I was ploughing through Google Analytics this morning and noticed that someone had googled “what does Poppy Dinsey smell like?”. Well, cray cray person in Arizona, I don’t smell like kittens and strawberries. I generally smell of regret, TFL and too much Dove deodorant (pink grapefruit reprazent!). But since you asked, I thought I’d post about perfumes.
Five is a nice number of perfumes to write about, but it’s also the number of perfumes I own/love/wear.
These are they…
Philosykos by Diptyque. £50 for 50ml, £70 for 100ml
I discovered Diptyque in Sydney when I was 12, which was slightly disconcerting for my parents. I saved up for my first Diptyque candle when I was 16 – and every time I lit it I could see hours of backbreaking work waitressing melt away. Figuier was the first Diptyque candle I ever smelt and it has always been the only candle of theirs I’m interested in. I was desperate for them to release a Figuier perfume, to the point where I was considering using the room spray all over my goodies, but then at college I discovered Philosykos. Philosykos has all the figgy goodness I loved in Figuier, but was much more “perfume” and a lot less “candle”.
It’s a very authentic scent, you smell like you’ve rolled around in a Greek garden (in a non-muddy way) and there’s just nothing Debenhams Beauty Hall about it. I think that’s why I love it so much, it’s just SO clean. It smells like outside (presuming outside is a lush green Mediterranean paradise after the rain and not, say, Whitechapel) rather than “perfume”.
Top notes – fig leaf and fig notes
Middle notes – coconut and green notes
Base notes – cedar and woody notes
Family – green, woody, fresh
It’s not cheap, but a bottle always lasts me a year plus. This is my signature scent.
Glamorous Magnolia by Gucci. RRP £72 for 100ml, but it can be found for just £52.50 at CheapSmells.com
In 2011 I was introduced to my first pornstar in Manchester. I’m not embarrassed to admit that I became addicted to porn stars.
Back in Manchester once again last year, I was in the Trafford Centre and Boots had a stand for the launch of Gucci’s three new summer fragrances for 2012. I wouldn’t usually ever stop for a spraying from a promo girl, but on this day I did.
“OMG it smells like porn stars!”
“It smells like porn star martinis”
“Ohhhhhh. Yes. I guess it is a bit passion fruity.”
Top notes: freesia, green leaves, citrus zest
Middle notes: peony, magnolia
Base notes: musk, sandalwood, warm chocolate accord
Family – fresh, green (and passion fruity, IMHO)
It’s a ‘young and fun’ scent and does just remind me of happy times dancing in Manchester, it’s very every day and I wear it most of the time. Bizarrely, I discovered (via teenagers) that So…? do a perfume that smells the EXACT same, but I have no idea about it’s wearability compared to Gucci – the So…? In Love gift set is £1.99 though, so def cheaper!
Adorably by Mango. (Discontinued, but still available on eBay and some places abroad)
I know it’s not very helpful of me to include a discontinued perfume, but I do wear this a lot and have done for years. I think I’ve worn this since school! It’s a perfume I associate with winter as it’s quite spicy, so if you ever borrow a scarf off me it probably smells like this.
Top notes – red berries and citruses
Middle notes – pink pepper, freesia and lily-of-the-valley
Base notes – amber, patchouli, musk and vanilla
Family – oriental
Light Blue by Dolce & Gabanna. £49 for 100ml.
This is another perfume that I’ve worn since school. The problem is, so have most other girls. There’s nothing personal about this scent and you’ll always smell other girls wearing it. That being said, I still do replace it every time it runs out. I just love it too much to let it go, there are too many memories associated with it. It’s not for special occasions, but it’s nice for every day. It’s become a bit ‘gym bag’ for me recently, but it still has a very special place in my heart.
Top notes – apple, cedar, bluebells, lemon
Middle notes – jasmine, white rose, bamboo
Base notes – amber, cedarwood, musks
Family – Citrus, fruity fresh.
Bottega Veneta by Bottega Veneta. £42 for 30ml or £75 for 75ml
This perfume makes me feel like an adult. I’m a particular fan of this one because my boyfriend chose it for me, which makes it seem all the more special. It’s not something I’d have chosen as I’d have said it was too classy for me, but hey! It’s nice that he thinks I can grow into it. It’s supposed to represent the “invisible, private luxury” of the fashion house and I think it does so pretty well, there’s something very well to do about it. I imagine this is what old money women smell like. And that’s hot.
The bottle is seriously high luxe too. You could knock someone out with it, easily.
Top notes – bergamot, pink pepper
Middle notes – jasmine
Base notes – patchouli, oak moss
Family – spicy oriental
So that’s what I smell like. NOW YOU KNOW.
Christopher Kane once said I smelt like chips…and to be fair that’s probably more accurate than any of the posh perfume stories I’ve tried to sell in above.