Your Beauty Spy is faithful to all the men in her life but frivolous when it comes to scent, which is lucky, because there are some great new ones out in time for summer.
The beauty spy: three favourite summer scents
Chanel No. 5 was 90 years old last month, just five years older than Marilyn Monroe, who made it the most globally recognisable perfume ever. Monroe, who claimed to sleep in nothing but a splash of Chanel No. 5, would have been 85 on May 31. I first wore Chanel No. 5 in my twenties as I adore Marilyn and find anything in that black-and-white box irresistible.
But, unlike many women, I am not faithful to one particular scent. A French actress I interviewed once told me she had been wearing the same Lanvin perfume (Arpège) since she was 18. "A boyfriend gave it to me. I wasn't faithful to him, but I was faithful to his perfume," she said. How French is that?
Your Beauty Spy is faithful to all the men in her life but frivolous when it comes to scent, which is lucky, because there are some great new ones out in time for summer. I have picked my favourite three and they are all very different and captivating in their own ways.
For everyday wear I am going for Carolina Herrera CH L'Eau. This is an extremely girlie perfume, which you can see from the pretty pink packaging. It smells almost like a sweet, but happily that tones down after a few seconds. It is a fresh, lively and delicate kind of scent that puts you in a good mood. I am also told it is aimed at the younger consumer, so I feel instantly youthful when I spray it on.
For a night out, though, I will be covering myself in Le Parfum by Elie Saab. Again, it has a very feminine style, and I am in love with the elegant cut-glass bottle. However, this one is slightly more sophisticated and a little deeper than the frivolous Herrera one. It has a floral theme and is therefore ideal for summer. While exuding notes of orange blossom, white flowers and rose honey, it has a slight hint of woodiness that brings it down from a high-pitched girlie scent.
If I need to show some sassy independence, I opt for Solo Loewe, which is actually for men, but I love it. I adore its dusky undertones of citrus and lavender, and the square, plain bottle and the masculine leather pouch it comes in. It has a more Arabic feel to it than the other two, reminiscent of oud. It's ideal for the hard-nosed businesswoman in a man's world. Spray a bit of this on before the boardroom meeting and you really will be treated like one of the boys.
But when it comes to going to sleep, there's nothing like a spritz of Chanel No. 5 to ensure you have sweet dreams.
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