Sunday, March 28, 2010

Luxury Fragrances For Luxury Snobs

It's tough for me not to be a label snob, especially when it comes to fragrance. Over the years, I've bought and collected tons of fragrances and perfumes, all having varying notes and scents. I do switch up which one I use each day, just to keep things fresh.

There are many categories in which a fragrance can be classified. There are also many "notes" within one fragrance. Floral, Oriental, Woody and Fresh are the four main categories - other sub categories combine one or more of the above.

Now, what does that mean? Well, when selecting a new fragrance, a lot of times someone will ask you what type of scent attracts you. Below are a few of my favorite fragrances, accompanied by what category and/or notes it contains.

Chanel No. 5
Category/Notes: Abstract

It is tough to put your finger on what notes Chanel No.5 is composed of, especially because it is considered an "abstract" fragrance. This fragrance wonder has withstood the test of perfume time and continues to be wildly popular - Chanel No.5 was introduced in 1921! A very distinct and full scent, it is best to wear it in the evening, AND in moderation. Coco Chanel's goal when creating this perfume many years ago was to "Make a woman's fragrance that smells like a Woman" We think she nailed it.

Dolce and Gabbana - Light Blue
Category/Notes: Floral, Citrus, hint of Musk

Light Blue has been a favorite of mine for a few years now. The feminine, sweet smell always reminds me of a tropical vacation - the Light Blue ad with the model on a boat in the middle of the ocean sums it up perfectly! It's light and pretty enough to wear during the day, and sexy and musky enough to wear during the evening. I seem to get a lot of "Wow, you smell great!" compliments when I wear Light Blue (always appreciated)!

Bond No. 9 - Fashion Avenue
Category/Notes: Fresh, Floral, Green, Sexy/Sultry

Bond No. 9 New York has many fascinating fragrances - they are all named after places, streets or parks within New York. Fashion Avenue, Little Italy, Bryant Park and Chinatown are just to name a few. The Bond No. 9 name comes from the address of their headquarters - 9 Bond St, Noho NY. The company's goal is to create a scent for every part of New York in an artistic way. My favorite is Fashion Avenue - it smells sexy and sophisticated, and I attended college at Fashion Institute of Technology - right on Fashion Avenue!

True Religion Jeans - True Religion for Women
Category/Notes: Fruits, Florals, Warm and Sensual

True Religion for Women gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling. It perfectly captures True Religion's boho-chic, laid-back style of clothing. This is the type of fragrance the jeans and t-shirt type chick would wear to the beach. Plus, I love the bottle!

Fendi - Palazzo
Category/Notes: Rose, Orange Blossom, Bergamot

In the passed, many people have said Rose-scented perfumes were for old ladies. Not the case here! It is a little more sophisticated than the rest of my favorites, but I wouldn't say you should get out your cane and reading glasses just yet. The orange blossom and bergamot notes freshen it up, and it becomes an attention-grabbing scent. Almost piercing. Ladies who wear this fragrance need to WORK IT!

Share your favorite fragrances with us!


  1. thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting girly!

    you have some nice perfumes! I have never been a big perfume fan as they always gave me headaches when I was younger... i can tolerate some now though. My favorite (also my only lol) is Mariah Carey's Forever Perfume... it smells soooo good!

  2. thanks for the love doll! i've never tried the mariah perfume, but the bottle is cute! xoxo

  3. Hi, I love your perfume collection! My absolute favourite is Escada Magnetism ;)


    Have a great week!

  4. Great post. I absolutely love the Bond No 9 series of fragrances. Just wish that it was easier to buy in the UK. I have to order it online from the US - however it is most definitely worth the trouble.

    Have you tried any of the CB I Hate Perfume range? Another great New York label with some great fragrances! Think I might have to go to the US on a shopping trip soon.

    Great post!

  5. @Summerbabe - Thanks for the love!! I've never tried that Escada fragrance, maybe I should!

    @SignatureScent - Thanks for the love as well!! I've never tried any CB, I will look into it. I love Bond, i'm thinking of which one I want next =)

  6. I am soooo jealous!!! I loove perfumes and all sorts of fragrances! But unfortunately my nose has become so overly sensitive that anything more than mild body wash and deodorant gives me migraines :( Enjoy them for me.

  7. @Naiyana - sorry to hear that doll! maybe I will do a post on my favorite body washes =)


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