The November issue of UK’s popular women’s magazine, Red Magazine (Hearst), features my article “The Fragrance Wardrobe” (p. 206-212) on how I went from a single signature perfume to a wardrobe of scents. I also explain why I find fragrance as rewarding and stimulating as music and art, and how to create your own perfume wardrobe. It is available on newsstands now. Red Magazine’s November issue is autumn inspired and includes interesting articles on managing stress, creating healthy meals, picking the ideal skincare and more.
Here is a peak inside the magazine, as well as into my current fall perfume wardrobe.
Why am I such a proponent of a perfume wardrobe? The pleasure I take in building my perfume wardrobe is not in the process of buying a new perfume–a small, well-edited perfume collection is more practical, but simply in using my nose as I discover new scents. As I pick up the bottles and lift the stoppers, I time travel and dream. There is no one perfume that captures all of my moods and cravings, and exploring scents has made my world so much richer. I enjoy sharing this experience with others, and this is what my Red Magazine article is about.
My current wardrobe is tending towards rich and warm, but some favorites are always present–Chanel No 19, Parfums de Nicolaï Odalisque, Guerlain Chamade, Serge Lutens Bois de Violette. Clearly I need to buy another bottle of Guerlain L’Heure Bleue–mine is running out. This warm orange blossom and iris perfume is a panacea to feeling under the weather, and I’m quickly depleting my reserve of Eau de Parfum as the rainy Belgian fall gets underway. On the other hand, Annick Goutal Néroli, another orange blossom but a sparkling, fresh one, is the best pick-me-up on cold mornings. It’s a ray of sunshine captured in a bottle. Lolita Lempicka is for days when I want something delicious, and its confection of tonka bean, iris, maraschino cherries and dark woods never fails to please.
Hope that you will like the article. Once it will become available online, I will update this post with a link. Meanwhile, you can browse Red Magazine via redonline.co.uk.
Photos by Bois de Jasmin (photo #2 courtesy of Vanessa, thank you!)