These, without a doubt, have been my two favourite fragrances of the year, and the ones I have reached for above all others.
Elie Saab was the first fragarance from Lebanese designer Elie Saab, and was designed by renowned perfumer Francis Kurkdjian. It has jasmine at it’s heart, with a base of cedar, patchouli and rose honey accord. To me, the jasmine is the most prominent note, and is one of my all time favourites, so this suits me happily. I think it’s both day and evening appropriate (I just scoosh it on a bit heavier in the evening), so a great one to carry a mini of in my handbag.
L’air de Rien is, to my nose, quite an unusual scent and feels very grown up and just a little bit sexy, and is the one I go for if I want something a little different – less fresh, and more overtly sexy. The back story to this scent is that sixties singer Jane Birkin was the muse and the final perfume was inspired by her favourite smells – “father’s pipe, floor polish, empty chest of drawers, old forgotten houses”. These scent memories were translated into notes of oak moss, neroli, musk and vanilla. Katie Puckrik memorably describes the scent as halitosis, bleach and mothballs, on her first impression but I’m happy say these aren’t what strike my nose on first sniff. This, perhaps the most out of the Miller Harris fragrance library, has gained a really cult following, and one that’s well deserved in my opinion.
In 2015, I’m hoping to get my hands on two scents I’ve long sniffed (and dowsed myself in, when in a store that carry them…) – Gucci Oud and Tom Ford Jasmine Rouge, though sadly, I may need to re-mortgage to afford either.
Let me know of any perfumes you think might be up my street, in the comments section below!