Great Fragrances For Minimalist Fragrance Wearers
Footsteps in the sand, waves lapping at the base of a cliff and the scent of straw on the breeze. There’s beauty in simplicity and for those who like quiet, iridescent, clean, simple fragrance, I have selected my favourites for you.
Serge Lutens l’Eau de Paille
The ultimate male hipster fragrance, Serge Lutens l’Eau de Paille is filled with notes of freshly washed linen and sun-drenched fields of straw. With Serge Lutens fragrances, he rarely discloses more than one or two notes, so you can never quite grasp when you are wearing, which is part of the joy. L’eau de Paille is simple, unique and the perfect fragrance for any man who likes to sip on craft beers whilst relaxing in a roof terrace.
Philosophy Pure Grace
Philosophy Pure Grace has been designed to make you feel like you have just stepped out of the shower. Imagine the scent of soap, water, lily, leafy greens a hint of musk. It’s not your average eau de toilette, instead it smells like washing your hands with lily scented soap in The Ritz; fresh clean, elegant and floral. Perfect for sweltering days in the city and feeling sane after 3 days of camping at a festival!
Penhaligon’s Blasted Heath
Penhaligon’s Blasted Heath is quiet yet complex, filled with notes of seaweed, Clary Sage, Green Leaves, Aquatic Accord, Vetiver, Patchouli, Cedarwood and so much more. Whilst it’s packed full of fresh, oceanic accords, it’s not clumsy or cluttered, it has a translucency to it which is wind-swept magic! Blasted Heath was created with men in mind, but it’s pretty good for us ladies too!
Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt
Ah! Jo Malone London is always such a huge favourite of mine! Escape the city and enjoy a stroll along a coastal path with Wood Sage & Sea Salt, filled with notes of ambrette seeds, sea salt and sage. It’s refreshing, uplifting and earthy, it’s so reminiscent of the coast you can almost hear the waves breaking on the cliffs when you spray it!
Clean Reserve Blonde Rose
Clean Reserve Blonde Rose is inspired by an afternoon escape to a warm bubble bath infused with rose petals and a day dream. Soft, aquatic and filled with comforting notes of rose, peony, jasmine, musk & sandalwood. Rose is known for being rich, heady and sensual, but this beautiful perfume is soft, simple and quietly fabulous.
Somei Yoshino Eau De Parfum
Berdoues Somei Yoshino is exclusive to Harvey Nichols and filled with essential oils from sakura blossom, arguably one of the most beautiful of all the cherry blossom trees. Somei Yoshino has a delicate feel to it, precious like the petals and intangible like the scent on the breeze. Soft, feminine, free and clean.
Issey Miyake L’eau d’issey Pure
Issey Miyake is the original commercial minimalist perfume, it was released in the 90’s and in a sea of heavy, opulent fragrances Issey Miyake was clean, fresh and aquatic. Issey Miyake L’eau d’issei Pure is the softest and purest of the Issey Miyake family, filled with aquatic notes blended with soft rose, woods, jasmine and orange blossom.
Reminiscence Rem was recommended to me by a french friend, it’s a brand I don’t know so well, but she assures me it is loved by the men and women of Paris. It was first launched in the 90’s and it has a feeling of a deserted beach in very early spring, that time where it’s slightly too cold for most people so you have to wear a thick jumper and keep walking because otherwise you will get cold, imagine the scent of sea salt, driftwood, soft wild flowers and seaweed.
As the saying goes, sometimes a whisper makes more of a statement than a scream. Do you have any favourite Minimalist fragrances?