Hooray! Tomorrow it’s Fall again. My favorite season because we are getting closer to Christmas, NYE and it’s time to burn my candles again and get cosy! Since I started living on my own I have been trying out many home-perfume related items (My parents did not allow me to burn incense in my room haha) and I finally have found my favorites I would re-purchase (If I already didn’t). Some of them I finished recently so they are not shown in the picture but will be listed by the end of this post. Let me know in the comment section what your favorite candles / home fragrances are !
Diptyque Fiery Orange (Christmas collection 2017)
I got this candle last year from my managers at work. I only burn this once in a while since the scent is very heavy and the candle is pretty expensive. Also, it’s a limited edition. So when this one is empty, it will be hard to find it again …
Scent contains : Italian oranges, clove, juniper essence
Armani Prive Bois d’Encens candle
Giorgio Armani his favorite scent.
“The first olfactory memory of Giorgio Armani, the sharp, smoky scent of frankincense in an Italian church, is transposed to a mysterious and enveloping fragrance. The spicy notes of ginger and Peruvian pepper accentuate the precious Somali frankincense. Its powerful sensuality fuses with ambery woods and cedar.”
Smells like walking into a church. My most calming scented candle.
Skandinavisk Skog candle
I have good memories of this scent. It takes me back to my trip to Norway I did 2 years ago. I discovered this brand in Trondheim while shopping. I took a very tiny candle home with me but we ordered the large one and the scented sticks as well.
Smells like pine needles, a walk in the forest on a foggy morning.
Soap treatment store Heaven Scent! candle
Smells like creamy monoi, coconut, floral heaven. Very relaxing and girly. All the products from Soap smell like this.
Also love the hand cream!
Satya Arabian Musk Incense sticks
A warm , calming and intense scent, I have been burning this one a lot in the past weeks.
Satya Nag Champa incense sticks
The classic one, always a re-purchase.
Zara Home - Gardenia incense sticks
Really surprised me since the scent is really really good and strong. Quite sweet.
Yankee Candle wax melts + Candles
Holy Smoke candle
Black Oudh candle
Parfum d’Interieur Black Oudh
Trigger spray Firewood
Patchouli + vanilla
Gold spun sugar
For more pictures of candles check out @fragrancyblog on Instagram !
The rose. One of my favorite flowers. A symbol of romance, beauty and a contrast between soft and hard. Today I share my top 10 rose fragrances you MUST smell as a perfume lover. So this is a favorites list in no particular order because they are all so different. Let’s go.
Armani Prive - Rose d’Arabie (2010)
A sweet and sensual spicy rose scent. Amazing performance, amazing bottle design. Heavy price tag but worth it. If you like the combination of oud and roses this is the one to go for.
Jo Malone London - Red Roses (2001)
The most fresh and nature-alike rose scent I know. Sharp and breezy, like a vase of fresh cut roses. Really light and needs a re-apply after 2 hours but we don’t care because the opening is amazing …
Guerlain - Rose Nacree du Desert (2012)
Very exclusive and hard to find but one of the most beautiful dry, luxurious, mysterious and sexy rose scents. This must be the scent of an Arabian princess … performance 5 / 8 hours. Depending on the weather. Works good when it’s hot outside.
Tauer Perfumes - 02 L’Air du Desert Marocain (2005)
This is heavy stuff. Works great on men too. Really dry and sweet. Also very sexy since it kind of smells like suede in the dry down.
Juliette has a gun - Lady Vengeance (2006)
A modern rose. Fresh but interesting. Stays forever on the skin. Works really well when mixed with Molecules 01. (Both contain Iso E super).
Tom Ford - Cafe Rose (2012)
Interesting and strange. Was the first thoughts I had after smelling this for the first time. But … it’s a very original rose scent with crazy performance. This is for the more experienced nose. Give this one a try.
Serge Lutens - La Fille de Berlin (2013)
This is for the dark spirits. The perfect melancholic rose scent out there on the market right now.
Sisley - Izia (2017)
Could be a very good wedding scent. Very fresh and up lifting. Performance of 5 hours is ok. Smells very Spring like.
