The Residence’s Favorites : Perfumes

October 7, 2013

I hardly ever write about perfumes and fragrances because I’m sure you’ve already realised how amazing I am at describing scents. I’ve always been a Burberry Body and The Beat type of gal. But three new perfumes have made their way in my collection this year and I couldn’t bear the fact of not sharing the love, here on the blog.

This summer, I decided to finally get Chanel Allure, a perfume that I always contemplate when visiting Chanel counters. I know, not a very summery fragrance. It is described as “clean and sheer, warm and sexy”. That’s probably not the best fragrance description you’ll ever find… I love this so much because it’s very sophisticated and elegant and it instantly makes you feel like a grown women. Every time I have this on, I get tons of compliments! I think this is going to be one of those perfumes that I’ll have in my collection for life. 

Calvin Klein recently launched a new perfume called “Down Town”. Judging by the name and the ad campaign, I thought it would smell like Carolina Herrera 212 VIP or Paco Rabanne’s Lady Million. When I first smelled this, I was a bit confused. Here’s the description: “Opening notes of Italian cedrat, bergamot, and neroli Tunisia orpur, mingle comfortably together with nuances of fresh green pear and dewy watery plum. The journey continues with a contrast of pink peppercorn dusted over violet leaf and gardenia petals, enhancing the sense of feminine sophistication. Finally, the unmistakable signature of sensualtiy and attitude are brought to life with Texan cedarwood, touches of incense, vitiver, benzoin, laos orpur, and warm velvet musk, leaving behind a statement of confidence”. It actually smells fruity and sweet. Something I would never go for! But I love its after smell. When Down Town starts to fade away, it has something about it that smells really good. Unfortunately, the after smell doesn’t last very long… 
About two weeks ago, Benefit hosted an amazing event for the launch of the newest member to the Crescent Row family: Noelle. I’m such a sucker for packaging and Benefit gets me every.single.time. This bottle came in the cutest box. If you end up in Sephora, check out the box of their perfume collection. Adorable! Now this is described as “exotic & glamorous woody, floral”. It has cardamom, black pepper and lingonberry as top notes; wild orchid, jasmine petals, vanilla flower, fresh rose and soft violet as middle notes; patchouli, accord oud, black amber, vanilla beans, benzoin resin and raspberry as bottom notes. It has an arabian twist to it (something that my mum would love – not that it’s a bad thing). I’m normally not a huge fan of oud but Noelle isn’t that strong (not as strong as the Arabic fragrances). This is more of a night fragrance to me rather than a daily one.

What are your favorite fragrances, at the moment? Leave a comment below! 🙂 
– Zein xx

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  • Reply nadya October 8, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Chanel coco mademoiselle and elie saab eau de parfum…btw, im also completely in love with burberry body.. 🙂

    • Reply Zein October 13, 2013 at 11:21 am

      Love the Elie Saab perfume!

  • Reply Nida Moughal November 29, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    I love burberry body but I am tempted to try out Down Town.

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