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SOME GOOD WOOD: SHARING MY FAVOURITE FRAGRANCES + GIVEAWAY!

I woke up this morning feeling really out of it. Our daughter has been down with a flu from hell for the last four weeks and we’ve barely gotten any sleep the last two nights. Last night was particularly bad because she was coughing her guts out and at some point she looked at me, crying, and said “Mommy, help me”. I almost started crying. Last week, she woke up puking, with the runs. In the middle of the night, as my own tummy was also waging war against me. Nothing prepared me for this level of adulting. Parenting is harder than people make it seem online. It’s an almost constant state of fear and worry; of wondering how you can protect your kid while allowing them to experience life abundantly; of trying to figure out how to not lose your shit while fighting overwhelming feelings of frustration and questioning your abilities as a parent.

As I’m writing this, I can hear Gong in the kitchen lecturing the nanny in that way only toddlers can – mid-cough – on her use of grammar. She just asked her: “Do you take a bite of milk, or a sip? Then why are you telling me to take a bite?”

I’m seated on the couch, fresh from a very long, hot shower after yet another trip to the clinic and dealing with the extreme sport that is Mombasa Road these days. I’m in my most comfortable lounge wear – cotton shorts, cotton tee, the husband’s socks and an old sweater I stole from a friend almost two years ago. I’m burning some lavender essential oil in a clay diffuser to calm me down after a tiring day. I smell good. I feel good.

I don’t know what it is about being clean and wearing perfume that makes me feel like I’m in control of at least one thing in my life. In fact, I’ve found that my commitment to that is directly proportional to how not in control I am in other areas of my life. Got a ton of emails to get through? Take a long shower first and tackle them while smelling like the money you want to make. Winding down after a long day? Take another long hot shower and get into bed smelling like the dreams you’re manifesting for yourself. It’s basically science.

So here’s a round-up of my favourite scents of the moment, in no particular order. Disclaimer: I’m no expert at describing fragrances and listing their top, middle and bottom notes, classifying them and what not. I know I’m definitely more of a woody, oriental, unisex fragrance kind of girl. I also know that I like what I like – and I buy scents based on what they remind me of, the feelings they evoke, not hype.

  • White Tea, Mandarin Blossom, by Elizabeth Arden – Possibly the most affordable fragrance in my small collection right now, and the only citrusy, super feminine one. She’s non-fussy, easy to wear, is good value for money and smells like she would cost more. I love wearing her to bed on warm evenings.
  • Noir pour Femme, by Tom Ford – I’ll be honest: I love Tom Ford. Have you seen his suits? They whisper sex appeal in a low, dangerous voice. Quiet confidence; alpha, but not toxic. It is unfortunate that Mr. Thomas Carlyle Ford’s fragrances do not love me as much as I love them. I feel like they just don’t smell as good on me, and this is the only one that works for me. So I guess I shouldn’t list it among my favourites – but this is Tom Ford so he gets a pass. Plus that bottle is sexy as hell. You can never go wrong with black and gold.
  • Nomade Absolu de Parfum, by Chloé – bought her on a whim after seeing the leather tassel on her neck and she did not disappoint (unlike her sister, Nomade Eau de Toilette). She reminds me of a confident woman who’s as comfortable in the boardroom in her tight pencil skirt, high heels (kitten heels do not apply here) and red lip as she is in jeans and a white tee kicking it with the boys. She oozes sex appeal and knows how to use it but is not one to allow herself to play damsel in distress – unless of course it suits her.
  • Bottega Veneta, by Bottega Veneta – this one; she inducted me into the world of soft unisex fragrances. I think it was the leather. I’m a big leather lover, no surprises here, and at this point I’m basically willing to try anything with a leather note in it. She smells like understated luxury. Like old money and good upbringing with a level head, so you’d never know just how much she’s worth because she’s not your average Social House poser. I could wear her every day.
  • Tuxedo, by Yves Saint Laurent – been wearing this for about one-and-a-half years now and I can’t get over her. First smelled her on a guy friend and phew! I looked for her for months, only eventually getting my first bottle from a friend when she travelled to Paris. Tuxedo took my breath away and introduced me to the YSL collection of luxury fragrances, Le Vestiaire des Parfums. She’s unisex but leans more on the masculine end of the spectrum, and she’ll definitely get you noticed. She’s the woman at the jazz bar drinking a fine whiskey and smoking a cigar. She doesn’t paint flowers on her nails or carry mini handbags. Or wear neon. She is not cutesy. Her lipstick is always matte, it never moves, ergo she does not eat chicken wings in public. Try her if you want to leave an impression.
  • Cuir, by Yves Saint Laurent – listen, I’ve come a long way from wearing Black Opium and her sister Mon Paris, though I still have a little bit of the latter, which I allow Gong to wear once in a while. Ms. Cuir (“leather” in French), from YSL’s Le Vestiaire des Parfums Collection de Nuit – a sub-collection of Le Vestiaire des Parfums – is not juvenile. She’s a bad bitch. She is not excitable. She doesn’t scream “that’s my jam!” in the club. She probably doesn’t dance. She prefers to people watch – it’s far more interesting than sweating and bumping bodies anyway. She’s the type that doesn’t raise her voice. She will insult you while keeping her voice low and tone level. She appreciates sarcasm. She will scare you. But when she loves you, she’ll leave you in no doubt that she does.

That’s it. That’s what I’m wearing right now. Writing these descriptions just made me realise I have an almost singular taste in fragrances. Leather, patchouli, sandalwood, spicy, woody, vanilla – those are my signature notes. It’s all very warm, sensual, a little mysterious even. Measured, very intentional, very understated in a sense. I have never gone wrong with some good wood.

Tell me, what does your favourite fragrance say about you? How does it make you feel? Drop me your answers in the comments section and you might just win a bottle of perfume from my favourites, my mainest fragrance plug, Cierra Perfumes. I’ve been buying perfume from them since discovering them on Instagram early in 2020 and they do not disappoint! Plus they’re the only ones who managed to get me both Tuxedo AND Cuir, which can be a bit challenging to find in my experience, without trying to rip me off or punish me for liking nice things. Check them out: highly recommend. Winner to be announced 4th September, 2021. Must be in Nairobi to be eligible to win.

Top tip: spray some perfume in your closet each week to keep it smelling good. I also like to douse cotton balls in a favourite scent and stick them in the corners of my drawers to keep my gym clothes and undies smelling expensive.

Oh, and if you’re looking for more informed fragrance reviews, check out (my fragrance bible) Fragrantica and Ms. Angel Lately – the High Priestess of the Pursuit of Pleasure.

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Details

All fragrances / Cierra Perfumes

Diffuser / Provisions Kenya

Lavender Essential Oil / Afroma Beehive

Gold candle holders / Home Ware Store (South Africa)

Candles + tea light / Mr Price Home

Side table / Santana Africa

Faux leather pillow cover + insert / Smartlady Home

Leather magazine rack / White Bull

XO,

Shiro

The Cultured Cow

Comments

  • August 30, 2021
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    Topcat

    Wow! Always such a beautiful read! I love your descriptions too! I had a person in mind for each description. Loved it! I’d love to try Tuxedo! I’m currently feeling Oud, Leather, Tonka Bean & Vanilla currently.

  • August 30, 2021
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    Waithera M.

    I’m yet to find my favourite scent but I live for scents that are fresh, clean and light. That don’t make me feel sticky, like there’s a layer of something on me. My favourite scents make me feel warm and feel like the best surprise (like my scent is not loud but when you get close to me, you’re intrigued). I enjoy being told I smell good. My favourite scents make me feel like I’m imprinted on you when I hug you, but in a loving way, like I’ve left my mark which makes me feel good.

  • August 30, 2021
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    SUSAN MIGWI

    I use a cheapie, Secret by Rasasi. It’s very mysterious. On one hand it says, “I am here for a good time” with the top orange and peachy notes, after settling in, it says, “I am here for business” with the musk and sandalwood base. It’s the perfect perfume on a day I want to feel elegant.

  • August 30, 2021
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    Faith Karimi

    What smells better than a luxurious perfume‍♀️… I’ll be waiting… …

    Loved loved loved this blog post

  • August 30, 2021
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    Mwendwa

    Sorry about Gong. Hoping she feels better. I love the sensual, warm fragrances. I love the vanilla notes. They make me feel powerful, calm and in control. Rich aunty vibes.

  • August 30, 2021
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    Faith Karimi

    My favorite perfume is Black Opium.
    This perfume makes me feel like a legend okay to be honest, it makes me feel sexy and confident. I mean, passing by and someone looks behind to admire you cause of the perfume you’ve worn is the most outrageous feeling. It leaves a mark wherever I go(for real tho)
    Makes me feel like I’m in control of things you know.

  • August 30, 2021
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    Sandra Bie

    That is a beautiful collection right there You have sold me on Tuxedo i am slowly trying out new scents as well trying to add on my amateur collection. Personally my fave has to be Tom Ford vanille Fatale guuurrrrlllllll . It makes me Feel so Dangerous in the most nicest way i dont know if that makes sense but i feel so confident and sexy when i put it on . Oh and and instead of cotton balls in the closet i use a panty liner ..that holds the smell for quite sometime

    All in all i did enjoy reading your blog Keep it up

  • August 30, 2021
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    ANN WAIRIMU

    Hi Shiro,
    My fragrance says I am a boss babe but I still wants to be taken care of. It makes me feel feminine, owning my sexy, gentle, in charge, in touch with life and my feelings.

  • August 30, 2021
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    Cynthiah Kagema

    I’d like to believe that I am sophisticated or rather that’s what Good Girl Dot Drama by Carolina Herrera, led me to believe. I feel so stylish and feminine when wearing her. And honestly the polka dots print on the bottle was a plus for me.

  • August 30, 2021
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    June.

    My current fragrance says ‘ I am clean and fresh’ and it definitely makes me feel confident. But I would definitely be open to try something different.

    Lots of love.

  • August 30, 2021
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    Bellz Wachira

    First of all, pole that Gong is unwell. She’s get better and you’ll feel like yourself again.
    You are right about Angel lately being the perfume goddess, you can literally smell her post.
    My favourite perfume has to be” Si”, it says you are smelling right and you feel right, exciting and ready to take off. I just love the air of confidence it broods….it’s a pinch of confidence to my soul.
    Also, thank you for the cotton ball Pro tip.

  • August 30, 2021
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    Tracy Mbuthia

    I love feeling feminine/someone who got her shit together while wearing perfume

  • August 30, 2021
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    Nancy Njoroge

    Loved reading what you’re wearing. I enjoy amber, sandalwood-y, warm fragrance notes with a hint of floral. I do not like smelling like a flower garden or a sweet candy shop.
    I want a fragrance that is feminine but also mysterious. The impression I love to leave is: you’ll know I’m here and remember that I was present after I leave but you’ll still ask who I am coz you couldn’t completely figure me out.

  • August 30, 2021
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    June

    My current fragrance says I am clean and fresh. I take my hygiene seriously. It definitely makes me feel confident.
    I would definitely love to have variety. For different occasions.
    Lots of love.

  • August 30, 2021
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    Shiiks Shiko

    I love YSL Libre.. makes me smell like a rich woman who indulges in only the finest of life’s offerings. I always get compliments and mostly love to wear her when it’s warm outside like now.

  • August 30, 2021
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    Maureen

    Current favourite scent- Dolce and Gabbana, Gardenia.
    It a soft fruity flirty scent that leaves me in a room long after I am gone.It makes me feel sexy and on top of the world.
    Would love to add Scandal by Jean Paul to my small collection ( I know this wasn’t part of the requirements a girl is just trying her luck)
    PS we are not related, don’t disqualify my ass

  • August 30, 2021
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    Mumo

    Still waters that run deep, intricately complex. Only for those willing to explore my expanse. Fresh and woody scents remind me petrichor, the umami of the earth moistened by rain with a fresh breeze of crisp air.

  • August 30, 2021
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    Teresa makokha

    I was very boy-ish growing up but then adolescence came and I came into my own womanhood.I have loved everything feminine since ☺️I love my paradiso azurro by Roberto carvalli perfume .it’s floral with a little bit of woody and citrusy.the kind that leaves me in a room I walked out of,the kind that blends effortlessly with my natural body scent and is just associated with me and makes me feel pristine.

  • August 30, 2021
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    Geraldine

    I work in a male dominated organization. My fragrance commands the attention and respect I deserve even before I utter a word. It gives me a sense of drive and passion to secure my spot in a field where women aren’t recognized.

  • August 30, 2021
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    Ms Fwaya

    My perfume says that I am exactly the babe I think I am, like if someone sees me walking from across the room and says ‘Ule dame anajiskia sana, when they smell me, they agree that indeed I deserve kujiskia’. It makes me feel like the fearless little girl in me!!

  • August 30, 2021
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    Diana Moraa

    I believe this post is for me, back when I was possessed I used to like smelling like a bakery overly sweet and girly (cringe) not that there’s anything wrong with that. My pallet then morphed and I plunged into the bliss of wood,oud, spice, sexy, dominant woman. On my wish list is anything that smells like tom Ford tobacco vanille,black orchid and Moroccan Tuscan leather.

    Thank you for this it was a much needed read on a Monday evening.

    I wouldn’t mind a bottle from Cierra I’ve been a follower of theirs since they began.

  • August 30, 2021
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    Kui M

    Spot on for Chloe Nomade – also my fave and definitely makes me feel sexy in a IYKYK way

    Really keen to try Tuxedo based on your epic description above! She sounds like the woman I want to be before I decide to chop life lol

  • August 30, 2021
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    Crys

    I am absolutely in love with my current fragrance, the first pricey babe I bought myself, the one and only Ms. Black Opium . I love that she makes me feel like I can navigate this adulting, and I’ve been getting complements so every day the ego keeps growing!! I also got this cheapie mist at a random supermarket in Kericho that I wear to bed, and I Looooove that she’s so light and airy and floral, q dorect ticket to sweet dreams HQ! I’m just getting started with fragrances, but they journey is already very exciting!

