the sixth scents: THE perfume edit, TOP SHELF

I've been really into wearing perfume lately. It just feels super grown up to go shopping for your "signature scent." Plus, perfume packaging is always so classy & gorgeous. The dainty glass bottles just draw me in!  When it comes to perfume, there are two ends of the spectrum. There are light, floral scents and dark, sultry scents (which usually have muskier notes). I generally go for floral scents because I feel like the sultry scents are a bit too daring for me.

(Cotes des Palmes by Gourmand EDP, Gold by Commodity Goods, Ikat Jasmine by Aerin, Fleur d'Oranger by Pharmacia--curated by Anthropolgie)

I recently purchased the travel-sized Gold Eau de Parfum from Commodity Goods for $26. It smells primarily like vanilla and amber but according to the packaging, it has notes of "bergamot, juniper berries, camphor, amber, Haitian vetiver, benzoin, sandalwood, vanilla, tonka bean, and nubian musk." The name is really suitable as well. The smell of this perfume is what I imagine liquid gold would smell like if it had an actual scent. I've been wearing it almost everyday since I bought it. I'm so in love with it. I feel like it's a lighter & less cologne-like, making it a versatile scent for those who aren't too into the musk smell. I really want to try other perfumes from the Commodity Goods White Collection---either try Mimosa or Magnolia. At this rate though, I think I have to purchase the full size version of Gold first.

The Ikat Jasmine fragrance from Aerin and the Fleur d'Oranger eau de parfum by Pharmacia are on the floral side of the spectrum. At times, floral scents can be sickly sweet---think back to the Victoria Secret Love Spell phase from high school.. After awhile, the smell just gives you a headache. That's why I follow a general rule of thumb when it comes to choosing fragrances. If you like fragrances but also hypocritically find them intoxicating, choose a floral fragrance that is truer to the smell of real flowers. Some of my top picks include Nirvana White from Elizabeth & James and Chloe. You can never go wrong with a classic floral perfume. So now to talk about price, the Pharmacia perfume is super affordable since it only costs $24 at Anthropologie. The Aerin one isn't really budget friendly since the full size bottle costs $115  but you can purchase a sample size in a set at Sephora for $20! Or they always have free samples at Sephora if you order online.

The last one I wanted to talk about is the Cotes des Palmes eau de parfum from Gourmand EDP. I picked up this fragrance on an Urban Outfitters trip about a year ago I believe. I honestly haven't worn it much, but I really love the minimalistic packaging. It also costs $18, which is the perfect price for an impulse buy. This one is so different from all the fragrances I own. The scent is really clean and fresh. It reminds me of those ocean-scented candles they sell at Target and the name alone really puts me in the mood for summertime. I mean, it literally translates to Palm Coast! You can use it as a room spray if you really wanted to.

What are your favorite fragrances?

Until next time, Megan.