Five fiiine fragrances

I wouldn’t say I have a perfume problem, per se. In fact, if we put aside the only downside which is cost of this delicious habit, my perfume collection brings me nothing but joy.

I enthusiastically wear all the perfumes in my arsenal, and I selectively add to them a couple of times a year. I resist the urge to replace every bottle I finish, and instead I bank those for when I come across something that really jumps out at me.

I do have a few die-hard favourites that have earned permanent residency in my collection, and today’s fragrances are a nice mix of repurchased favourites and new additions from the last year or so.

Diptyque Do Son EDT (Repurchase)

This is my third bottle of Do Son in three years, which says a lot for a scent that lives among 50+ others.

I would describe the scent as a Jasmine & Tuberose dominant white floral that’s very warm and creamy, with a slight breath of oriental zest. I realise there are a lot of abstract descriptors in there, but it’s one of those scents that really just hits me as one complete smell, and not a combination of ingredients.

Diptyque Do Son EDT

I bought the EDP the last time round and for the life of me I couldn’t smell it on me. Neither could anyone else. It must have been a fluke, as I had used a tester in store and it lingered all day.

I got in touch and was very impressed with the service from Skins – even though I bought my bottle of EDP in Amsterdam, they were happy for me to switch it for an EDT at the Sandton store. I’m happy to report I smell delicious again with my old faithful at my pulse points.

Get it from Skins in Sandton City or via their online store for around R1800.

Chloé Ateliers de Fleurs Verbena

I have an ongoing love affair with fresh, citrus scents that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. I’ve been seeking them out for their invigorating feel, and also to layer with more dramatic or deeper scents when I want a more uplifting scent from them.

Chloe Ateliers de Fleurs Verbena

Chloé Verbena is on the softer end of the spectrum for citrus scents, and it appealed to me because it’s so well balanced – as if the perfumer practiced great restraint. As you could expect it’s citrusy and ever so slightly herbaceous, tied together with a slight hint of fresh florals.

I got a friend the Ateliers des Fleurs Neroli variant as a gift and it was very, very hard to hand it over – if you’re after a well rounded Neroli scent, I can highly recommend it.

I bought this at Sydney International, it’s a new launch.

Maison Margiela Replica Springtime in a Park

A fair number of my fragrances are emotional decisions, and this one was right up there. I couldn’t place the initial appeal as quite honestly, I wanted to like one of the cool girl scents more. You know – something called Lazy Sunday Morning, Sailing Day or Whispers in the Library.

But the nose wants what the nose wants. When I sniffed Replica’s Springtime in a Park in a busy airport inbetween two crying sessions it immediately made me feel happier and calmer, so I bought it without giving it much more thought.

Replica Springtime in the Park

The official notes are musk, lily of the valley and pear. While it’s a little sweeter than my usual preference there’s nothing sickly about it, and it really is a delicious scent. It’s fresh and upbeat, with a comforting note that reminds me of massage oil. Can highly recommend.

These are not available in SA, I bought it at Sydney International and it’s also available at Sephora.

D&G Light Blue Italian Zest

Well knock my over with a feather, I thought I was never going to have a D&G Light Blue in my collection. I completely missed that boat when everyone was on it – I wouldn’t even be able to identify the smell of the original D&G Light Blue (Shock! Horror! I know!).

Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Italian Zest

Nevertheless, I couldn’t walk away from this one once I sniffed it. It’s perfectly zesty and crisp with a slight woodiness and creaminess at the base. It reminds me a lot of Esteé Lauder Modern Muse – but with more zest and less creamy floral notes. If you like one of these, I’m willing to take bets that you’ll like both.

I bought this at Priceline in Australia and I suspect it’s the last of the limited edition that’s being sold out as it was launched in 2018.

Chloé Eau De Parfum (Repurchase)

Technically I bought this backup bottle more than a year and a half ago, but I only opened it last week so I’m including it.

Chloe EDP

Chloé EDP is a great example of rose fragrance done well. If I close my eyes I can smell a bouquet of roses and other flowers, which is a beautiful scent as long as you don’t go too wild with it. This is definitely a scent that turns on you if you overdo it – I stick with two or three spritzes because I’m convinced it starts smelling like potpourri if I’m too heavy handed.

Chloé EDP is a gorgeous rosy floral with slight powdery notes – enough to make it very feminine, but not too much that it becomes cloying

Get it from department stores like Woolworths from R1100.




  1. Simone
    Feb 22, 2020 / 8:27 AM

    I totally noticed that Narcisso Rodriguez for Her in the back there and it’s one of my most coveted fragrances – the one that I keep putting on my gift wishlist but still have never gotten… A girl can hope.

    • Chantelle Bester
      Feb 22, 2020 / 12:00 PM


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