There are so many ways to capture and remember your wedding day, photographs and videos, choosing a pair of wedding shoes you can re wear time and time again, wearing your bridal robe to remind you of the wedding morning excitement, but there is nothing quite like the memory that comes with scent.
The first perfumes were actually incense made by Mesopotamians about 4000 years ago. The term perfume originating from the Latin expression per fumus, meaning through the smoke was later given the name we more familiarly know, parfum by the French.
The scent of a perfume has the ability to transport us to a place or a feeling familiar or otherwise, bespoke notes to make you feel like that scent was made especially for you. Luxurious packaging, making the experience feel more like a beautiful ritual, a moment to yourself, rather than just another step in your morning routine.
But of course with all things wedding planning there are so many options to choose from, do you stick to what you know – a signature scent of yours? Or is this the time to choose a new perfume that will forever remind you of the day you married the love of your life…
For the Spring / Summer Bride
Iris – “She steals the full beauty of Springtime…” that she sure does. With middle notes of jasmine and neroli this scent feels summery and light, not too sweet and ‘girly’ but with top notes of bergamot, mandarin, and lavender set the stage for a refreshing and invigorating experience. The perfect fresh, floral scent one is always on the search for.
1987 – It’s fresh, it’s floral, it’s just perfect! Transport yourself to the enchanting allure of 1987 with a white floral fragrance that exudes a captivating blend of power and nostalgia. With notes of jasmine, tuberose, and gardenia (heaven!), this potent scent announces its presence before you’ve even walked in the room, leaving a lingering impression of melodramatic elegance. Enhanced by a base of white musk, this fragrance captures the essence of an era gone by in just a few spritzes. (Writers note – I have had many compliments while wearing this perfume)
Maison Rebatchi Rose Rebatchi – I had never found a scent that encapsulated the perfect old fashioned garden rose scent until I found Rose Rebatchi. If you are a lover of roses but are scared of the dreaded stale hand cream rose smell, you can stop reading right here and go order this perfume.
Grandiflora Queen of the Night – ‘The Selenicereus Grandiflorus, or Queen of the Night, is a rare cactus with a dramatic feature- it blooms but once a year, for a single night, with a fragrance so uniquely beautiful that it has been the stuff of legend for centuries.’ This scent is delicate and powdery, with unique notes of wisteria, pittosporum and mimosa. After the floral notes of orange blossom, ylang ylang, tuberose and gardenia gracefully retreat, it unveils the soft and gentle base with delicate hints of woodsiness and powdery undertones of vanilla and musk.
Nasomatto Narcotic Venus – Prepare to be captivated by the essence of unapologetic female sensuality. This fragrance is the embodiment of an unrelenting pursuit for an irresistibly addictive intensity, merging the enchanting aromas of tuberose, jasmine, lily, and a tantalising blend of spices. With every breath, you’ll be transported to a world where seduction and empowerment entwine, leaving behind an aura of undeniable magnetism.
P.FRAPIN & CIE: L’Humaniste EDP – A fragrance that exudes freshness and sophistication. The enticing blend begins with an invigorating burst of citrus from bergamot, cardamom, bay berries, and black pepper. As it unfolds, the heart notes of juniper, nutmeg, thyme, and peony add layers of depth and complexity. Finally, the base notes of gin, oakmoss, and tonka bean leave a refined and unforgettable impression that lingers on the senses. This fragrance is a true masterpiece that embodies elegance and allure.
Maison Matine Poom Poom – This fragrance captures the essence of joy and freedom with its exhilarating blend of rose, tangerine blossom, orange, and kiwi in the top notes. As it unfolds, delicate orchid, peony, freesia, and rose take center stage, infusing the heart notes with a sense of grace and beauty. With base notes of musk, sandalwood, ebony wood, and vanilla providing a comforting and sensual foundation.
ARQUISTE FLOR Y CANTO – Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the Aztec’s most fragrant festival, where temple altars are adorned with an abundance of flowers. The rhythmic beats of drums resonate as billowing clouds of Copal set the stage for an intoxicating symphony. With notes of Mexican tuberose, magnolia, plumeria, and the sacred marigold, this fragrance captures the essence of the festivities, transporting you to a world filled with the alluring scents of tradition and celebration.
AMOUAGE Honour 43 Woman – Honour 43 Woman by Amouage is a meticulously crafted perfume that resembles a work of art. It combines a quartet of exquisite white flowers – Jasmine, Tuberose, Gardenia, and Lily of the Valley – in a breathtaking performance. With its carefully selected notes, including Pepper, Rhubarb Leaves, and Sandalwood, this precious elixir is a sensory awakening that leaves a lasting impression.
Wood Sage & Sea Salt – A personal favourite of ‘It Girl’ Sophia Richie – Grainge: Breathe in the invigorating scents of sea salt and mist as the sage intertwines with the woody earthiness. Allow yourself to be enveloped in this fragrant symphony, and let it transport you to a place of tranquility and rejuvenation.
