just as the scent of pine, peppermint, gingerbread and cinnamon can conjure up the warm and fuzzy feeling of christmas and winter, there are certain scents that sing of summer. the scent of coconut, sun cream and salty seawater instantly take me back to those long sydney summers.
during the warmer months i also like to fragrance my skin, hair and home with fresh, fruity floral scents, with none of that heavier musk that feels so right during winter.
my daytime perfume is a modern classic, marc jacobs daisy. that instantly recognisable spritz of girly violet, strawberry and grapefruit.
during the evening, i go for something just a little more dramatic in lolita lempicka. i fell in love with the stunning purple and gold-flecked apple bottle as a teen, but wasn’t brave enough to wear the decadent combination of cherry, vanilla, praline and iris until i was a little older. now it’s my signature nighttime scent, and always attracts enquiries.
i have paid a fortune in the past for all sorts of fancy pants body washes and soaps, but always return to this cheap and cheerful lemon and tea tree by the original source. for a supermarket brand, the scent as you lather up is seriously good – blissfully cheerful with zingy citrus that never fails to waken me up in the morning. a great way to kick start your day – and a steal at just over two pounds!
i slather moroccan oil in my hair to keep it shiny and soft. the gorgeous aroma encircles my head for a good day afterwards, and i love it so much i often rub the excess into my hands for baby smooth skin.
i love my home to be filled with a pleasant scent to greet guests when they walk inside, whether it be from cooking or candles. my forever favourite is diptyque baies, but the last few weeks i have switched things up with this malin + goetz dark rum candle. completely bonkers sounding, but trust me, it’s divine. i am transported to a barbados beach when i light this. their mojito candle is so delicious i am tempted to bite into it too.
finally, nothing can beat a fresh bouquet of flowers. i like to stock up on the reasonably priced blooms at columbia road flower market in east london on a weekend. my favourite stems to have in the house are peonies, followed closely by those gorgeous vintage looking roses (do they have a special name? let me know!), hydrangeas and little bouquets of lavender on the bedroom window sill.
what are your favourite fragrances?