Updated 12th September 2016
I love wearing perfume and I have to say that I don’t feel dressed if I leave home without a splash of my favorite perfume after a shower.
My personal favourites are Hermes-Eau des Merveilles. This perfume lasts all day and has a very original fragrance. Jennifer Lopez- Glow. Again this is very long lasting and has a lovely fresh fragrance which resembles freshly laundered linen! CK1- This is a classic unisex perfume launched in 1994 and remains a firm favourite with its unique fragrance.
These days, thank goodness, perfume is not used just to cover up bad smells. We wear perfume because it has become an accessory, a way to express ourselves.
Looking back at the history of perfume, the word comes from the Latin ”Per Fumus”, which literally means through smoke. Perfumes or sweet-smelling compounds were originally used to cover up bad smells. The art of creating perfumes dates back to the ancient world when the Egyptians developed perfume using oils which were extracted from the plants and trees which flourished alongside the river Nile. The famous Egyptian scents were exported to Rome where they were further developed by the Romans. After the success of the Egyptian perfumeries, scents were developed throughout the world and in East Asia these sweet-smelling compounds were incense based.
Here is a list of the top 20 selling perfumes. It’s interesting to see how many timeless classics never lose their appeal.
I find that Debenhams often have the best prices for perfume during their sales. They currently have Chanel NO 5 for £48
CHANEL NO 5
On Amazon I came across Shalimar by Guerlain for £29.99
SHALIMAR BY GUERLAIN
While the Perfume shop have L’air du temps- Nina Ricci for £27.00
L’AIR DU TEMPS BY NINA RICCI
Joy by Jean Patou at the Perfume shop £41.50
JOY BY JEAN PATOU
Poison by Christian Dior at the perfume shop £38.50
POISON BY CHRISTIAN DIOR
Eau Dynamisante by Clarins at Boots £37.50 and get 148 points with your purchase. Or you can use 3,750 points.
EAU DYNAMISANTE BY CLARINS
J’adore by Christian Dior at the Perfume shop £46.50
J’ADORE BY CHRISTIAN DIOR
Blue Grass by Elizabeth Arden at Superdrug £18.00
BLUE GRASS BY ELIZABETH ARDEN
Je Reviens by Worth. I came across a very reasonably priced gift set comprising 50ml Eau de toilette spray & 2 x 7ml Mini bottles for just £8.49
JE REVIENS BY WORTH
Classique by Jean Paul Gautier at Boots £58.00 and get 232 points with your purchase. Or you can use 5,650 points.
CLASSIQUE BY JEAN PAUL GAULTIER
Youth Dew by Estee lauder at Debenhams £26.00
YOUTH DEW BY ESTEE LAUDER
Opium by Yves saint Laurent at the Perfume shop £39.50
OPIUM BY YVES SAINT LAURENT
Angel by Thierry Mugler at Boots £45.50 and get 180 points with your purchase. Or you can use 4,550 points.
ANGEL BY THIERRY MUGLER
CK1 by Calvin Klein at Boots £23.00 and get 92 points with your purchase. Or you can use 2,300 points.
CK ONE BY CALVIN KLEIN
Anais Anais by Cacharel at Superdrug £28.00
ANAIS ANAIS BY CACHAREL
LIME, BASIL AND MANDARIN COLOGNE BY JO MALONE
Rive Gauche by Yves saint Laurent at the Perfume shop £26.50
RIVE GAUCHE BY YVES SAINT LAURENT
DKNY by Donna Karan at Boots £29.50 and get 116 points with your purchase. Or you can use 2.950 points.
DKNY BY DONNA KARAN
Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel at the Perfume shop £47.50
COCO MADEMOISELLE BY CHANEL
Beautiful by Estee lauder at the Perfume shop £21.50
BEAUTIFUL BY ESTEE LAUDER
What does Eau De Toilette, Eau De Parfum mean?
These refer to the actual strength of the fragrance, or more to the point, how much high-grade alcohol and/or water has been added to the fragrance oils. Parfum (This is the most concentrated form that you can buy) and this has 15-25% perfume oil dissolved in alcohol. Any mixture with a lower proportion of oil to alcohol is an eau (water).
Eau Fraiche (Usually 3% or less perfume oil)
Eau de Cologne (2 – 5% of perfume oil)
Eau de Toilette (4 – 10% of perfume oil)
Eau de Parfum (8 – 15% of perfume oil)
Soie de Parfum (15 – 18% of perfume oil)
PARFUM or Perfume (15-30% of perfume oil)
I do love the Niki Minaj perfume bottle. I tried this perfume the other day and it smells delicious Like a bowl of fizzy mouth-watering fruit sweets. Definitely on my Christmas list.