Touch of Vanilla
I love anything vanilla.
(You: "Yeah Bridget, you and 2 billion other women. Let me guess - you like wine too, right?")
Let me elaborate: I really love vanilla. I'll take vanilla bean ice cream over the fancier stuff any day. I put vanilla extract in my tea, I simmer vanilla and rosemary on the stove as a home fragrance, and I even had a dog named Vanilla Milkshake (Milky for short) when I was a kid. True story.
And along with my love for vanilla came, at one point, the typical teenage behavior of buying any perfume I could get my hands on that included the essence. But here's the thing - typical vanilla perfumes and sprays are awful. I'm definitely picky, but I just feel like they all either have a weird after-smell (if that wasn't a word before, it is now), fade within minutes, or have other really musky, funky notes mixed in. I'm just not a fan.
So over the years, I came to appreciate vanilla in ways other than on my bod, and as my tastes matured I also came to lean towards wearing a more layered perfume. Which brings me to one of my favorite ideas, ever.
It's a simple trick, but for me it was a game-changer: Spritz on whatever your favorite perfume is at the moment (mine is D&G's L'Imperatrice - it's fruity and floral without being too sweet) and then layer on a pure vanilla essence over it. I love LAVANILA's Pure Vanilla Rollerball. It smells more like true vanilla as opposed to vanilla "flavor," and although it does contain other notes like freesia and patchouli, they somehow make it smell cleaner without making it too complex. And it lasts a LONG time.
When you're finished spritzing and dabbing, you'll walk away wearing a completely custom fragrance that blends the vanilla with whatever notes your current perfume has. I guarantee people will stop you to ask what scent you're wearing!
PS - Not a fan of vanilla? You can still make a custom fragrance by simply taking your favorite perfume and either making it sweeter with some other fruity essence, or sultrier with musks like patchouli or cedar. Have fun experimenting!