BVLGARI - Splendida Rose Rose (2017)
The best rose to wear on a daily. Very easy going classic rose scent without the vintage vibe. It’s very modern and could be a good signature.
Amouage Gold for her (1983)
Vintage, straight up soapy goodness. I get a lot of roses on my skin. Performance of 10+ hours. Heavy price tag but again worth it. Very middle-eastern style. Not for the weak hearted.
What is your favorite rose scent?
Today I want to talk about a topic I find very interesting myself since so many people have a different opinion about this subject.
Myths about luxury / expensive perfumes
But before we are going to talk about this, I want to make it clear what a 'luxury perfume' is for me. (For some it might be a Jean Paul Gaultier bottle, for others it's the newest Roja Dove).
What makes a fragrance luxurious for me?
- A heavy bottle with thick glass.
- A lot of effort that has been put in on the packaging/bottle design. With special details.
- A great atomizer.
- A price range that is a lot higher than the designer perfumes.
- Sold in luxury stores.
- The scent is original, and contains high quality ingredients.
- The brand has some kind of status in the fragrance world. (Like Ferrari has with cars).
- Most of the time, it takes some effort to actually buy the scent. Money and shop wise.
- I want to buy the perfume in the store instead of ordering it online. I expect better service.
In this post I would like to give my opinion on the myths that are going on about luxury perfumes and their prices to finally answer the question : Are luxury fragrances worth the money? All these myths are based on the questions I get a lot at work as a sales person in the fragrance industry.
Do luxury perfumes lasts longer on the skin?
Not true. There are a lot of cheapies out there with amazing performance and longevity on the skin. I DO think that there are a lot of expensive ones out there that have amazing performance more than I know compared to the cheaper ones. Still, it would be false to say that this statement is true.
Do luxury perfumes contain better ingredients?
I find this a hard one. Because it's very difficult to get insights in the quality of ingredients the brands both cheap and expensive use. But, one thing I know for sure is that expensive brands , especially niche ones, always try to focus on the best of the best and also explain their prices by the quality of the ingredients they use. I just can't imagine that a 15 Euro drugstore fragrance contains the same ingredients as Amouage.
But talking about Molecules 01, which is also quite expensive starting at a price of 60 Euros for 30 ml, as a scent that is so easy to DIY, I don't really know why it has to be so over-priced.
Are niche perfumes are better than designer scents?
Difficult question again. It's more what do you prefer? I won't say that a niche brand is better but what I do love about niche brands is that they really stand for something, have a special concept and background story, and make more original fragrances. I would never say to a guest that they should always go for niche. I do say that once you go niche, you never go back ....
Luxury perfumes are only for rich people!
Both true and not true. I can imagine that if you are a single mom, living with 2 kids in a flat, only having 5 euro's left every single month it's not something within your reach. But ....... in the end it all comes down to saving. If this lady would save 20 scents a week, within 2 years she would be able to buy a luxury scent ... I think it's just a matter of principles and perspective.
Why should I buy a very expensive perfume if there are a lot more cheaper options out there?
Why should you buy expensive shoes instead of cheap ones?
Other people won't smell it, so why bother?
This is true, a lot of people won't notice it when you wear your Tom Ford to work. But, perfume is something you wear for yourself. You fell in love with that specific perfume, not your co-workers or the people in the street. I think it's strange when you want others to know you are wearing something expensive. I have this same feeling with people that like to wear clothes with big brands on them. You are not an advert.
You only pay for the brand and the bottle design!
No, you pay for juice + bottle + brand + the box + the export + the tax ... it's a whole package.
As a perfume lover I NEED to have some luxury perfumes.
Not true, I hear a lot of people about this in the fragrance community and it bothers me. Your love for something is not measured by the cost of it.
Are luxury perfumes worth the money?
I would say most of the time yes. It's about the whole experience you pay for.
Please share you thoughts in the comments below.
I would love to hear your opinion!
Perfume heaven in Slovenia
Today I talk about my visit to Ikona. A concept-store based in Ljubljana the capital of Slovenia. As some of you guys might know (I talked about it on my Youtube channel) I love visiting perfume stores in different countries, always on the hunt for new and unknown brands. So it was not a surprise that I also had to visit Ikona while being in Slovenia.