  • August 30, 2021
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    SUSAN NGOIRI MIGWI

    I use a cheapie, Secret by Rasasi. It’s very mysterious. On one hand it says, “I am here for a good time” with the top orange and peachy notes, after settling in, it says, “I am here for business” with the musk and sandalwood base. It’s the perfect perfume on a day I want to feel elegant.

  • August 30, 2021
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    Joanne

    Good Girl by Carolina Herrera is my favorite scent. It is dark, mysterious, and sexy. I think you could dress this up or dress it down. I love wearing this to when I’m going for meetings when I’m feeling a bit more “bossy”, but I also love wearing this on date nights because it makes me feel oh so sexy, but in a refined and sophisticated way. Much like the bottle design, this fragrance makes me want to put on my favorite pair of heels and conquer the day or night

  • August 30, 2021
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    Becca Reed

    I’ve only just recently ventured into the fragrance world, in fact I only own one actual bottle of perfume. But I love it and think it very well might be my signature scent. It’s Idole by Lancome. I (and again, coming from a complete fragrance novice) think it’s the perfect blend of a classy, yet floral scent! My goal for the rest of this year is to invest in at least two more scents in the hopes of refining my fragrance palette 🙂

  • August 30, 2021
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    Jess

    For me, I feel like my pocket is the only thing keeping me from greatness when it comes to scent. I am currently using Dior Sauvage but I’ve been gravitating towards less sweet smelling scents to more grown vibes. I’d love to win the scent and just diversify my scent palette.

  • August 30, 2021
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    Yvonne Ariga

    My favourites at the moment are Francis kirkdjan baccarat rouge 540 (travel size) and ysl libre. Libre to me represents strength. I had a sample from cierra but had not worn it until when my world turned to darkness. I lost my Dad .Through all that confusion and grief. It’s the scent I wore. A little dab to help tackle the day. You are right there is something about smelling good that gets one ready to tackle the day. You feel the world come alive and that you can handle the day .

  • August 30, 2021
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    Jacqueline Matheka

    I would love immaculate vibes and Aunty rich smell on my damn self. Fruity, woody, citrus, rich name them. Good smell is one thing I can’t argue about because gurl we are on 2021. Looking forward to smell heavenly from one of the beauties from cierra perfumes. Thanks in advance

  • August 30, 2021
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    Wandia

    I’m a vanilla scent kinda chic. Any scent that has a vanilla note does it for me. I’m a Bath&Body person.
    I’m currently using Forever Red and Velvet Sugar mists. Wearing these fragrances make me feel relaxed, calm and sensual bordering edible :). I definitely love to try out a scent from Cierra Perfumes.

  • August 30, 2021
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    Victoria Miguda

    Good Girl by Carolina Herrera- I always think that I’ve won the lottery and I’m finally super rich! I use this when I’m aiming to make a statement and looking for that extra confidence booster. Plus the bottle just oozes confidence
    Mordern Muse by Estee Lauder- I can’t get over this one and literally makes my everyday wear

  • August 30, 2021
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    Atis

    My current fav is an oldie but Goldie. Trèson- In Love by Lancôme. Have been seeing it for the last 5 years but have found myself wearing it more these days. I like it because it feels seasoned, it feels mature, it feels like soul that’s found it’s way back home and is very comfy. It’s a warm and slightly strong fragrance but that’s what I love most about it. 2020/2021 has been the pits and not because of the Rona. I’ve lost solid friendships I never thought I’d lose, but I’ve also grown so much into myself. WFH while being single at at some point forced me to really reevaluate a lot of things, to truly assess me as a person and not me as a title and I truly believe- my souls has found it’s way back home. Just like the warmth and comfort one gets when they get home after a long day and light a fire to relax with a glass of wine at hand…. You know that bliss and content? Yeah that’s what I feel every time I wear my fragrance. I feel content with whatever life is throwing my way

  • August 30, 2021
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    Wairimu

    Pure white linen by Estee Lauder is the very first bottle of perfume I ever owned. It was gifted to me by a lady I admired immensely. The scent, I still remember to this day, made me feel and smell expensive, classy and mature. Now that I’m thinking about it, should probably get myself a bottle.

  • August 30, 2021
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    Nadia Odula

    Nice read! I am still finding my unique taste in perfume but giiiirl, you’ve sold me on the Nomade Absolu de Parfum, by Chloé! She definitely describes my personality and aura. I have always seen myself as a siren and this perfume is definitely for me!

  • August 30, 2021
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    Amy Wangeci

    Hello. Being a shy person, I always make sure my scent leaves anyone I meet with something to say. But Truth be told,I haven’t found my true love. Still patiently waiting for him. But the men keeping me company still give. Top of the list is Valentino.
    Valentino is the occasional fragrance that I reach for when in need of confidence. Entering into an office where you feel undervalued,sometimes you need a man who follows you, leaving behind a statement. Not chatter. He tends to be louder when it’s very chilly,everyone notices him then. He makes me feel beautiful,sexy and mysterious all at once. I forget about my insecurities. I know with him, I am noticed. And I need not say a word.

  • August 30, 2021
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    Stephanie Wanderi

    My fragrance says that I’m playful. It makes me feel like strutting down the street and being flirty just by how the scent lingers when I hug someone which in other words, means, “remember me from that scent, until the next time we see each other. “

  • August 30, 2021
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    Yvonne

    Firstly, I enjoyed reading this because I love scents. Odd enough, with every perfume you described I could almost visualize the scent.

    (Side note – i actually enjoy scrolling and reading through the descriptions on Cierra’s TL )

    Favorite fragrance (at the moment because a girl can change her mind) is the Si Intense (black bottle). It honestly makes my heart beat with a different rhythm lol, I love wearing it on cooler weather and at night – it makes me feel warm. Love how it lingers. I also wear it on the days I have a meeting and want the sillage to introduce me.

    Still planning to explore more perfumes (an investment that has to be budgeted for ).

    I consider myself to be loyal in life generally except in this area because I’d love to build a collection of my own.
    So here I am manifesting my high quality of life!

  • August 30, 2021
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    Awuor Oluoch

    Addictive, dark but warm is what Jimmy Choo Fever says about me. This scent typically has me feeling borderline untouchable and extremely sexy.
    Also, couldn’t agree more on the Chloe Nomadé, I’m constantly reaching for mine anytime I need a confidence boost

  • August 30, 2021
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    Joy Kwendo

    One scent I’ve been wanting to replenish is the Light blue Eau Intense as it’s absolutely a favorite! It smells fresh ,clean and citrusy giving you that boost in confidence, I mean who doesn’t want to be smelling crisp & clean?! Also my birthday is on the 16th of September and it would definitely be a perfect everyday scent.

  • August 30, 2021
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    Millicent Muchiri

    Wow ! Great post ! Informative and interesting .I have never owned/tried luxury perfumes cz weeuh ! they ain’t about small money but I do the oil based ones (the refill ones ) which I love . I get a mix of two -pink chiffon and chamile which has a fruity /floral scent and lasts for about 4 hours without reapplying and I can still midly smell it when I go to sleep. Also , sth must be up with maybe the weather or sth bcz my daughter has also been down with a flu for now four weeks even after finishing her medication kitambo! It’s been difficult but she’s getting better .wishing Gong quick recovery too.

  • August 30, 2021
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    Joy Kwendo

    One scent I’ve been wanting to replenish is the Light blue Eau Intense as it’s absolutely a favorite! It smells fresh ,clean and citrusy giving you that boost in confidence, I mean who doesn’t want to be smelling crisp & clean?! Also my birthday is on the 16th of September and it would definitely be a perfect everyday scent….

  • August 30, 2021
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    Annie

    I wouldn’t say i have a favourite fragrance, im still experimenting. I like to try different fragrances and hardly re-purchase once one is over. I love those that make me feel sexy and girly, should be memorable too. Im a floral, oud, wood kind of girl but im always open to new scents especially men’s. Seeing your collection, im envious and would love to try Elizabeth Arden’s White Tea.

  • August 30, 2021
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    John Rambo

    Excellent fragrance taste. Rich Aunty Kweli Kweli

  • August 30, 2021
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    Phoebe Apiyo

    I dont know if this is normal but I love manly smelly perfumes, perfume that is woodly, smokey or spicey with a heavy emphasis on me.my dream perfume is tobacco Camille by Tom ford and since I still can’t manage to buy one, I go for the fill ups. Smelling nice and good is magical and is aturn on to everyone… I’d rather eat fruits and save for my perfumes, also I’m a sweaty person hence smelling good is a must
    This give away would mean everything to me, my dream can come true

  • August 30, 2021
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    Millicent Sethaile

    You have such a beautiful way with words,so soothing. I love it. I seem to be drawn to the same tones.

  • August 30, 2021
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    Wambui

    This! “Take another long hot shower and get into bed smelling like the dreams you’re manifesting for yourself. It’s basically science.” I love it.

    Been making it habit going to bed smelling like vanilla. It easy on my sinusitis and I won’t wake up feeling like a clogged pipe. Safe to say a couple of my bottles have notes of vanilla. However my favs are determined by occasion and moods… daytime we go fierce, evening we dive into sexy sultry and will balance between woody, vanilla, patchouli and warm spicy. I am inviting. I am warm. I can be feisty so don’t mess with me maybe only between the sheets (judge me less please but Lancôme Tres Nuit does thing with the other gender).

    Haven’t copped a new bottle this year – looking forward to acquiring Tom Ford and Bottega Venetta. I keep walking into perfume stores and trying out different Tom Fords to find the one my skin agrees to – this is one versatile chap. Cierra come through for a girl!

    Ps. Hope Gong’s feeling better.

    Xoxo

  • August 30, 2021
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    Rose Njoroge

    I am a girly girl. I love flowers and rainbows. I love sweet rose or jasmine tones in my perfumes.
    A perfect perfume for me would say, “she is sweet and earthy”. A classic, floral perfume, one that smells like it was clafted hundreds of years ago would definitely be appealing to me. When it comes to perfume, cliche isn’t such a bad word. That’s why I have been eyeing Dior’s J’adore EAU DE Parfum.

  • August 30, 2021
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    Marjorie

    Feminine, Powerful, Sensual! That is who i am, want to be, almost is….

  • August 30, 2021
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    Muthoni

    I too believe that fragrance can help lift your mood, giving you a feeling of calm and tranquility. Currently wearing a tiny spray of la vie est belle after a long day to remind me that tough times don’t last forever and la vie est belle after all.

  • August 30, 2021
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    Berryl Odhiambo

    First time here and I love it! weird if I am to be honest with my thoughts…having that am literally part of your family thanks to IG (I mean, I share in all that you do and breathe) hehehe anyway.. I love me some good oriental or woody notes for a day to day wear and occasionally switch it up to floral for when I get to please the mans or just be on a random date and wanna leave a little flirtatious vibe.
    I loooove your description of the scents, gotta try the Tuxedo..some day…as for now let’s hope we get to win one of the bottles from Cierra Perfumes…(Early birthday gift ) hint hint . It would be an honour, from my favourite Instagram influencer

  • August 30, 2021
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    Irene Mo

    My favourite fragrance is Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue. It’s fresh, floral & fruity, all in one. It gives me the confidence to do it all, to be every woman.

  • August 30, 2021
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    Mitchel

    Si Fiori has been a fragrance that I absolutely adore since I started obsessing over perfumes. I have wanted to amp up my femininity, be comfortable in it, and Fiori does just that. Soft yet sensual; every time I wear it, I would describe myself as lovely, and immediately puts a smile on my face.
    It’s a break from the spicy, warm fragrances that I love, and I love that for me! Here’s to trying out new things .

    Absolutely loved this post!

  • August 30, 2021
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    Mitchel

    Si Fiori has been a fragrance that I absolutely adore since I started obsessing over perfumes(With the help of Tony!). I have wanted to amp up my femininity, be comfortable in it, and Fiori does just that. Soft yet sensual; every time I wear it, I would describe myself as lovely, and immediately puts a smile on my face.
    It’s a break from the spicy, warm fragrances that I love, and I love that for me! Here’s to trying out new things .

    Absolutely loved this post!

  • August 30, 2021
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    Phoebe Apiyo

    I don’t know if I’m normal or what, but I love manly scents… They are a turn on to me… I love the woody, smokey, spicy scent with a heavy emphasis on it to bring out the masculinity. Smelling good brings confidence in someone. My favourite scent is the Tom Forde Tobacco Vanille, since I can’t afford one I still do the fill ups in cosmetics with manly scents. This giveaway can be of luck to me and my dream come true to not screenshotting perfumes and also my birthday is on 3rd September it can be a nice present for me. I hope to win this…..I love your posts and blogs….. I love your page

  • August 30, 2021
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    Pauline Waigumo

    My favorite fragrance at the moment is white tea. I remember when I first purchased and smelt it on me, I thought, “I’d really like to hug myself!” Hence, my fragrance says I am a warm person. I never used to wear perfume around the house or during bedtime. Now I do because it makes me feel abit spoilt.

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    Dinah

    Great post. Your writing is always worth the read.
    I love scents and smelling nice is an instant confidence boost for me. My go to scents has to have vanilla as a note. The feeling and smell of being edible is very sensual

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    Kadushnduta

    My perfume makes me like a babe in silk lingerie holding a cigar between her deep red lip… sultry sexy goddess!!! Looove it!

