The holidays are coming which means fragrance shops will soon have stocks flying off their shelves. Unless you’re looking to gift someone with a nose for something particular, perfume seems to be the easiest go-to gift. I personally can’t count the amount of bottles I’ve accumulated during Christmas in my teens and 20s (does anyone even wear Tommy Girl anymore?)
My taste in perfume has evolved as I’ve grown older. I’ve stayed clear of cutesy fruity and have transitioned into clean, fresh scents as well as light spice and florals. My favourite perfume houses include Annick Goutal, Le Labo, Maison Francis Kurkdijan and I’ve been a fan of Jo Malone for a while now, with my favourite “signature scent” being their Wild Bluebell range. Prices may be a bit higher than what you pay for on the high street but you really get decent quality and lingering freshness.
I have a new obsession though: Parisian brand diptyque.
My first diptyque purchase was a perfume oil roll-on in one of their famous scents, Philosykos. It smells fresh of figs, a bit of coconut, and a round of cedar which reminds me of nights on a beach somewhere exotic. It’s a clean, creamy, woody scent which I think is perfect for the cold seasons but very wearable in Spring and Summer as well.
I personally wish my favourite scents come in oils. Perfume oils are more easily tolerated by the skin as they’re alcohol-free. This means they help replenish your skin as they also serve as a moisturiser unlike alcohol based fragrances that are harsh and drying.
As it’s a roll-on, it’s super easy to apply which means you can put this on whenever/wherever, without thinking about the hassle of spraying it on someone else’s nose.
Fragrance oils also last a long time and this roll-on does not disappoint. I’d apply it in the morning and still smell fresh post-work hours.
It’s conveniently sized and comes with a felt pouch, which makes it easy to bring when you travel. Also, it’s non-flammable so you won’t have to worry packing it in your suitcase or carry-on.
Overall, a delicious treat worth getting for someone special and a seriously great smell you can wear all year-long.