Whenever I’m wanting to purchase a new fragrance both for myself or as a gift, I always check Fragrance Direct first. Fragrance Direct are one of my favourite online retailers for so many reasons, especially for fragrance as their prices are usually unbeatable and they frequently have discount codes which lower the prices even further. Fragrance Direct have just had a massive revamp to their website, and it’s so much more streamlined making it even easier to find whatever you’re looking for.
To coincide with the revamp, I was given the chance to do a Fragrance Direct Mother’s Day Fragrance Gift Guide here on my blog which I was very excited by as I just love fragrance, but I also love giving fragrance as gifts and Mother’s Day is THIS Sunday if you’re in the UK so time is most definitely running out if you haven’t chosen your gifts yet. It can be a minefield trying to choose a fragrance for a loved one, but I have three perfect picks which I’d like to recommend.
Thierry Mugler Angel Eau de Parfum 15ml £40.95 (RRP £52)
I couldn’t do a fragrance gift guide without featuring a Thierry Mugler fragrance as I adore them, and I think Thierry Mugler Angel would please anyone that likes more of a statement scent especially one that lasts as I don’t find any fragrance lasts on the skin as long as Angel does as it lingers for over eight hours with just one spritz. Thierry Mugler Angel is the bestselling fragrance in the whole of France and I’m not at all surprised as it’s incredibly unique and a signature scent for so many.
The box and bottle are both stunning, especially if you or your loved one likes anything star related as the box features stars all over it and the bottle itself is incredible as the glass resembles a multi-faceted star with a silver atomiser. In my opinion, Angel’s bottle has the most iconic and unique design especially as it has a flat base so you have to lay it down and the faceted glass really catches the light.
The Angel fragrance is definitely not for the fainthearted as it’s extremely intense, and you have to go easy with application or everyone in the room will be able to smell your fragrance. I only ever use one spray of Angel (or Alien) as I can find it to be a little overpowering on myself so I don’t want to bother other people with the strength of my fragrance, but it’s one of my most-worn fragrances and has been for the last ten years.
I find describing Angel really difficult as it’s so unique and it has the most amazing list of notes I’ve ever seen for a fragrance with top notes of melon, coconut, mandarin orange, cassia, jasmine, bergamot and cotton candy; middle notes of honey, apricot, blackberry, plum, orchid, peach, jasmine, lily-of-the-valley, red berries and rose; and base notes of tonka bean, amber, patchouli, musk, vanilla, dark chocolate and caramel. The best way I could describe Angel is that it’s an oriental vanilla scent with extreme lasting power and silage, and it’s such an iconic scent in every way.
Paco Rabanne Olympea Intense Eau de Parfum 30ml £39.95 (RRP £46)
I really like the original Paco Rabanne Olympea so I was excited to try the new Olympea Intense as I figured it’d be a more intense version of the original Olympea. Design wise I have to say I don’t love the bottle’s design for Olympea Intense as it’s no where near as pretty as the original Olympea (reviewed here) as the colour is a little strange. The bottle shape is exactly the same, and is shaped like a laurel wreath from Greek Mythology, with bronze and brown accents whereas the original Olympea has rose gold accents. I understand that this is a more intense version so they’ve used deeper tones for the colour of the fluid within the bottle and the cap, but it’s just not pretty to look at like the original bottle is and I know it’s the actual scent itself which matters but I want my perfume bottles to look good as well as smell good.
Enough about the bottle’s design and colour scheme and onto the fragrance itself. “Our sublime modern day goddess has returned. Sexier, bolder more intense. Olympea has never been so commandingly sexy, effortlessly turning all eyes towards her. She is the definitive embodiment of a woman empowered: beautiful and independent, fiercely feminine.” I’m not sure Paco Rabanne’s description does the fragrance any justice but it’s pretty different to the original with an oriental ambery salty-vanilla amber accord.
I can’t recall every trying an amber salty-vanilla amber scent so I didn’t really know what to expect from Paco Rabanne Olympea Intense and I have to admit, the first time I tried it, I didn’t like it and it took a couple of uses for me to warm to it but now I really do like it. I think the reason it took me a couple of uses to get used to it is because it’s very unique; it smells like salted caramel – almost sickly sweet, with a warm and woody base which stops it smelling like anything food related.
Now I’ve tried a salted caramel-like perfume, I’m dying to try more as it’s so different to anything else I own. The intense part of the fragrance would be the scent as it’s strong, intense and long lasting and I find it gives Mugler’s Angel a run for its money as it lingers around the eight hour mark. If your loved one likes sweet, warm fragrances I think this would be a solid choice but I just wish the colour scheme they chose for the lid and fluid was a little more appealing.
Chloe Love Story Eau Sensuelle Eau de Parfum 30ml £40.95 (RRP £47)
Oh Chloe. I love the Chloe fragrances and I honestly believe they’re very likeable so it’d be hard to find someone who wouldn’t love their fragrances. Chloe Love Story Eau Sensuelle is the third edition of the classic Love Story alongside the eau de parfum and eau de toilette and I just couldn’t wait to try it as the original Love Story scent is one of my favourite fragrances.
The packaging on the Chloe fragrances is exquisite and I like that Chloe have retained their love padlock inspired bottle which itself was inspired by the iconic Paris Ponts de Arts bridge, with the white ribbon on the classic Love Story being changed to a blush pink for Eau Sensuelle. The bottle is unbelievably beautiful with its classic design and composition which is why it’s my pick for those who don’t know what fragrance notes their loved one prefers.
The catchphrase for Chloe Love Story Eau Sensuelle is “essentially sensual” and features new facets of the main ingredient of the Love Story collection; Orange Blossom, with it being made sweeter and more romantic for Eau Sensuelle as it’s mixed with the vanilla character of heliotrope and a velvety almost milky sandalwood. If you like the original Love Story, you’ll absolutely love this new incarnation as it’s very much along the same lines as the original yet it’s a little sweeter and fresher in comparison. I find Love Story to be quite an overpowering scent at times, but Love Story Eau Sensuelle is the perfect alternative especially for Spring and Summer.
I would love to know if you like any of these three fragrances, and if you’ve checked out the new version of the Fragrance Direct website?