  • August 30, 2021
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    Winnie kanda

    Hi shiro,
    This is my 3rd year using James bond 007 and i must say i am in love! it’s subtle yet sensual nature says i am effortlessly
    sexy and confident…couple that with the compliments i get makes me feel exotic! Like some godess

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    Frankie

    Always Chanel 19 for the days that I need to remind myself who the f I am. It is such a bose babe fragrance that you either love or hate. No in between.
    I would love love love a bottle of Chanel Mademoiselle because it smells like the best days of your life are yet to come.

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    Maureen

    One note that I am opposed to is ROSE. It’s said that smell evokes memory and mine is repulsed by Rose. That said, I am drawn to fresh, clean soapy notes like the PRADA La Femme for everyday wear and salty, vanilla, tobacco notes when I need to drive up the Oomph. Is it weird that I love the smell of petrol especially when it’s being pumped straight into the car?

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    Mel

    For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to smell nice. So in campus because affording legit fragrance was impossible, I would buy the ‘perfume ya kupima’ on Moi Avenue. They have perfumes as low as KES 200. Shiro, No matter which fragrance you choose they all smell the same! Just a sharp choking smell.
    I later graduated to getting whole bottles of fake One million. I would leave the house and half the population had bought the exact same fragrance.
    Thank Jesus for persevering those times. I am hoping to build my own small collection with time. A current favorite is COCO MADEMOISELLE. I could be going through a rough day but smelling like luxury makes it a tad bit easier!
    Speedy recovery for Gong❤️

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    Liz Ndirangu

    My favourite perfume is Lancome la nuit tresor. Makes me feel like the unapologetic sexy baby girl that I am. I like it because it is long lasting and one of my most complimented scent. I’d love to try the YSL Cinema

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    Mel

    For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to smell nice. So in campus because affording legit fragrance was impossible, I would buy the ‘perfume ya kupima’ on Moi Avenue. They have perfumes as low as KES 200. Shiro, No matter which fragrance you choose they all smell the same! Just a sharp choking smell.
    I later graduated to getting whole bottles of fake One million. I would leave the house and half the population had bought the exact same fragrance.
    Thank Jesus for persevering those times. I am hoping to build my own small collection with time. A current favorite is COCO MADEMOISELLE. I could be going through a rough day but smelling like luxury makes it a tad bit easier!
    Speedy recovery for Gong❤️

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    Angel

    This was such an entertaining read, babe. You’re better at describing them than you think. And thank you for the shoutout!
    P.S. I think we should discuss Thomas – so many of his creations would suit you, so many.

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    Winnie

    Chanel no.5…coz wueh…I’m a flower in the most beautiful garden and that perfume just makes me feel like the flower I so am…

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    Georgia

    I love fresh, vibrant and floral notes in a perfume. Add a citrus vibe to it and I’m instantly teleported to the beach! The thought of a good smelling, barely dressed body always leads me to a Chanel Mademoiselle bottle. Talk of sensual, flirty and powerful. I’d love to get me one of this.

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    Aisha En

    Current favourite – Armani my way. Makes me smell gentle yet powerful. Its the perfect office fragrance; a lil woody, a lil sweet, a lil floral and unoffesnsive, and I just happened to get it a day before I bagged a promotion so it will be forever etched in my mind. ❤️

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    Emma Neema

    My favourite perfumes are still juvenile. My tastes are not. I come to manifest.

    I do like a perfume that’s nuanced enough to make me feel different. Different like if they read my texts and uncovered my journals in a thousand years they’d say I was different. As strong,confident and
    unbothered, sit-by-the-side and people-watch as I am and definitely feel on the good days and super femme, vulnerable, inner child as I am around the people who love me. It’s just never one way. It’s the extremes? And dare I say it takes two? With shameless confidence.

    Your writing and your vibe on Insta is legit. Quiet, calm, confident, consistent. Goals.

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    Laura Imbuhira

    Hey @cultured cow this is a very interesting post very detailed to the core. Currently using black opium for me a good fragrance has to have longetivity, sillage and leaves a good impression, black opium has a seductively warm twist to it which I fell in love with. TBH I’m still in the ghettaux hood of experimenting but this one I can go back to again and again.

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    Judy Kinoti

    I really enjoyed this blog. You have a very unique take on fragrances. I’ve realized my nose is changing from liking super sweet scents, now i adore the clean and bougie stuff.

    My favorite at the moment is Dolce and gabbana the only one intense. My, this one has me swooped. The black bottle with gold detail is sexy but the juice is to die for. The opening is quite fresh but it dries down to this amazing soft, feminine, sensual and cozy fragrance. It says I’m feminine but not loud, it says I’m put together but still warm. I love it. It makes me feel elegant, effortless, warm by nature like I’m not trying too hard.

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    Toria

    In all honesty, my fragrance screams, ‘on a budget student trying to live lush’ which is true. I’m for the good things in life, but they’re yet to be for me. Headed there though.

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    Alexander

    The fragrance I wear is feminine, sexy and makes me feel powerful. I am obsessed by Chloe edp floral scent. Definitely my signature scent.. It’s both elegant and daring at the same time. I love vanilla scents too.. Would not mind winning a bottle of Cierra perfumes..

    Love your articles.. I can’t wait to read your next one 🙂

  • August 31, 2021
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    Evelyne Irungu

    As I read this post all I could think of is how good you must smell. You too are definitely a priestess in pursuit of looking good and smelling good. I mean, have you seen that house and how beautiful it is? I hope that your baby gets well soon.

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    Jacque

    Love love your descriptions. I recently just got into perfumes, I’m seeing it now as part of my grown woman journey. I have to say I have a nose for wood too though I did try new girl and I think that one wasn’t really for me unfortunately. I’m now looking for something else heavily leaning towards Elizabeth Arden. I’ve heard great reviews about her

  • August 31, 2021
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    Myra Wanjiru

    I could smell those perfumes as I read through the descriptions and man aren’t I looking forward to putting on some perfume after my morning shower. I’m overly obsessed with Giorgio Armani that I don’t even know where to start with other designers/houses. Thank you for such lovely reviews, I may just cop myself the Chloe perfume.

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    Mercy

    My favourite scent has got to be In the stars from Bath and Body works.It’s so subtle yet long-lasting and strong enough for me.It just makes me feel confident and good about myself.It enables me to start my day off on a good note.

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    Maureen

    I blame Armani Mania for my obsession with woody musk fragrances. Unfortunately it was discontinued. I felt like I was wearing a LBD and heels when I sprayed it-what made me love it even more is that I could wear it all year round. I recently got twilly eau ginger: a blind buy. Do I love it?
    …mmmmh….still debating. But damn! I might end up having a toxic relationship with it due to my first love of woody, spicy and musk fragrances.

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    Ivy Moraa

    I loved this post.
    Fragrance for me as a woman speakes volumes.. It will represent my mood for the day, how people will receive me once am in their presence.
    I feel confident and sure of myself once am covered in a beautiful Fragrance. I feel like am unstoppable. Fragrance influences how I dress as well. Cierra have been my plug as well since you introduced them to us.
    Xoxox

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    Noel Zetti [_beyond_sunset_ke on IG]

    Feminine, sensual, powerful. I sure I’m the type of girl that would like for people to know I am around the block without them having a slightest hint of my physical presence. You have a way with your words!!

    I am currently so big on Decadence by Marc Jacobs, the one in a crystal green bottle. I love how the plum, saffron and iris do their magic.. I am convinced that Cierra Perfumes will send this my way because we promised to kill it this week.

    Shall we?

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    Wangui

    I have always been a signature scent kind of girl … channel no.5 but over time (more recently) I have started to experiment. Not too long ago I wore Mr’s cologne (Emperor Eau De Parfum Royal ) just because I liked how it smelt on him and wanted to have him/it with me all day. Got compliments all day. That became my introduction to unisex scents. I’m understand in my perfume style … strong, sexy and mysterious. And like you I think there’s something about leather and wood / oud and a touch of patchouli and/or tuberose for some femininity. Not sure what scent that is yet but will love the journey of discovery for sure. Over to you Cierra perfumes

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    Ellyn

    I love contemporary oriental scents- spicy, musky, warm. Every whiff speaks boldness, natural sexiness, spontaneity and the one who meets deadlines It has taken a while to discover what speaks me in the fragrance world- I’m still in this beautiful journey to be a cognoscenti like you.

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    Lisa Mwende

    You have a way with words that is very intriguing and beautiful.
    My favorite perfume is Delina by parfums de marly. I like how she wears on me. She smells like roses but in a grown up way.She smells like soft life. She doesn’t laugh loudly. She carries herself with grace. This one wil definitely get you lots of compliments.

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    Cate Waiyego

    My favorite scent has to Jo Malone cherry blossom cologne. She’s a floral scent but not too sweet. She’s the perfect balance between playful and spicy. She’s a girlie in a floral sundress giving summer vibes but she’s also a boss b!tch in a suit and tie when need arises. I’m absolutely in love and I would love to try out similar scents.

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    Joy Murugi

    I am currently wearing Chanel number 5. I wear perfumes based on how I want to feel during the day, I love the woody, sexy and strong feminine fragrances. They make me feel confidence, fierce and soft all in one breathe

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    Silvia Agola

    My favorite scent has to be Color me Gold by Milton Lloyd, an Amber fragrance for men, but boy do I love it!! Even though it’s a distinctive masculine fragrance, it has a sophisticated base note of warm leather and exotic amber, which which a doubt engulfs you, making you feel like you run this town (input world) , a bad bitch( see sexy hired assassin) and overall unstoppable, confident and definitely sexy. When I smell nice, I definitely feel nice, and this, does it for me.

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    Nicole

    My favorite scent has got to be La Vie Est belle by Lancôme. Its a nice floral, sweet scent and is strong enough for me. It makes me feel confident of myself and serves as a reminder for me that life is beautiful just as its name suggests.
    I would really appreciate this giveaway because my birthday is on the 5th and a perfume would be a perfect gift.

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    Shelmith

    My best scent is Instant Crush by Mancera, it makes me feel bold and sexy coz of its warm, woody and spicy tones…..even on a dull day, it instantly lifts my spirits and gives me the extra boost of confidence

  • August 31, 2021
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    Betty

    My fav scent has got be la nuit tresor by lancome. It has a fruity scent with a hint of vanilla and I’m absolutely obsessed.
    It makes me feel confident.

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    Loraine

    In love with decadence by Marc jacobs. Makes me smell like a baus! It gives me so much courage when entering a room, I love it. It’s like my suit of armour.

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    Jackline Wambaire

    Yes, to smelling good & equally all round. Fragrance does evoke memories. I’m a unisex kinda girl but leaning more to woody,oriental,musky scents….like today on this cool Nairobi weather am wearing Tom Ford Noir Extreme with a very masculine presentation but on me it oozes sensual,confident,extraordinary babe..On hot weather my all time fave freshest scent has to be Calvin Klein Eternity Moment. A Fresh Floral that hugs me with CLEAN babe vibes; the bottle says it all. Lastly, I have found the best Vanilla scent… Mont Blanc Singature. She is beautiful. On most nights I wear it to bed, it makes me feel warm,cozy,well loved..

    I have enjoyed reading this post.

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    Nkatha

    Hey, my current scent is Baiser Volè, Cartie. It’s a rich scent that makes me feel like a million buck whether I’m in a sexy dress or my to go skinny jeans with a cute top and sandals. One of my favorite compliments is, you smell exotic. My dream is for my scent to introduce me whichever space I’m in and this scent does it for me. #AddictedToSmellingExotic

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    Nkatha

    Over the years, I’ve been leaning more on the mysterious, sensual and memorable scents more than subtle, floral scents.

    Thanks for the tip about the closet. I’m about to be forever exotic even at the gym and in bed. Loooove it!

  • August 31, 2021
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    Lydia Gwehona

    Every woman deserves the best,and if fragrances makes you feel that type of way then go for it.

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    Muthoni Mureithi

    My scent is fruity,floral, oriental and a hint of vanilla. It makes me feel elegant, sensual and little bit naughty currently love Paco Rabanne Olympea love the bottle it gives me the Greece goddess vibe

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    Jules

    So sorry about Baby being unwell, I hope this week will be better, sending you hugs! Mmmmh!! Definitely stealing the clue on placing cotton balls in my closet. This week am smelling like a baby girl on holiday. Of course am suffocating my fellow colleagues in the office. Currently Wearing Valentino Donna and interchanging this with Ani by Nishane. Love CIERRA perfumes, they are the plug.

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    Steph njeri

    My favorite scent says “oh hi beautiful, you are the master of your destiny. You know exactly what you want from life.” My favorite scent gives me that extra boost of confidence especially when someone realizes just how good you smell. They don’t have to say anything….but you can tell they know.

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    Akinyi O-J

    Dominant.Apex predator.Sit in a corner and mind my business.Fierce lover.Eternal giver.Why? From the time I hit puberty, it was clear I inherited my dad’s sweat glands. And I love staying fit.The tutti-frutti girly things never worked till I stumbled on Old Spice goodies. Wolf thorn and Bear Glove are a constant on my shower shelf. Then, I met my husband (I’d never dated before, lol) and he was wearing Ferragamo by Ferragamo. Or on the odd days Pure XS Night. The woody, understated but powerful eternal tones oozed ‘Bend the Knee!’ Over the years, I’ve sampled many the male perfume so we don’t end up wearing the same thing (an unused bottle of euphoria for men reveals florals and citruses don’t catch our fancy…) Long story short, I in particular, await Tom Ford’s Ebene Fume.

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    Angie Kavisyo

    I’m quite the newbie in scents but I’ve always loved to smell like a fresh bouquet of roses on a cool afternoon breeze and I am not quite sure which perfume would suit that description. I am however currently using Chanel mademoiselle that leaves me smelling super feminine all day and a classy one at that

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    Diana Wambui

    Great choices I’m so jealous.
    I’m more of a floriental gal myself and For me fragrance is more than grooming it’s more of like selfcare and i love how I can switch ultraegos depending on what I’m wearing, my current favorite perfume is lancome poeme,it’s like bottled sunshine so beautiful and whimsical. Vibes that I want to exude.

