Fragrance is so powerful to me as it can evoke a multitude of memories and can instantly transport me back to a particular place and time in my life. On my first date with boyfriend, I wore a very distinctive perfume from YSL called Elle (review here, buy here). It wasn’t necessarily a conscious decision I had made, it was just my favourite scent at the time. However fast forward a few years when I had run out of all of my other perfumes and I repurchased my old favourite, my boyfriend instantly recognised it as the perfume I wore on our first date. I thought it was just girls who were sentimental about that kind of thing and it really surprised me that he had remembered the perfume.
From then on I had it in my head that I wanted to find my own signature scent especially to wear on special occasions, such as my graduation, so that in years to come, I could always associate that scent with that special time in my life.
When choosing fragrances for special occasions, there is one perfumer that comes to my mind and that’s luxury, high end perfume brand Jo Malone. Scents from this brand are luxurious, exclusive and quite unusual, plus they combine so well together. Jo Malone perfumes aren’t a scent that you smell everyone wearing as they’re a little harder to get hold of where I live than the usual Gucci, YSL, Juicy Couture and Thierry Mugler scents that I usually wear.
|Jo Malone Blue Agava and Cacao and Pomegranate Noir|
Jo Malone are very experienced in creating bespoke scents as they offer something that they call Fragrance Combining. All of their scents are designed to be worn alone or layered with other colognes or crèmes to create your own signature scent. I went along to book a Jo Malone Consultation where they help you to come up with the scent for your special event or occasion and throw in a hand and arm massage for good measure however upon speaking with the consultant and trying a combination out on some tester cards, I knew I had already found the perfect fragrance combination for me. I had a little applied to my skin and couldn’t stop smelling it all day.
I chose two fragrances and one body crème to layer together for my special occasion. Layering two different scents creates a new scent entirely but layering two products of the same fragrance (i.e. the body creme and the cologne) helps to intensify the scent and make it last longer. I’ve spoken about this many times on my blog but in essence, it can range from using a combination of a shower gel, body lotion, deodorant or perfume spray in the same scent to build it up on the skin to intensify the scent and make it last longer. Jo Malone are PERFECT for doing this.
I selected the Jo Malone Blue Agava and Cacao Body Crème (£50) first of all for its powdery, comforting scent. It is a floral fragrance that oozes sex appeal and has a depth and warmth to it that I’ve never found in another floral fragrance. Jo Malone describe as being ‘The rhythm of Latin music — sexy, edgy and
persuasive. Fresh limes and zesty grapefruit dance over a heart of blue agava flower. Sea salt cuts through the primitive rawness of cacao to reveal the sensuality of vetiver, cinnamon and musk.’ Its top note is Key Lime, the heart note is Agava Flower and it has a base of Cacao Bean which combine together to create a really alluring scent. The first time that I wore this scent combination, I applied the body crème to my legs up to my knees and on my arms and décolletage. The smell was incredible and the body crème felt luxurious when applied to my skin thanks to its rich texture. A little goes a long way with this body crème so it will last a long time- I’m going to save it for more special occasions.
The two fragrances I selected are the Blue Agava and Cacao cologne (£39 for 30ml or £78 for 100ml) and Pomegranate Noir which is a fruity scent and a best seller. Jo Malone describe Pomegranate Noir as ‘the sensuality of a daring red dress. Ruby-rich juices of pomegranate, raspberry and plum are spiked with pink pepper and laced with Casablanca lily and spicy woods. Dark and enigmatic.’ It is a very deep fruit fragrance, not a synthetic, artificially sweet scent that some fruity perfumes are. The top note of this fragrance is pomegranate, the heart note is Casablanca Lily and the base note is Guaiacwood which I think is the note that really gives this fragrance its depth. Used separately, these two colognes are lovely but when used together they really are something special.
There are a couple of ways to spray the colognes, particularly for a special occasion where you really want to pay particular attention to everything that you’re wearing, right down to your perfume. The first would be to take one of the scents and spray it to the front half of your body only and then take the other cologne and spray it on the other side of your body. That way, when you’re walking past people, they will smell one scent in front of you and another from the back of you. Since I was already wearing the body crème all over, I thought the essence of this application would be a little lost so instead I spritzed the Pomegranate Noir perfume on my pulse points and across my décolletage and then over the top I spritzed the Blue Agava and Cacao scent on the same areas to sandwich the Pomegranate Noir fragrance in between.
Many of my friends and family comment on how beautiful my perfume smells when I wear this combination, especially when applied in this way. The scent is so unique and beautiful that I would forever associate it with all of the special occasions that I have worn it on. I bought the 30ml sized bottles so that they are travel friendly and easy to carry in my handbag when on holiday which is another time that I’m transported back to whenever I wear them again.
If you’re looking for a fragrance for a special day then I would wholeheartedly recommend Jo Malone. I wear their scents daily and when it comes to a special occasions where I want something special and different, then I’ll opt to combine their scents to create an aroma that has a little more attention paid to it for that extra special touch.
What fragrance do you love to wear on special occasions?