THE FRAGRANCES I ALWAYS TURN TO FOR COMFORT AND PLEASURE

Image by SHOJI VAN KUZUMI

Image by SHOJI VAN KUZUMI

words by DANIELLE RANSOM • Shop The StoryBeauty

FEW THINGS ARE AS POWERFUL OR PERSONAL AS SCENT. AND THESE THREE FRAGRANCES ARE ESPECIALLY SO FOR ME.

Fragrance is such a vital yet overlooked aspect of tying a whole look together. The right perfume can make a moment, and mean so many things: powerful yet tender. Classy and elegant. Energetic and fun. The list is endless.

For my perfume, I like to keep simple. I need something subtle yet refreshing, with perhaps a unique flavor. These are the three scents I can’t get enough of.

One: Chanel

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Les Exclusifs de Chanel 1957 perfume

As someone who doesn’t like heavy perfumes and is also an ardent lover of all things Chanel, the 1957 perfume is the best of both worlds. It’s everything that Coco Chanel embodied through her fashion; the interconnectedness of youth, comfort, and luxury. I liken the scent to a flower blooming over time to unveil the musky sweetness of a nectar that just draws you into its folds. The strong white musk softens into an airy orange blossom fragrance, before the woody cedar kicks in. It’s clean but sensual at the same time. It’s my daily scent and I don’t leave the house without.


Two: maison louis marie

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Maison Louis Marie No.10 Aboukir perfume oil

I wear this scent to events or for a night out. Nothing makes me feel more elegant, or in my element, than this perfume oil. I like using oil-based perfumes for work because they tend to last longer. I was drawn to Maison Louis Marie’s scents because they are inspired by her family’s history. It’s a rare feat to bottle up a perfect scent that is a tribute to the past, yet still retains a modern touch, fit for the contemporary woman. It smells like spices drizzled in honey. The spicy eucalyptus is enveloped in jasmine and lavender, before melting into a cinnamon-y vanilla.


Three: frederic malle

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Frederic Malle's Eau De Magnolia

I learned about Frederic Malle in France and I’ve yet to discover someone who can craft the kind of scents he does. When I learned that he had tapped Carlos Benaïm, the maker of Ralph Lauren’s signature Polo scent, I knew I had to get my hand’s on one of his scents. I took his Eau de Magnolia on vacation once, and it’s been my go-to holiday scent since. It helps me relax and forget about work. It reminds me of the beach and endless sunshine in summertime. This scent smells like a bouquet of magnolia and oakmoss, dipped in a citrus bath. All of the scents just smell so real and fresh.

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