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Have a scent-sational Valentine’s

Wednesday, 6th February, 2019 5:02pm

One of the most traditional ways to tell your lover that you care is to gift them for Valentine’s. Love it or loathe it, it’s a multi million-euro industry, with fragrance being one of the top three ways to show your significant other you care.

It is quite personal thing and I had oodles of fun on social media this week asking people their favourite scents.

One thing that everyone agreed on was that the waft of something that delights the olfactory sense, was a pleasure indeed.

Some old classics were mentioned several times, including Chanel No.5, rumoured to be the only thing Marilyn wore in bed, as well as Classique by Jean Paul Gaultier. These are both floral, with Classique being oriental floral and No.5 being a powdery floral. Both are timeless fragrances enduring the celebrity culture and staying top of the list for elegance and longevity.

Lancôme is a brand that came up many times, with classics like Poeme and Miracle being firm favourites. These scents are legendary on the dressers of many a woman. They couldn’t be any more different, Poeme being heady and sexy and Miracle being fresh and sparkling. They are available in various sizes and in eau de parfum and eau de toilette.

CK One was the first perfume in my memory to ever launch a unisex fragrance and market it as such. Jo Malone London is probably the best-known unisex range in recent years. The sense of smell is the first to fully develop in a baby, and perhaps as a result of that, it’s also one of the first to be influenced by notions of gender and identity.

Niche perfume houses are becoming more and more popular for their unexpected take on notes and marketing, and we’re seeing more mainstream unisex launches now. Dark Amber and Ginger Lily from the intense range of Jo Malone would initially strike you as being quite masculine, but I love it. Equally the Pomegranate Noir could be feminine and seductive but smells fresh and spicy also.

Moving onto some of the newer style perfumes, we can see the emergence of celebrity scents. If you are into the idea of something a little different, Huda Beauty released Kayali; a collection of four distinct scents developed with lavish ingredients sourced from around the world, designed to be layered with one another as well as your favourite perfumes, to create a totally bespoke scent.

Elixir, Vanilla, Citrus and Musk (€96) are four glamorous and evocative scents with notes that allow for endless layering possibilities. Whether it be sultry, confident, indulgent or playful, Kayali is the foundation for any fragrance mood you wish to convey. I must admit being a fan of the Elixir one, the lightest of the four, but the one for spring for me.

Eight and Bob, The Original (€160 for 100ml) is a fragrance with a tale worth telling. Originating in France, it was a favourite of JFK. Albert Fouquet, the son of a Parisian aristocrat, was part of the elite French society in the early twentieth century and a perfume connoisseur. In a room on the upper floor of the family chateau, Fouquet created and perfected various essences for his own personal use aided by Philippe, the family butler. One night during his summer vacation in 1937 on the French Riviera (Côte d’Azur), Albert met and got on very well with a young American student who was touring France in a convertible - John F Kennedy.

Within minutes of being introduced, JFK was captivated by the essence that Albert wore. John’s charm and congeniality persuaded Albert to leave him a sample of his cologne with a note at the hotel the following morning: packaged simply, the woody, spicy classic is masculine and long lasting.

And of course, the Irish brand I am focusing on this week is The Burren Perfumery. Based in Co. Clare, it blends all its fragrances and the body products are blended and bottled by hand at the Burren Perfumery.

Ilaun is a fresh light perfume (€46). The top notes of the wild fragrant orchid capture the scents of a summer’s day and blends with the woody base notes of ferns, lichens and mosses. A refreshing yet long lasting scent makes this one a favourite for me.

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