I’m a sucker for a good fragrance – men’s cologne are included in that statement.

We all have our weaknesses and for me that’s handbags and perfumes. Like fashion, there are countless brands and now celebrities who have jumped on the bandwagon, but even with millions of twitter followers and a few catchy albums, no celebrity in my opinion, has come close to producing a fragrance that stands up to the more classic names.

This year will be seeing the release of several perfumes such as See by Chloé Eau Fraîche, Elie Saab Le Parfum L’Eau Couture and Jimmy Choo’s Flash London Club, among others. There’s no doubt that fans of Beyoncé will also be snapping up her new scent set to release in February.

Perfumes are a personal thing. There are some that unite us and some that have an individual sentiment. The beauty about fragrances is that you’re never off trend.

New releases and limited edition fragrances aren’t remotely important. What’s key is knowing what awakens your senses. It’s that very reason why my personal picks aren’t centred on when they were released, but rather what they mean to me.

So here are my top 5 fragrances lining my bedside shelves ready to take me through 2014 – at least until I hit the shops again.

L'Occitane, Rose 4 Reines

L’Occitane, Rose 4 Reines

1. Rose 4 Reines, L’Occitane en Provence – “Regal heaven in a bottle”
I noticed how much Mum liked this perfume and thought it would be a good stocking filler for Christmas. Little did I know, she had the same thought and we’re both proud owners of this gorgeously feminine scent. Introduced in 2009, Rose 4 Reines reflects the “daughters of the Count of Forcalquier, who were as beautiful as the roses they cherished – the Grasse rose, the Bulgarian rose, the Moroccan rose and the Turkish rose. Each one of these daughters married a king, and so became known as the four Queens of Forcalquier.” Combining their favourite roses resulted in a fresh, delicate and velvety scent.

Korres, Iris Lily of the Valley Cotton

Korres, Iris Lily of the Valley Cotton

2. Iris Lily of the Valley Cotton, Korres – “Fresh, outdoor perfection”
I had come across fragrances from Korres before and have always adored that fresh cotton scent you often see for home diffusers. Add notes of lily of the valley, iris and rose, then what you get is a powdery floral sensation that is just as fresh and light on the nose. Released  in 2010, this relaxing and somewhat sooting scent that combines the crisp outdoors with freshly laid sheets is the most recent purchased of my top 5.

 Chanel, Coco Mademoiselle

Chanel, Coco Mademoiselle

3. Coco Mademoiselle, Chanel – “The mainstream classic”
The first of my two classic names. Chanel has been synonymous with fragrances since the 1920s, releasing the now notable Chanel Perfume No. 5  in 1922. Coco Mademoiselle, which was aimed at younger Chanel fans, launched in 2001. This perfume in particular has received mixed reviews, which only emphasises how personal a scent really is. As you might of guessed, I do love the inclusion of rose within my perfumes. The floral jasmine-rose and fresh oriental notes adds a certain “wild-child” element to the overall scent, which I’ve found to be a unique characteristic.

Yves Rocher, Comme Une Evidence

Yves Rocher, Comme Une Evidence

4. Comme Une Evidence, Yves Rocher – “Big attitude in a small bottle”
I fell in love with this fierce scent instantly and it soon became my “break-up” fragrance. I found that aside from being unable to listen certain songs, I couldn’t even wear perfumes that would remind me of my time with my ex, so Comme Une Evidence gave me the chance to break away from what I was use to. It essentially injected a new lease of life into me. Yves Rocher incorporates tones from all of my top 5 fragrances with top notes of amber, nutmeg and violet leaf; an intoxicating floral heart consisting of rose, jasmine and lily-of-the-valley, which is gently layered over a base of musk, oak moss, patchouli, praline and woody accords.

Yves Saint Laurent, Paris

Yves Saint Laurent, Paris

5. Paris, Yves Saint Laurent – “Vintage at its very best”
This has got to be my ultimate classic. I grew up seeing my Mum using this fragrance and it’s always triggered childhood memories. I loved the lingering scent so much that I invested in my very own. Released in 1983, this scent consists of a “rose accord, which blooms at fragrance’s heart, highlighted by violet with hints of bergamot. Light powdery accents of may rose and iris meet in the middle, set free by a base of sandalwood, vetiver and vanilla.” Home, security and love comes to mind instantly, but nothing is quite as prominent as the mother who creates these sentiments.

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