Because I need to smell nice on our wedding day.


On Saturday morning I looked at my wedding to do list, freaked out, sipped on my coffee, looked at it again and then talked myself into feeling at ease. We still have a little bit to do for our big day, but I have chosen not turn into a crazy bride and flip the hell out. I don’t want to scare the guy away, before I lock that shit down, right?

Midway down my list I had written “Wedding Day Perfume”. To me smell is the greatest trigger of memory. For instance; Dolce and Gabbana “The One” takes me back to early 2008 when I lived on the Gold Coast, Golden Panache reminds me of my Mum, Talc reminds me of my late Gran, J-Lo Glow reminds me of bad High School decisions, Paris Hilton’s Eau De Parfum Spray reminds me of suffocating – or maybe it’s the fact I would rather suffocate than wear that ever again and Joop reminds me of every pre-pubescent male in my year 9 class at school – oh the smell of sweat mixed with cheap male cologne.


I picked up a few different scents online the other day from Perfume Clearance Centre – I wanted to trial them and wear them on different days to see what I would most likely choose for the nuptials!

I knew I wanted something light, bright and floral based. I don’t like heavy perfumes, or the type that you can still taste in the air when someone has left the room – cue coughing up both lungs. Discreet scents work best, unless you’re the guy on the train with me the other day – no amount of perfume was too much, same goes for showers.

The Decision

YSL Parisienne

Parisienne is a crisp floral fragrance with a prominent scent of rose.I have had this one before and I adore it. It’s such a great every day scent!

Available here.

Narciso Rodriguez L’eau For Her Eau De Toilette

This is a soft floral fragrance with prominent notes of musk.

Available here.

Elie Saab Le Parfum Eau De Parfum

This one is a floral oriental fragrance with a radiant, white flower Jasmine scent.

Available here.

The travel size ones!

I totally underestimated the power of travel size perfume until all my overseas trips lately. They come in so handy! Below is a small selection of Issey Miyake and Jean Paul Gaultier.

The final decision

Drumroll and all that jazz – I will be wearing YSL Parisienne on our wedding day! Too good.


Now back to you ladies!

What are your favourite scents? What do certain smells evoke for you? What is on your wish list?

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Author: Ally Carey

Hi, I am Ally, a writer and creative at Substance. I have worked in the fashion industry for 6+ years as a model and now on Substance. Substance is a lifestyle blog about fashion, beauty, health and self-improvement; hoping to inspire you to live a life filled with Substance. For more: @AllyMayCarey

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