Scent is a powerful sensory pleasure when it comes to beauty. It has the ability to evoke happiness and comfort, transport you right back to a moment in time and it can even make you want to eat those favourite beauty products of yours that you probably definitely shouldn't. Scent is also something deeply personal and the way a product smells can influence how much joy we get out of it or whether we even choose to buy the product or not. I've definitely bought products based on scent alone and from fruity, floral and foody, these are the products in my beauty stash that smell the most heavenly to me.
My taste in scent has changed quite a bit as I've gotten older and I guess I've developed a more refined taste in fragrance, though one thing's for sure, my favourite will always be Diptyque's Roses Candle. A scent some deem as "grannyish", there's something so classic and timeless about the scent of rose and I love Diptyque's because it's fresh, feminine and soft. It smells more like a beautiful, fresh bouquet than a generic powdery granny-like scent and it was this candle that introduced me to the corresponding perfume, the Eau Rose EDT, which is now what I call my signature scent. Dior's Crème de Rose smells almost identical, so I simply adore this rose scent too. I do like Jurlique's rose-scented products and the Nuxe Comforting Cleansing Milk with Rose Petals, but the Diptyque and Dior offerings definitely take the cake for me. The Elizabeth and James Nirvana White Body Oil smells similar to Diptyque's Rose scent, though the tender musk sets it apart and makes it more unique. With its two other base notes being peony and muguet, it's a fresh and floral scent I simply can't get enough of right now. I have the Nirvana White Mini Rollerball and now I'm even contemplating buying a full size bottle because I love it so much!
Diptyque really do some of the most beautifully scented products out there and my second favourite after the Roses Candle would have to go to Baies. Combining the aromas of fresh roses (surprise, surprise!) and blackcurrant leaves, you get the best of both floral and fruity with this one. I've even got the stunning Room Spray to match and the similarly-scented Antipodes Joyful Hand and Body Cream, which swaps out fresh roses for the hibiscus flower. It's not hard to understand why Baies is one of Diptyque's most iconic scents.
Lush's The Comforter Shower Cream is another product that contains blackcurrant (I guess I have a thing for blackcurrant as well as rose), though it's less floral and more sweet, and doesn't really smell a whole lot like Baies at all. Nevertheless, it's still positively dreamy and with a blend of cassis absolute, bergamot and cypress essential oils, The Comforter truly is a "snug berry hug".
Over the past year, I've developed a love for the smell of coconuts that seems to have come out of nowhere. I've never disliked coconut scents before, it's just one I never really gave much thought to. I think what must've started it all is the Marc Jacobs Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer, which is very subtle and the five different types of coconut it's infused with even works to both nourish and hydrate the complexion. The Philosophy Coconut Frosting Shower Gel and Glossier Coconut Balm Dotcom are two other favourite coconut scented products of mine, and like the Marc Jacobs Primer, I enjoy them because they're very natural scents and not overpowering at all. I'm not a fan of coconut scents that are too sickly sweet and over the top.
Soap & Glory make some of the most undeniably delicious scents, so much so, I wish they were edible! The Sugar Crush range was once my favourite scent of theirs, though I've sadly fallen out of love with it now. I mean, it's still nice, but like Lush's Snow Fairy Shower Gel, once I used up a bottle or two bottle, I'd kind of had enough. Soap & Glory's Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub has since surpassed Sugar Crush and it is an actual crime that you cannot eat this stuff. It smells like the sweetest bowl of sugary hot maple syrup porridge! Three other sweet scents I love come in the form of lip balm - the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment, the Clarins Instant Light Lip Balm Perfector and Korres' Lip Butter in Jasmine. Funnily enough, I actually really dislike the scent of jasmine (at least on its own), but to me, both the Korres Lip Butter and Clarins Instant Light Lip Balm Perfector both have a really lovely sugary sweet scent. The Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment is similarly sugary, as the name suggests, but smells more like a scrumptious lemon cake to my senses.
When it comes to haircare, Bumble and Bumble and Oribe are the two standout brands for fragrance. Continuing on with my love of coconut scents, the Bumble and Bumble Creme de Coco Shampoo and Conditioner is said to be created for "coconut lovers and island hoppers". To me, Creme de Coco is richer and creamier-smelling than the other three coconut-scented products I spoke about above and there's something a little sweeter about it too, though definitely not in a sickly way. My second favourite Bumble and Bumble scent comes from their Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Primer. Infused with six different oils (grapeseed, safflower seed, sweet almond, macadamia nut, argan and coconut), it's sweet, fruity and tropical, and smells like a really high quality haircare product only available at salons. I absolutely cannot stand the smell of drugstore dry shampoos, so when the Oribe Dry Texturising Spray came onto the scene, I felt like I had been waiting my whole life for this. With notes of Calabrian bergamot, white butterfly jasmine and sandalwood, Oribe's signature scent for their haircare line is sexy and sultry, and was created by one of the oldest French fragrance houses. It even comes in the form of an eau de parfum called Côte d'Azur.
Though I tend to go for more floral, fruity and sweet scents, Aesop do some really beautiful botanical blends and my favourite scent comes from their Resurrection range. With a herbaceous lavender aroma, I have the Aromatique Hand Balm and Rinse-Free Hand Wash, and I love them for their earthy, natural fragrance.
For something a little more refreshing and uplifting, I turn to the scents of the Origins Peace of Mind On-the-Spot Relief and Caudalie Beauty Elixir. The Origins Peace of Mind is a calming blend of peppermint, rosemary, eucalyptus and basil, which really helps to clear the mind and soothe the senses. I use Caudalie Beauty Elixir as a toner, refresher and post-makeup mist, and containing grape, orange blossom, rose, organic balm mint and rosemary, one whiff of this and I'm instantly in Paris again. A French pharmacy favourite, I bought my first bottle of this stuff while there four years ago and I'll forever be in love with this product and its ability to take me back to my most favourite city in the entire world.
What are your favourite scented products?