It’s official, I am Oriental!


I’m sure most of you know I am from Ireland, but that’s not what I mean…

I have taken the QVC Fragrance Quiz (which you can take too, just click the link) and it is my fragrance family that is Oriental.


What that means is that my preferred fragrances – or the fragrances that say most about me – have a warm spicy edge to them enveloped in a woody muskiness, with just a hint of exotic fruitiness (yep, that sounds like me alright – especially the fruitiness!).

For anyone who knows me, one of my big things is how I smell. It is vital to me. I can’t leave the house with out wearing a fragrance of some description, just like some women I know can not go out without having their lippy on, or their hair done perfectly. What that fragrance is can vary depending on the time of day, the event that I am going to or even the season.

For this reason I own myriad different fragrances, allowing me to feel properly dressed for the occasion. You see, I don’t wear my fragrance for other people, I wear it for me!

Recently Rita Ora said that the last thing she does before she goes on stage is to spray on her favourite perfume, not because her audience will ever be able to smell it, but because she will, and that makes her feel more empowered. That is exactly what the right fragrance can do for you. It can make you feel bold, strong and assertive – or it can enable you to feel sensual, sexy, romantic and feminine. This you see is the power of fragrance, and that is why I have always loved it.

Wearing a fragrance can send a clear message. Think about, if our sense of smell is our most memory-evoking sense and we want to ensure we are remembered, what better way to achieve that than by wearing a fragrance which evokes a memorable reaction in those around us?

That is why knowing your personal fragrance family is important, it is the fragrance type which best represents you (and leaves behind the best memory of you!), hence the type of questions we have in our quiz.

That said, I wouldn’t ever advocate being a slave to just one family of fragrances – variety is the spice of life after all! However, choose wisely and your fragrance choice will pay dividends. Remember what Christian Dior said: ‘a woman’s fragrance can tell more about her than her handwriting’. What is it that you want to say, without uttering a single word?

Take our quiz and find out for yourself what family you belong to. Bear in mind this is by no means an exhaustive quiz and is just for fun but it may help steer you in the right direction when making your fragrance choices. The results will include male and female fragrance options – this is an equal opportunities fragrance quiz!!

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Some of the suggestions it made for me where:

1) Lalique Hommage a l’Homme Voyageur – a truly masculine scent with top notes of bergamot and cardamom, a heart of vetiver and patchouli, drying down to base notes of vanilla, amber and moss

2) Lalique Pour Homme Equus – once again with top notes of bergamot with citron, a heart of cardamom and a dry down on the skin which brings forward base notes of vetiver, musk and woods

You can see from these first two suggestions alone that there is a repetition of fragrance notes which is what ties many of the suggestions together into the same family. The only difference between the fragrances is the combination of the notes and where in the dry down of the fragrance that they make themselves known to you.

3) Penhaligon’s Lothair – this is a new fragrance, only launched in 2014. It opens with the fresh, fruity zestiness of grapefruit and juniper and cardamom, making way for fig, magnolia and geranium and settling down into longer notes of soft vanilla, oak moss, musk and woodiness. (again the repetition of notes as above but once again in a very different construction.)

If you are wondering how it is possible to have the same notes constructed to produce completely different fragrances, I liken it to giving two different builders the same bricks and tools and telling them to build whatever they want – I guarantee you they will both construct something completely different. One may build the Taj Mahal; the other, The Empire State Building – both beautiful in their own right but completely different. So it is with fragrance. That is the skill of the ‘Nose’ who formulates the fragrance. Constructing a fragrance is equal parts art and science, and for me is to be admired and respected.

If you want to read about how best to apply your fragrance have a look at a blog I wrote back in January 2012 – How To Wear that Special Scent, or to learn why I love fragrance so much why not read my blog – The Scent Diary from August 2011.

Do let me know what fragrance family you turn out to be and what you think of the suggestions we have made.

Until next time,


1 Comment

  1. Andrea Smart June 12, 2015 at 1:44 pm -  Reply

    I am sweet! No really, I love (and already own) the sweetness of Tova BMS and Turquoise, Philosophy’s Amazing Grace, and Liz Earle’s No. 15 Botanical Essence. I’m going to have to get a couple of those other glorious sounding scents on the suggestion list now! (Thanks Miceal!!!!!) An interesting quiz for sure. 🙂 xx

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