I love wearing perfume - it's always the last step in my routine each morning after doing my makeup and getting dressed, and I don't feel myself without it. I'm not really one for having a signature scent - I have some favourite perfumes, but I also like picking different scents from my collection depending on the occasion, time of year, my mood etc. The Library of Fragrance, which has just launched in the UK, is a concept which really appeals to me - you can actually create your own perfume by mixing and matching the single note scents to switch things up depending on what you fancy at any given time. There are over 100 fragrances to choose from, so everyone's personal perfume tastes are catered for too!
Each fragrance within the Library of Fragrance collection focuses on single notes and subtle blends which can each be worn alone, or layered with one or more of the other scents from the collection to create your own customised perfume. The choices range from very traditional and distinctive scents like Jasmine and Amber, but there are also some really fun and interesting scents like Grass, Vanilla Ice Cream and Thunderstorm.
I'm always a bit rubbish at describing scents, or picking out the notes I can detect within a perfume, so to give these a try I listed a few of the individual scents I thought I'd like, and a three complimentary scents were picked out and kindly sent to me. I went for Mango because I always choose mango or passionfruit things and they're my favourite fruity flavours. I love orange scents like neroli, so Orange Blossom was another I was sure to like, and also on my list was Patchouli - although I think I actually got confused and was thinking it was peony, which is totally different!
Each of the three scents I have has a really distinctive, punchy fragrance - Mango is my favourite, it's incredibly fruity without being too sickly sweet. Orange blossom is a heavier and more floral sort of scent that I'd expected, and it has a real depth it. It goes really well with Mango when layered together and makes a really lovely blend which is nothing like any other perfume I own. Honestly, Patchouli's not for me - it's a very heavy scent which I find quite old fashioned and blended with either Mango or Orange Blossom I feel it really over-powers the other two. My mistake!
I popped into Boots to check out some of the other fragrances and instantly found ones that I loved such as Gin & Tonic. As I mentioned I didn't really know which sorts of perfume notes I like in my fragrances, but from having a go with the testers in Boots, I'm clearly a fan of citrus fragrances, really fresh scents and light and sweet florals.
I love the idea of customisable fragrances and recommend that you take a trip to Boots for a whiffing session to decide which of the single scents would be best to make up your ideal customised perfume. The fragrances cost £15 each for a 30ml spray bottle, and they're currently on a two for £25 offer at Boots, where you'll find 28 of the fragrances to choose from.