The power of fragrances is formidable. The sense of smell is closely linked with memory, probably more so than any other senses. Just the faintest whiff of a familiar fragrance can instantly evoke cherished memories, remind you of a loved one, or a place you visited years ago.
Asides helping you smell good, perfumes also enhance your mood, boost your confidence and increase your attractiveness. You are never fully dressed without a puff of perfume. From floral to fruity scents, here are some of the best fragrances to scent up your 2018 with:
Gucci’s latest fragrance wins extra points for the most stylish packaging out there. The red floral box teamed with the baby pink bottle instantly adds a burst of colour to your dressing table. The fragrance itself is a dreamy white floral bouquet – which is hardly a surprise given the name, Bloom.
Straight to Heaven by Kilian, £205 (₦101, 510)
This clever blend of white rum (inspired by the ‘heat of the Caribbean’), and rich notes of nutmeg, dried fruit, jasmine, cedar, and amber is heady and addictive. A touch of vanilla gives a warmth to the scent, whilst the white musk dry down adds a sweet-but-sensual finish that is perfect for black tie events.
Victoria’s Secret Love Eau de Parfum 50ml, £51.20 (₦25,355)
The fruity apricot notes of Victoria’s Secret Eau de Parfum are grounded with a hazy cotton flower base that is as comforting as it is fresh. It’s a fragrance that exudes the ease of Sunday mornings and is perfect for people who want a perfume with a lingering fragrance but not overpowering.
Tom Ford Neroli Portofino 50ml, £158 (₦78, 235)
This is a great fragrance for the modern workplace; crisp, clear, fresh, and non-threatening, Tom Ford Nerolio Portofino is light and office-friendly. Made up of notes such as lemon, lime, grapefruit, neroli, and petitgrain, the fragrance suggests crispness, confidence, cleanliness and clear-headed efficiency. A sure winner.
Carven Paris-Bangalore Eau De Parfum 100ml, £140 (₦69,320)
Carven recently launched seven new fragrances, so if you’re a designer perfume lover expect to be spoilt for choice. Paris Bangalore, one of the new fragrances, is an oriental-meets-seductively-sweet perfume that is bursting with vanilla, sandalwood, tonka bean, and amber flavours.
Diesel Only The Brave Tattoo Cologne 50ml, £33 (₦16,340)
This bold fragrance starts out with a fruity base, coming in straight away with a hit of zesty-sweet apple and mandarin before easing into a sage and bourbon pepper middle. Finally, there’s a distinctive patchouli and tobacco base, which adds a dark and dangerous note to an otherwise uncomplicated fragrance. Those in search of a refined classic would be better off looking elsewhere, but for the brave (see what we did there?) it appears to be a real standout scent — strong and long-lasting.
Tiffany & Co Eau de Parfum 50ml, £71 (₦35, 200)
What do diamonds smell like? Perhaps like the Tiffany & Co Eau de Parfum which was Inspired by Tiffany diamonds. you can almost smell the sparkle in this dreamy scent. With top notes of crisp mandarin followed by freshly cut iris and finishing with a trail of patchouli and musk, there’s a sparkle in the dreamy scent. Valentine gift maybe?