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    Irene wausi

    I have been using active woman by Chris Adams, smells heavenly and makes me feel like a baby girl, I’m looking forward to the day I’ll be able to afford a perfume from cierra perfumes

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    Shirley

    You write so beautifully! I wish I knew how to describe the notes in the perfumes I wear and I have worn good perfume for years now. Not being able to figure out exactly what those notes smell like always get me in trouble when I blind buy, but what I suspect is that I’m not a big fan of citrusy scents. Fragrantica is my go to as well when I’m trying to figure things out. My current closet favourites are Stars by Jimmy Choo, The Only One by Dolce and Gabanna and Flower Bomb by Viktor and Rolf. I aspire to own a Tom Ford someday but until then, let me work hard!

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    Wanjiru

    My fave fragrance is La belle by Jean Paul Gaultier. The bottle is a dream body! With feminine curves and a flower necklace. The bottle and scent evokes my ultra feminine side.It is also warm and sweet exactly how people describe me.

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    Audrey

    My favourite perfume is dolce and gabbana light blue intense and elizabeth arden 5th street….I’m a fresh scents kind of babe

    Perfume for me is all about feeling empowered and confident. Whenever I’m set to have a challenging day there’s just sth about wearing the scents that makes me feel like I got this in the bag.

    Hoping to expand my collection soon with woody scents.

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    Nancy

    I love your style of writing its so pristine and concise.
    My favorite perfume is Decadence by Marc Jacobs smells like pleasure and luxury.

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    Betty Ndumba

    My favorite perfume currently is Chris Adams So Good Pour Femme. It has really held me down this month of August, it’s a whole day vibe, and here I thought I loved Aris Belissimo, don’t worry am not canceling it out yet, let me continue to explore.

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    Gloria

    My favourite scent isn’t even something I own but one I’ve sampled many a time and I can spot it from a mile away. It gives femininity, sexy, and a lot of mystery. Reading your description of Nomade Absolu de Parfum made me feel like that’s something I’d want to try. Confident but you don’t know her. Where does she work? What’s her background?

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    Sheri.Njeri

    I saw it on you’re IG once, you said a perfume smelled like good up bringing! I said yes that is the language I was looking for!! My signature perfume smells like home, like good up bringing, like a safe place, like a warm hug from your mum when life has kicked you in the nuts, my perfume smells like safety. That’s what I want to be to people… home. Funny I have been hunting for my collection, been eyeing Kayali vanilla 28.

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    Martha

    Am an Elizabeth Arden, white tea fun. The fast fragrance I ever bought for myself. Am definitely a fun, sexy, feminine, sensual, fresh scents kinda gal.
    I’d however love to venture deeper into the world of fragrance. I have a few that are on my list to get that I’ve sampled and really like.

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    Ciku

    I’ve always been a Vanilla Girl. Whether it’s my perfume, body splashes or body butters.
    Something happened this year and I finally felt ready to let go of the vanilla scent for something more dangerous and grown ⚠️
    I’m currently wearing the Bvalgari Crystalline and I love how delicate and feminine it makes me feel.
    A plus that my partner also likes it! For lack of better words he just says , you smell like….a flower

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    Betty Ndumba

    Am currently enjoying Chris Adams So Good Pour Femme. It has really held me down this month of August, and it’s a whole day kind of vibe you know. Here I thought I loved Aris Belissimo ||, don’t worry am not canceling it out yet, but let me continue to explore.

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    Darleene Matunga

    I’m with you on the Nomade Absolu de Parfum, by Chloé. It’s only thing keeping me through this year

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    Lynn

    “You smell good, has to be one of the best compliments ever.”
    I throughly enjoyed reading this post!! Especially because I’ve loved fragrance for as long as I can remember.
    I love smelling clean, polished with good upbringing and cultured!!!
    I’ve been wearing Lancome perfumes for a while now and they just work for me, although I’m looking to change it up. Your review on (White tea) has convinced me I’m getting a bottle.
    My favourite everyday scent especially when the weather behaves is “Miracle” by Lancome.
    I like “Hypnose” for cooler days.
    And “Good girl” for a night out. Although I don’t like it as much nowadays.
    I’d love to get some good wood as well

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    Mary

    I am obsessed with vanilla, musk and patchouli base notes. In a fragrance, I feel those notes evoke sexy, strong and confident without necessarily screaming my presence and that’s exactly what my signature scent for over ten years does for me.

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    Stella Wambui

    Smell is a very powerful sense that evokes all sorts of emotions and moods. I am currently loving Twilly by Hermes because it makes me feel rich and expensive with my life in order yet fun and girly which is the vibe I am going for. And of course, it is not a common scent. I am still on the hunt for a signature fragrance and this piece right here has helped me. Thank you Shiro. Your way with words is awesome.

  • August 31, 2021
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    Allets

    Magnetic and sutle, can be feisty and audacious too. I love love both sides.

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    Njeri Musau

    I one hundred percent relate with how wearing perfume or smelling good can elevate your day or evening. I’m obsessed with smelling good and lately I’m in love with libre by Yves Saint Laurent. I love how it settles on my body it makes me like I could strut the streets of nairobi like I own it, a whimp of it after I can no longer smell is a subtle reminder of how beautiful and sensual I am.

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    Ciku

    I’ve always been a Vanilla Girl whether its perfumes, body splashes or body butters but something happened this year and I felt ready to let go of the vanilla scent for something more grown and dangerous.
    I’m currently wearing the Bvalgari Crystalline and I love how feminine and delicate it makes me feel. A plus is that my partner also likes it. For lack of better words he just says, you smell like…a flower

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    ROSE MUTUA

    You have a way with your word choice, LOVE IT! I most definitely share the same thoughts with you about a long shower and smelling so nice, it just makes me feel as if I have everything under control even when I have a tone of tasks waiting to be completed.

    I tend to gravitate towards citrus and wood scents,(Si’ by GIIORGIO ARMANI) wood because they make me feel as an earthy person who loves the fresh smell of atmosphere surroundings . Citrus scents(MISS DIOR) give me a sassy and feminine feeling.

    I’m a fan of White tea too.

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    Yvette Musumba

    Hi, I’m new here. I love this post!☺️
    I’m currently wearing White Tea Wild Rose by Elizabeth Arden, on a sluggish Tuesday morning because of the fact that I needed a pick me. I love the floral fresh scent that reminds me of the ocean at the same time I feel sweetness and warmth. Yes! I am a firm believer that scents do lift your spirits!
    I’d like to explore scents and the next one on my list has to be Mon Guerlain Florale EDP

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    Effie

    My favourite has to be Elizabeth Arden’s White Tea!! I have gone through a few bottles of it ! The fragrance to me is divine , it makes me feels like i have just left an expensive spa. I love how it smells crisp, fresh and very clean, Almost like clean sheets . Everytime i wear it ,I always get asked what I am wearing . Oh ,and did i mention how affordable it is ?

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    Maryann Mwai

    Confident, sexy and unapologetic….

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    Loice Achieng

    Smelling good is my mantra. I honestly enjoy the complements that come with it.
    A good perfume boosts my confidence and also let’s me leave memories. You have not played us with your description of nomade, it’s my absolute fave right now. I would love to try YSL and white tea range.

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    Jen Becky

    I love the woody patchouli, rosemary, lavender, cypress, and lentisk blend! My favorite scent is by Giorgio Armani, Acqua Di Gio. I got her as a gift from my husband’s work travels. She has brought out the best in me (my confidence booster) 🙂
    Being a Virgo, please bless me with one from your selections. I will really appreciate it!
    Thanks for awesome blog posts, I always look forward to your posts on IG 🙂

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    Faith Kigen

    I’m big on scents… my dad exposed me to perfumes when I was merely in primary. But the one that has always stood out for me is baccarat rogue 540.
    I tend to think that first comes the eye (impressing by how you look), then comes the nose (by how you smell) and then comes the ear (by how you present yourself through speech)…
    Depending on where I’m going, what I’m going to do and the weather of the day, then I would choose what fits perfectly.
    A sunny Sunday brunch would have me putting on a sundress and grab a floral and soft scent, while a serious business pitch would have me picking a fitting power suit and an oud type scent.

    After being told on the morning of my birthday I had contracted Covid, and being in quarantine the whole of this month (Leo season!!! Of all the times) hehe, this would be a lovely pick me up as I reintegrate back to the flow of life…

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    Laura Imbuhira

    Hi, I love love your blog and how your writing is very descriptive. My current fragrance is black opium, personally key things I look for in a fragrance is one with strong sillage, has longetivity and leaves a good impression.
    Currently on the quest to find my signature fragrance. For now I am still in the ‘ghettaux hood’ of experimenting, ironically a girl is enjoying it

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    Terry

    Back when I was in school, my scents were mostly floral – I loved too feel very girly (I used to imagine floral scents were what spring smelt like). Now, as I grow into a young career lady, I love to feel like a soft but strong woman – a touch of boss but with a great feminine edge. Thiss is on my wishlist this year.

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    Jodi

    The bottega Veneta sounds like a fragrance I’d love to try. The confidence I’d imagine comes from wearing it given that it smells like old money….sheesh.

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    Nicole Nthoki

    Oh how much I love perfumes damn …if I could I would definitely have a walking closet for perfume only haha

  • August 31, 2021
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    Nicole Nthoki

    Oh how much I love perfumes damn …if I could I would definitely have a walking closet for perfume only

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    Faith kamene

    I love some Tom Ford Noir ,it’s so much sexy,makes one feel wanted and gives the confidence to do anything you wish to.this fragrance is heaven .and very classy

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    Mel

    For as long as i can remember, I have always wanted to smell nice. So in campus, because affording legit fragrance was a dream i would buy the ‘perfume ya kupima’ on Moi Avenue. They have perfumes from as low as KES 200. Shiro, no matter which fragrance you choose they all smell the same! Just a sharp and choking smell.
    I later graduated to getting whole bottles of fake One Million. I would leave the house and half the population had the exact same fragrance.
    Thank Jesus for persevering those times. I am hoping to build my own small collection with time. A current favorite is Coco Mademoiselle. I could be going through a rough day but smelling like luxury makes it a tad bit easier!
    Speedy recovery to Gong.

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    Bessy

    First of all I love the decor pieces….
    The perfume descriptions are very clear and I’m definitely for Tuxedo, by Ives Saint Laurent ♥️.

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    Maureen Njeri

    Shiro, you’ve done great with the description of scents!
    I was able to bag my dream scent, Elizabeth Arden’s White Tea, coincidentally through Cierra Perfumes whose service is the absolute best. It truly is the best pick me up and I also love saying thank you after being complimented on how good I smell. I’d like Dolcè & Gabbana’s Light Blue Intense, I got the sample and I loved the citrus notes.

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    Hannah

    Scent has always been a way for me to express my individuality in a concrete/tangible way. It’s also an accurate representation of whatever mood I’m in/would like to channel.
    I enjoy fragrances with a presence; something that’s playful and cheeky yet still remains refined and exudes an element of mystery.
    Currently loving Penhaligon’s Halfeti and Cairo fragrances immensely.
    Luna is perfection for sweltering days and Halfeti Cedar for a Baltic evenings.
    I’d like to try Nishane’s Hacivat as I’m intrigued by the polarizing reviews.

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    Estersy

    Definitely Gucci Bamboo by Gucci, there but not there but it also leaves you with such fresh vibes AND lasts all day. Such a pretty fragrance, sad my bottle is over and I think I peeped it over at Cierra

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    Njeri

    My favourite scent to date would probably have to be, Van Cleef and Arpels Midnight in Paris. It was given to me as a gift and only after some research did I find out that it was made for men! So I’m totally into unisex perfumes now. Unfortunately it got discontinued meaning I’ll probably never re-own it. However based on your descriptions, sounds like there’s a whole bunch more for me to discover. What that scent led me to realise, is that I’m actually a fan of warm, spicy, vanilla, leather-y fragrances.
    What did it say about me? Hmm, that I am curious, bold, and can easily overpower, hehe. It made me feel, clean, fresh, but also strong, like I was taking up my rightful space. Looking forward to discovering more scents! (and calling one of your fragrances into my life, pick me! 🙂 This is the boldness I was talking about,lol)

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    Stellamaris Mukii

    I’m wearing Ellie Saab Girl of now edp which to me just screams a monied babe and a hardworking one at that! It makes me feel very sexy, mysterious and unique. The mix of patchouli and almond is like nothing I’ve smelled before. Very edible!

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    Wanjiru

    Really loved the post!
    My fave fragrance is La belle by Jean Paul Gaultier. The bottle is a dream body! With feminine curves and a flower necklace which evokes my ultra- feminine side. The scent is sweet and warm just as how people would describe me.

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    Jessica

    Smell good is part of feel good for real. A good read.
    For the recent cold weather I’d been wearing Girl of Now Shine by Elie Saab. It’s the deep Iris that really gets me. For me this is grown woman but girly at the same time. It could easily be a signature scent.
    Also fragrantica is my frag Bible too. Karina Waldron on YouTube also has my heart. Very in-deoth and interesting reviews.
    On my wish list to try, I really want Florabotannica by Balenciaga since the rumours of reformulation . If an arabian house , Shaghaf Oud by Swiss Arabian. Chiiile. I hope to win a frag.

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    LOREEN KENDI

    I’m a sucker for bold and strong perfumes. Perfumes are much more than just a smell. They have the power to evoke feelings of love, energy, power, happiness, awe, sensuality and peace. Beautiful scents for me are a magical potion that helps me to take on the world.I feel as if I am in control of my life even though everything is just crumbing down around me.It has the power of boosting one’s mood and building self-esteem.