We did not only drove to the city to check out fragrances but also for some sightseeing. Ljubljana is a beautiful surprisingly small town! You don't have the feeling of being in a capital city at all. It's very quiet, relaxed, and clean. Also very dog friendly, everywhere across the streets you will find water bowls especially put there for dogs.
Finding a new perfume
I don't buy a lot of fragrances anymore. So when I'm ready to spend my money on something unique and more expensive, it has to be good. This year I saved all the money I got from my 27th birthday to invest in a new addition to my perfume wardrobe. It is almost becoming a tradition of mine to buy a fragrance when I go on a trip! This year, I did not had anything particular in mind. I was thinking of buying Le Labo's Santal 33 but since it's a very popular scent at the moment I decided to look a little bit further. (Turns out I ended up with a fragrance that smells quite similar to Santal 33, but anyways ...) More about that in another blogpost.
I found out about Ikona on the blog Your Perfume Guide. Most of the time I just type in 'niche perfumes + city' in the Google search bar and scroll a bit around. I'm happy that there are people having blogs like these!
By the end of this article I will give some tips to visit in Ljubljana and Slovenia not perfume related. The country is amazing and worth a visit. Of course we visited a lot more places but I will share my highlights. But first, let me talk about the store.
Excellent customer experience
As a perfume saleswoman myself, I am very critical when it comes to service. Good customer service is my number one rule at work so I kind of expect the same when I visit other luxury shops. (I'm usually a little bit less critical when I visit a store like Zara, Mango, you name it).
When me and Jesper arrived at Ikona, we immediatly got greeted by a nice slender looking young man with beautiful skin and big blue eyes. His voice was really friendly and he spoke English very well. A lot of Slovenian people speak English very well by the way.
First thing I noticed is that Ikona sells a lot of perfume brands I never heard of or only saw on Instagram or in a fragrance review on Youtube. The store looked very antique / classy and was very clean. Another plus was the fact that there was a sofa in the corner with a little table. (Jesper was very happy because he knew he had to sit down for at least an hour ... )
As soon as I started smelling some scents that got my attention, the sales person named Luka started telling me about the brand, and gave me information about every individual scent. He was very passionate and enthusiastic and he was not afraid to let me know what his personal favorites are. (I LOVE this, it shows a lot of personality). I knew I was talking to someone that loves fragrance as much as I do so I really felt at home. After smelling some fragrances by the house of Zero Molecule, Luka introduced me to the story of the brand Eight and Bob. I fell in love with their signature scent. So crisp and clean!
On the back wall behind the counter was a pile of strange fluorescent boxes that really got my attention. When I asked Luka what the brand was he told the whole story and asked if I wanted to smell every single scent. Like a real perfume tasting! With every scent he told me about the notes, the story behind it, and we started smelling together. Luka also sprayed the perfumes on his own skin to let me sniff the difference between mine and his skin chemistry. The brand I am talking about is Perfumes Quartana where I later on bought a scent of.
During the perfume tasting, Luka offered me and Jesper a bottle of iced water. What a great service! Another thing I noticed is that the blotters looked very beautiful. During the tasting Luka sprayed the fragrances on a random white blotter, but when I really liked a scent, he took a more 'luxurious blotter' and wrote down the name of the scent and applied the perfume again on the paper so I could take it home with me. I don't know what kind of paper they use but it's all ready a week ago and the fragrance is still on the blotter (my whole bag smells like Nasomatto Nudiflorum right now).
After I made the choice which one to buy, Luka did not stop introducing me to other brands. I smelled some perfumes by Ulrich Lang, 27 28, Jacques Fath, Andrea Maack, and the newest one by Amouage, Love Tuberose.
Overall, this experience was seriously one of the best I had so far while perfume shopping. We felt so welcome, there was no sales pressure, Luka was very passionate and also open for just a random talk, he even gave us tips to visit in the city. Including a very good Ice-cream bar where we had amazing hand-made ice cream.
