Today I smell like vanilla parfait. That might be a good thing, generally, were it not for the fact that it’s the kind of sweet, edible scent that sends you into cravings for anything involving whipped cream and a cherry on top. But while I may be at risk of running off to the nearest cake shop, or gnawing off part of my own wrist, I can’t think of any other real downside. If I’m going to smell like any kind of food-selling establishment, it may as well be a French Patisserie.
I’m testing out Bahoma London’s offerings, which range from scented candles to bath & body products, to home fragrances. The thing that got my attention about this particular brand was that their products are designed and produced in London. Sometimes, you just want a break from the usual fragrance suspects – whether just to dabble in something different or establish your own signature scent – that didn’t come off the same factory line as everyone else’s.
Fragrance expert Malgorzata Strug-Guzowska conjures up the perfume side of things for Bahoma, and while you’re likely to find that not every one appeals to you (scents are a subjective thing, after all) that to me is a good sign. If they did, they’d probably be sticking too close to the safe middle range of generic appeal rather than testing the boundaries of fuller and more impacty scents.
With that said, here are a few of my personal favourites.
Bahoma scents: top picks.
Vineyard: this has a particularly sweet smell, but in a refreshing way – it almost makes me think wine should be made out of bubblegum.
Eau de Mer: this scent somehow captures the freshness of a sea breeze without it actually smelling salty. I can’t say I’d ever closed my eyes and felt cool ocean waves washing over me while standing in the middle of my own living room… but then I sprayed this.
Seduction: most of Bahoma’s fragrances are named for things of the physical world – like botanicals or spices – so you have an idea of their origin immediately. Seduction keeps itself a mystery inside a secret wreathed in a cloud of subjectivity – which is what makes it both difficult to describe and alluring.
Ame des Indes: this is woody, musky, and liable to transport you to exotic places and eras past, places with narrow streets and strange sounds and burning incense curling through the balmy air. All the better, it’s neither masculine nor feminine, rising above both.
Vanilla black: sinking you into some place that’s lovely, dark and deep, this scent is richer and more velvety than your average vanilla. It’s like a dark dream that pulls you under.
I wouldn’t say all of Bahoma’s fragrances have the dark and luxurious complexity of, say, a Tom Ford Private Blend, but then I don’t think they’re trying to – especially since many of the scents I was testing out are intended as room fragrances for the home. A good scent is one that floods you with feelings or memories or desires, not just one that tickles your nose with pleasantries, and Bahoma seem to get that.
You can find out more at bahoma.com.