Recently I have become utterly obsessed by niche and luxury fragrance. I’ve always loved perfume but I feel like it’s only in the last few months that I’ve really become enamoured with finding unique beautiful scents.
Last week I had the absolute pleasure of spending the morning at the Frederic Malle boutique in Burlington Arcade. I’ve known of Frederic Malle fragrances for the best part of eight years as I used to longingly spray Carnal Flower every time I walked passed their stand in Liberty. Spending a full hour in the boutique smelling all of the beautiful scents and then getting to choose my personal favourite was one of the highlights in my blogging/vlogging career. Out of all of the fragrances I chose Portrait of a Lady – the oriental notes blended with the spice of Turkish rose made it an unforgettable scent and quite different from the usual warm and creamy scents I go for, the patchouli element also adds a welcome twist. It’s modern yet nostalgic at the same time and isn’t at all overbearing, it also has received quite a few complements in the week that I’ve been wearing it, it’s also reportedly Alexa Chung’s favourite and if she doesn’t have good taste/style then I don’t know who does. My mum Lucy came with me and she chose the previously mentioned Carnal Flower which is tuberose as you’ve never smelt before – creamy and rich but not overly floral, it smells like dusk in the South of France – it’s feminine yet adventurous and quite intoxicating.
We were also given a lab sample of the new collaboration between Frederic Malle and Alber Elbaz simply named Superstitious which we’ve been fighting over ever since. It launches on 1st April and I can’t even begin to put into writing how incredibly this fragrance is. It smells clean yet dirty at the same time – a hint of the top notes remind me of Chanel No 5 but a cleaner crisper version. I wore it in Paris last weekend (that post is coming next!) and received so many complements on it. It also stayed on my skin like superglue (as all FM fragrances do) – it hardly faded and at the end of the evening smelt just as powerful and beautiful as it had at the beginning. This isn’t over powering either but it is powerful. This will be a fragrance classic without doubt.
If you’re in the market for a luxury fragrance that doesn’t leave you smelling like everyone else I implore you to take your nose on a trip to Frederic Malle – you will not be disappointed!
This post isn’t sponsored, I just love these perfumes that much!
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