~ My all time favorite High-End Perfumes: Part 1!!

Hey all you wonderful people!!!! How’s it going?! Today I am doing a fashion post, with a twist by sharing some of my all time favorite high-end perfumes with y’all.

Perfume, as defined by the dictionary is a fragrant liquid typically made from essential oils extracted from flowers and spices, used to impart a pleasant smell to one’s body or clothes. But in my opinion, it’s this and much more. A perfume becomes a part of your personality and people often recognize you or at the very least relate you with your choice of perfume.

For me, a perfume is an indulgence. An additional way to feel sexy and I for one, definitely do invest in lots of good perfumes and at a given time, have atleast 5-6 different perfumes on my dressing table. 

What does “note” mean in perfumery??

Notes in perfumery are descriptors of scents that can be sensed upon the application of a perfume. Notes are separated into three classes; top/head notes, middle/heart notes, and base notes; which denote groups of scents which can be sensed with respect to the time after the application of a perfume.

– Top notes are perceived immediately upon application of a perfume, top notes consist of small, light molecules that evaporate quickly. They form a person’s initial impression of a perfume and thus are very important in the selling of the product.

– Middle notes are the scent of a perfume that emerges just prior to when the top notes dissipate. The middle note compounds form the “heart” or main body of a perfume and emerge in the middle of the perfume’s dispersion process. 

– Finally, the base notes are the scent of a perfume that appears close to the departure of the middle notes. The base and middle notes together are the main theme of a perfume. Base notes bring depth and solidity to a perfume.

So without further ado, my list, in no particular order, is:

– Chloe by Chloe:

Fresh, smooth, comfortable and totally addictive. A sublime powdery rose.

Fragrance Notes:

Top: pink peony, freesia, lychee – subtle freshness.

Heart: magnolia flower, lilly of the valley, rose – sublimated femininity.

Base: cedarwood, amber, honey – velvety elegance.

– Jimmy Choo:

Imagine femininity, luxury and style – bottled. Expressing an aura of strength and beauty, glamour and confidence, this perfume is inspired by modern women. 

Fragrance Notes:

Top: Luminous green top notes.

Heart: Heart of rich and exotic tiger orchid.

Base: Lingering sensual base notes of sweet toffee and Indonesian patchouli leave a sensual memory on the skin.

Notes in a nutshell: Sweet orange, pear nectar, tiger orchid, Indonesian patchouli, caramel.

– Tory Burch:

This is the very first fragrance from Tory Burch and it captures classic elements in unexpected ways. Feminine and tomboy. Easy and polished. A bright and complex mix in a super-chic glass bottle with a signature fretwork top.

Fragrance Notes:

Top – Pink grapefruit, vibrant pink pepper, blackcurrant, neroli.

Mid – Peony, mimosa, jasmine, tuberose.

Base – Vetiver, cedarwood, creamy sandalwood, white musk.

– Coco Chanel Mademoissel:

This fragrance by Chanel caters to the younger lot – girls in their 20s and 30s as it’s classy yet youthful. 

Fragrance Notes:

Top notes: orange, bergamot, mandarin, Tunisian curaçao.

Middle notes: morning rose, Italian jasmine, ylang-ylang, mimosa, florentine iris.

Base notes: Indonesian patchouli, Haitian vetiver, Bourbon vanilla, white musk, opoponax, tonka bean.

– Dior Pure Poison:

A voluptuous musky composition based on white flowers such as orange blossoms. Once upon a time, there was a fragrance that was innocent yet captivating, sincere yet mysterious and that my friends was Dior’s Pure Poison. It incarnates seduction in its purest state by exploring its duality and irresistible alchemy. This fragrance was created to surprise and astonish, to let women assert their femininity with confidence.

Notes in a nutshell: Based on orange blossom, jasmine, gardenia, amber and sandalwood, this delicate yet generous modern potion reveals the seductress within.

– Coach Poppy:

A youthful and spirited fragrance, this Coach Poppy perfume calls attention to the fruity and floral aromas.

Fragrance Notes:

Top: Coach Poppy opens with bright cucumber, juicy mandarin and freesia buds notes. 

Heart: Filled with aroma of jasmine, pink water lily, Southern gardenia, red candied rose petals and crème brûlée accord. 

Base: A mixture of cedar wood, sandalwood, vanilla and marshmallow.

– Chance by Chanel:

For those who dare to dream, the chance for romance was never greater! The decidedly young scent of Chance is unexpectedly sexy and floral.

Notes in a nutshell: Citrus accord, hyacinth, iris, jasmine, pink pepper, patchouli, vetiver, amber, white musk, vanilla.

I shall stop right here, before I list more of my favorites and make this a super long post. These are just some of the perfumes I’ve tried and liked/loved. If y’all enjoyed this post, do show some love and let me know and I shall compile a list of rest of my favorites. Have a great week you guys!! Ciao!

~ Second Trimester… Best of the best!!

After my 1st trimester post, today I am sharing some thoughts on 2nd trimester, so without further delay – continue reading…

Welcome to the Second Trimester!!!! This is the best of the 3, trust me! Your body is now used to the overload of the hormones and you are showing and glowing, and also feeling the baby which is one of the best feelings in the world!!

This trimester is a welcome break from all the morning sickness and fatigue and you finally have the energy to focus on yourself and your partner once again!!

While some women do suffer from morning sickness during this trimester too, I was blessed to not have to worry about that. I had regained my energy as well and was ready to paint the town red!

– This is the trimester where you’ll find out the gender of the baby, depending on where you live, here in the US, around week 18-22 is when they do the ultrasound where you find out whether your little munchkin is a girl or a boy!! Exciting, right?!

– Also this is the best time to go for a Babymoon!! For those who aren’t familiar with this concept – it’s basically a honeymoon but done before the baby arrives hence called Babymoon!! 

– You are going to start showing soon, which means looking super cute in no matter what you wear and also meaning shopping time!!! Yay!! I’ll be doing a separate post on maternity fashion, so stay tuned for that.

– Baby Registry!!!! This is a good time to start thinking of what all you would want for your little bundle of joy and starting a baby registry, as you aren’t yet that big yet, and getting around stores to do your research would not be a daunting task! I’ll be doing a separate post on my baby registry and what all I choose to put on it / buy for my little munchkin, so stay tuned for that as well!!

– Start getting your workouts in! If your 1st trimester was challenging and you couldn’t do much, now would be a good time to start a workout regime you. Definitely ask your doctor what and how much you are allowed to do, for me walks worked perfectly and were very refreshing too!

– Watch what you eat since this is when cravings start, definitely satisfy those cravings, you don’t want your child to be drooling after he/she is born (this comes from an Indian belief, and a good excuse to eat!) but also be mindful of what you eat because you’ll be having the Gestational Diabetes year this trimester and while you shouldn’t cheat the system, a healthy diet is definitely helpful. I for one was blessed to not have GD and could satisfy all my cravings without any guilt and trust me, I thank God for that everyday!!

– Enjoy your me time and also couple time because before you know it, you’ll have a new full time boss in that miniature human. It’s true, trust me!

Overall enjoy your pregnancy and don’t overthink anything. This is the time to pamper yourself and enjoy this journey 100%. Wishing all my expecting readers all the best and for those of you wanting to start your family, good luck with everything!