Back in the 1980s there was a fabric conditioner advert on the TV that had a small child sniffing clean laundry and proclaiming “it smells like sky.” I know exactly what that child means when I smell certain perfumes.
There are days when we need something pure and clean and ethereal, especially after, shall we say, overindulgence? You don’t need a reason, sometimes you just feel all floaty.
The perfumes on the following list have been selected for those sorts of days. When you just want to be all mindful and press the reset button in your overloaded brain- and what generation before us, has ever had to remember as many passwords and pin numbers? Poor us, we deserve some soothing scents that say Shh…there, there.
Philosophy Amazing Grace
This has to be the leader of the pack when it comes to smelling as if you live on a cloud. Pure and clean and smelling like you’ve been freshly laundered and dusted with Angel’s blessings, Philosophy Amazing Grace will suit just about anyone.
Eau de Cartier
This was my go-to hangover scent back when I could drink more than two glasses without needing an early night and bed socks. Created by genius Christine Nagel, Eau de Cartier is a harmonious symphony of lavender, violet and bergamot. It’s so gentle, it almost make you feel better just by wearing it.
Library of Fragrance Clean Skin
Library of Fragrance has a spotless record in my book. They always do what they say they’ll do, and they provide excellent quality scents, that despite being colognes, often outlast many eau de toilettes on my skin. Library of Fragrance Clean Skin has a purity about it that made me feel like I’d just stepped out of a regenerating spa bath without so much as a blemish on my character.
Lalique makes superb light and airy scents. They just make me want to pour the whole bottle over my head. Lalique L’Amour is no exception. This is all gentle watercolours. With neroli, bergamot and jasmine, even the sandalwood and musk base enters the room on tip toe.
Cacharel Noa smells like clean, freshly washed hair, with a bloom’n’fade coffee bean in the middle of it. Trust me, the coffee bean seems to pin it down and stop it floating away. I love Noa and I call it excellent value at around £15.
Avon Pur Blanca
The harshest thing that people ever say about Pur Blanca is that it’s “boring.” Well, I don’t find it boring. Sometimes I want to smell like piles of white linen and white soap and fluffy towels, and that’s why I like the bargain that is Avon Pur Blanca.
I won’t hear a word against celebrity scents as long as JLo and Sarah Jessica Parker are churning them out. JLo Glow was created in 2002. It’s long life, especially for a celeb scent, is testament to its universal appeal. Glow opens with grapefruit and neroli and segues inot jasmine and roses. It’s light as a feather and makes me want to wear something diaphanous. There are many flankers, but I still like the original one best of all.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Celestia
My most recent review prior to this one, was Maison Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Celestia. Totally unisex, with mint and bergamot, nothing says clear, crystal waters more than this heavenly scent.
How about you?
Do you agree with my list? What’s your favourite scent that says “I want the world to go away today and I’m staying under this lovely white duvet”? Do let me know. I always love to hear from you.