Perfumes for Every Occasion

I love perfume. Honestly, the fragrance that one wears can be so therapeutic sometimes, especially since it has been shown that scents can affect your mood in a number of different ways. From making you feel energetic, tired or even focused, the effects of smell are unparalleled, to say the least. What you wear is also a great indicator of the way you feel, which is why we all wear different fragrances depending on where we’re going and what activities have been planned for the day. With that in mind, I’ve included my five favorite fragrances for a number of different moods. Keeping these on your night stand will ensure that you’re ready for whatever life throws at you!

1. Chance by Chanel

Ah, Chanel. There was no doubt in my mind that I would start with this fragrance to commemorate the post. The first perfume I ever got was the classic Chanel Chance Eau De Parfum, which soon developed into a craze that led to the addition of two more in the Chance series, Eau Fraiche and Eau Tendre. While I usually hate it when companies try to capitalize on the success of a product by giving other products similar names and marketing them in the same way, I was very thrilled with the way the other perfumes turned out, and actually regularly use Chanel Eau Tendre on days I want a change  from Gucci’s Flora. However, my perfect classic perfume for a sophisticated night out has to be the original Chance. It’s a mature scent, and very strong. It definitely lasts a long time. Chance in French means ‘luck’, but even if you go by the English meaning, the perfume sticks to its name. Taking a ‘chance’ on unexpected flavors, the top notes of the classic fragrance go the fruity route, with pineapple, pink pepper and lemon adding a hint of sweetness. After that, the perfume switches to flowers, which are not as sweet as the top, even though the notes are still feminine – hyacinth, jasmine and iris are quite subtle without being overly so. Ultimately, the base notes of the fragrance come out, which leads to muskier undertones of amber, patchouli, vetiver and white musk. This makes the scent ‘older’ than a standard fruity or flowery fragrance, but I think in a good way. It is perfect for a refined night. However, if the scent of the classic fragrance is too much for you, Chanel has developed the lighter Eau Fraiche, which has notes of lemon and cedar at the top, pink pepper, water hyacinth and jasmine in the middle, and a plethora of base notes – teak wood, iris, patchouli, vetiver and musk. The omission of the pineapple, amber and iris, along with the addition of teak wood, gives you the same scent as Chance without the strong after scent, along with a more citrusy tone. The last fragrance in the Chance series, however, is completely different. Flirty and tart, it starts off with notes of grapefruit and quince, leading to tinges of jasmine and hyacinth. Finally, it gives way to musk, cedar, amber and iris. Sweeter than the other two fragrances and less woody, it is a happier and more energizing fragrance used for a fun night out, which is embodied by the absence of the heavy patchouli smell. Continue reading


Brand Spotlight: Chanel

Hi, and welcome to Brand Spotlight! In this monthly column, I’m going to choose a specific brand and give you all the details about it. I seem to find that fashion magazines rely solely on demonstrating the latest trends, but for someone new to fashion, it is very hard to determine which brand fits your style, budget and needs. I’ll be including both designer and high-street brands, catered to both male and female, and shoe and accessory brands. Let me know, of course, if there is any brand in particular you’d like me to cover.

I thought I would start this column, though, with the most iconic brand of them all: Chanel.

Brand History

Founded in 1909 by the iconic Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel, this brand is a French luxury house focusing on couture, ready-to-wear and accessories. Coco Chanel revolutionized the world of fashion by epitomizing the classic look, and wanted her clothes to reflect the truly self-confident Chanel girl. The Chanel brand speaks for elegance, with suits, blouses and simple designs headlining the collections. Famous faces behind the Chanel brand include Nicole Kidman and Keira Knightley.

Creative Director

Currently, Karl Lagerfeld is the creative director of Chanel, a post that he has held since 1983.

Brand Aesthetic

Classic, elegant and refined. Under Karl Lagerfeld’s reign, the brand has looked to the past as an inspiration for its designs, which includes the use of leather, tweed and chains as primary materials. Ladylike suits and blouses, figure-flattering silhouettes and feminine pieces like pearls and roses dot most of Chanel’s designs. While some edgier pieces do exist in order to appeal to younger audiences, the idea of owning a Chanel piece is so that it is still in style years later. Continue reading