One thing that I'm sure I got from my dad is my fascination with perfumes/colognes. WHen I was younger, and when he was still working abroad, their dresser was full of perfume bottles, some of which are empty. As I grew up, I started to have a collection of my own. It started with a bottle of Polo Sport, one of the more popular scents when I was still in high school.
When I started earning on my own, my collection grew more. There came a time when I have to have a new bottle every quarter of the year. I guess I'm fortunate because my aunt likes me a lot because every once in awhile she sends a bottle of perfume for me (I can't thank her enough). As of writing, I have over 20 bottles of perfume in my cabinet (that doesn't include the empty bottles). My quota for this year is actually already filled. Pictured above is my perfume cabinet.
The last time I wrote about my favorite scents was over two years ago, and a lot of scents came in by now. So I guess it's just high time for me to list down again my favorite scents. I'd also write down when I usually spray each one on me. I'm no expert in scents, so don't expect every details about the cologne/perfume that I'll be listing, ayt?!
RALPH LAUREN, POLO BLACK: This is one of my favorite scents ever. The scent stays on me for a very long time. I feel that this scent has power attached to it. I don't know, but I usually wear this if I have a final interview or if there's something important that involves work. The smell actually reminds me of a very expensive cigarette. I don't smoke, but it really does smell like it. And that's not a bad thing, because it really smells good.
MADE OF: iced mango, spanish sage, patcholi noir, sandalwood and tonka bean
GUESS MAN: The reason why I like this cologne so much is that it has a very nice bottle. It's unique, eye-catching and oh yeah, what's inside smells great as well. This is one of the gifts for me by my aunt. I was actually saving money to purchase one when I received this last year. The only downside to this one, is the biggest size they offer is only 75ml. I normally prefer 100 or 125ml bottles so I can use it longer. So for this one, I only use it for special occassions. Like for a birthday party or any private event.
MADE OF: Italian Bergamot, granny smith apple, fresh ozone, white pepper, ginger root, lavender, nutmeg, egyptian sandalwood, spiced amber, sensual skin musk and brushed suede.
LACOSTE ESSENTIAL: I love scents by Lacoste. For one, it's not as expensive as other designer perfumes/colognes. It lasts long on the skin and it really smells great. Red is for active sporty types, Pour Homme is for the yuppies, and Essential is great for all occassions. The smell stands out, and I put this on if I want to make a good impression. Let's say a first date scent. This particular bottle is very special for me, because it was given to me as a gift two Christmases ago. Oh and one more thing I like about it is that the scent returns everytime I become active (say walking, or whenever my body heat rises).
MADE OF: tangerine, bergamot, tomato leaves, cassis, patchouli, and sandalwood.VICTORIA'S SECRET VERY SEXY FOR HIM: SExy. That's about all I can say about this cologne. By golly the first time I opened a bottle of this one, I got addicted. As in I sleep with a bottle beside me, and I sprayed some on my pillow. You know when I spray this. I get a lot of compliments from women when I spray this on me. One time, during my commute to work, there was this woman who actually sniffed me. There is a Very SExy for Him 2, but I don't recommend that one. It smells nice in the bottle, but once you spray it on, it smells different.
MADE OF: tangerine, pink lime, bergamot leaves, limewood, cinnamon bark, sage, vetiver and orange flower.
GIORGIO ARMANI ACQUA DI GIO: I got a huge bargain with this one. A friend of mine (a future featured friend) sold this to me at half the price in the market. Again, this cologne smells great, albeit a bit aquatic. The scent is really different from my other colognes/perfume. The only problem I have with this is that it doesn't linger very long. I only spray this on when I'm going out of town, where I have to bring the bottle with me so that I can spray again when I need to. Or if I'm going for a short engagement, say a job interview or something similar.
MADE OF: marine notes, mandarin, bergamot, neroli, persimmon, rosemary, nasturtium, jasmine, amber, patchouli, cistus.
CAROLINA HERRERA 212 ON ICE BLUE: Hmmm... This is one of the scents that I can spray on a daily basis. It stays long on my skin, and it does blend well if I start to sweat. It's great if you'll be doing outdoor activities or road trips because it smells fresh. On Ice has this citrusy smell as if you just stepped out of the shower. And it's not very expensive. When it comes to perfumes, I know how to haggle or at least get a lot of freebies so I can make the purchase. I think when I bought this one, I got a 30% discount as well as a bunch of testers.
MADE OF: grapefruit, fresh mint, sandalwood chord, insense and transparent musk
I love most of the scents in my collection. Some remind me of college (Cool Water, Perry Ellis 360 Degrees), some are great for night outs (Hugo Dark Blue, Eternity by Calvin Klein Marks & Spencer Isis), and some are just addicting (CK One Electric, Clinique Happy, Polo Blue and The Body Shop's Scent of A). And then there are some that just smells great (David Beckham Instinct and Thallium)As much as I'd like to write about all of it, I have other things to do.