Liz’s 5 favourite perfumes

Perfumes have such a power to delight and each special scent here holds happy memories. These are my own personal favourites that I wear and share.

Rive Gauche by YSL

A vintage ‘70’s classic and my first ever ‘proper’ perfume. I love the retro revival of this floral aldehyde in tin atomisers and will be gifting this my modern-day teens to share an early love!

Envy by Gucci

My signature scent for years but sadly discontinued (I felt such a sad loss and have stockpiled bottles bought on Ebay). A green floral with fresh hyacinth softened with sandalwood. Irreplacable.

Botanical Essence No.1 by Liz Earle

The first fragrance I was personally involved with creating, so it has a special place in my heart. Light and wearable, it’s a modern spicy-citrus classic loved by most, so a safe bet to give.

Jolie Madame by Balmain

Worn by my mother, this heady mix of leather, tuberose and gardenia launched in 1953, and always evokes childhood memories of being kissed goodnight before she wafted out to a glamorous evening event. This Christmas, I’m giving a bottle back to her.

Sunday Cologne by Byredo

A truly sensational scent, complex without being overpowering, sexy without being obvious. I  get a lot of compliments when I wear this woody aromatic fragrance, and always love receiving as a present (hint!).

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