‘You Smell Good’ Is One Of The Compliments I Love Being Given

You_Smell_Good_My_Favourite _Fragrances _For _2019

One Of The Compliments I Love is When Someone Tells Me I Smell Good

They usually don’t miss me as my signature scents are pretty sort of … ‘hello, I’m in the room!’

Yes, I was that 80’s girl who bathed in Dior Poison. Don’t judge me!

I’ve just had a quick look at the Dior website and I see that they’ve updated it. I might have to call for a spritz when I’m next in town. What a blast from the past that would be.

I remember when I was a little girl practically bathing in my nan’s Yardley’s Freesia and her advising me not to go over the top. Her words were along the lines of ‘if you can smell it yourself you’ve got too much on.’

Even back then I thought what’s the point in that? The pleasure should be for me not someone else. See, it’s clear I was breaking all the rules even back then 😉

She Progressed Onto Youth Dew And My Obsession Was Born

I’ve always loved having a signature scent or two in my fragrance wardrobe. I like heady, musky types although I do sometimes wander into florals in the Summer.

Here’s a photo I shared on Instagram last year. A snapshot of my collection.

You _Smell _Good _My _Favourite Fragrances For 2019

It’s been a while since I updated here on the blog. In fact, the last time was when I introduced you to my love affair with oud. It was also there where I introduced you to the Monotheme brand from the beauty hall at M&S.

I’ve just this weekend added to my collection of five of them. I bought the Red Fig this time. I honestly, can’t describe enough what an amazing find this brand is. For the quality and the price they are truly one of beauty’s best kept secrets.

Part of the description on the M&S website states;

‘Woody nuances and musky accords seal the base note, recalling and exalting the power of Nature.’

No idea what that means.. who writes these? But that doesn’t matter because it smells divine.

I’ve even introduced my husband and eldest son to the men’s selection. They are very unisex and remind me a lot of Acqua di Parma for a lot less spondoolies.

I’ve also been using MissGuided Babe Oud {Gifted PR Sample} for a while. This is actually an eau de parfum and at £28 a good buy for me for everyday. It has all the nods to the heady wafts I love drowning myself in …

“It leads with baies rose, bergamot, lemon and orange with dashes of red fruit and neroli. the heart marries geranium with jasmine, oud, black pepper, roses and saffron with a leathery quality. base notes cushion with amber, cedar, kashmir fusion, musk, patchouli, tonka and vetiver.”

I would never have normally picked this out myself but I’m glad I know about it now as will definitely repurchase or more than likely ask for it for a pressie.

Finally, talking about the 80’s earlier, you’ve probably already noticed that iconic yellow and white stripey box in the photo. Yes, I’m the proud owner once again, after a gap of way too many years, of a bottle of Giorgio Beverly Hills.

I had no clue back in the day about base notes but it turns out it’s mainly sandalwood. My mum put this in my stocking at Christmas as a bit of fun but I’ve got to admit I’ve fallen a bit in love with it all over again. I think she got it from Home Bargains!!

I still have a beach towel that I got as a free gift with purchase many moons ago. I can’t bear to part with it. It reminds me of holidays, palm trees, blue sea, cocktails and Club Tropicana blasting out of the ghetto blaster. LOL.

So there you go. Another little update on my fragrance collection.

Share With Me The Fragrances You Love & How Easily You Can Accept A Compliment.


See You Soon!

Sharon xo






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  1. February 25, 2019 / 7:23 am

    My signature fragrance is – Azure by Estee Lauder. My friends know when I am around and my daughter who lives 250 miles away says “if she smells the perfume she looks for me to be close by”. Love – Jill stylishatsixty

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      February 25, 2019 / 7:46 pm

      Oh I loved Azure, too Jill. I’d forgotten about that one. My mum liked that one and I used to have a quick squirt if I was going to the youth club disco!!
      Get me! xo

  2. Elaine Clueit
    February 25, 2019 / 10:06 am

    Enjoyed this Sharon. Made me think and go back in time 🙂

    70s (I’m a decade ahead of you!) Charlie when I first started earning then Youth Dew and into the early 80s Rochas Femme
    80s Femme hung on in there then Armani
    90s Obsession,
    Naughties onwards – Jo Malone Lime, Basil and Mandarin. Currently Pomegranate Noir

    The most compliments I ever got was from Youth Dew – maybe I should revisit it like your Gorgio! 🙂

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      February 25, 2019 / 7:53 pm

      Thanks, Elaine xo

      I wore Charlie at school. I think it might have been one of the perfumes I bought first with my own money!

