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The Marie Claire Perfume Directory: The Best Perfumes In The World

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  • Do you know your oud’s from your woods? Are you more of a citrus person or do you have a preference for florals? We know the world of fragrance can be notoriously tricky to navigate so that’s why our experts here at Marie Claire HQ have gallantly taken up the challenge to discover the best perfumes in the world. So whether you’re on the hunt for your signature scent, want to find the perfect perfume present for him, or are intrigued by what perfume the royals wear, welcome to the Marie Claire Perfume Directory where we endeavour to fulfill all your fragrant needs.

    The best perfumes for women – How to find your signature scent

    With millions of perfumes to choose from it can be a daunting, almost impossible, task to find the best perfume for women – let alone ‘the ‘one’ you’ll use as your signature scent’.

    You can endlessly spray yourself at perfume counters, but it’’s more likely to leave you with a headache rather than your ultimate scent. So how do you discover the scent that almost seems like its been made for you? Read on for all the best perfumes and how to find your signature scent.

    And if you’re short on time, this month we’re loving…Elie Saab, Girl of Now

    What is it: Elie Saab, Girl of Now

    What’s in it?: Mandarin, Pear, Almond, Patchouli

    What does it smell like?: A sexy fragrance packed full of  personality. The creaminess of almonds are given a injection of energy with the addition of orange blossom, which atop a base of patchouli and tonka bean feels fresh. A real game-changer.

    How long does it last?: 4/5

    How much is it?: 52.50 for 50ml

    Shop now: Elie Saab, Girl of Now, £52.50 for 50ml from John Lewis


    These are the best winter fragrances ever

    Best Winter Perfume

    Rich, warming scents always spring to mind when thinking of staple winter fragrances. After the spicy, gingery notes that saw us through autumn, winter’s well underway with lighter, more uplifting notes rounded out with something more full-bodied; think bergamot, neroli and jasmine, linked with dark vanilla, toffee, suede accord, and cocoa. The best winter fragrances of 2017 consist of some classic favourites, with plenty of new and exciting additions.

    The best floral fragrances for men, that you’ll love yourself

    Mens floral fragrances

    The lines between men’s and women’s fragrance are increasingly blurred and while we’re still champions of one-size-fits-all approach, passing back and forth our Comme Des Garcons with our significant other, are there certain ingredients that just don’t belong in fragrances for him?  We’re here to talk about flowers. And, whilst you may think they are reserve for the world of women’s perfume, flowers, in actual fact have played an equally important part in fragrances for him. Scroll through our edit for all the best floral fragrances for men

    How to build your own fragrance wardrobe

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    In the same way that half of all UK adults are trying mindfulness techniques, our beauty editor turns to psycho-perfumery – fragrances scientifically proven to hit us at emotional and neurological levels, enhancing sensations of pleasure, ramping up energy levels and reducing stress.

    When you inhale a scent, it stimulates the limbic system (the brain’s emotional control centre) where fear, depression and joy originate. ‘If you connect to the aroma because it reminds you of a time when you felt happy and well, your brain releases mood-enhancing chemicals including serotonin and endorphins,’ says Professor Tim Jacob, neurologist from the School of Biosciences at Cardiff University.

    ‘The limbic system also controls your heart rate, blood pressure and the nervous system, so certain fragrances can have a physical effect, too.’ So while a whiff of Chanel’s Coco Madameoiselle won’t make Brexit magically disappear in a fragrant fug, it can create an emotional force field around you.

    The best perfumes favoured by Royals around the world

    Princess Diana style

    Princess Diana and Prince Charles

    From Jo Malone to Illuminum, these are the fragrances chosen by Princess Diana, Kate Middleton, and The Queen on their special days. We couldn’t forget Meghan! Although nothing’s been confirmed yet, and she isn’t really a royal (yet), we’re eagerly anticipating yet another royal wedding between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry – with one of her favourite fragrances most likely being her go-to on the big day.

    What did Kate wear?

    Clarence House confirmed that when Kate said ‘I do’ to Prince William in 2011, she was wearing White Gardenia Petals by Illuminum. The small brand behind the soft, floral scent became a huge name almost overnight with reports that every 50ml bottle sold out within minutes of the announcement that the Duchess had worn it.

    It’s still difficult to get hold of, but Illuminum’s Rose Oud eau de parfum is another of the brand’s best sellers.

    Kate Middleton Wedding day perfume Illuminium Rose Oud

    How to make your fragrance last longer

    There’s nothing more annoying than spritzing your signature scent only for it to be but a lingering memory a mere thirty minutes later. Well, we spoke to an expert to find out how you can make your perfume last longer, day or night. So why not give these five simple steps a try to get the most out of your favourite fragrance? Oh and the best bit? It turns out that even though you may not be able to smell your perfume, everyone else probably can! And just wait until you find out why.

    Why you shouldn’t spray perfume in your hair

    While we obviously want our hair to smell great and it’s tempting to mist in a little of your signature scent, you should never spray perfume in your hair. The alcohol content is really damaging to your hair and will damage it in the long run, causing it to become more brittle and dry. Instead, invest in a hair mist version of your perfume, specifically formulated for your hair with a much lower alcohol content. Brands like Chanel, Byredo and Jo Malone are all jumping on the hair perfume bandwagon, so you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to options.

    These are the best travel fragrance minatures

    Never be without your favourite scent with our edit of the best travel mini’s for your bag.

    How to pick the perfect wedding scent


    Not sure what fragrance to wear on your wedding day and how to pick the perfect wedding day scent?

    Click through for expert tips on how to pick the perfect scent for your big day, how to layer it, and how to preserve it for your next wedding anniversary.


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