BEAUTY AWARDS 2017 – PERFUME
Maura Derrane got her first bottle of perfume from her aunt when she was 14. The first time she dabbed it on her wrists she was transported to another world. Her love for fragrances continues and Maura believes that a spritz of a sweet-smelling scent can lift your mood, make you feel confident and indeed evoke happy memories of times past.
Elizabeth Arden, White Tea, EDT, €49
White Tea has clary sage which is deep and herbaceous, with notes of mandarin and sea spray which lighten the scent. It settles on the skin with the distinctive aroma of white tea with woody musky tones.
Dolce & Gabbana, Light Blue for her, EDT, €91
A whimsical and citrusy scent with fresh lime which is warmed up by woody undertones of cedar. It’s a real beachy fragrance, which works both day and night.
Molton Bown, Rosa Absolute, EDP, €49
A deep, interesting and dark rose perfume. It begins with deep fruity notes like blackcurrant, but what remains when it settles on the skin is a smoky rose with grassy notes of patchouli and geranium which gives it a warm sweetness.
DKNY, Be Tempted Eau Blush, EDP, €49
Sweet and fruity with pink peony and apricot. But it boasts a lovely injection of sweet spiciness which lasts all day long.
Estée Lauder, Modern Muse Nuit, EDP, €65
Although this is a dark floral oriental, it is also sweet and soft, the result of a heady mix of berries, jasmine, tonka bean and vanilla. The contrast really works and it is a perfect night-time perfume or if you like to make a statement, at any time!
BEST BODY SPRAY
Nuxe Body, Relaxing Fragrant Water, €30
An all-over-body treatment spray with soft notes of coconut sorbet, almond, vanilla and musk. Sweet and summery, it’s a perfect holiday perfume.
Clinique Aromatics Black Cherry, EDP, €100
It smells like real cherries. It also has rose and spicy cardamom and a woody base of cashmere woods. It’s a sweet and warm perfume. We really like it.
BEST DAYTIME SCENT
Lancôme, La Vie Est Belle Bouquet de Printemps, EDP, €82
An incredible delight inspired by the original juice. A beautiful floral arrangement including iris, jasmine and lily of the valley. Its fresh, fruity and crisp.
BEST SCENTED BODY LOTION
Versace, The Eros Pour Femme, Luxuty Body Lotion, €36
We love wearing scented body lotions instead of perfume sometimes. This is a great one and the citrusy notes of lemon, bergamot and pomegranate are so SS17.
BEST SCENTED BODY CREAM
Roger & Gallet, Fleur d’Osmanthus Precious Revitalising Balm, €25
This has the most amazing smell. An uplifting orange zesty scent from the Osmanthus shrub native to China. The cream is rich with shea butter and mandarin, grapefruit and neroli essential oils which heighten its wonderful aroma.
Shiseido, Zen Classic for her, €72
This is a very exotic but understated perfume which began life in the 1960s only to be reborn in 2007. It is a woody floral with Oriental spices, and when it settles on the skin you are left with sensual warm musks, frankincense and woody notes of amber and cedar. A total classic.
Nicki Minaj, Trini Girl, EDP, €30
A youthful sweet blend of litchi, quince and sorbet. The tropical sweetness continues with a coconut and white musk base. The bottle, a bust of Nicki, is simply the coolest thing and is a definite dressing table keepsake.
BEST PERFUME OIL
Christian Louboutin Perfume Oil in Tornade Blonde, €320
This oil comes with a hefty price tag but the juice does smell incredible. A sweet red rose and cassis blend, it is soft and warm with ambergris but also deep and woody with patchouli and sandalwood at its base. It is a very intimate, feminine and grown-up scent, and it lingers beautifully.
BEST SOILD SCENT
Jo Brown, Natural Solid Perfumes in Sweet Note, €24
Made using organic beeswax and essential oils, there are three fragrances, all of which can fit perfectly into even the tiniest handbag. We were impressed with their lasting power. Our favourite is the Sweet Note which contains orchid and citrus as well as vanilla musk and amber. Buy Irish!