Smelling of roses

When you’re buying a fragrance – for yourself, to gift a loved one, or to scent a home – do we really consider or care about the top notes, the middle/heart notes and the base notes? It sounds like musical chords creating the scales of a perfect harmony – which is kind of true when it comes to perfume. I guess creating a perfume is kinda clever?!

Unless you are a perfumer or an established beauty/fragrance writer/reviewer/blogger – most of us only care about the finished smell!

For me, perfumes give us such sentimental value and I instantly recognise fragrances worn by those we love, we miss, and also those special times in our lives.

On a shopping spree last week I found myself wandering around in Jo Malone – trying out new scents and experimenting with new layering combinations – I left with a new candle to enjoy in my home, of a scent that reminds me of a very special time.

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I heart Jo Malone

Chanel No. 5 will always remind me of my Grandma. A timeless scent, oozing with Parisian elegance and “girl power” – it’s no surprise Marilyn Monroe wore this perfume to bed! My Grandma was a proud, sophisticated and strong-minded woman who not only wore this classic fragrance, but the lotions that came with it. Whenever I get the faintest whiff, I think of her integrity, her rich personality and of course her beauty, inside and out.

Me & Grandma

My Grandma & me!

My Mother’s signature scent is Caleche by Hermes.

The freshness of Caleche reminds me of her bright character without being too overpowering. An almost vintage perfume, my Mum has worn Caleche nearly her whole adult life which simply oozes class, warmth and beauty – just like her.

My Dad wears Aramis – and to some of us may well be known as a typical “Dad cologne” (after all – it has been around since the sixties). Always worn by a man who’s traditional, classic and masculine,  I remember this scent vividly as a child and will always recognise it instantly.

I enjoy having a variety of fragrances in my beauty drawer. My favourites are Daisy by Marc Jacobs, and I’ll always have a weakness for Romance by Ralph Lauren and of course Chanel No. 5. I love trying new fragrances too.

My signature fragrance has to be Red Roses by Jo Malone London. Incredibly feminine and floral, this perfume for me literally smells like a bunch of roses, my favourite flower.

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Playing with layering at Jo Malone

So beautiful and sweet, it reminds me of love and happiness and also of my first job at the age of 15 when I worked in a florist – spending my Saturdays surrounded by beautiful blooms, especially stunning roses around Valentine’s Day.

I’ve worn this fragrance for many special occasions, and consequently justifies me extending my range to enjoy the body lotion and bath oil, and the room sprays and candles – allowing me to surround myself with a scent that make me happy.


Friends & family know me well at Christmas time!

I also like layering my Red Roses body lotion with Jo Malone’s English Pear & Freesia cologne – simply stunning! Well, I think so anyway!

So, as someone who may not enjoy a 1-million following to a beauty or fragrance blog, I still have been able to realise just how important fragrance is to us, and how it’s such a gorgeous feeling of sentiment (as well as smelling lush).



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