What do I want to smell like today?

I have been struggling of late with perfume - specifically, choosing a new perfume. I spent about an hour in the perfume room in Liberty when I was in London over Christmas, smelled so many scents that they all started blurring together as the inside of my nose began to vaguely burn, and I still came away empty handed.

The problem seems to be citrusy scents are often marred by an overly powdery finish, floral scents are too heady, and musks never suited me. I think age might have something to do with it as well, as I was always a fan of relatively sweet scents, and these are starting to seem too young on me.

After testing many many scents, I gave up and bought another bottle of good-old-trusty Her by Narciso Rodgriguez. I haven't grown tired of it yet, and hopefully I won't for a very long time.

However, help could be at hand. Harvey Nichols in Edinburgh is hosting an evening with master perfumer Roja Dove. He'll be discussing what goes into designing perfumes while you'll be drinking sparkling wine. The tickets cost £15, but the ticket price is redeemable toward a perfume purchase.

The event will be held on Tuesday, 2 March from 18:30 to 20:30. To book tickets phone 0131 524 8388.

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