Connecting a scent or fragrance with a specific memory, person, life period or special event happens to most of us. I can still close my eyes and smell the perfume my mum was wearing the first time I ever traveled abroad. When I was about 9 years old, we went from Greece to the U.K. to visit my dad who was here for work. This perfume is connected in my mind with feelings of family bliss, excitement and enthusiasm for all those new experiences. I can also recall the scent of my nana’s hand cream, the perfume I was wearing the period when I first started dating my husband as well as the scent of my nanny’s rose garden in the north of Greece.
This is why, I wanted the fragrance that I would wear on my wedding day to be a special one. I wanted something that would last all day, but wouldn’t be too strong as I don’t do well with heavy scents, they give me migraines and nausea. I was looking for a subtle yet distinctive scent, with fresh, sweet notes.
I had heard about Jo Malone’s Bridal Consultation service where one can have the chance to create a personalised scent for their wedding day (or other special event) by also enjoying a hand and arm massage – I had one of those before and it was divine (read more about it here)! So I booked an appointment and off I went with one of my bridesmaids ( the only one living in the same city as me!).
The lovely Jo Malone consultant helped me experiment with a few of their fragrances that I liked and in the end we opted for a combination of the Nectarine Blossom and Honey and the Dark Amber & Ginger Lily Body Creme. The sensual notes of the Dark Amber and Ginger Lily scent gave depth to the sweet notes of the Nectarine and Honey Blossom creating a beautiful aroma. Much as I loved this combination, I had a change of heart in the end and decided to go for the Nectarine Blossom and Honey cologne instead. This scent combines notes of nectarine, peach and cassis with spring flowers and notes of acacia honey.
I love this scent so much and it’s now connected with the best day of my life. It has become “my scent” and my friends recognise it as such. I just wish I knew back then about the Bridal Lace Bottle Service as I would have loved to dress that first bottle of the cologne up in lace as a keepsake!
Other fragrances that I considered for my wedding day, were:
- The Jo Malone Red Roses Cologne which combines notes from seven of the world’s most exquisite roses with crushed violet leaves and a hint of lemon
- The Jimmy Choo Fever fragrance which combines notes of Black Plum Nectar, Vanilla Orchid, Jasmine and Sandalwood to create a sweet, sensual scent
- The Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream which combines notes of Blackberries,
Blue Wisteria, Jasmine bouquets and White Wood that create a fresh, feminine fragrance
Choosing your bridal fragrance is as personal as choosing your wedding dress! I would recommend experimenting with different scents a few months before the wedding to test the longevity of the fragrance as well as how it suits your skin as every fragrance smells differently on different people’s skin!