My Favourite Perfumes

I’m back with a beauty post, and this time I’m writing about my favourite perfumes. These range from high-end (yes, out of my price range), to much more affordable alternatives. They have a range of different base fragrances  and undertones, but have all made it to my top 5, so here they are…


Versace Yellow Diamond – I was first bought a miniature/sample size of this perfume for my birthday back in secondary school, and I have LOVED it ever since. This perfume is part of the brand’s Crystal fragrance collection, where the bottle caps look like but diamonds, and the packaging is covered in a baroque design. The fragrance is light but bright, with citrus top notes (lemon, bergamot and pear sorbet). The heart is floral with notes of orange blossom, freesia and mimosa, the perfect spring scent and the base is amber and musk. You’ll see throughout this post that my favourite fragrances are musk, and this has always been the same.


The Body Shop Smoky Rose EDP This is a new fragrance in my collection, but is definitely one of my favourites. This perfume is a fusion of bergamot, pink pepper and blackcurrant, lifting the floral-musky heart. I was starting to run low on perfume, but was becoming very ‘stingy’ about some of pricier brands of perfume, and questioning why I would want to spend £50 and more on something you just spray onto your skin, so started looking for a cheaper alternative. This perfume did not disappoint, with a scent that lasts all day, a beautiful musky fragrance AND priced at less than £25 per bottle. This might just be my favourite product of 2018.


Marc. Jacobs Dot – To start, I will never get over how beautiful Marc Jacobs perfume bottles are, along with Dot I have Daisy Eau So Fresh and Daisy Dream, and I’ve kept the empty bottles because they’re just too pretty to throw away. This one is the most detailed bottle of the three, with an oversized cap with butterfly wings and a polka-dot ball centre. Dot has top note of red berries, making it fruity and fresh, heart notes of jasmine making it smell luxurious, and driftwood base notes for a bold feminine scent. Out of all my fragrances, I find this one to be the most mature scent, with its floral undertones.


YSL Black Opium – With top notes of black coffee, white floral heart and vanilla base, Black Opium is an elegant and indulgent fragrance, which is huge among my generation. It is one of those addictive fragrances, that lasts all day and is makes you feel truly luxurious. However, there is also a very high price tag that goes with this product, ranging from £50-£100 per bottle, which I will not spend on a bottle of perfume, which probably only costs a small fraction to produce, and puts me off re-buying this product and instead looking for alternative fragrances. But, it’s a fragrance fave so I had to add it into this post.

Jimmy Choo Flash – This was a perfume Adam bought me last year, and I’d never tried any Jimmy Choo fragrances before this one. Top notes are strawberry, pink pepper and tangerine, heart notes of tuberose, jasmine, and white lily, with woody and heliotrope base notes. Again, this is one of those not so pricey perfumes, but again is one of my favourites combining a woody but floral scent for freshness with maturity.


So, that is all of my favourite fragrances, but may top two at the moment are definitely The Body Shop Smoky Rose and Jimmy Choo Flash. What are your favourite perfumes? 

Nat x

Have you caught up with my last post? – The Bucket List




  1. December 16, 2018 / 2:57 pm

    Love this! I’ll definitely be purchasing The Body Shop Smoky Rose perfume! I used to love their white gardenia fragrance but unfortunately it was discontinued.

    • Natalie Hanson
      December 16, 2018 / 3:39 pm

      I’d never tried body shop fragrance before this, only skincare…they’re great! Thanks for reading!

  2. December 18, 2018 / 5:16 pm

    The Body Shop Smoky Rose has been in my collection for a long time! It’s such a good bargain for how long it lasts! YSL Black Opium is one of my favorites as well but sooooo pricey! 🙁
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Natalie Hanson
      December 18, 2018 / 8:40 pm

      It’s a great bargain. Opium has a ridiculous price tag, I refuse to pay that much money for something that you spray on and then gradually fades! Thanks for reading lovely!

  3. December 23, 2018 / 8:09 am

    You can get a cheaper Poppy Noir EDP ($10) from the Designer Brands website that smells like YSL Black Opium (according to a review). Designer Brands has some inspired perfumes

    • Natalie Hanson
      December 23, 2018 / 1:24 pm

      Oh wow, I’ll be sure to check that out!

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