Scent is intrinsically linked to memory and emotion.
Certain smells can immediately transport us back to a time, place or even forgotten memory.
Smell is such a powerful and evocative sense.
…The sweet smell of jasmin takes me right back to my childhood trips to Cyprus, where we spent many happy summers in my parents’ hometowns of Larnaca and Paphos.
Sweetpeas are my all time favourite flower. I still remember to this day growing these sweet flowers on a climbing frame on our balcony aged 4. They were the first flowers my mother taught me to grow. Magical.
Food-wise, the divine scent of oregano and olive oil reminds me of my Dad teaching me how to cook aged 10 in our home kitchen in Leeds. It was during that time I entered Junior Masterchef cooking lamb cutlets and a Greek filo pastry and sultana dessert.
…Pancakes with lemon and sugar were the Sunday mornings of my childhood and are a ritual I recreate with my own family. The smell so divine, my youngest detects crepes on the stove, from upstairs, the minute the mixture pours!
The scents we choose for ourselves and our homes are so subjective. They boil down to personal preference and what gives us pleasure.
We all have our own signature scents – whether that be for perfume, fabric conditioner or the scented candles we light at bath time!
Is there anything more sweet smelling than divine stocks-my dressing table is bursting with them!
I’m currently working with Comfort Intense Luxurious to discover the UK public’s signature scent as part of their incredible competition to win a visit to a fragrance house where you can create your very own unique scent (plus return travel to London and a night’s stay in a luxury hotel)!
All the details on how to enter are at the end of this post.
Personally, I’ve always been drawn to strong fragrances, bold, strong, statement fragrances that simply reflect my personality and taste.
Perfumes have 3 levels of scents:
- Top notes are what you smell first and usually disappear within 15 minutes.
- Middle notes appear as the top notes die off and determine which family the fragrance belongs to. For example, oriental, woody, fresh, or floral.
- Base notes accentuate and fix the fragrance’s middle notes and are the fragrance’s foundation. This scent will last up to 4 or 5 hours on your skin.
I love the combination of woody and tropical notes (which explains why I’m obsessed with Comfort Intense Luxurious – which is bursting with coconut, tropical flowers and woody notes).
For the top of note of my perfect scent, I would choose a tropical smell such as grapefruit or sweet orange.
For the middle note, I would opt for the comforting, woody hues found in the Chanel and Marc Jacob’s fragrances.
I’ve been a fan of woody notes since my teenage years when I was addicted to The Body Shop’s White Musk fragrance! I’m sure a few of my fellow ’90s kids’ readers will agree!
So my perfect scent would most definitely feature the warm, mysterious notes of sandalwood, patchouli and rosewood.
And finally for my base note, I am a huge fan of vanilla- a beautifully sweet and relaxing fragrance.
Vanilla scented candles are an essential in the Broadbent household and I always have pods in the cupboard to add to cakes, biscuits and even porridge.
I’d love to know what your perfect scent be?
And don’t forget, if you’re lucky enough, you might just find out!
To enter Comfort Luxurious’ AMAZING competition simply tweet @ComfortUK using the hashtag #LuxuriousScent and describe the characteristics and notes that would make up their own luxury fragrance. The competition has launched on twitter HERE. The selected winner and a friend will get to visit a fragrance house and create their own unique scent, plus return travel to London and a night’s stay in a luxury hotel.
UK Entries only.
Good luck folks!
This is a commissioned post but as always, all words were my own and honest.