Here is a list of all the fragrances I have smelled. I will put a * behind the name of the ones I really loved.
- Amouage - Love Tuberose*
- Andrea Maack - DUAL / SOFT TENSION* / CRAFT* / COVEN / BIRCH
- Eight & Bob - Original*
- Eight & Bob - Egypt
- Jacques Fath - BEL AMBRE
- Ulrich Lang - Lightscape*
- Ulrich Lang - Anvers 2
- Ulrich Lang - Apsu
- 27 87 - WANDERVOGEL
- 27 87 - #HASHTAG*
- 27 87 - ELIXIR DE BOMBE
- Nasomatto - Nudiflorum*
- Perfumes Quartana - Venetian Belladonna* / Bloodflower* / Digitalis* / Hemlock / Lily of the valley / Mandrake / Midnight datura / Poppy Soma / Wolfsbane*
Later on, Luka told me he also runs a Youtube channel like I do. So I'm just gonna give him a shout out on my blog. He mainly talks about skincare. And he told me he was working on his own skincare brand! Take a look at his channel.
Thank you Ikona for the great service!
Now it is time to share my tips for you.
Other places to see in Ljubljana
- Galeria Emporium - Beautiful high-end luxury store in Art Deco style
- Cacao Ljubljana - The best ice cream
- Skylounge bar at the Skyscraper - Great view, don't wait in line for the castle but go here.
- DM Drugstore with a lot of unusual interesting products - Mestni trg 26, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenië
- Ikona Mestni trg 24, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Places to visit in Slovenia
- Triglav National park
- Lake Bled + the island and castle (take a boat ride).
- Soca River
- Tolmin Gorge (really beautiful hike)
- Virje Waterfall + small hike
- Kojzak waterfall + hike
In my next review I will talk about the perfume I purchased at Ikona. A very interesting and unusual high-end-goth scent (Like the owner said on my Instagram in the comment section). Link for image.
See you guys soon!
Welcome to the new Fragrancy blog!
Hi dear readers, friends and family. Finally I am able to welcome you all on the new fragrancyblog.com! It took me such a long time to think about the relaunch it kind of made me go nuts sometimes... but now I'm back home from my trip to Slovenia and I am full of new ideas, inspiration and most of all a lot of motivation to write!
In this post I would like to introduce some new subjects I would like to talk about. The main focus of the blog will always be perfume / scent related but I also want to focus more on lifestyle items like books, travels, skincare items and cosmetics. Also spirituality is a subject I'm really interested in and I might write about that as well.
The blog will be in English which is a huge step for me because it's not my native language and things are always a little bit more difficult to explain in another language than my own... But, I really believe in improving myself and feedback or grammar corrections are always welcome ;-)
Why I decided to start blogging again
For those of you that have been following me around since the start of Fragrancy in 2015, know that Fragrancy started as a blog. A blog I was not happy with but it was 'okay-ish' for me, and a good way to start somewhere. (More about starting a blog and YT channel in a post I'm working on at the moment, will be continued).
While blogging I realized I missed interaction and I created my Youtube channel shortly after that. In the past 2 years I have been focussing 100% on my channel and my Instagram page. It was all I could handle at that moment in my life. I was in the process of switching jobs and going for a whole new career, my personal life changed, I got a dog, and having a blog besides all that was just a little but to much to handle...
By the start of 2018 around February, I suddenly realized I missed writing. And it got me thinking about relaunching fragrancyblog.com with a whole new lay-out, new subjects, a better writing-style and more personal photography... long story short, we are in August now and I finally made the decision to totally go for it and introduce the new Fragrancy blog to the world.
What to expect
I have so many subjects I want to talk about all ready! Expanding my horizons and go beyond talking about fragrances gives me so much more inspiration and motivation to share! The following posts are all ready half written or made a start of...
- Perfume store visit in Ljubljana (Slovenia).
- How to start a Fragrance Youtube Channel (my tips).
- Switching your career. (And everything that happens when you do).
- An in-depth review of my newest purchase - Digitalis by Perfumes Quartana
I hope you guys will enjoy the blog and return!