I've come to a new stop on the self-care/Bougie Bitch train: perfume before bed.
It started about a year ago, when I got a bottle of Armani Sì Intense. It smelled so absolutely incredible that I wanted to smell like it on me all of the time—so that night, after my shower, I sprayed more on and inhaled my wrists. I woke up and the scent while long-gone from my skin, was still lingering on my pillowcase, and blankets—I inhaled the scent one more time, and rolled out of bed.
Since then, I've made it a point to bring a favorite scent to bed with me.
“What do I wear in bed? Why, Chanel No. 5, of course” ― Marilyn Monroe
After my ten-step beauty routine, and shower, I feel like a few light spritzes of a perfume that I love just tops off my whole nightly routine. And yes, I do have a boyfriend, but this isn't for him at all, I just love doing something small like this for myself, because it completely makes me feel nice. Not only is my mood enhanced, this practice makes me feel incredibly glamorous—as in, old-Hollywood, silk nightgown with a feather collar, bouncy pin-curls kind of glamourous. Glamorous, as in the Queen of Glam, Marilyn Monroe, famously proclaiming, “What do I wear in bed? Why, Chanel No. 5, of course”—if perfume was a staple in her nighttime routine, then you know it's worth having in yours.
So what kinds of fragrances do I like for bedtime? I'm a dark, moody kind of girl (surprise), anything too bright or upbeat and I won't feel relaxed enough to sleep. A few of my favorites are:
Elizabeth & James - Nirvana White and Nirvana Black: I've been a fan of this duo since they came out several years ago. Both scents separately smell beautiful, but the key is to actually layer them together for a seriously intoxicating combination of musk, floral, and vanilla.
Giorgio Armani - Sì Intense: This has a slightly more fruity finish from the blackcurrant, but it also has warm musk and vanilla notes that just blends so perfectly, it should be a crime. Any time I wear this I get compliments, in addition to the fact that I actually can't stop trying to smell myself.
Ralph Lauren - Tender Romance: This is the sweetest of the three, but equally as mesmerizing. It has notes of bergamont, ginger, musk, and jasmine, it smells really fresh and pretty but has just enough moodiness that it works great at night for bed.
The last thing I love about incorporating scents into my beauty routing is that now I don't have to wait for a special occasion to wear my fragrances, every night can feel a little more special, and I can actually enjoy my perfume collection rather than letting it collect dust.
Anyway, it's such a small, simple thing that really just makes me feel so incredible at night. Do any of you wear fragrances to bed? If so, which ones?