Let’s talk about some of the best strong perfumes for women!
When wearing a heavy perfume, it’s important to get the right balance between ‘strong and nice’, and ‘strong but you’re literally suffocating everyone around you’.
"My personal preferences are sweet fragrances, with spice and ideally Oud based. If you want to smell your perfume for days, Oud is going to be your thing."
When I think of heavy perfumes, I always think of my grandmother’s generation. She and her friends all wore strong perfumes, but the trend then seemed to be that they had a Champagne/dusty note to them! This gave great entertainment to my sister and I who would be permitted to play 'dress-up' at her vanity table occasionally... a fight would normally ensue where one of us would attempt to spray the other with the "stinky perfume", knowing full well that no amount of bathing would get the aroma off for days.
Thankfully the heavy perfume phenomenon has really developed over the last few years, and there are plenty of lovely, modern and rich fragrances to choose from. My tips on selecting a heavy fragrance are to work out whether you have a preference for sweet, floral, citrus or wood. Then take it from there!
My personal preferences are sweet fragrances, with spice and ideally Oud based. (Oud being an exotic and expensive base for fragrance, stemming from the Middle East). If you want to smell your perfume for days, Oud is going to be your thing.
My favourites, in no particular order -
All of the above are intense, heavy and yet seductive. They vary in sweetness, some are slightly more floral than others and some have an almost ‘tobacco’ essence to them. I can verify however their staying power, with the ability to smell them on yourself all day.
Now I want to talk more specifically about Jo Malone’s Velvet Rose & Oud. I’ve been wearing this since 2012 and it’s really perfect for the summer. You see, it has a delicate sweetness to it, mixed with the deep woodiness of Oud. It smells exotic, hypnotic and rich.
I really enjoy having a Velvet Rose & Oud candle burning on summer evenings with a warm breeze coming through a window. The scent intermingles with the jasmine air from the garden and somehow it creates a really romantic summer's evening vibe.
The Dry Body Oil is my most used item from the range. Great in summer when you might be wearing shorts or skirts – the body oil moisturises and adds an attractive sheen to legs without being greasy.
It’s also my hack for getting skinny jeans on! Spray this on your legs and the tightest of skinnies SLIDE ON!
The body cream is a luxury product I use sparingly for evenings out and occasions. The consistency is pure luxury, incredibly hydrating, perfumed, and it sinks right in.
Have you tried any of the fragrances mentioned here? If so, what are your thoughts? Do you have a favourite you want to share? Comment below to join in the chat!
* DISCLAIMER: This post is in proud collaboration with Jo Malone London who kindly gifted me the products in the photos. And yes, my hands were agony after handling Ivy for this!!