Fragrances. Another topic that I’m embarrassed I haven’t tackled yet. But, the thing is, it’s sooo personal. I’m one of the unfortunate few who react very violently to certain scents. Self-proclaimed “fresh” scents make me want to hurl. Bright florals and deep amber scents give me the worst headaches. Like, sinus infection status headache. Like, don’t-talk-to-me-because-I’m-not-listening-because-I-can’t-because-I’m-going-to-die headache.

That being said, for me, unless you know my signature scents, don’t take a chance on buying me perfume as a present. However, since many people are not this way, I’ll share with you some of my favorite scents. Chances are, if my picky nose loves these scents, you or the person you’re buying for might like them also.

This article could also be called “Fragrances To Buy the Special Lady in Your Life”. Hint, hint.

1. Tocca Violette 

My current signature scent (it’s been a love affair that has gone on almost a year). I love it so much and don’t leave the house without it on. It’s calm enough for daytime, but romantic enough to transition flawlessly into nighttime. As you can see, I’m kind of obsessed with it and have the regular size as well as the travel size. You never know when you might need a touch up! That being said, the staying power of Tocca perfumes is great. They last all day.

Notes: Italian Bergamot, Ginger, Coriander, Violet, Rose, Black Currants, Cedarwood, Cashmere Musk, Benzoin.

2. Tocca Bianca

This was my go-to scent for a couple years, but now I tend to reserve it for it special occasions. On my skin, it starts out bright and citrusy, then settles into a mellow floral scent. I am now realizing how difficult it is to describe scents in a way that does them justice and am currently developing a new found respect for the peeps who write perfume descriptions.

Notes: Bergamot, Lavender, Mandarin, Lemon Orpur, Rose Petals, Jasmine, Green Tea, Musk, Sugar.

3. Fresh Sugar Lemon

Ever wanted to eat a smell? You will absolutely want to do that with this fragrance. I love it because it’s refreshing and flirty. A just-got-out-of-the-shower-and-I’m-squeaky-clean scent. The staying power of this perfume isn’t great, so I put a thin layer of Vaseline on my skin where I apply the fragrance to make it last longer. And it actually works. It won’t make it last all day, but a significantly longer time.

Notes: Italian Bergamot, Yuzu, Mandarin, Lychee Flower, Orange Blossom, Ginger Flower, Oak Moss, Caramel, White Santal.

4. Trish McEvoy No. 9 Blackberry & Vanilla Musk

I love this scent and, because it was my signature scent then, I’ve come to associate it with studying abroad in London. Ahhh, scent associated memories. It’s sweet and a little bit spicy. And, like Sugar Lemon, it doesn’t last super long on my skin. But, unlike Sugar Lemon, it lasts super long on clothes. Like, until you next wash them long. And that is really quite super. Also, sorryyy, I don’t have a picture because I ran out a couple years ago, but you can get it here!

Notes: Blackberry, Vanilla, Velvet Musk, White Rose and Cashmere Woods.

5. Tokyo Milk Marine Sel

Such a great and unique scent, but very difficult to describe in a way that will sound appealing. It’s a very earthy scent…and spicy, but with a sneakily sweet undertone. I’ve always had the solid version sold in this little pot because it travels well, but apparently it is not longer made. Luckily, it is still sold in liquid form in a beautiful glass bottle depicting swimmers in the ocean.

Notes: Sun-bleached driftwood, Mineral salt, Fresh water, Turned earth, White woods.

What’s your signature scent? Let me know. I love finding new scents!

Before you go forth on your fragrance journey, here’s a very presumptuous “What I Should’ve Said” feat. an uncorrected typo:

Plus, dude, sleep > you.

Plus, dude, sleep > you.