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Winter Weather Favourites

It’s 27 degrees from where I’m sitting up here in Queensland, but whatever. Winter is coming, apparently. Cooler weather, anyway, at the very least. It’s pretty much April. Time to break out the hoodies and haul your firewood out of the path of Cyclone Debbie, lest it get wet (it will).

In preparation for the long-awaited cooler months, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite winter weather scents. Think full-bodied, smoky, and lingering – woods, moss, cloves, cinnamon and orange blossom.

  1. Marc Jacobs Decadence Eau De Parfum

 Decadence by Marc Jacobs is glamorous, sophisticated and opulent – the perfect crowning jewel to any Marc Jacobs lover’s collection. This cosmopolitan scent is made up of saffron, plum, vetiver, amber, and jasmine, culminating in a rich, smooth and lasting fragrance that, like a fine wine, develops over time.


Marc Jacobs Decadence EDP 100 mL, $139.95 at PCC (RRP $190.00). 

  1. Bvlgari Jasmine Noir L’Essence

 Jasmine Noir L’Essence by Bvlgari reflects the power of seduction. This warm, radiant scent is a deeper, full-bodied imagination of the original Jasmine Noir, a crowd classic all over the world. This woody oriental fragrance is reminiscent of a day spent on the slopes in Aspen, and is femininity in a bottle.

jasmine noir

Bvlgari Jasmine Noir L’Essence EDP 50 mL, $59.95 at PCC (RRP $132.00).

  1. Valentino Valentina Assoluto Eau De Parfum

 Valentina Assoluto by Valentino is the most seductive, voluptuous scent of the entire Valentino line. Smoky and mysterious, Assoluto is absolute warmth and depth. Made up of woods, oakmoss and truffle primarily, this fragrance is lasting, bold and dances on the skin.


Valentino Valentina Assoluto EDP 80 mL, $115 at PCC (RRP $183.00).

  1. Balenciaga Florabotanica Eau De Parfum

 Impossibly Parisian, both in its scent and its packaging, Florabotanica by Balenciaga somehow strikes the balance between floral and feminine. Soft, lasting and daring, Florabotanica is the final accessory to your winter outfit – for many cult followers, their jumpers perpetually smell of the world-renowned fragrance.


Florabotanica by Balenciaga 100 mL, $125.00 at PCC (RRP $155.00).

  1. Si by Armani

 Si by Armani is one of the most popular fragrances in the world right now for women, and even though it’s perfect for any time of year, winter is the perfect excuse for buying it. Instantly uplifting with unexpected depth, Si has fast become the signature scent for women worldwide. Reminiscent of a cashmere sweater, comfy jeans and boots, Si is all you need to get you through those long winter commutes to work. Treat yourself!

giorgio armani si edp review

Si by Armani 100 mL, $145.00 at PCC (RRP $170.00).




Top Five Celebrity Fragrances

Celebrity fragrances are no strangers to a bit of a bad rap. If this wasn’t already the case, Justin Bieber made sure of that when he launched his bestseller ‘Someday’ in 2011. Perceived as childish, obligatory, and often ‘too sweet’, celeb scents, we think, deserve a lot more credit. Aunty Anne Marie needs to stop telling herself she’ll buy that Taylor Swift fragrance she’s been buying from the chemist for every niece that turns 13.

In actual fact, celebrity scents are comprised of the same complex interaction of ingredients as other fragrances, and don’t need the extra help because of all the publicity the celebrity generates for the cause. However, for curiosity’s sake, we’ve compiled a list of our top five famous fragrances for your perusal.

Here goes.

Katy Perry Mad Potion

Katy Perry’s Mad Potion is voluptuous and flirty, a lot like Katy herself. This best-selling oriental floral oriental fragrance is comprised of fruity scents and oriental vanilla. From top through to base, this scent constantly surprises. Available as an Eau De Parfum spray, Mad Potion is potent without being overwhelming, and lingers on the skin.

Top Notes: Peony (pink), Vanilla orchid, Apple
Heart Notes: Jasmine, Musk, Vanilla (Bourbon)
Base Notes: Amber, Musk, Vanilla (Mexican)

$38.95 for 100 mL at PCC!


Rihanna Nude 

 Nude by Rihanna is a crisp, floral oriental fragrance. The most celebrated of the five fragrances she’s released, Nude is bare, understated, and fruity. This intimate scent is simple, feminine and lasting in its composition and has been a crowd favourite among women of all ages since it was launched in 2012.

Top notes: Mandarin, Guava, Pear 
Heart notes: Gardenia, Jasmine (Sambac), Orange blossom 
Base notes: Vanilla orchid, Sandalwood, Musks

 $45.00 FOR 100 mL at PCC!


 Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift’s Wonderstruck Enchanted broke sales records when it launched in 2012. Packaged in a decadent, timeless bottle, Wonderstruck Enchanted evokes the emotions Taylor’s songs evoke within her fans. Less ‘Shake it Off’ and ‘Bad Blood’, more ‘Enchanted’, ‘Breathe’ and ‘Red.’ By this point you can probably tell we are fans of Swifty, but the fragrance speaks for itself. Wonderstruck Enchanted is a delicate, oriental fragrance with dominant gourmand notes. Mesmerising, evocative and feminine, this scent is suitable for women of any age.

 Top notes: Poppy, Berries (wild), Passionfruit
Heart notes: Champaca (sugar-glazed), Freesia (white), Peony
Base notes: Woods (blonde), Musk (white), Vanilla

$39.95 for 100 mL EDP at PCC


Usher For Men

Usher is smooth, sophisticated, and confident, and this scent for men speaks volumes about his presence. Sexy and strong, Usher for Men EDT is comprised of fruits and florals anchored by sandalwood.

Top notes: Verbe Melon, Pineapple 
Heart notes: Lavender, Pepper (white), Violet leaves 
Base notes: Guaiac wood, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Amber, Musk, Suede (black) 

$49.95 for 100 mL at PCC.


David Beckham

David Beckham Beyond is modern, sophisticated scent inspired by David’s energy, determination and confidence. Beyond is a dry woody fragrance that is refined, sensual and daring, and, bonus: is available at Perfume Clearance Centre for only $24.95!

Top notes: Grapefruit, Cardamom, Mojito accord
Heart notes: Geranium, Pepper (black), Cedarwood
Base notes: Leather, Patchouli, Vanilla

$24.94 for 90 mL EDT at PCC.




Bergamot: What Is It?

Bergamot is one of the most commonly used ingredients in perfumes and, interestingly, has remained a favourite component of fragrance composition since fragrances were invented. Scents that comprise bergamot actually account for over a quarter of our perfumes at – 25% of our fragrances contain bergamot. That’s quite a number!


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Creative Ideas for Fragrance Storage

Expanding your collection of fragrances is always exciting. There’s something indulgent about choosing a scent for any occasion- a first date, an overseas holiday, a beach trip– even something as mundane as running down to the shops. Whatever the excuse, perfume has the unique ability to change the way you feel you present yourself to the world through scent- one of the most empowering gifts you can give yourself. And, if you don’t buy fragrance for yourself, chances are, someone’s bought it for you.

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