Recently, I’ve been doing my research and studies in fragrances and scents. Honestly, the science behind creating a perfume and cologne are still a confusing topic for me, but learning about notes and scents has been such a fun learning session. It’s come to a point where I’ve started to admire a bunch of different brands and their fragrances.
Now people have preferences; some like the strong and musky smell, some like that powder finish, and some like clean and sweet. I live for floral with small hints of musk. Being surrounded by fragrances at work gave me the opportunity to try out many perfumes and today, I’m here to introduce my fragrances recommendations with the notes included!*
Marc Jacobs Daisy Collection:
The Marc Jacobs Daisy Collection are by far the greatest fragrances I have come across and I own all of the perfumes (except for the original Daisy, which I still question).
The ironic thing about the Daisy’s is that Daisy Love is the only fragrance to carry Daisy as a note. Daisy Love carries top hints of crystallized cloudberries, middle Daisy tree petals, and the bottom notes being cashmere musk and driftwood. It’s sweet and floral scented but it has that subtle musk to it.
The original Daisy carries notes of violet leaves, wild strawberries, violet petals, jasmine, musk, and a hint of vanilla.
Daisy Eau So Fresh carries natural raspberry, grapefruit, pear, violet, wild rose, apple blossom, musk, cedarwood, and plum. I like to wear that fragrance for the spring time.
Daisy Dream is my personal winter scent, and it consists of blackberry, grapefruit, pear as top notes (a little similar to Daisy Eau So Fresh). The middle notes contain jasmine, lychee, and blue wisteria (similar to the original Daisy, and we also see the wisteria is the reason why it’s my winter scent). Lastly, the base notes contain white woods, musk, and coconut water, which I still think is interesting.
You can purchase any of the Marc Jacobs fragrances at your local Ulta, Sephora, Macy’s, and even Walgreens.
Ariana Grande Cloud:
In my opinion, this is Ariana Grande’s best fragrance but this is the world’s most confusing scents. When I looked through all the notes, I was filled with so many questions. Grande’s cloud shaped bottle smells so independent that even I can recognize it from someone simply walking past me in public.
The top notes consist of lavender (which is why I love it), pear, and bergamot
Now this is where things get weird. The middle notes have coconut, praline, and vanilla orchid.
The bottoms notes contain nothing but cashmere. To me, I can imagine cashmere in a cozy winter themed fragrance, but she made it work.
I can never imagine pear mixing with coconut, lavender, and pears, but I love how it makes this fragrance so unique.
Ariana Grande Cloud can be found at Kohl’s and Ulta Beauty.
Versace Dylan Blue:
I wear this at work whenever I get the chance and I even recommend it to everyone who shows up looking for a new fragrance. Versace carries the Dylan Blue for both men AND women (Eau de Toilette for men and Eau de Parfum for women), and although they have different scents, they still smell fantastic!
The top notes in the parfum are black currant Granny Smith clover arc, and while I don’t know what that is, it is a great addition to the fragrance.
The middle has rose, icy peach infusion, and jasmine; all things I love in a fragrance.
Finally, the base has styrax, white smooth woods, musk, and patchouli. This is a confusing fragrance regarding product, but like I said, this is such a good fragrance to try out and even invest in.
The Versace Dylan Blue Fragrances are sold at Macy’s, Ulta, and Sephora.
The Coach brand has a nice and subtle smelling variety, and I personally adore them. Obviously, my personal favorite of the brand is the Coach Floral.
What makes it unique is it top note being pineapple sorbet. It’s like a nice spring fading into summer scent.
The middle note is what makes it subtle; the note is tea rose. I am always excited when a fragrance carries a hint of rose but know this is tea rose doubles the excitement.
The last note is creamy woods and it cuts off the musk and makes you smelling fresh and clean.
Coach Floral can be found at Ulta Beauty.
Givenchy Blossom Crush:
This is probably the first fragrance that I’ve fallen for that had cocoa bean in it. Now normally, I’m not a fan of cocoa, but I can understand why people love fragrances infused with it (which is why I understand Carolina Herrera’s Good Girl but I’m not huge on it).
