Whenever I think about my ever expanding EDP and EDT collection, that song from the musical Oklahoma that goes, "I'm just a girl who cain't say no!" comes to mind. The amount of perfume I own is seriously borderline-ridiculous, but there are so many good ones and I truly hate to pass any up.
If you know anyone who's of the same perfume persuasion—including yourself—perhaps inspiration may be drawn from this list of rich, luxurious, and, dare I say, somewhat unusual, perfumes.
L'Occitane Jasmin-Immortelle Neroli EDT, $62
The $62 price tag attached to this L'Occitane Jasmine and Neroli EDT is actually pretty reasonable. I'll admit that, based on the description, it's not one I would normally pull out of a lineup for myself. However, after I spritzed it and let it soak into my skin, I quickly changed my mind.
At first whiff it's spicy and clean and very "of the earth" before gently settling into a honeyed bouquet of crisp jasmine and juicy citrus. It's feminine in a very womanly way—not a girlish one.
Fun fact: it was created in collaboration with Pierre Herme, dubbed the "Picasso of pastry."
Wildfox EDP, $90
Wildfox EDP is a musky-meets-sweet fragrance that features top notes of peach, wormwood and incense with a very floral middle containing notes of jasmine, honeysuckle and camellia. It smells like freshly showered rich girls who wandered through a jungle of jasmine and peach trees on their way to a music festival.
If this tells you anything at all, I was instantly obsessed with this fragrance the second I smelled it. In fact, it's become my go-to over the last couple months. I love it for daytime, in particular, and I can't even tell you how many times I've been complimented on it.
Jean Patou Paris JOY EDP , $190
The Jean Patou brand is celebrating its 100th birthday with a re-release of their popular and iconic fragrance, Joy. If you're familiar with the fragrance, you'll notice that the bottle has received a makeover, inspired by their "Nuit de Chine" dress. The above perfume is part of a limited-edition gift set that includes the 3.4 oz perfume and a set of hand soaps and sells for $190 (though it's valued at $300).
As for the fragrance itself, it's very mature and regal with a heavy vintage nod. According to the description, "no fewer than 10,000 jasmine flowers and 28 dozen roses" are required to make just an ounce of the perfume. Other notes include musk, tuberose and ylang-ylang.
There's just something definitively womanly and sexy about this fragrance.
Orlov Paris Elixer, $1890
With a price tag of nearly two grand, you're probably assuming Orlov's namesake elixir comes with diamonds. And you'd be right. Well, one diamond: a VS1 that was graded and certified by a gemologist.
You're paying for extravagant packaging, yes (the real vessel is "a luxe glass bottle embellished with a removable corset and housed in a cushioned leather case").
You're also paying for a more premium version of Orlov's namesake perfume, which (only?!) costs $330.
The elixir version has a more highly concentrated formula, and yes, you can tell a difference between the two. I had the privilege of sampling both, and while they both smell incredible, the elixir is richer and smoother. Its top notes of tuberose, orange blossom and jasmine share space with notes of vanilla and sensual amber, creating a full-bodied, perfectly balanced arrangement of sweet and spicy.
Obviously, this is more of a giftable item. I imagine fat-walleted SO's around the world are gifting these to their darlings. Perhaps the stone will later be mounted on a ring? Or set in a necklace? Who knows!
- How much have you splurged on a perfume?
- Do you ever gift perfume?
- Have you ever been gifted perfume, and was it a hit or a smelly disaster?