19 February 2015

My Three-Piece Fragrance Wardrobe



Back in my past perfume times, you could expect to see a collection of  cat-shaped bottles, celebrity branded offerings *cringe* and the fruitiest of fragrances that made me smell like a walking bag of sweets. Having to pass the Jo Malone counters at the airport a few too many times to ignore, I've since waved and sprayed goodbye to the stereotypical smells and my fragrance wardrobe now welcomes all scents on a whole other level of sophistication and uniqueness. It's a slow growing progress since they come with a heftier price tag, but for now meet my Malone/Diptyque three-piece that I plan to expand on next time I tour through duty free...

In true transitional fragrance style, Jo Malone's Wood Sage & Sea Salt has my scent for summer to autumn, autumn through winter and winter to spring sorted. Portraying all the seaside smells that greet you along the British coast, the sophisticated top notes feature  ambrette seeds, at the heart you'll find the crisp, crunchy salty texture and freshness that  represent the waves and sea mist air, mingling with a woody base of aromatic sage to bring a sense of depth - it's just a good all-round aroma and I'd say anyone who experiences a first whiff is an instant convert. It's been said before about JM numbers, they don't linger long time, at least I can't detect it on myself after hours to come, but I can get past that because her scents are just all kinds of beautiful.

Summer in a bottle to me is Diptyque's Philosykos, and if your take on a summer's day too is fresh, green and coconutty goodness, then we're on the same perfume page. Centred around the sunniest season on any Greek island, it actually comes as a unisex scent, though I'm not sure how I'd find it on my fella as it's very light and fruity, but with a tone of woodiness about it. Blending top notes of fig leaf and fig, with middle notes of coconut and a woody cedar and fig tree base, it's unlike anything I've ever spritzed on, hence why I too look in the direction of Diptyque for something seriously unusual. 

I think I can go as far as saying that my other Jo Malone option, Blackberry and Bay is my all time fave - to the point of which when I walk into my bedroom, I often don't leave without lifting off the cap for a quick sniff. Fruity, with the burst of tart, juicy blackberries, yet woody with the green and brightening qualities of bay paired with cedar wood. It's just one of those fragrances that I can never justify by attempting to describe its beauty, but if you get the chance to have a sniff, you'll catch my drift - I've got a funny feeling I'll be misting my way through this entire bottle come the warmer months. 

Judging by the write up on the three of the above, it would seem I'm one for the woodier whiffs - who knew? If you've got any recommendations that run somewhere along these lines, or with a bit of a difference that you think I'll just be all over, then please, shout outs on a postcard below... 

20 comments:

  1. Wow! I love your fragrance collection. You have a great taste!
    And I really want to buy the Wood Sage & Sea Salt cologne :)
    Jina
    www.beautyblogmark.com

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  2. Great choices! I prefer more special fragrances too. However, I prefer Jo Malone and Diptyque as home fragrances due to the longevity issues. I love Wood Sage and Sea Salt candle!!

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  3. I need to try more Jo Malone & Diptyque fragrances as they smell divine! I got a travel size of the Diptyqe 'Do Son' in a Space NK goodie bag and it is seriously a dreamy scent! Philosykos sounds right up my street as well :)

    Kat | www.kathorrocks.com

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  4. I loooove Philosykos. It's such a lovely scent, not too overpowering but nice and fresh. I'm not sure how I'd feel about a man wearing it either, although it's not completely feminine, it's definitely a little fruity x


    www.annablush.com

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  5. Ohh these Perfumes have such elegant and exquisite designs! ^ 3 ^


    www.thedailydollyblog.com

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  6. Such beautiful bottles, Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt is my favourite! I love perfumes that are really strong and last a long time!


    Jasmine | jasminehardingmakeup.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. I adore Wood Sage and Sea Salt, it's such a fresh and complex scent.
    Philosykos is the ultimate summer fragrance in my opinion, it's sweet and foggy-fruity but also has those notes of fresh cut grass.


    I've got my eyes on Jo Malone's Pomegranate Noir or one of the Tom Ford's next...


    Dar | www.holylipstick.com

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  8. Ah thanks Jina! I highly rec. Wood Sage & Sea Salt - I don't know anyone who hasn't liked it ;-)

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  9. Agreed Bella! Diptyque candles are just beautiful, maybe I need to make a start on some Jo Malone offerings ;-)

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  10. Ooo now you have me intrigued, I need to smell 'Do Son' ;-) I think you'd just lurve Philosykos Kat!

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  11. Agreed! It's just SO beautiful - glad you feel the same, it's definitely a girly scent in my eyes :-)

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  12. The bottles are beautiful enough to look at, let alone the fragrances inside ;-)

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  13. It's a stunner, no?! ;-) I agree, it's a bummer the JM scents don't last all too well!

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  14. Agreed! And I too have my eye on Pomegranate Noir, and Earl Grey and Cucumber - I love Tom Ford Black Orchid, but it's very much a hit/miss scent ;-)

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  15. I adore my Lime Basil & Mandarin scent from Jo Malone, next time you walk through a duty free give it a sniff!

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  16. I completely agree and feel like Diptyque and Jo Malone have such unique and sophisticated scents! Reasons why I'd love to make my next fragrance purchase from them haha, I have no idea which scent though! All three of these sound amazing and ones I definitely have to have a sniff of!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

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  17. Philosykos will be a perennial favourite of mine, especially for the warmer months. I was lusting over JM wood sage and sea salt for awhile but couldn't get over the lack of staying power and have since found a (somewhat) dupe in Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue for a much more wallet friendly price tag! If you're looking to try something thats still woody but a little different, Issey Miyake L'eau D'Issey is a great one.

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  18. Ah I think I have before Caterina - I have to agree it's seriously beautiful, and one of the next on my list ;-)

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  19. There's too many to chose from Tasha - I could spend all day sniffing at a JM counter ;-)

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  20. I agree, it's such a shame it doesn't linger longer. Maybe I'll give L'eau D'Issey a try, I've heard great thinks - thanks for the rec. Zoe :-)

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