Stop and smell the.. patchouli?

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I’m very picky when it comes to perfumes. In fact, my collection is pretty meagre. I would much rather collect free samples or purchase roller balls to test out for months, than invest in a full size. But when I find a scent that I truly love, I commit. And these are the two that have made the cut.

First, my ride of die winter fragrance: Elie Saab’s Le Parfum – Eau De Parfum Intense. I repeat. Intense. This perfume is a one-spray wonder. To be honest, any more than that and it might be too overpowering for some (not me. But some.).

Top notes include orange blossom and rose honey, with a base of patchouli and amber accord. According to perfumer Francis Kurkdjian, who created the collection of Elie Saab’s Le Parfum’s, the Intense version is meant to mimic the moment of dusk. And I couldn’t agree more. This perfume is perfect for an evening out or special occasion.

Tom Ford’s Jasmin Rouge is a rather new addition to my collection, and proves to be a scent staple for the warmer months. This perfume is a real investment, but not much compares to Tom Ford’s Signature Collection, so it’s definitely worth the splurge.

Jasmin Rouge is the perfect mix of spice and floral (do you see a theme here?), with notes of Sambac jasmine mixed with clary sage and spices. Top notes include, bergamot and black and white pepper, and you can really smell the leather, wood, and amber notes that help make up the base. This scent truly is multidimensional and is perfect for both day and night!

Bonus: I have no idea what this is called (if you can read kanji, please let me know), but I picked it up on a trip to Kyoto, Japan. This solid perfume smells like cherry blossoms and was a true memento from my visit. I love it so much, I can’t bare to use it!

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