Yorkshire Post - YP Magazine
Dear Style Clinic,
My wife says she would like me to give her a different fragrance this Christmas (I usually buy her Chanel No 5). I am to choose one. What do you suggest?
This is a tricky little test your wife has set for you. Buying the wrong perfume could be an expensive mistake and might express judgment on your taste (and on your insight into her taste).
I suggest the infallible choice of a fragrance from British perfume house Miller Harris – its Tea Tonique is a beautifully fresh day scent, and Lost in the City combines intense green lushness with a sharp snap of wild rhubarb, and lasting notes of Earl Grey, amber and musk, unusual yet failsafe. There are plenty of other day and night scents to consider, too.
For something sensual and opulent, Kayali Invite Only Amber 23 combines deep and rich tones of amber and tonka with cinnamon, vanilla, black cherry and tobacco leaf (you could borrow it, if you dare).
Finally, she likes French perfume, so you could try one of my all-time favourites, Sisley’s Eau du Soir, which is beautifully elegant, combining fresh citrus notes of mandarin and grapefruit with refined florals, rose and delicate jasmine, syringa and ylangylang, on a fine woody base of amber and patchouli. It is heavenly and I am happy to wear it for any occasion and at any time of day (for any husbands who might be reading out there).