As we gear up for the 2016 Canadian Fragrance Awards, get to know our panel of expert judges.
What’s your all-time favourite fragrance? L’Eau d’Issey. I think I came across it at the perfume counter of my local department store in Sydney, where I grew up. I remember being attracted to the elegant, unusual bottle and I knew it was from a great Japanese fashion house, which appealed to me. It seemed very sophisticated. The scent worked so well on me—people would always comment on it, and I always felt very elegant wearing it, so I never strayed from it. I started collecting the flanker editions, a habit I still have, which allows me to mix it up while staying true to my signature.
What’s your best new find? I really love By Kilian Imperial Tea, which is the most recent scent I’ve added to my perfume shelf along with all the Isseys. Watery, tea, non-sweet scents are my jam, and Imperial Tea smells like a fresh, wet cup of green tea to me, slightly bitter at first and a bit earthy.
How many bottles are in your fragrance collection? Twelve. It’s 10 Isseys, Imperial Tea and Byredo’s Inflorescence, which I really liked when I first tried it, but on repeated wears I’m finding it too cloying, so I never gravitate toward it. Back to Issey it is.
What’s your signature spritz style? I don’t like to wear too much day to day, partly because my husband is very sensitive to scent, so I spray once on one wrist and very, very gently touch my wrists together to transfer it. Then I do a half spray on my neck, so just a little comes out. If I’m going to a party and want to feel alluring, I’ll add a spray above my head and let it fall down on my hair.
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