Fragrance Favorites: Stella, Bulgari, and Ayura

by PJ on Friday, November 10, 2006

in -Ayura, -Bulgari, -Stella McCartney, all about Japanese cosmetics, fragrance

(group shot of my top three)

These are my favorite fragrances:
Eau Parfumee au the vert by Bulgari
Stella by Stella McCartney
Spirit of AYURA by AYURA

The first one I came across was Eau Parfumee au the vert by Bulgari in 1997 after having been interested in fragrances for a couple of years. (Looking back, I think it was fragrances that got me interested in the world of beauty products.) I could really feel the refreshing green tea note, even though a friend of mine said it smelled very floral for her. I guess it is because of the lily and the rose notes.

It is such a great summer fragrance. Light and lilting. The Extreme version is obviously more intense but is still refreshing.

I discovered Stella in the Stella McCartney boutique in London. The first Stella fragrance I bought was actually Sheer Stella 2005. I don’t normally go for an obvious rose note but Sheer Stella 2005 is such a pleasant surprise. Compared with some other rose-based fragrances, Stella has a real depth, which is probably due to the amber note.

Then I really started to explore the whole Stella collection. I got the original Stella and managed to get Sheer Stella (2004). I then got Stella pure parfum (thank you, Boots points) and Stella Rose Absolute (merci, Nectar points). My latest addition was Sheer Stella 2006.

I don’t have a particular favorite among these, but I love the less vibrant and more sophisticated Stella Rose Absolute. Also, I sometimes dab a little Stella pure parfum under my ears before I go to bed. The scent is very calming.

As for Spirit of AYURA by AYURA, I have talked a little bit about it in a previous post. For me, it is the best of the three. It is a little close to Eau Parfumee au the vert but it seems to have even more substance. I also love the subtle oriental twists. It is the most multi-faceted out of the three, but all the different sides mix so incredibly well together. It is easy to wear but far from boring. I am not surprised that it is one of the best selling fragrances in Japan.

There are other fragrances I like, such as Blush by Marc Jacobs and Miss Dior Cherie. Perhaps I will talk about them later.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

yitian Saturday, December 1, 2007

hello, my Fragrance Favourite is Clinique: Happy Heart. it’s just amazing. i’ve finished over 200ml of it for the past 2 years and i’m still loving it (: go try it!


PJ Sunday, December 2, 2007

Hello Yitian,

Thank you very much for stopping by my blog and leaving your comment!

I like Clinique Happy and the variations of it very much. It is the kind of pleasant and uplifting citrusy scent that really appeals to me. I only have a 4ml sample but I really like it!

Thank you again for your comment. Hope to hear from you again! :)


Anonymous Sunday, May 9, 2010

Hello Everyone!!
I do like to be an individual and smell unique which is not always easy to do. If everyone likes something, I may say to myself, What is wrong with it??" LOL!!
I do like to search for fragrances which are off of the beaten path. That being the case, one may have to pay more or the product may have the quality of a more well know brand. Fragrance is a very personal thing. Only one time in my life did I have the opportunity to create my own fragrance. The company which enabled me to do so is long out of business. But it was a very fulfilling experience.


PJ Tuesday, May 25, 2010


It is great that you had a chance to create your fragrance. I would certainly like to have a similar experience as well.

Indeed, there are a lot of mass-market fragrances at the moment and it is not always easy to find something unique. But I definitely think that this is part of the fun of discovering one's personal scent.

Thank you very much for your comment! :)


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