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    Yvonne

    My favourite scent is euphoria that I owned a few years back and the memories still linger but I’ve wanted to try sth new I’ve just not picked it out yet

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    Kui

    My current scent is beach by bath and body works.
    I love it especially when I’m going to the gym.
    I’m however saving to buy White tea by Elizabeth Arden.

    I love the tips that you have given at the end. I will most definitely try that for my gym clothes.

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    Mueni Muisyo

    Coco channel – Mademoiselle
    Elizabeth Arden – White tea

    I love them both, my fave so far. They give me that go-getter vibe and on the days I wear any, I feel like I can concur the world and everything that comes with its ups and down.

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    Monica

    My current scent is beach by bath and body works.
    I love it especially when I’m going to the gym.
    I’m however saving to buy White tea by Elizabeth Arden.

    I love the tips that you have given at the end. I will most definitely try that for my gym clothes.

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    Chebet Koech

    Hi The Cultured Cow,

    Am looking for a perfume to wear for my wedding, winning the giveaway will definitely make my day.

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    Sheila Chumo

    I like how smelling nice crisp and fresh makes people turn heads and sometimes it just compliments a whole look and makes me feel good and confident. I enjoy how people even go to the extent of inquiring which Fragnance you are wearing. I too sometimes find myself asking the question. I get fancied having “your smell” and people who know you clearly tell that this is so and so who has passed or walked in is also a plus for me. I am currently using White tea by Elizabeth Ardens and once when making special appearances I steal Tuxedo from Mr. Man and Weh! just as you have detailed it I second that this specific one can make one melt in awe! I also enjoy wearing L’Arc Memoire. Thank you for this read, enjoyed it

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    Wendy A

    My favorite scent is definitely something oriental and spicy with a hint of sweetness. I notice that almost all my fragrances have alternating base notes of sandalwood, leather, patchouli and dare I say it…pepper. All very apt for my personality and making me feel like a very delicate lady who knows her way around a couple deadly weapons ;-)…
    Also.. I’d really like a bottle because since becoming a mom I see to only spend my coins on my baby girl and a girl needs a pick-me-up.

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    Winslet Okari

    Am a newbie in everything scents just started my collection with Elizabeth arden white tea and I absolutely love it.
    I would love to venture deeper with other scents.

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    Christine

    Smelling great is definitely in my confidence meter. Even when a day sucks sometimes I get a waft of what I smell like and well let’s just say things get better. Sì by Giorgio Armani is my go to confidence boost . It gives me sexy girl vibes with a dash of Hi I’m just passing by and I smell bombvibes …

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    Carole

    I’ve been trying to be more in touch with my femininity (entrepreneurship can make you forget that with all the masculine energy you are trying to tap into.

    But Based on your list Nomade Absolu de Parfum, by Chloé –, stood out. I want to channel that confident woman who’s as comfortable in the boardroom in her tight pencil skirt, high heels (kitten heels do not apply here) and red lip as she is in jeans and a white tee kicking it with the boys in me.

    Great read to say the least.

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    Irene

    Someone once told me that no elegance is possible without perfume and Beauty has no boundaries. And I must say beauty comes in so many forms. Looking exquisite, eating deliciously and mostly smelling irresistible! A good fragrance has the power to make you feel great, confident and assured! In my own little collection, I have grown fond of Lovely EDP by Sarah Jessica Parker(Sex and the city). Its floral wood musk is a head-turner. So warm and inviting and it makes the silent speak! This scent has grown on me and my confidence has spiked to a million degrees if not gazillion. I would absolutely love to try out Signorina by Salvatore Ferragamo because of its joyful and cheeky character that makes it irresistible!

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    Ann Kiarie

    I have not owned a fragrance yet.. i use body splash to smell fresh.. i would really love to have a signature scent.. i have been eyeing the Elizabeth arden white tea. The other day i told my acquitance to gift me one called zara temptations and he asked for sex in return .. imagine that..
    Please gift me.. i will appreciate it and also start on my fragrance collection.

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    Samini

    Thank you very much for sharing this. I am really looking forward to change my scent to something more mature.

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    Wangui

    I’m currently exploring my interest in fragrance, and my current favorite is coco mademoiselle edp by Chanel. It’s a classic fragrance that I never seem to get enough of. I’ve only used the edp and I look forward to getting my hands on the edp intense. I love how the edp makes me feel grown and sexy, but also a little playful. The powdery aspect is my favorite. It’s an all season fragrance IMO.

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    Stella Wekesa

    I love sweet scents, they make me feel so confident, and to say it’s ridiculous that I have never owned perfume in this year of our Lord 2021 *(blushes). I am a fragrance mist babe all the time feeling fresh feeling edible to my partner*(wink) and feeling comfortable in my space is why I love sweet scents. That being said, I would love to try White Tea, Mandarin Blossom, by Elizabeth Arden the citrus knots I’m sure will blend well with my body chemistry and I am here for it all!

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    Annet

    My signature perfume is Caroline Herrera Good Girl. I love that whenever I wear it I feel fresh, sexy and feminine which are the main qualities I look for in a scent.

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    Adhiambo Nellie Oliloh

    I don’t own any designer or known perfumes because at as of now, kidogo budget is a struggle, I like mixing different body splashes to come up with a warm floral scent, a pink and clean white flower to be specific,haha, doesn’t make sense,I know.
    I’d love to own the white tea from Cierra perfumes some time.
    PS. That was a nice read,you really brought out the smell of the perfumes with your words

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    Stella Wekesa

    I love sweet scents. They make me feel confident, comfortable and to say its ridiculous that I have never owned perfume in this year of our Lord 2021(blushes**) I am a fragrance mist babe all the time I love to feel fresh and feel edible to my partner *(wink wink) by night. I would love to try White Tea, Mandarin Blossom, by Elizabeth Arden because I believe the citrus knots would blend really well with my body chemistry and I’m here for it all!

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    Mary Jessica

    I’m a fan of Good girl, courtesy of Carolina Herrera. This scent is such a fun frivolous fragrance that feels like it doesn’t care too much about what others think….it’s really the perfect party fragrance.
    This fragrance makes me feel like I should not be afraid to break the rules now and then….that’s pretty ground breaking !

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    Nali

    She is fun and free spirited, elegant but down to earth, a lover and a fighter, smart and confident but still knows when its chill time, you gotta love her. Fresh, woody BVLGARI Omnia Crystalline

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    Esther Buore

    My favourite perfume is CHANEL Coco Mademoiselle (Aunty Angel taught us to put some respect on the brand,lol ). I feel like I can handle anything life throws at me while wearing this fragrance, it gives me some boost of confidence and sexiness.

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    Wamuhu

    First things first, your description of those perfumes, scintillating!! Just scintillating!!!
    My first ever perfume was Calvin Klein Euphoria. I smelled it on an older woman when I was in uni and she appeared to be so put together and when I got it, I felt put together. Many years later, Jo Malone perfumes are my favourites. I love Jo Malone’s Wood Sage and Sea Salt. Makes me feel like I’m on holiday and boy, wouldn’t it be fun if I was on an ever ending holiday? It makes me happy.

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    Truly Wambui

    I have a 4year old girl and can 100% relate with you. She joined preschool recently and its been a roller coaster but with time guess their immunity level will be strengthen. On matters fragrance, Dolce&Gabbana light blue is my favorite. Its a fresh summer fragrance, long lasting and gives me the full grown woman vibes

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    Keziah

    Good fragrance is attractive and brings out some confidence. I’m currently using Sofia by Sofia Vegara and it keeps me smelling great all day and leaves my scent in lifts . I would like to try White Tea by Elizabeth Arden.

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    Tanisha Mehta

    I hope your little one is feeling better. If it’s any consolation, no matter how sick I’d get as a child, remembering how my mama would look after me feels like a hug that transcends time. Speaking of smells, it also reminds me how she’d burn frankincense and carom seeds to clear my sinuses and take away whatever lingering negativity she believed was thrown my way.
    Six years ago was the height of my obsession with Black Opium. It unlocked a very visceral memory of the Dior Addict from the early 2000s within me, which I had absolutely fallen in love with when my mum sprayed it for the first time on a cold evening.
    Cuir sounds exactly like me, and I’m so bummed I haven’t experienced it yet.
    Again, I think this nose comes from a childhood overflowing by woody, earthy, spicy and mystical smells. Whether it’s the rain piercing through the mud, cinnamon and cloves being added to my tea, old dusty books, the leather seats in my father’s car or the powerful cleansing smoke of frankincense on charcoal.
    Strong makes me feel safe.

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    Cynthia

    My current perfume is Lancôme idole. Definitely a very simple girl who doesn’t like to be loud. It makes me feel young, clean and fresh

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    IRENE WAMBUI

    Hey i follow your religiously on IG,i tried to log in using that platform and got a warning on my screen that read ‘there are problems with the security certificate for this site,GO BACK’ i did not deter coz i really wanted to read this piece on fragrances so i logged in using my work PC ,and stole i few minutes from my employer and trust me i have joined the herd.I loooove the articles and the flow of the story to each perfume.I am big fun of elizabeth arden currently wearing red door by ELIZABETH ARDEN it flourishes in cold weather and has a long lasting smell through out the day ,it has resilience like me trying to log into your websites severally but finally managed,its pocket friendly with all the inflation reaching an all top high it does not break the bank.
    With the traffic craze along mombasa road ,hint i live along the chinese road it feels warm and reassuring after a long working day you still linger the scent and still fresh from the hustle and bustle of work,and promising of a better day when we climb the ladder from the red door to the ms cuir and tuxedo.

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    Sharon Rotich

    I love to smell floral!! my fragrance will definitely say cutesy girl next door in a colorful sundress and I tend to think I have a signature scent though I definitely would love to explore more!
    Especially loved it when you said, there’s just something about wearing amazing perfume that makes one feel like they are in control, at least for once, and I can’t even describe it better.

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    ACHIENG' OMBWAYO

    I have to confess that I’m new to the fragrance world but I’m starting to dip my toes into it courtesy of you with your #WordPorn and the High Priestess. My favourite so far is Mon Guerlain which Tony (Cierra Perfumes) hooked me up with. I’m now eyeing YSL Libre but the reviews are giving me a bit of anxiety because they are so varied. I guess I’ll bite the bullet and report back.

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    Wanjiru

    My favorite scent is definitely YSL Libre. I can’t get enough of it not just because of the compliments it gets me, but mostly because of the way it makes me feel; daring and limitless!
    Its notes of lavender and citrus blossom are very complementary and make it uniquely sweet and intense at the same time.
    I am in need of a confidence booster and would love to have this scent back in my collection again 🙂

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    Shiru Mwangi

    My signature fragrance is Chanel, Coco Mademoiselle Intense. It makes me feel sexy, bold, classy and very well put together! It says elegant and sophisticated without being boring. Currently eyeing the Delina Exclusif.

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    Mercy

    My signature fragrance is Chanel, Coco Mademoiselle Intense. It makes me feel sexy, bold, classy and very well put together! It says elegant and sophisticated without being boring. Currently eyeing the Delina Exclusif.

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    Joanne

    Your description of Cuir, by Yves Saint Laurent feels like a description of what I would love to try. A favourite of mine the last 2 years has been Crush by Rihanna, makes me feel feminine, mysterious, sexy, strong and confident. Been on the hunt for a scent that lasts longer, is sensual, mysterious and feminine, wouldn’t mind trying one from Cierra since I got my last bottle from them.

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    Justine Mbugua

    I’ve never been a scents person, but I want to start looking for my scent…. I’ve always concentrated on style and not scent and I want to find the scent that compliments my style.

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    Cynthia

    I believe no elegance is possible without perfume. It’s unforgettable and always leaves you with a breath of fresh air. I have a couple of favorite perfumes but the best scent which still lingers on my nostrils has to be decadence by Marc jacobs always pleasing to the nostrils.

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    Gathoni

    It depends on the day.
    Some days I’m the girl next Door and some days I’m the sexy goddess in a red lip.
    My go-to faves are Versace Eros femme and Gucci Oud.
    I have been looking at trying out new scents and I’d love to to try Idole Intense by Lancome for my good girl days or the Gucci Intense Oud for my boss babe days

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    Daphne

    Decadence by Marc Jacobs. This was love at first scent. I love how sensual and confident it makes me feel. I get alot of compliments from this scent ☺️ I think i found my signature scent. Also 4th September is my birthday

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    Cynthia

    My favorite scent makes me me feel powerful confident and unforgettable

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    MSHAI

    So on the 23rd of August,my perfume shipment arrived.Here I am very very excited,unboxed my TOM FORD Black orchid with the help of my toddler I swear it was messy.(You know how toddlers can be around new stuff).Well, I sprayed the sexy perfume on my pulses feeling all sexy my self.Shock on me,I didn’t smell any scent around me.Sprayed on my neck again NOTHING.I panicked knowing I had been scammed.Rushed to the living room told hubbs spritz a little bit on his wrist pulse NOTHING.Rushed to the kitchen and told my nanny can you smell anything on this bottle and she was like “hii itanipea asthma “.There and then we diagnosed ourselves of COVID ‍♀️.Early on the 24th rushed on the dusty road of syokimau (gateway mall),our results came in and we were so sad(hubbs and I).You know why? 10 days away from our baby Shiro,we had to send her away with the nanny.We are on our 7th day and our sense of smell and taste is back Yeiiiiy.Now that my sense of smell is back I deserve to smell good too ❤️.

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    Rose

    I think descriptions of perfumes in terms of the type of people to wear them are really helpful, thanks.
    I would love to delve more into the fragrance world, a good perfume can work miracles…

    Loving the blog!

