I think it’s safe do say that deep down every girl wants to be Kate Middleton on her wedding day: The pomp and circumstance, the fancy wedding, the amazing dress… Oh, and the whole marrying a future King thing doesn’t hurt.
One of my favorite things was that I loved reading all the little details about the Royal Wedding and was intrigued when the press came out with the reports that Kate had chosen a little known perfume house for her big day. Illuminum was of course British, but not well-known at all before the big wedding. Kate chose Illuminum’s White Gardenia for the wedding and I spent several hours after the wedding searching for it online only to be disheartened that it was sold out everywhere and if you could find it it was marked up ridiculously via the Kate-effect. It was a little steep for a bottle of perfume I hadn’t even smelled.
Fast forward to recently when I discovered through a friend a genius website called LuckyScent. It’s a fabulous little website from which you can buy literally any niche/designer brand perfume in sample sizes. I found my signature perfumes- Diptyque’s Philosykos (for everyday) & Annick Goutal’s Petite Cherie (for vacations, the pear smell makes me smile) – and found that you could buy them in sample sizes for $3 or $4 which is a pretty great deal considering I’ve never seen samples of either in stores. I decided to keep browsing through all of the other brands and friends, I hit the proverbial lottery. Illuminum’s White Gardenia! Sample sized for $4!
I decided to buy some samples based on my love of my current perfume as well as pick up a couple “cult favorites”. I was mostly excited that I was purchasing perfume from a site which doesn’t believe that celebrity perfumes are even worthy of mention (Thank god) and that had real, substantive reviews on perfumes from people obviously very passionate about perfumes. They were discussing the notes they were smelling in the perfumes with a vigour that I have never seen before. (It was almost like when I had to take a wine tasting class and being drilled on what fruit I smelled. My answer was grapes, I’m that observant with the nose)
After selecting as many samples as I thought was appropriate for a person (Which apparently is 6) I placed them all in my virtual shopping cart and hit the “buy it now” button. Success! The Illuminum is now on its way to me and I will be writing a full review of it for the Royal Beauty Bag series when it arrives. (Oh, and speaking of the Royal Beauty Bag, have you entered the giveaway yet?)