In elementary school, the “it” perfume was Gap Dream. In high school it was Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue. We all wore them. And while there is something to be said for sticking with the classics, finding your own signature scent is, to me, part of growing up. Here are my picks for some unique fragrances that are sure to turn heads (or noses).
Bond No. 9 New York Chinatown, 100 ml Approx. $250 CAD, 7 ml, $95 CAD – It’s inspired by New York’s, you guessed it, Chinatown. But don’t worry, it doesn’t smell like Peking Duck and fake designer bags. A little bit sweet, a little bit spicy, and definitely daring, this fragrance has notes of peach blossoms, cedar, vanilla and cardamom. One of my all time favourites.
Tocca Beauty Giulietta, $1.7 oz Approx. $68 CAD – This scent was inspired by the love story of Italian director Federico Fellini and his wife, Giulietta Masina. The smell of tulips, lilac and amber are reminiscent of the holidays the couple spent on the island of Corsica. The perfect fragrance for your own summer love story.
Kenzo Jungle, 1 oz. Approx. $57 CAD, $3.4 oz. $94 CAD – When I was a girl, my mother brought this spicy, floral perfume home from Paris, and since then, I’ve always associated it with elegance and mystery. I used to sneak a spritz when my mum wasn’t looking, but of course, she would always catch me. It is perfume after all.
Givenchy Pi, 1.7 oz Approx. $59 CAD – I once bought this cologne for a boyfriend, but ended up keeping it for myself. It’s surprisingly sweet for a men’s fragrance, but the pine needle notes give it a bit of a masculine edge. I always get compliments on this one. The perfect choice for the not so girly girl.