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    Wanjiru

    My favourite scent is Loverdose Red Kiss by Diesel. It describes how soft, warm and passionate I am. It honestly feels like a beautiful bubbly engulfing hug and I absolutely love being hugged and more so when my tiny self disappears in the embrace of the hug. I wear it when I need some sunshine or a day long hug or when I want to hug you through the nose and spread some sun and love your way.

    I would love to try one of these scents (fingers crossed) 🙂

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    Wilma

    My favourite scent has always been something sweet but subtle, something that leaves people guessing.. who is she? Why can’t I stop thinking about her? When can I see her again? The brand doesn’t matter usually; so long as it has that je ne sais quoi I’m hooked.

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    Mwikali

    To me smelling nice is good manners. I love feeling feminine , sexy and well behaved .My current favorite is definitely coco chanel mademoiselle , makes me feel like a woman who is grown and has it together. Cierra perfume has been my plug since 2019 .

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    Celine N.

    Thanks for sharing! I looove your style, personal and decor. Your taste in fragrance gives rich Anty vibes. I just know you leave an exquisite trail when you exit a space.
    I would say my favorite fragrances says classic woman. Quite feminine. Simple yet complex. Not mature, not juvenile. Just the perfect balance. I am still on the hunt for a signature scent though, but also trying to divorce myself from the idea of a “signature scent”, there is simply too much out there to commit to one. So I experiment a lot.
    Like you I desire to be a Tom Ford woman, but for some reason it just doesn’t sit on me the way it does on others. TF Screams power to me, CEO! Boss! The one Tom Ford that is on my wishlist is the Metallique, it smells decadent and the packaging is always

    I know I’d love Chloé Nomade, I’ve been looking for where to sample it. Chloé is what I reach out for almost everyday, it’s so sexy in the most subtle way, sits so well on my skin, I always get compliments wearing it, and it’s like a big comforting hug to me, especially on cold days.

    P.S ~ Angel is like my fragrance encyclopedia. The moment I saw her and you recommend Cierra, I knew they’re legit. I was always so hesitant to buy fragrances from online retailers, it’s a lot of counterfeit out there. So thanks for the plug. Let me return to work so I can afford what you lovely ladies recommend

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    Bwari Ondima

    You make me feel like I know nothing about scent and fragrance. It’s so beautiful seeing how you give such details about the scents. I am obsessed about scents and perfumes but my biggest hold back is I can’t afford the scents I want and I’d love to explore! That aside… the tip about spraying my closet? I’m doing it today Love it! Thank you Keep being the elegant and beautiful miss that you are! We love it!

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    Joy M.

    Bold, provocative, audacious, rich, classy and yummy – That is what I’m looking for in a fragrance.
    I once had a perfume called Monaco Eau De Parfum and it had this richness and heaviness that I loved. It made me feel like “lady walking into the room causing pin drop silence”. I don’t have experience with many perfumes but I want to have a collection.
    I had MarryMe by Lanvin but it was more of a go-for-brunch type of fragrance than an every day fragrance.
    I’m a 23yr old who desires a perfume that complements my personality. How you describe your fragrances makes me desire that even more.
    Sexy, bossy, provocative, audacious, classy and yummy type of scent – That what I look for in a fragrance.

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    Wangui Wanyiri

    I always love being described as the lady who smells divine. My sister says I love perfumes in dark bottles…which I think symbolizes sexiness ‍♀️. My show stoppers, as I’ve come to note (no pun intended), have a amber/oriental, slight musk and vanilla notes and are Addict by Dior, Jasmine Noir by Bvlgari and My Burberry Black

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    Elsa

    If @cierra perfumes are reading this, they definitely know that the first time I made an order I was so suprised to hear a man’s voice. Well, Im the type of person who doesn’t tie herself to one scent. I literally explore…experiment varities and keep the empty bottles as a reminder of how the scent made me feel and let it excites my olfactory cells once again. Top of my tier however will be Gucci Bloom…the scent brings about the memory of taking a stroll in a flower garden and having the jasmine flowers calling you out by your name and you having no choice but to obey and enjoy the fragrance.

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    Joy M.

    Bold, provocative, audacious, rich, classy and yummy – That is what I’m looking for in a fragrance.
    I once had a perfume called Monaco Eau De Parfum and it had this richness and heaviness that I loved. It made me feel like “lady walking into the room causing pin drop silence”. I don’t have experience with many perfumes but I want to have a collection.
    I had MarryMe by Lanvin but it was more of a go-for-brunch type of fragrance than an every day fragrance.
    I’m a 23yr old who desires a perfume that complements my personality. How you describe your fragrances makes me desire that even more.
    Sexy, bossy, provocative, audacious, classy and yummy type of scent – That what I look for in a fragrance.
    A girl is graduating from Uni this month and would love to smell incredible on that day(enters Cierra Perfumes haha).

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    Anita Bell

    Your outfit is never complete without a nice fragrance to compliment the whole look. My favorite perfume has to be Olympea by Paco Rabanne which is a floral feminine fragrance. It scent just blooms more as you wear it through your the day, I’ve never missed one compliment when wearing this fragrance. It makes me feel alive and seen. I love fragrances with a hint of vanilla. This is the one!!

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    Joanna

    My favourite fragrance thus far has to be Nuit Noor by Ellie Saab which is warm and spicy & has one of my best notes (patchouli). This fragrance says I am a confident, bold woman who knows exactly what she wants and does not shy away from getting exactly that as it oozes power and sensuality. Even with small doses you cannot afford to not notice Nuit Noor(in a good way).
    I absolutely love smelling great. It’s a form of self love and pampering, two things I hold so dearly in my heart.

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    Shabela

    My favorite fragrance Coco Chanel Madmoiselle brings out my most sexy & feminine side out.I can conquer the whole world wearing itAh I love it!!

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    Mercy Adu

    I’m really not sure what my favourite scent is, I tend to use scents depending on what I need to achieve in a day. In various seasons of life, my scents change too depending on what I’m feeling.
    In this season I each out for my The One by Dolce and Gabbana for the days I need to kick ass in the boardroom, Heat by Beyonce for my market runs (because it does well in both the cold and hot weather), Black Orchid by TF when I need to make more than a statement, Privee by Caroline Herrera on for my day dates and lastly good old Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel for my wear to bed fragrance.

    Nomade by Chloé is the one I reach out to on most “normal” days.

    I’m more into woody scents than the florals and fruity ones.

    I’m a perfumeholic. On nights when I can’t sleep, I browse through perfume shops, clicking on each bottle as I imagine how it smells and see myself walking through the aisles trying the scents out.

    My dreamy engagement is set in a perfume shop, him having swiped his card to pay for 12 bottles of perfume, one for every month of our first year of marriage

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    Tunuayyo

    I get excited and powerful whenever someone comment me for smelling good. I love the smell of being more of masculine, sensual and definitely getting noticed!

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    Gathoni

    I live with the notion, that you will never get a second chance to make a first impression, as an introvert starting conversations isn’t my thing, my outfit might not do so well too so i make it a point that whatever perfume am wearing makes me smell nice enough for someone to start a conversation with me.

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    Wairimu

    Warm, vanilla, woody… Like a warm hug you never want to let go of. I like to imagine if my scent was a place, it would be a cozy cabin, in the woods with the fireplace going

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    Stephanie

    I’ve come a long way with my perfume collection from buying off-the-shelf perfume at the supermarket aisle to collecting scents that speak to my personality. Currently I’m obsessing over the Only One by Dolce Gabbana, . From its woody scent, to allowing me to be more confident and calm when wearing it. She is a known-it-all lady that is ready to brave the storms that come her way. Can’t wait to add more scents to my collection.

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    Wambui

    I fell in love with perfumes the moment I bought my first Elizabeth Arden (White Tea) from Cierra Perumes, I realized that being told that I smell good trumps being told I’m beautiful any day!!! That is one of my favorite kinds of compliments. I am on a journey to finding my signature scent and so far I tend to gravitate towards sweet and flowery scents for some reason…and what does that say about me? I believe it shows that there’s an element of sophistication and class in me that I had no idea existed! Makes me think of an old lady in her 60s at high tea, oozing opulence, sipping tea with her equally rich girlfriends at Hemingways . They will probably define my 20s one day….What I’d love to try, however, is Tuxedo, only because I trust Shiru’s taste in perfumes and you have to try different fragrances before you settle for one.

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    Silver Kariuki

    I’m new to fragrances as I only knew geisha and sta soft. Currently using body splashes hopefully one day I’ll evolve to a good perfume because the ones that last a few minutes ARE NOT IT SIS. Than you for this blog ay least now I have a subtle idea of what to look for in fragrances. Also, new subbie here.

    xoxo

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        Silver Kariuki

        THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! I AM BEYOND EXCITED AND HAPPY. I GENUINELY CANT EXPLAIN HOW HAPPY I AM BUT MAY GOD BLESS YOU ABUNDANTLY!!!!

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    LAV

    Must be in Nairobi to an eligible winner!why ?why?
    White tea is me ,me is white tea!
    Leather, sandalwood and vanilla speaks to me in volume

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    Linda

    I can’t remember the last time I read a blog. You have such a way with words. You’re a great writer. I gravitate towards floral and fruity scents like Coco Mademoiselle, Mon Paris. I would love to try out a niche fragrance from Nishane. I’m trying to find my way in the fragrance world.

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    Catherine CN

    My fave scent says I am single and ready to Mingle

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    Miriam

    Well….when I wear one of my favourite scents, it makes me feel good,chic, feminine,Sexy…. She is sweet but can be a bit spicy too!! I have signature scents but am being adventurous with new scents,scents I would normally not gravitate too…read floral scents.

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    Linda

    I smelled Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille at the airport recently and I can’t get it out of my head! I am spending a lot of my time plotting how I shall purchase a bottle, it smells how I want to smell forever: a layered sweetness that’s so much more. Like the kind of person you dismiss as one thing, but get stunned by their nuance. Oh, I can dream. To answer your question, though, my current favourite is Rose Musc by Narciso Rodriguez. It’s rosy, spicy and a whole lot musky. It makes me feel grown, like I have everything together, not a hair out of place. It’s kind of obnoxious, and unapologetic. I hope it says, “I am here, and I shall suffer no fools”

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    Linda

    You’re a great writer. I’ve always wanted to be that woman with lots of fragrance on her vanity. Looking and good and smelling great is sophistication. I’m still trying to find my way in the frame world. Hoping to dive into the world of niche scents soon.

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    Wanjiru Thiong’o

    I have been a suckered for sweet and floral scents for sure…Now I am experimenting with scents that are unlike me. The Coco Mademoiselle has slowly started growing on me. I didn’t like it as much but now i love it. It gives off this mature and confident woman vibe. I sometimes wear a scent based on my mood and how I wake up feeling. I am thinking of trying Decadence by Marc Jacobs and just see if she will treat me well.

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    Christine Mungai

    For me smelling great gives me confidence. Great fragrances always make me feel like a sophisticated French woman, one who express herself through her fragrances
    My current favourite scent is decadence by marc jacobs

  • August 31, 2021
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    Violet Cherono

    I am a lover of sandalwood and vanilla. The high priestess of scents Angel Lately made rethink the vanilla in fragrances but I cannot stay away from it. Current scent is lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker. Makes me feel like a grown, confident woman. It is well priced too

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    Angela K

    The woman you described in Nomade Absolut by Chloe is me, down to a T! But I’ve never gotten my hands on her. I bet she would be a great addition to my small collection.

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    Ivy

    When I got my first ever paycheck I knew I wanted to splurge on a gift for myself and that gift was perfume. I was a huge Rihanna fan, still am, so I decided to buy her perfume. It was surprisingly affordable and I didn’t really have to splurge. It smelled so beautiful. I was one step closer to embodying the essence of an icon I adored. Whenever I am going through it, I like to relive that excitement when I walked into a perfume shop and bought Rebelle. Still love it to date.

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    Megan

    My style is girly… feminine and peaceful but fun. I try to be the human version of a cool breeze so my scents tend to lean very floral and clean maybe citrus. White Tea will always be my fave…. she was my coming of age scent. Then I discovered more… that I have a fun side so I played with scents that havea bit of a Patchouli or Bergamot note. Good Girl by Carolina Herrera entered the chat followed by my best buy to date ….Because it’s you by Emporio Armani… I got complimented constantly. Current wishlist is Idole L’Intense by Lancome… I got a tester from Cierra Perfumes once and let me tell you… she does what she was meant to do. I need a new scent Shiro… Scents take me on a journey and I am ready to embark on another one.

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    Zeina

    My favourite scent has to be Live Irrésistble Rosy Crush by Givenchy. The floral tones with an musk undertone makes me feel like I can concur the world. An inbetween of a soft inside and hard exterior which basically describes me!

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    Florence

    Not sure of my taste yet, but trying out isn’t bad right?

  • August 31, 2021
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    Catherine Chepchirchir

    When choosing my fragrances I almost always gravitate towards to sweet, floral, oriental notes. Currently, I am loving Calvin Klein Shock for her.The vanilla, powdery cocoa and fruity tones are very uplifting especially in cold weather. It is a plus that it doesn’t overwhelm the senses. I think its says that I am mellow, reserved but noticeably present. I would love to try some good wood too

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    Gachohi

    I don’t have a favourite quite yet. I want to start my collection as I continue to manoeuvre this world of fragrances. However, I love scents that make me feel clean, sexy, feminine and like I can conquer the world just by smelling good. There’s just something about a good scent that makes you feel confident and leaves a mark everywhere you go and with everyone you meet. I’d like to go from endlessly stalking Cierra perfumes to owning one of their gorgeous scents.

