think it’s nice to have a few options on your vanity for scents. Or one is nice and floral but not sexy enough for date night.

Three Types of perfumes for your vanity

  1. A perfume for Day
  2. A perfume for Date Night
  3. A “catch all” for work events, PTA meetings, etc.

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I’ve purchased all of these perfumes over the years and use them all. But there are a few I always go back to.

When I choose a perfume I’m looking for:

  1. Subtlety – I don’t want people smelling me five minutes before I walk in the door, and five minutes after I leave. That’s just not my style! I find it a bit sexy when people smell you the most when you hug or get close!
  2. Longevity – Sometimes I’ll go nose blind to a perfume so I’ll ask my husband if he can still smell me hours after putting on the perfume. He usually replies “Yes, you smell lovely!” I can’t stand the idea of investing in perfume if no one can smell it!
  3. No Head Aches. Some perfumes just blow my head off with their boldness and it hurts my head. Back when I worked for MTV in Times Square, they had a Sephora across the street. Every day I would walk over there and spritz a new perfume on and wear it all day to decide if I liked it!

The Day Perfume

If I’m running around, there are two perfumes I usually go to. For the most part it’s this Jimmy Choo fragrance, however I’ll likely change in the summer to Kenzo. I love both, but Kenzo is much more floral. It’s a great summer day fragrance, where as the Jimmy Choo is good year round. Both perfumes never fail me!

 

The Date Night Perfume

My pick for this is a tie between Jimmy Choo Illicit and YSL Black Orchid. Both are ohhh…so good. They are sexy and pretty without screaming smell me!!! My only complain is I hate the YSL bottle design. Blegh. Looks awful on my tray, but I will sacrifice for the greater good of my man. Ha!

The Jimmy gets an A+ for smell and bottle presentation. This is a new perfume and I love it.

The “Catch All” Perfume

My go to perfume for “I’m a sophisticated woman” or am at least when I’m trying to be, is Boucheron Place Vendme. Warning, Nordstrom has sold out of this! That’s how good it is! I have found it on this site. This fragrance is the perfect balance to not wearing an over powering smell but also smelling chic and pulled together. I think of this as my go perfume to wear to a PTA event, Church or to dinner with my In-Laws perfume. It’s just —- classic. I know I use that word a lot but it just is! Classic and classy! In the Winter months, I use Hermes Kelly Cache. My Mom bought it for me once because it was named for Grace Kelly, who I adore, and it’s just as lovely as I would have wanted it to be! But it is, for me, a winter fragrance.

 

Perfume on the Go

If you’re thinking of trying one of these, but aren’t ready to commit, a few of them come in Rollerballs. I love rollerball perfumes. I am always running 100mph so can’t always be sure I smell so fresh, you guys. Again, nose blind. So I keep a roller ball in both my car and in my purse so dab on throughout the day just in case! So if you grab a Rollerball of one of the perfumes and don’t love it, it can still be happy in your car for those in case of emergency moments!

OK. That’s all for now. Smell you later!

 

 

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  1. Leslie
    March 13, 2017 / 8:11 am

    you should try Valentino Donna, it’s a Nordstroms exclusive it’s my newest go to for fall/winter. I also have a Spring/summer and a Fall/Winter scent. You cannot wear a heavy winter scent in the heat of a New York summer!

    • Kelly March 13, 2017 / 8:39 am

      Ohh….I’ve never even heard of that! It’s an exclusive? I totally agree about the winter in summer. I once lived in NYC and that won’t work at all! Same for Florida! What’s your favorite spring scent? Have you tried any of the ones that I recommended?

      • Leslie
        March 13, 2017 / 7:22 pm

        Haven’t tried any of yours yet but now I will sniff them out 😝. My favorite summer scents are always gardenia based so Marc Jacobs or Michael by Michael Kors but I’m getting a little bored with them. Winter is also Allure by Chanel, which is very heavy.

        • Kelly March 14, 2017 / 7:47 am

          I love gardenia – I recently tried the Thymes Goldleaf Gardenia and really enjoyed it, but it’s very floral. Allure is pretty. Let me know once you try the ones I recommended – too bad this computer can’t be scratch and sniff!!! 😂

  2. Karen
    March 16, 2017 / 2:28 pm

    Love your tray – so chic and pretty. I love perfume too and used to wear different ones depending on my mood or style of dress. Ha! But then I found Angel and it’s all I wear now. Except at Christmas when I wear Nuit de Noel by Caron. My mom always wore it at the holidays and when I wear it, it takes me back.

    • Kelly March 16, 2017 / 4:54 pm

      Thank you! I actually went to a frame store to have the tray made. I needed something a certain size. They put frame around a simple mirror and voila! Angel – that’s a classic. Good one. I’ve never tried the other but I’ll sniff it out next time I’m in store!

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