Prime Time For Perfumes

Two perfume boxes on a marble backgroundAfter reminiscing recently over my first ever post about my perfume collection, I couldn’t help but get intoxicated by the scent and pick two new additions to add to my collection.

YSL Black Opium Perfume bottle and box on a marble backgroundThe first one I chose was the Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium, the instant I smelt this I was in love. It isn’t too heavy, but it’s quite a deep fragrance with musky notes (my favourite!). I’d be really happy wearing this both at work or an an evening. It’s subtle, so long as you don’t spray too much. I also quite like the bottle, especially the little window in the middle. 

I bought 30ml bottles of both fragrances in eau de parfum. Where possible I try and avoid buying eau de toilette, with only a few exceptions such as Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream. This is because edp has the higher concentration of perfume, meaning that you don’t need to use as much, and what you do use should last longer. 

I also prefer buying smaller bottles of fragrance, I know this isn’t as economical, but I prefer having a bottle which I can easily slip into my bag. I can really tell when I have something more than a 50ml in my bag, and if I’m wearing something like my small Cambridge Satchel it’s not even practical to take the bottle with me.

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb perfumeThe warm weather last week must have gone to my head and convinced me that spring is on it’s way, meaning this little bottle would be perfect. Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb came at the recommendation of a follower on Twitter and as soon as I tried it I was sold. It’s a very light and uplifting scent with sweet floral notes. This isn’t something that I would usually choose – most of my perfumes have vanilla or musk notes and are quite heavy. 

The 30ml Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium was £52 and the Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb was £47. At the time I was offered the 50ml Black Opium for not very much more and despite my small bottles rule in hindsight I wish I had of taken the assistant up on her offer, but I wasn’t sure if I had enough. 

Both of the perfumes came from Boots. My local Trinity Leeds store has such a wide selection and I used to fill the time before trains, sampling new scents or just spraying my favourites – I know I’m not the only one that does that right?! Through very careful shopping and being a bit of a voucher fiend I had managed to amass enough points to pay for both.

I was lucky enough to get a few samples with my purchases included Jean Paul Gaultier Classique, which I gave to the good friend who had helped me decide, and the new Mon Guerlain. I also received a sample of Juicy Couture but the less I have to discuss that the better. Mon Guerlain’s campaign is fronted by Angelina Jolie, who looks pretty amazing at the moment, I’m really excited to give this a try alongside the other two perfumes.

Let me know your thoughts!


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