Sunday, January 8th, 2012

By Jamila, Fragrance Contributor

Jamila is a graduate of Spelman College, native Atlanta peach–but with a California Girl personality. She loves to smile, laugh, and enjoy her life to the very fullest. She’s been a beauty fanatic since her teenage years.

Jamila finds every day is a blessing and believes in living beautifully–carpe diem!


Viva La Juicy

Jamila’s Fragrance Essentials

As a woman, there are never enough things that we absolutely need. There are my fragrance essentials–products I am always going back to for day-to-day use as well as special occasions. There is nothing better than being clean and smelling even better. Fragrance begins within one’s personal body composition and continues throughout the layers of products. I try to remain neutral in scent when washing my body, and even putting on lotions or cream, so it does not interfere with the scent I wear during the day. My scent gets adventurous when I am using perfumes–my scent collection is like the rainbow–all different notes and feelings.  I like to choose a scent based on the time of day or the type of activity I will be doing.

Go-tos: MAC Turquatic, Versace Crystal Noir, Paco Rabanne Lady Million, Marc Jacobs Oh Lola!, Gucci Flora ( Black and Gold Label ), Chanel Chance, Coach Poppy, Gucci Guilty, Kenzo Flower, J’adore Dior, Ralph, Viva La Juicy, Givenchy Irresistible, D&G Light Blue, Hanae Mori Butterflies, Vera Wang Princess

Celebrity fragrances can be tricky, but a few that I like are Kimora Lee Simon’s Baby Phat, Halle Berry’s Pure Orchid, and Queen Latifah’s Queen.  When I was a teenager, Britney Spears Curious was a favorite of mine for awhile.  My dream fragrance is Killian.  It’s sold at Saks Fifth Avenue, and it is absolutely to-die-for.  He uses essential oils for his notes, which allow for easier application and better wear throughout the day.

If you’re new to the art of wearing perfume, you can get the most out of your fragrance by layering your favorite scent and opting for Parfums, which are more concentrated (compared to an Eau de Parfum or Eau de Toilette).  Not all scents can be layered easily, but check to see if your favorite also has a body lotion or body wash.

What are your essential fragrances?

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8 thoughts on “Jamila’s Fragrance Essentials

  1. Betty

    If you had to pick one, what is your all time fave?

  2. jackie

    great post, jamila! always fun to see what people love

  3. Amy

    Have you ever layered two different scents together?

  4. Avatar of Joanna Joanna

    Good overview!

    My all-time favourite fragrance is MyQueen by Alexander McQueen. It’s discontinued now, and I haven’t been able to find anything similar.

  5. Avatar of Aisha Aisha

    Dior’s Pure Poison, Nasomatto’s Black Afgano & Penhaligon’s Love Potion.

  6. Eva

    Jamila, which By Kilian fragrance are you talking about? There are quite a few…
    My essential fragrances right now are Gucci Rush 2, Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Mandarine Basilic and Annick Goutal Eau d´Hadrien EDP.
    But it usually changes with my mood. :o)