      Youth Dew was the perfume I progressed onto in my nan’s collection. I loved the intoxication of it but it gave me a headache. I’m a Pomegranate Noir gal, too. I have that in my collection. Was the first one of JM’s I tried along with the candle has remained a firm favourite.

  3. February 25, 2019 / 10:27 am

    I’ve been a Ciara by Revlon girl since the 70s. Tried this or that in the FORTYISH (good lord, how can THAT be) years since then but nothing has ever stuck.

    I ran into my high school sweetheart in the 90s (20 years later) and after a hug the first thing he said was “you smell exactly the same.” In a good way, ha ha.

    Like you, *I* like to smell it. I wear it for MY smelling pleasure! So the best is when I take something out of my closet to put on, and I catch a whiff of it from the last time I wore that item. And then I put it on and it’s gone.

    Fleeting joy.


    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      February 25, 2019 / 7:56 pm

      I haven’t heard of Ciara, Bettye. I’ve just looked it up and it’s sounds floral. Is it?

      I love that people recognise us and remember us by our smell don’t you? There are a lot of memories tied up in our sense of smell that’s for sure xo

  4. February 25, 2019 / 7:13 pm

    I love a perfume post, my go to is Cuore di pepe nero by Erbario Toscano, I have colleagues that come and sniff me. I’m also very partial to Miller Harris Cassis en Feuille but they keep discontinuing it and then bringing it back which is incredibly cross making, my final love is the Kiehls Musk – it goes on very green and grassy but then becomes utterly lovely. Growing up, I hankered after my big sisters Panache which smelt like ashtray on me, it earnt me a clip over the ear from my chain smoking mother who thought I had taken up the habit (never smoked in my life), and the other one I lusted after was Rive Gauche – that was the ultimate in sophistication

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      February 25, 2019 / 7:58 pm

      I know by the sound of it ..Cuore di Pepe Nero .. that I would like it.

      It’s funny how one person can rave about a fragrance and the next be like no not for me.

      Now Rive Gauche I remember too. That was a senior school perfume me and my girlfriends used after we’d progressed from Charlie! xo

  5. February 25, 2019 / 8:40 pm

    I still bath in Dior s Poison!! It’s the best scent ever! I use it at night and Alien during the day. But I use Poison since 25 years or so!

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      February 25, 2019 / 10:09 pm

      I knew I loved you from the get go, Nancy! Perfume sisters!! xoxo

  6. Hilary
    February 28, 2019 / 9:25 am

    Hi Sharon you got me thinking about some perfumes I loved back in the day which are now discontinued. I loved a lot of Estée Lauder, probably started with Youth Dew like you but my favourite was Cinnabar, as the name suggests a bit of an Eastern scent like Opium. Then there was a real Marmite one, definitely an “I’m in the room” perfume Charles of the Ritz. I can’t explain what it smelled like but I loved it, even though it definitely got mixed reactions!!

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      March 3, 2019 / 8:52 pm

      Youth Dew & Cinnabar! Yes, Hilary!! What memories our fragrances hold for us, don’t they? xo

  7. Janet
    February 28, 2019 / 8:28 pm

    I’ve been wearing Yves St Laurent Rive Gauche for years and I still get compliments when wearing it. Another perfume I like is Roger & Gallet cologne, Jean Marie Farina which is a citrusy scent, light and refreshing in summer: I’ve also had compliments when wearing this.

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      March 3, 2019 / 8:49 pm

      Oh Rive Gauche!! Me and my girlfriends loved that, too!! I think we were all about 15 when we loved it!! xo

  8. March 1, 2019 / 8:33 am

    How nice to head back into the heady scents of years gone by, I owned many of these – some i still do!! Thanks for sharing. Jacqui Mummabstylish

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      March 3, 2019 / 8:48 pm

      Memories eh, Jacqui? xo

  9. Jane
    April 19, 2019 / 7:29 pm

    My favourites are mostly from Chanel – Coco (the original one), Bois des Iles and Coromandel. I also adore APOM pour Femme by Maison Francis Kurkdjian and Parfum Poudree by Narciso Rodriguez. I have a drawer full of lovely perfumes, but those are my favourites.

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      May 19, 2019 / 3:01 pm

      Your choices sound right up my street, Jane. I’m about to choose a new one for my birthday and like the sound of Lancomé Oud Bouquet but not it’s £175 price tag. I first spotted it and smelt it in Dubai about 4 years ago.

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