Scented Cosmetics

My friend Asa, a makeup artist living in Stockholm, recommended YSL’s Volume Effect Faux Cils mascara. It was a very good recommendation, as the mascare really is fantastic. But the thing I love about it most? It smells nice. How many luxury cosmetics actually scent their prodcts to make them smell good? I know its probably all chemicals, which undos my strict Dr Hauschka routine, but there is something very nice about putting on mascara with a pretty smell (by the way, this is a classy smell, not some cheap strawberry flavour) I have never noticed this before with any of my other luxury cosmetics, but I really feel it is these sort of touches that makes it worth paying those extra dollars.


And it makes a really nice click sound when you close the tube, another interesting element in luxury cosmetics: the engineering of the packaging. I remember reading that Guerlain used to make their lipstick tubes so that when you clicked them closed it made the same sound as a Rolls Royce door closing.

Speaking of scents, I’m embarrassed to admit it, but for the past 15 years I have been wearing Prescriptives Calyx perfume, and I need to take some action. Presciptives is closing down at the end of the year, and I need to decide whether to bulk buy Calyx or to move on. I really love Diptyque‘s Fig scent (so predictable I know!), Korres has something similar (a body mist I think.) I need to go on a perfume buying mission, that should be interesting. Maybe I will wait until I get to London in March, Liberty’s has the most fantastic perfume department.

Definitely time to move on: Prescriptives' Calyx Perfume, Diptyque's Fig Candle, Korres' Fig Body MIst

Definitely time to move on: Prescriptives' Calyx Perfume, Diptyque's Fig Candle, Korres' Fig Body MIst

  • Alex

    I LOVE Diptyque so much too.
    But I cant seem to lay my hands on them in Vancouver. And I don’t want to buy them on ebay.
    I have like three of their candles and they are dream-like!

    But the same thing for me (about the fragrance thing) I have been wearing Terre des Hermes for the past 3 years, I just can’t seem to find something I like better.

  • Jasper

    eugene choo in vancouver has diptyques candles if i remember correctly