Words: Charlie Leeves
You may be surprised to hear, but fragrance and music actually have quite a lot in common. Each is made up of layers which work in harmony with one another, such as the heart, middle and base notes in a fragrance and a verse and chorus of a song. When put together, they create a symphony of delights! Not only are they similar in structure, but many perfumes we love here at The Perfume Shop have been inspired by music too. Let’s take a look at the perfumes which never fail to miss a beat!
Pop Music –Fantasy by Britney Spears
Pop music is infectious and has opened up our lives to celebrity culture. The faces of pop stars are everywhere we go now, and many have turned their hands to releasing a fragrance or two… or in the case of Britney Spears, nearly 30! One of her most iconic scents is Fantasy with sweet notes of fruity red lychee and kiwi with bursts of more subtle jasmine. It is a bright and bubbly fragrance, just like the superstar herself!
Ultimately, Fantasy by Britney Spears will have you saying, “hit me baby (with another spray of fragrance) one more time!”
Glam Rock - Black Opium by Yves Saint Laurent
Just like the glam rockers of the 70s, Black Opium mixes a memorable pizazz with power and a hint of femininity. Embrace your inner Bowie with sensual pink pepper in the top notes that sends lightning bolts through the fragrance energising everything it touches. The jasmine in the heart notes sparkles around the scent like stardust, zigzagging and mixing with the deep rich coffee notes creating a beautiful contrast. Vanilla and cedarwood empower the base notes like the heroes they are, adding depth to the scent. Glam rock will always be synonymous with outrageous flamboyance and showmanship and that foundation is shared in Black Opium.
It will leave everyone wondering just how you do that thing you do, but it will be your little secret because after all you’re a star(man)!
Grunge – Spicebomb by Viktor Rolf
When day turns into night, it is time for a fragrance with a little bit more an edge. Almost in homage to the grunge artists of the early 90s, Spicebomb packs a huge punch of energy into every spray! Just like the soaring anthemic bass notes and vocals of Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, the base notes of vetiver and white leather hit hard to create a long-lasting impression! The poetic lyrics of grunge music float delicately above loud, distorted guitars and this juxtaposition is shared in Spicebomb where the soft heart notes of lavender and pimento berries hang effortlessly above a dark and moody tobacco accord. Spicebomb is a mind-blowing scent that’ll give you the courage to get you through a first date or help amp up the excitement as you head towards a long-awaited gig!
Classical music - CHANEL N°5
Classical music is the epitome of sophistication, and we couldn’t think of a scent that perfectly matched this genre more than Chanel No. 5. This one of a kind classic has incredible layers and depth and is subtle in its movements between notes and layers, just like it is being orchestrated by a world-class conductor. No. 5 is simply an ode to joy with a harmonious blend of floral notes, vanilla, and aldehydes. It’s soft and never overpowering, but always satisfying making it the perfect choice for a date night, classy drinks event or for the wedding of the year - with Chanel No. 5 you always know you’ve got it right.
Rock - Black Orchid by Tom Ford
If you’re a fan of rock music, then you’ve got to give Black Orchid by Tom Ford a whole lot of love. Top notes of lemon and bergamot will rock you with their citrussy tang while floral notes of orchid and lotus amp up the satisfaction levels! Raw amber and sweet chocolate create more than a feeling - they bring the fragrance to life, pulling it in different directions, mixing with the luxurious vanilla in the base.
There are so many hidden notes and chords in this scent, you just have to let it do it its own thing, just let it be. Black Orchid is more than just a fragrance, it is an experience. Wearing it will mean that whenever you leave a room, everyone will still be thinking of you.
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