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    Beatrice

    Hey. Your taste is beyond!! So beautiful. I love sweet, not too sweet, fresh floral scents. My current obsession is Chanel chance Eau Tendre. I looooove this fragrance and the trail that it leaves on my clothes…yummy

  • August 31, 2021
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    Wangui Wanyiri

    How amazing would it be if I added another dark bottle to my collection for example *let’s say this together* Noir pour Femme, by Tom Ford I mean, how will I not sleep with my shoes on like in the movies

  • August 31, 2021
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    Wambui

    Finding a signature scent can be like putting on your most beloved pair of jeans: It just feels right. For me is Yves Saint Laurent fragrance that combines floral notes of lavender and orange blossom with a hint of musk. I find it fun, but still glamorous, and sweet without being childish, yummm! I just feel grown wearing it. Am soo open to try more scents…

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    Nyakio Winnie

    My go to scent is Polo sport (the refillable one in perfume shops ) and a mixture of fantasy. Am not sure what it says about me I just love it coz I get compliments and I like how I smell. Would love to try a designer perfume then hopefully I can tell what it makes me feel like.
    I enjoyed reading.

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    John Karanja

    Apart from smelling nice I don’t think it evokes any special feeling or the Proust Effect probably because I’ve not been quite adventurous with scents. But I think I wouldn’t mind a change and to quote Antoine Lambert from Emily In Paris, I wouldn’t mind wearing a scent smelling like ‘Expensive Sex’

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    Keila

    I was so stuck up on the trend of having the latest perfume and was so blind when it came to exploring what scents I actually liked! Cliché for who??? So when I finally decided to try something new…here is where the battle of aesthetics begun! I got the Bali Blue Surf by Bath and Body Works and I was definitely satisfied with how it suit my hippie personality…but then my minimalistic side was so restless that I immediately had to get a scent for it too, so I went with Cool drops by Shirley May. (Which is a fave!!) Let me tell you depression kicked in the minute I realised Cool Drops is out of stock and ever since I’ve really never found a suitable scent. (Insert 1000× crying emojis) Besides that…I enjoy your blogs and such a sucker for your Interior Designing ! <3

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    Ann Kima

    Good Girl- Carolina Herrera is my signature this season.
    I like a scent that allows me to show off my paradoxical personality. Sometimes classy, sometimes ratchet… sometimes dressed down, most times dressed up…. sometimes sweet, sometimes bossy…. sometimes shy, most times audacious. Sometimes good, sometimes bad.
    And thanks for the Top Tip shared, life-changing!

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    Nellyann

    Luxurious. Perfection. Put together.
    Scents packed with Jasmine, amber and musk are at the top of my list; like Versace Crystal Noir. Smelling good is always the first step to feeling good and that will always lead me to putting my best (and memorable) foot forward.

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    Caroline

    I like the way you and Angel lately describe scents. My favorite at the moment is Hermes and I have no idea how to describe that but I love smelling good no matter what. I hope Gong is feeling better now.

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    Mercy

    My fragrance should say that I’m clean and maintained. A babyghurl (not the ghetto kind)
    I love 5th Avenue by Elizabeth Arden. It was my first real perfume other than the supermarket body splashes

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    Meg

    I love how you write, so seamless . Your description of the scents is so vivid. I can actually smell them by just reading. I choose my scent depending with the weather. When it is warm, I reach out for warm vanilla sugar by bath and body works it is not too imposing. It is subtle yet enticing.My to go to during the cold season is the woody madly by kenzo(don’t roll your eyes) this old gem is warm and inviting. Unlike most woody scents, it is not overpowering.It spells out unique. These scents make me feel confident, energised and happy.

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    Jess

    I don’t have a favourite fragrance since I don’t own any. I was once gifted a tiny bottle of Eternity (I think) by a friend during my bridal shower and I wore that for my wedding.

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    Grace Muriuki

    My favorite scent exudes top tier sensuality. It makes me feel feminine yet powerful and exclusive!
    Also, where do people learn how to describe scents like you do coz waaauuu!

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    Sally

    My favorite perfume as at now is la vie est Belle and it reminds me of life’s simple pleasures.It is all about choosing my own path to happiness and inspiring others and this depicts who I am. I also get reviews when I wear it. I would definitely want to try any fragrance with similar notes.

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    Wendy Matheka

    Love how you gave the perfumes a persona! This should be the standard of perfume description honestly.. really allows you to tap in and visualize how you’d feel in the scent.
    I just recently started experimenting with scents and so far I love fresh and floral scents as well as sweet ones. One thing I’ve noticed, there has to be notes of vanilla in my perfume otherwise it’s not doing it’s job!
    My current fave is My Way by Giorgio Armani. It makes me feel like the cute, soft and sensual girl next door who has a great dress collection and the best heels (I can’t walk in heels so we’re manifesting that as we smell like who we aspire to be)

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    Chebet Koech

    Hi Cultured Cow,

    Am looking for a perfume to wear on my wedding day. Winning the give away will make my day.

  • September 1, 2021
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    Wanjiru

    My favourite scent is definitely YSL Libre. I can’t get enough of it not just because of the compliments it gets me, but mostly because of the way it makes me feel; daring and limitless!
    Its notes of lavender and citrus blossom are very complementary and make it uniquely sweet and intense at the same time.
    I am in need of a confidence booster and would love to have this scent back in my collection again 🙂

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    Maureen

    The way you describe Tuxedo by YSL, woah. I just want a bottle fro myself.

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    Monica

    My favourite perfume is Woman by Boss. I love the scent because it reminds me of a young me. Young, ambitious but determined to get what I wanted. I would pass by a perfume shop at the Junction Mall with my 7500/- internship money in an envelope and look and smell at this perfume. Probably over 6 months. And on the day, I was admitted to the bar, I knew exactly what I wanted to buy with my envelopes from the graduation part. This perfume. It made me feel confident, sure of how I was smelling and yet feminine. I still wear it and now it reminds me of how far I have come. It reminds me that consistency, hard work and honestly, God’s favour will eventually get you where you want to be….

    Awesome read on your scents.

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    Marilene Mercy

    Hey there TCC, love this post btw! Currently I am living dangerously and wearing my man’s Givenchy-Gentleman everyday now because periods make me want to eat him alive (IK TMI) and when I’m feeling super naughty Jean Paul Gaultier-Classique Intense. For my usual days I mix it up between Modern Muse by Estée Lauder and Emporio Armani Because It’s You. I am no perfume expert on notes and all but one thing all 4 have in common is that they are all floral and oudy(is that a word I dunno) too.

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    NJERI

    Nothing brings to life again a forgotten memory like fragrance,its like a pleasant ghost of you. if i had to wear one fragrance for the rest of my life.. it’d have to be springtime in a park by REPLICA , GOODNESS THAT ROSE NOTE AND THE WOODY IN THE END!!!!!!!! I COULD DIE

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    Sau

    ‘because she’s not your average Social House poser.’
    I pleasantly stumbled upon white tee this year and I have been in love ever since, goes with most moments, complimenting not overwhelming me, which is all I could ever ask for.
    This was such a fun read ❤️

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    Linnet

    My current fave is Elizabeth Arden, 5th Avenue. Let me tell you Maina, this auntie is on brand! The fragrance makes me feel like a whole bag of money & ready to shake tables in the boardroom. I have been eyeing Noir pour Femme, by Tom Ford for quite some time. I am ready to walk around smelling like luxury.

  • September 1, 2021
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    Viola

    My favourite fragrance says I am bold, intentional and well put together. It makes me feel sexy, elegant and luxurious.

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    Valerie

    Three words. Gabrielle by Chanel. She exudes confidence, vibrancy, sass, sophistication and opulence in an unexpected way. A happy scent. I like how soft and feminine she makes me feel without screaming. Sth about her hints at the mischievous character of her wearer. She’s light, balanced and very tenacious. Got her while in Edinburgh in December 2017 and she takes me back to precious moments with loved ones everytime I wear her. She’s almost out so I’ve been wearing her sparingly lately. She’s absolutely divine. An all time fave.

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    Eve

    Hey Shiro,

    First of all, I enjoyed the write up.

    Early in my 20s I liked CKin2U Her, it was fresh, citrusy and made me feel like it. I’d save up and buy a bottle.
    For some reason it doesn’t last as long as it used to on me anymore so I searched and found my current love, Si Intense, I love it on me leather, in cool weather. I use it on special days, the good days when I’ve got a good deal and good hang out days with my tribe when I’d like the scent to remind me of those moments. I love how Si lingers on my skin, and I’m keen to have it be my ticket to memories I’d like to keep reminiscing on.

    Right now I’m on the search of a warm, creamy, mature and sexy scent for my big day ☺️.

    Coincidentally I’m always looking up and reading notes of perfumes Fragrantica and Cierra’s captions in search of my new scent (no kidding lol).

    I’m counting my luck that this is my ticket to that new scent (Excited).

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    JANICE

    Having used glow in the dark by JLo, Lady million and black opium; Lady million remains my favourite so far. I’m still in the process of discovering myself, I will try as many as possible so @cierra I’m reeeeaaady

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    Patricia

    I love this, more so because I’m also on a ‘fragrance journey’ as I call it. I’m establishing my preferred scent profile and I’m thoroughly enjoying exploring different scents, noting the notes I love and consuming all the perfume content I can get my hands on

    So far my favorite perfume has been Sí by Giorgio Armani. When I wear it I smell expensive but soft expensive, the understated wealth kind. It lasts long on me, is a major compliment-getter and best worn in night-time and cold-weather. It’s also sexy, making it perfect for date-nights.

    I get my fragrances from Cierra Perfumes as well and I would love to add to my collection.

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    Sunny

    ‘She’s the woman at the jazz bar drinking a fine whiskey and smoking a cigar. ‘
    If this isn’t the definition of the person I’m working on, I’ll be damned.
    I can see her, she’s what I think Aunt Pol (from Peaky Blinders) would smell like, always up to some serious badassery.
    I don’t have a favourite scent yet, but I’d like to smell like how I think an African deity would- woody, animalistic, and intoxicating. Like a woman wearing Tuxedo.

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    Leila O.

    Hi :))
    My current fav. has to be Ombré Leather by Tom Ford. At first I wasn’t too sure if it was a unisex perfume as it has notes of Leather and wood that were a bit ‘masculine’ but as the scent settled in after the application i could feel the notes lift up. It’s not an in your face scent but it definitely commands someone’s attention has you hug them and what i love most about it is how it completely puts me in a good mood — it gives me hella confidence compared to the more fruity scents i have been used to before.
    Ps: it’s long lasting. Worth every penny ☺️

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    Joy Badaaftu

    I am simply In love with Roberto Cavalli Nero Assoluto Eau de Parfum.
    It is one of my top 10 fragrances of all time! It’s a unique and complex fragrance – rich in top notes of orchid and citrus and the base notes are ebony and woody which gives it a real depth and earthiness. It evokes so many memories for me. Not only does it link to my birthplace, it also ties to the city I spent my early childhood in with my mum.  She has always been one of the strongest women I know. She’s my ultimate role model. When she was pregnant with me, she was running her own business with five young kids which is pretty badass! She has always been my mentor when I needed her, and she has constantly inspired me to reach for the stars and go after my own dreams. Whenever I smell it, it takes me back and I feel as if my mum is in the room – it is amazing how quickly a scent can transport you. Strong, classy, influential and beautiful – this is what Nero assoluto makes me think of the second I smell it.  It’s one I still wear. A spritz of this perfume gives me the confidence boost I need when I’m feeling a little low.

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    Badaaftu Wario

    I love Roberto Cavalli’s Nero Assoluto. It is a unique and complex fragrance rich in top notes of orchid and citrus and the base notes are ebony and woody which gives it depth and a feel of pure luxury.It evokes so many memories for me. It id my moms signature scent and she is my ultimate role model. Whenever i smell it, it takes me back and i feel as if my mom is in the room – it’s amazing how quickly a scent can transport you. Strong, classy and beautiful- this is what Nero Assoluto makes me think of the second i smell it . A spritz of this perfume gives me the confidence boost i need when i am feeling a little low.

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    Eve

    It’s funny that the argument Gong was having was about taking a bite not sipping ,I didn’t know expensive perfume bottles could break till Gucci Flora fell on the bathroom floor in the middle of a heated discussion (on the bright side the bathroom smelled heavenly ) but that was the day I realized to know when to sip and when to bite ; to take everything in its rightful stride .Cierra recently coincidentally posted my best scent of all time Irresistible by Givenchy which is a scent that absolutely captures my spirit .It’s grown and sexy with hints of playfulness .

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    MILLICENT MUCHIRI

    Loved that last tip !Discovering fragrances and their chemistry with our bodies is an adventure . LUXURY perfumes are those things that I say ‘when I get rich rich ,I will start loving myself with them because the way they are reviewed yaaani makes one feel some typa way !. I use the refill oil perfumes and I have stuck with a blend of two flavours , ‘ pink chiffon and sweet chamile’ which has a citrus/fruity smell. I feel cute and sweet when I wear it .lol. I am thinking of getting si by Georgio Amani for Christmas . I feel like we can have chemistry there and plus it’s not too expensive . Could you do a post on fragrances under 10 k maybe ? Affordable fragrances for the city girl . I hope Gong is fully recovered now . My daughter has also been on an almost month long flu -worst she’s ever had and despite antibiotics/coughsyrups it just wasn’t going away!! It was a struggle but the doctor mentioned it could be caused by weather changes . She’s well now though ,I thank God . Happy weekend Gaitho .❤️

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    Kendi

    I am simply In love with Roberto Cavalli Nero Assoluto Eau de Parfum.
    It is one of my top 10 fragrances of all time! It’s a unique and complex fragrance – rich in top notes of orchid and citrus and the base notes are ebony and woody which gives it a real depth and earthiness. It evokes so many memories for me. Not only does it link to my birthplace, it also ties to the city I spent my early childhood in with my mum.  She has always been one of the strongest women I know. She’s my ultimate role model. When she was pregnant with me, she was running her own business with five young kids which is pretty badass! She has always been my mentor when I needed her, and she has constantly inspired me to reach for the stars and go after my own dreams. Whenever I smell it, it takes me back and I feel as if my mum is in the room – it is amazing how quickly a scent can transport you. Strong, classy, influential and beautiful – this is what Nero assoluto makes me think of the second I smell it.  It’s one I still wear. A spritz of this perfume gives me the confidence boost I need when I’m feeling a little low.

