I want to do both of these topics today, so firstly I want to direct you to my all-time favourite perfume post, which is here - please do let me know if you've owned any of my 'special' scents at any point during your life!
Lately, I've been obsessed with something I featured in my Autumn/Winter wishlist - Katy Perry's new fragrance, Killer Queen. My want started when I saw this print ad:
I've never bothered with any previous Katy Perry fragrances, I thought the kitten bottles were aimed at teens. This is glorious - a rich, red and gold bottle that looks like the head of a sceptre. Ingenious! I also love how Katy looks in the campaign - I know that's a wig, and she's probably airbrushed, but it's just a stunning looking ad. I saw a display in the window of my local chemist a few weeks ago, and went in for a sniff.
On first sniff, I get berries. Raspberries, Blackberries, Strawberries, Plums - not dissimilar to Beyoncé's original Heat fragrance. It faded into a woodier, more mature scent after a little while. I can definitely get praline and bergamot too. Maybe a hint of Jasmine? It's not as sickly sweet as the Britney perfumes, but not as overpowering as Flowerbomb. It didn't last very long on my skin at all - which is why I didn't buy it that day. The drydown was lovely though, not overly powdery. The next time I went in to the chemist, I decided to just buy it - we'd gotten an unexpected present, husband treated himself to some engine oil and a mirror for the tractor (that's what constitutes a male treat in our house), so I decided to put the usual Mammy Guilt to one side and picked up a 50ml bottle of the perfume with free body lotion. It set me back just under €35.
I was a little afraid that this would be one of those perfumes that has a massive box but a tiny little bottle - I wasn't disappointed when I opened it up.
The only thing I'd have liked was some kind of little stand or cap to stand it up on, but it's not a major issue.
I usually throw out the body lotions from sets - I never use them. I've used this one a lot, it helps make the fragrance last a little longer on me when I layer it. It's my new favourite scarf perfume (anyone else just drown a scarf in a perfume they love?) and it's a definite winner for Autumn/Winter.
I'll leave you with my favourite quote from one of my favourite plays:
Good old Polonius. He had a few decent quotes for a nosy old eejit.