Sunday 22 November 2015

Top high-end perfumes that are actually worth their price

Hey lovelies! It feels like the Christmas season starts earlier every year, doesn't it? We're still in November and people are already putting up their Christmas decorations; Christmas trees and advent calendars have been on sale since September... Some of you may already be thinking about gift ideas, and perfumes are always a popular choice for Christmas. Fragrances make wonderful gifts, but they also tend to be quite expensive. There is nothing worse than spending a ton of money on a high-end perfume that ends up being a disappointment. This inspired the idea for today's post, which is a short guide to expensive fragrances that, in my opinion, are definitely worth their price tag. I've also been working on an extensive Christmas perfume guide, which I'll be sharing with you all next week!

Chanel Chance (eau de toilette; £55 for 50ml, Boots)
It was difficult to pick just one Chanel fragrance for this list, as in my opinion, most of them deserve to be included. You really can't go wrong with Chanel - their scents are luxurious, sophisticated, and perfect as gifts. For me, Chance holds a lot of sentimental value (gifted to me by my boyfriend as a graduation present), and it really is a unique, beautiful fragrance. The scent combines notes of juicy pineapple, spicy pepper and earthy patchouli, and it will make you smell like a million dollars. If you are familiar with Chanel's Coco Mademoiselle - Chance is quite similar,  but more fruity and 'youthful'.

Try this if you like: Perfumes that are feminine, sophisticated and luxurious, such as Dior's Miss Dior Cherie, and Chanel's Coco Mademoiselle. This is a very 'safe' option if you're looking to purchase it as a gift - it's likable and easy to wear,  plus who wouldn't be happy with a Chanel perfume?

Dior J'Adore L'Absolu (eau de parfum, £83 for 75ml, John Lewis)
Some of you may be familiar with the original J'Adore, which is one of Dior's best-selling perfumes. L'Absolu is a heavier, more luxurious version; which smells just like a big bouquet of fresh, white flowers. The scent combines exotic notes of jasmine, ylang-ylang and tuberose, with a slight hint of woods and dried fruits. It's a lot more mature and elegant than the original J'Adore, and perhaps more suitable for special occasions rather than casual wear. The bottle is gorgeous and expensive-looking, making it a wonderful Christmas gift idea.

Try this if you like: Feminine, luxurious scents that will get you noticed, such Chanel No. 5 and Cinema by Yves Saint Laurent. J'Adore L'Absolu would be a wonderful Christmas gift for someone a little more mature - if you're looking to buy a perfume for your Mum or Auntie, this one would be a brilliant choice!

Dolce & Gabbana The One (eau de parfum, £63 for 50ml, Boots)
Dolce & Gabbana offer some beautiful scents, and it was difficult to pick just one to include in this list. I think The One is more suitable for colder months, and it's a wonderful choice if you're looking to purchase it as a Christmas gift. The scent combines notes of juicy peach, sweet vanilla and balsamic amber, with a hint of white flowers. It smells incredibly sensual and luxurious, but there is also something very 'comforting' about it. I think it's a little more approachable and casual than other perfumes on this list, making it a great everyday perfume.

Try this if you like: Perfumes that are elegant, feminine and sensual, but still appropriate for casual wear. If you like caramel-based scents such as Viva La Juicy by Juicy Couture, or BonBon by Viktor & Rolf, you will love The One - it's like a more grown up, sophisticated version.

Marc Jacobs Oh Lola! (eau de parfum, £65 for 100ml, Debenhams)
I think that most of the Marc Jacobs fragrances deserve to be on this list. His bottle designs are always eye-catching and unique, and therefore perfect as gifts. Whilst most of the perfumes on this list are luxurious and sophisticated, Oh Lola! is quite casual, fun and uplifting. The fragrance combines notes of juicy strawberry, pear and peonies, which keep it smelling fresh and youthful. Every time I wear this, it puts a smile on my face and makes me feel feminine and happy! The bottle is gorgeous and matches the scent perfectly - it's girly, fun and really adorable.

Try this if you like: Fruity scents that are feminine, happy and youthful, such as Nina Ricci's Nina, or any other Marc Jacobs fragrances. I think Oh Lola! would be a wonderful Christmas gift for a younger girl, plus the bottle is gorgeous and would make a lovely decoration!

Armani Si (eau de parfum, £47 for 30ml, Boots)
Si is a perfect scent for colder months - it's warm and comforting, with notes of smooth vanilla and fresh blackcurrant leaves. I honestly think this is one of those perfumes that's almost impossible not to like. It's luxurious, elegant and feminine; but also very soft and approachable. There is also something a little tropical about it - whilst not included in the official notes, I can definitely smell a bit of passion fruit and mango, which give the scent a lovely, exotic feel. If you are familiar with Lancome's La Vie Est Belle - Si is quite similar, but softer and a little more elegant. 

Try this if  you like: Perfumes that are sweet, elegant and feminine, such as Dolce & Gabbana's Pour Femme, or Lancome's La Vie Est Belle. This is a great choice if you're looking to purchase it as a gift - this fragrance would suit just about anyone! 

Cartier La Panthere (eau de parfum, £51 for 30ml, Debenhams)
This perfume is actually a modern interpretation of the original Panthere fragrance released in 1986. It's bold, sophisticated and lady-like, and it smells very 'vintage'. The scent combines notes of dried fruits, powdery gardenia and fresh oakmoss. It's mature and elegant, with a very 'classic' feel to it. It's definitely not something you'd wear on a daily basis, but it's perfect for special occasions, and will make you smell like a million dollars. The quality of this scent is top-notch - it smells incredibly expensive and luxurious, truly upholding the elegant image of the Cartier label. 

Try this if you like: Mature, sophisticated fragrances that aren't sweet, such as Guerlain's Shalimar or Chanel's Coco Noir. If you're looking to buy a fragrance for your Mum, La Panthere would be a perfect choice! 

What are your favourite high-end perfumes? 


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