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    Carolyn Ndungu

    Just began my perfume journey and find myself gravitating towards warm comforting sensual gourmand perfumes.Currently using Ellie Saab Girl of Now .This perfume is beautiful, it was love at first sniff for me. It opens with some fruity notes and dries down to patchouli and almond.Makes me feel feminine and classy.They say finding your signature scent as a lady requires nothing but patience and as I grow older and for some reason would love to try out other scents and would be a pleasure to discover and walk the perfume journey with Cierra Perfumes.

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    Nthenya

    Woody-vanilla scents always give me an “add a little spice” moment and that’s the only way to start a day if you ask me. An absolute confidence booster that we all need and deserve. Plus, who doesn’t love the ultimate “you smell good” complement? Not me! Put together. Spicy. Perfection. And dare I say sensual. I’ve been in love with Si from Giorgio Armani for the longest time and more importantly, the perfume loves me back!

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    MILLICENT MUCHIRI

    Lol .I have now commented twice because I came to your site again today and I couldn’t see my first comment ! I thought I was seeing my own things bcz i was refreshing and I still couldn’t see my comment and I decided to comment again .Then an hour or so later coming back to your site ,I see my first comment .lol . Now there are two comments but with the same vibe from the same person .lol . I am laughing at myself now.

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    Elsa

    As I was going back and forth trying to check the comment section progress…I realized that I couldn’t find the comment that I had posted but then again, it’s another chance to share the perfume vibes. But before then, why is it that our siblings and friends use our most expensive perfume like the world is coming to an end? Kuspray Fuuuufuuuuuufuuuuufuuu. Yet, they use theirs like their lives depend on it .
    That aside, my favorite scent among the many favorites has to be the Gucci Bloom. The jasmine notes brings about the memory of a stroll in a flower garden.
    But before I finish, who else was surprised to make an order with @cierra perfumes and had the phone answered by a very kind gentleman?? .

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    JOY BADAAFTU

    I love Roberto Cavalli’s Nero Assoluto. It is a unique and complex fragrance rich in top notes of orchid and citrus and the base notes are ebony and woody which gives it depth and a feel of pure luxury.It evokes so many memories for me. It is my moms signature scent and she is my ultimate role model. Whenever i smell it, it takes me back and i feel as if my mom is in the room – it’s amazing how quickly a scent can transport you. Strong, classy and beautiful- this is what Nero Assoluto makes me think of the second i smell it . A spritz of this perfume gives me the confidence boost i need when i am feeling a little low.

  • September 2, 2021
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    Joy

    I love Roberto Cavalli’s Nero Assoluto. it’s a unique and complex fragrance rich in top notes of orchid and citrus , middle notes of vanilla and the base notes are ebony and woody which gives it depth and feel of pure luxury . It evokes so many memories for me . It is my moms signature scent and she is my ultimate role model. Whenever I smell it , it takes me back and I feel as if my mom is in the room – it’s amazing how quick a scent can transport you .Strong , classy but badass is what Nero Assoluto makes think of the second I smell it . A spritz of this perfume gives me the confidence boost I need when I am feeling a little low .

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    De Sol

    My current scent gives me the confidence to poop

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    Riri Nabonwe

    My perfume says I got everything under control,which is always never the case.When I wear perfume,I feel sexy and sensual and it adds an extra boost of confidence,something I always need.

  • September 2, 2021
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    Linda

    My current favorite is Hugo boss as it floral and fruity making me feel all feminine, confident and ready to conquer everything that is thrown at me

  • September 3, 2021
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    Brendah

    I love floral & fruity scents and I’ve been eyeing Coco Mademoiselle Perfum for its warmth and ability to exude sexiness.

  • September 3, 2021
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    Khakasi

    My current fragrance says I am clean and take my hygiene seriously. Honestly it is not quite pricey. I would really be happy to own something that makes me smell expensive. Every scent you describe here just makes one want to own a few. Thanks for the wonderful read.

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    Njeri

    Love the blog post Ciru. Your taste is delectable . I hope Gong is feeling better now.
    I bought my very first fragrance a few months ago, Chloé Nomade EDP, after months of research and smell tests. And I absolutely love it. I can’t describe the notes to save my life, but it gives me grown girl vibes, a little feisty, a little rebellious but with a solid head on her shoulders. Currently dying to get Givenchy L’Interdit, I have a fragrance card in my work bag and in the midst of a rough day I go smell it and remind myself I deserve nice things and it helps me get through the day lol. Because we all deserve nice things.

  • September 3, 2021
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    Bilha Njeri

    My current favorite perfume at the moment is Idole Lancome. It makes me feel Sophisticated yet unapologetically modern.It’s fresh and floral. Bursts with notes of citrus, rose, jasmine, and white musk and is layered over a vanilla perfume base. I’m currently eyeing Coco Chanel Mademoiselle. It would be an honour to get it from Cierra Perfumes. As always, it has been a lovely read.

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    Esther

    My current favourite scent is Chloe, Nomade edp. I recently acquired it and wearing it makes me feel so bold, elegant and empowered. I feel like I have my life together even when it is absolute chaos.

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    Gathoni

    My current favourite scent is Chloe, Nomade edp. I recently acquired it and wearing it makes me feel so bold, elegant and empowered. I feel like I have my life together even when it is absolute chaos.

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    Faith

    My favourite fragrance is La Nuit Tresor, I love floral perfumes with vanilla notes. The scent matches my personality, warm and bubbly… sensual.

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    Wanjiru Mwai

    Bold & Brave …

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    Sharon Mugambi

    My go to fragrance is Olympea by Paco Rabanne. Its a heady floral scent, very gorgeous, has me all feminine, sensual, and gets the compliments. I feel like a vanilla salted caramel desert when I wear it, yet all grown and sexy, I would love to try the Olympea blossom.
    But top of my head for perfumes to try is Delina by Perfumes de Marly. I got a sample size once, and it had this plush, complex floral. The rose had me all ultra feminine, feeling sexy. It lasted so long and the compliments were all over. Very appealing scent and I felt delicious, like a creamy velvety snack. Also a great quality floral. A unique sent with great reviews and outstanding scent.

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    Miss Shee

    Oh my! Should I be alarmed that in my late twenties now, I still don’t have a signature scent? could this be what Shiro calls the “basic bitch” tag? I get so overwhelmed when choosing scents that I always end up picking something that someone else thinks would smell nice on me or a scent that has been hyped just to cut the chase. It also doesn’t help with the “lack of facilities” so the options are really limited but that would be a shameless excuse. From your description, Cuir, by Yves Saint Laurent is my fighter. she sounds to me like that stranger girl who will spot you struggling with a bad date and come straight on and bail you out. That is how I’d like a scent to make me feel. Now onto doing the work of finding me MY scent!

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    Shiku

    the funny thing about scent is that it not only brings out emotions but also memories… My current fav perfume and frequent repurchase is the Marc Jacobs Daisy Love followed by Crystal Noir. Its soft woody notes paired with its apparent fruity notes have a way of just shocking you in a meeting or those random moments you just smell yourself. It’s funny how scent can make you feel attractive (Sexy) and loved, my partner told me once that my scent brings out my fun side with a hint of sophistication.. as much as I hate to admit it, I have to agree with the guy. Being a petite human, I tend to always have my guard up so I feel like I need to express myself through my accessories that’s why I gravitate to that particular scent. Its very cheery yet subtle but not understated.

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    Naliaka

    I love fragrances with fresh powdery scents. Currently, my favourite fragrance is Dolce & Gabbana Pour Femme. I think it speaks for me before I open my mouth, talking about how I love a nice squeaky clean environment, sunny days, happy times, a weekend afternoon spent with family enjoying good food, listening to relaxing music as the kids play outside, riding their scooters & painting. *sigh* It’s a feel-good scent & I’m all about feel-good vibes. Simply put, they spark joy.

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    Wangui

    My current fave is YSL Libre. It’s very fresh with a hint of sexy. It’s the perfect scent for firsts; first date, interview, a new job because I always so confident and put together when I have it on!

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    Wangui Maina

    My current favourite scent is Girl of Now by Elie Saab. I think what it says about me is that I like to play it safe. It’s sweet but not too over the top. It makes me feel attractive whenever I put it on.

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    Fiona

    This was really helpful and eye-opening I really just pick anything I fancy and wear it which most times I find that it really wasn’t the scent I wanted as the weather changes the smell changes and all that but yeah Its about time I started paying attention.

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    Willa

    I love your writing.

    I like fruity, sweet smelling scents. They compliment my loom and leave me feeling like I’m randomly smelling a bouquet of flowers throughout the day.

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    Njeri

    Dior addict is my favorite
    It’s very strong and intense
    I love the woody smoky accords and how well it goes with my skin.

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    Carolyne

    Fresh and woody scents are my go to.
    Issey Miyake colognes make me feel elegant, sexy and grown

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    Gina

    Great Post. Really enjoyed reading it. My favourite perfume is Mon Paris by Yves Saint Laurent. It gives me some extra level of confidence and it really lasts. Love it!

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    PERIS

    I have been holding on to YSL Mon Paris for close to 2 years now, a gift from my mom. I only wear it on my good days.Basically, me & Gong, ‘Same whatsapp’

    One day-soon, I will be able to break necks cos I will be smelling like money! Working & manifesting this with all my being

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    Sheri Njeri

    My fav has always been vanilla. my friends and family tell me it smells like me. I feel like vanilla smells like home, like a safe place you know. Like when the world has kicked you in the nuts home is where you run to. I imagine it smells like what you like to say. old money and a good upbringing. bare vanilla victoria secrets is the signature.

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    Atieno

    You know how as you settle into your 30’s, you slowly but surely learn to let go of your insecurities….. you are more kind to yourself, your soul feels like home. You have a calming sense of knowing that you don’t have all the answers today, and that’s okay. You seek progress o we perfection. You’re gentle but warm and give loving hugs…. Yeah. That’s how I feel when I wear the Estée Lauder – modern muse Le Rogue. She feels warm and content, yet sexy as hell!!! Yeah. That’s among my top 5 scents.

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    STACY

    I enjoyed reading the blog.The vivid description you give is everything. I love perfumes for two reasons. First of all it makes face each day with a lot of confidence and the other is the impression it leaves on everyone around me. I love Tuxedo. I can’t wait for that time when I can afford it.

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    KIMBERLY

    I love amo ferragamo. It gives me rich, sexy, unapologetic good vibes. I’d love to explore more fragrances but at the moment this fragrances gives me the confidence I need to face each day.

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    Shiiks Shiko

    My fave is YSL Libre.. Libre for a Libra 😉

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    Nicole

    I think the compliment smelling nice has to be one a highlight for anyone regardless. I would lean more on the Bottega Veneta cologne as it has this long lasting woody quality but also notes of grapefruit and orange which are still very distinct. This combination brings a sexy and spicy feel yet not overpowering making it perfect for all occasions.

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    Birgitah Bosih

    Awesome writing … I could never describe things like you just did. Hats off!!!!!
    I love my unisex perfumes, with both a sense of power and femininity. That I can do it all

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    Risper

    Such a beautiful read. I want to try all of them. Added to my wish list. My favorite perfume has been dependent for quite some time now. It’s dense, vibrant, and hella relaxing. It represents confidence, not being afraid of standing out and being different. It represents me.

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    Sheila

    My favorite, and now signature scent is Aventus for Her by Creed. Smells like money. Like a boss making million dollar deals. It makes me feel confident, poised, like I have arrived, when I wear it, I feel like the main character, no, I AM THE MAIN CHARACTER, basically, it’s the Sheila Show and everyone around me is a supporting actor. When I first got it, I used to use it sparingly on account of how expensive it is. But let me tell you, after experiencing a global pandemic and surviving two near death experiences (stories for another day ) it is now my most worn scent and I have no regrets over how fast I’ve gone through it… because I’ve come to learn to savour every moment like it’s my last!

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    Melody Mitugo

    I have always been a fresh and floral scents kinda girl. As I got to my late twenties I am really starting to love woody scents , especially Oud and patchouli notes.

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    Grace

    On Monday through Thursday, Idole by Lancôme boosts my confidence and I feel I can conquer any challenges or tasks my way. I work from home so this fragrance helps to snap to work mode too

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    Chrystal

    Fragrance for me is something that says what I’m feeling, what I’m doing, my mood, a memory I want to evoke etc even as I ‘dress’ for the weather and occasion obviously.
    My favorites are Hypnotic poison by Dior for when I feel like understated elegance and presence that is not overbearing, like I’m trying too hard. Its non threatening sweetness is pretty without being cloying or juvenile. But when I want to impress, make a statement and smell like money, then I reach for Dior addict. If you know, you know.
    I have several faves and if I was to list them here I’d go on and on
    While smell is like a word to many people, fragrance is definitely like literature to me.

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    Annah Nyakaru

    My fave scent is Twilly d’hermes it makes me feel bold and beautiful. Also it has this sensual feeling so once I put it on I just feel sexy so sexy ..It just uplifts my spirits and also attractive to people around me. My scent speaks BOLD,BEAUTIFUL,SEXY AND ATTRACTIVE to me. People around me always compliment my scent and I love.Proud to say Twilly d’Hermes is my fave and does me good.

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