Spring sniffs: My favourite fragrances for every occasion


When it comes to choosing a perfume in the morning, I have more than enough options to choose from.  Between the full-size bottles and hundreds of samples, I always have a scent on hand.

I have had the opportunity to try out a whole whack of different fragrances, but I have quite the number of full-size bottles.  Depending on how I feel, I’ll reach for one fragrance over another.  Here are my favourite scents for any occasion.

Fun and flirty: Viva La Juicy by Juicy Couture

I received a vial of this in a Sephora VIB bag and fell in love it.  I picked up a full-size bottle at the Juicy outlet in Vegas (on sale!) and have been in love ever since.  The scent is so flirty and summery, and best of all, reminds me of Vegas (always puts me in a good mood).

Notes (from Sephora):

Wild Berries, Mandarins, Honeysuckle, Gardenia, Jasmine, Amber, Caramel, Vanilla, Sandalwood, Praline. 

Work-friendly: Christian Dior Hypnotic Poison

This sultry, mature scent is subdued enough for daytime, and tantalizing enough to rock at night.  I tend to wear this more during the winter months because it’s a muskier scent, but I have been still rocking it considering the snow here doesn’t seem to want to melt.

Notes (from Sephora):

Bitter Almond, Caraway Spice, Sambac Jasmine, Cinnamon, Tuberose, Vanilla, Musk, Mosses, Jucarunda Wood.

Girly: Britney Spears Fantasy 

I have had this one for awhile and although I don’t wear it that often anymore, I still die every time I smell it.  This perfume literally smells exactly like cotton candy.  Rock it at an amusement park or on a date, it’s sugary-sweet scent will leave you feeling young at heart.

Notes (from Amazon):

Top notes of Lychee, Quince & Kiwi; middle notes of Cupcake, Jasmine & White Chocolate Orchid; finish of Creamy Musk, Orris Root & Sensual Woods.

Fresh: Escada Moon Sparkle

Although this scent isn’t available anymore (it was limited edition for 2007), Escada releases a similar scent every summer but just changes the name and colour of the bottle (this year it’s called Cherry in the Air).

I always find the Escada limited edition summer fragrances so fresh and sweet to wear that they are often my most reached-for scents. There isn’t an occasion I can think of that I wouldn’t wear this fragrance for.  A must-have for sure, check out the newest limited edition Escara perfume next time you are at your local Sephora or department store.

Just a note, Amazon.com still has Moon Sparkle in stock if you are interested in ordering it.

I can’t find the notes of this particular fragrance, but here are the notes from the 2013 limited edition, which are often quite similar (from Sephora.com):

Black Cherry, Raspberry, Mandarin, Marshmallow, Gardenia, Coconut, Sandalwood, Oakwood. 

Expensive: Angel by Thierry Mugler

This iconic perfume may just be my all-time favourite scent.  I remember receiving a sample vial of this when I was a teenager and I have been wanting a bottle of it ever since.  This musky, sexy fragrance always reminds me of a department store; to me, it’s like Neiman Marcus in a bottle.  I finally got my bottle of this holy water last year but I don’t wear it that often, mainly because it’s a strong scent.  Because it’s a perfume (as opposed to an eau de toilette), it goes on strong.  One spray can be overpowering at times.  With that being said though, it’s one of those fragrances that is so distinctive that when I smell someone wearing it I have to comment “is that Angel?”, and it always is.

Notes (from Sephora):

Bergamot, Hedione, Helional, Honey, Dewberry, Red Berries, Vanilla, Caramel, Patchouli, Chocolate, Coumarin.

Mature: Chanel No. 5 

Another icon, and no doubt the most famous fragrance in the world, this perfume was released almost 100 years ago (in 1921).  Although it does smell, and I hate to say it, like grandma, there is something so elegant and timeless about the scent that no matter the age, anyone can wear it.  I tend to reserve this scent for only special occasions, but I truly think it’s the one fragrance I can think of that should be in everyone’s collection.

Notes (from Fragrantica):

Top notes are neroli, ylang-ylang, bergamot, amalfi lemon and aldehydes; middle notes are iris, jasmine, orris root, rose and lily-of-the-valley; base notes are vetiver, musk, sandalwood, patchouli, oak moss, amber, vanille and civetta.

What are some of your favourite scents?

Also, one more thing, just a quick nails of the day post.  I’m sporting Sally Hansen Salon Effects in Stripe-Tease, which is totally cuter on than in the package.


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