Lime Basil & Mandarin – Jo Malone’s signature fragrance, a modern classic that captures the essence of the Caribbean. Infused with the unexpected combination of peppery basil, aromatic white thyme, and the refreshing scent of limes carried by a tropical breeze, this fragrance is a true standout. With its unique blend of ingredients, it offers a contemporary twist on a timeless scent, making it a must-have for those seeking a truly captivating fragrance experience.
Peony & Blush Suede – The peony, a beloved flower in British weddings, takes center stage as the bride’s flower of choice. Capturing the essence of charm, Jo Malone’s Peony & Blush Suede Cologne exudes a sophisticated floral scent that embodies romance and promise. With peonies in full bloom, delicately intertwined with the allure of red apple, jasmine, rose, and gillyflower, this fragrance invites a flirtatious atmosphere. Adding to its allure is the sensuality of soft, blush suede, creating a luxurious and seductive aura that is simply irresistible.
Nectarine Blossom & Honey- Inspired by London’s vibrant Covent Garden early morning market, this fragrance captures the essence of blooming spring flowers, intertwining them with the playful and irresistibly sweet notes, creating a truly memorable olfactory experience.
For the Autumn / Winter Bride
Castro – Transporting you to a bygone era, the mesmerizing fragrance unfolds, captivating your senses with its allure. Like a stolen glimpse into the past, the dark and intoxicating essence lingers, seducing your soul. With notes of Cuban Tobacco, Smoked Wood, and Violet at the top, complemented by Cedar Wood, Dark Rum, and Iris in the middle, and anchored by the rich base of Peruvian Balsam and Musk, this evocative scent strikes a delicate balance, offering a smoky experience that remains delightfully airy.
Cienfugos – Indulge in the blissful embrace of a Caribbean getaway, captured in a bottle. Introducing an addictive and tantalizing fragrance that lingers like a fleeting memory. The top notes of Tobacco and Cardamom set the stage for a sensory journey, while the middle notes of Coriander, Licorice, Iris, and Patchouli weave a captivating tale. Finally, the base notes of Amber, Aniseed, and Musk leave a lingering trail of allure. Embrace the essence of a balmy breeze with this irresistible fragrance, inviting you to escape to paradise with every spritz.
Narcosis – Sexy, peppery, rosy, powdery. Get ready to indulge in a fragrance that exudes sensuality and allure. This captivating perfume intertwines the seductive notes of Sichuan pepper and rose, creating a fiery yet romantic opening. As it settles, a powdery musk, saffron, and geranium blend gracefully envelops you, adding an alluring softness. The base notes of amber, cloves, and patchouli provide a warm and intoxicating finish, striking the perfect balance between richness and subtlety.
Holy Smoke – Immerse yourself in the cozy embrace of a crackling fireplace with this captivating fragrance. The warm and rich essence envelops you, creating an ambiance of comfort and relaxation. A delightful blend of Cinnamon Bark, Clove, and Tonka Bean opens the scent, followed by a heart of Patchouli and Cherry wood, adding depth and character. The lingering base notes of Frankincense, Oakmoss, and Amber provide a soothing and inviting finish, making it the perfect companion for those tranquil moments by the fire.
Black Beach – ‘A salty scent with a velvet heart of the wildest woman.’
Like wrapping yourself in a soft woollen coat and scarf, this perfume unfolds with a delicate and salty introduction, gradually transitioning into a luxurious and opulent blend. The interplay of Sea Salt, Bergamot, and Saffron sets the stage, leading to a captivating heart of Black Tea and Rose. Finally, the base notes of Nutmeg, Birch Tar, and Ebony Wood envelop you in a sensual and musky embrace, evoking a cozy and inviting atmosphere that lingers on the skin. This fragrance is a sensory indulgence that transports you to a world of comforting sensations.
La Habana – A scent to indulge in. You’ll be transported to a cozy pub in Queenstown, enveloped in the captivating aroma of a Cuban dream. The fragrance emanates a rich, musky essence, reminiscent of sitting by a crackling fire. The top notes of dry Cuban tobacco leaves and tonka beans create a deep and alluring foundation, while the middle notes of jasmine and cedar wood add a touch of elegance. The base notes of musk, sandalwood, and amyris provide a warm and sensual finish, leaving you with a scent that lingers long after the night is over.
English Pear & Freesia – In this delightful fragrance, the alluring scent of just-ripe pears intertwines with a beautiful arrangement of white freesias, symbolising the essence of friendship, a vital element in any marriage. As the fragrance unfolds, the presence of autumn is felt, accompanied by the warm embrace of amber, patchouli, and woods, creating a luscious and golden aroma that captivates the senses. This perfume embodies the perfect balance between sensuous freshness and comforting depth, making it a treasure to cherish.
Have you chosen a wedding day scent already? Or if you’ve already been wed, what did you wear? I highly recommend ordering a few testers or heading in store to test out some of these beautiful fragrances. You may be surprised at which ones you’ll be drawn to – I know I was!
Thank you so much to the wonderful teams at The Virtue, World Brand and Jo Malone for allowing us into the world or fragrances for a day.