The first note is peony, and if you haven’t smelled a peony in real life, you are so missing out. It’s the softest but beautiful scent ever, next to rose.
Speaking of roses, that is the middle scent of the Givenchy. Peony and rose is such a good combination.
The last note is cocoa bean and musk. I think the musk covers most of the cocoa bean up and presents more of that floral scent.
You can purchase Blossom Crush at Ulta Beauty or Macy’s
Jimmy Choo L’Eau:
This one of the softest smelling fragrances I’ve tried and I have absolutely no complaints.
I would say this one is more floral since both top and middle notes consist of flower extracts.
The top notes consist of bergamot and hibiscus flower, giving it this tangy hint.
The middle notes have nectarine and peony flower. The peonies give the fragrance it’s soft individuality.
Lastly, the base notes are cedar wood and musk. The musk helps with making the scent softer.
You can find the Jimmy Choo L’Eau at Ulta Beauty, Sephora and Macy’s.
Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue:
I’m giving this fragrance collection a shout out because these are the perfumes my family turns to and I’ve loved it ever since. Usually when my mom leaves to go on trips, I steal one of her scarves and it smells of Light Blue. It’s more of a personal fragrance to me.
The top notes contain Sicilian cedar, apple extract, and bluebell (which explains the name).
The heart of the perfume consists of bamboo, jasmine, and white rose, giving it a subtle tenderness.
The bottom notes give this specific fragrance it’s “spicy” smell towards the end. It’s citron wood, amber and musk.
You can pick up Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue for him or for her at Kohls, Macy’s, Ulta Beauty or Sephora.
Dior Miss Dior Absolutely Blooming:
I didn’t really get the appeal of the Dior collection, but the minute I smelled the Miss Dior Absolutely Blooming to a guest at work, I loved it.
This extension to the Miss Dior collection has red berry accord as a top note.
The middle notes contained grasse rose absolute and peony accord, which explains why I love it so much.
Finally, the base notes have white musk accord. It’s a soft floral mixture and it’s definitely a go-to for the springtime.You can purchase Miss Dior Absolutely Blooming at Sephora, Macy’s and Ulta Beauty.
I tried this fragrance out of curiosity and I loved it (also quick shout out to the rude vendor who bluntly told me that this perfume smelled disgusting, because it’s not). The bottle is simple and aesthetically pleasing being a rectangular bottle with a light salmon pink.
Gucci is probably one of the most extra brands I know of so I expect them to have extra notes in their fragrances… and they delivered.
Gucci’s top notes consist of tuberose from India (which can be read on their website).
They don’t just use jasmine, but they use the bud extract from jasmine flowers, which is impressive.
Lastly, they use Rangoon Creeper as their base, which is 1. Impressive and 2. What gives the perfume a nice powder smell. Normally, I don’t go after fragrances with a powder finish but this one just smells so sweet and juicy so I have no problem with the powder finish.
You can purchase Gucci Bloom at Saks Fifth Avenue, Sephora, Macy’s, and Ulta Beauty.
Philosophy Amazing Grace and Amazing Grace Ballet Rose:
Philosophy is definitely another aesthetically pleasing brand, but are their fragrances even good? The answer: yes.
My esthetician friend at work wears the Ballet Rose and once she introduced me to it, I fell in love again. I’ve had my moments with the Amazing Grace and I didn’t know whether or not I liked it or not. Around Christmas was when I decided I did.
Amazing Graces top note is simply bergamot.
Middle notes are muguet blossoms.
The base notes is a lasting musk.
In the Ballet Rose, the top note is sparkling lychee.
The middle notes are delicate rose and peony extracts.
And the base notes are woods and sheer ballet pink musk.
You can find the Philosophy fragrances (and skincare and bath) at Ulta Beauty or Macy’s.
*quick note: I know I’m not posting as often as I should, and I really want to, but there’s just so much that I personally feel is preventing me from doing so. I’ll for sure post about it next.