Who: Shannon Walker, PR coordinator at Kenneth Green Associates (KGA). Shannon spends most of her day surrounded by perfume, as KGA is a key distributor for an assortment of popular fragrance brands throughout the UK.
Today I’m wearing one of my favourites, it’s Narciso Rodriguez’s Narciso Poudrée. It’s quite addictive, a lovely soft, musky scent, very powdery and very velvety. I like perfumes that have a texture to them.
When I first tried it, it reminded me of my grandma’s hug, she used to wear lots of face powder. I’ve got it on my scarf, so when I snuggle down into it, it smells of Poudrée. It’s very warming and comforting, great for winter.
For me, perfume is part of my everyday routine. In the day I’ll wear Poudrée, but if I go out I might wear something more expensive and in the summer I would wear something more sparkly and fruity.
Since I’ve been at KGA, I’ve learned so much more about perfume. This may sound really silly but in terms of synthetic scents, I didn’t know what they were. The whole process of how fragrance is made, learning about what an absolute is and things like that, was so enlightening. I enjoy the history of it too, I thought perfume was French, but it was the Egyptians that started it.
To apply, I do two spots on my neck and on my wrists. I’ve recently heard that if you put perfume behind your knees it gives you an all round smell, which I like the sound of, it makes your whole body smell nice, rather than just your top half. And some people wear different fragrances around their body, which I didn’t know was a ‘thing’. It goes to show how personal fragrance is, one size doesn’t fit all, it’s about how you want to wear it.
I go in the KGA perfume cupboard all the time, I love discovering new scents and establishing more confidence about what I like and what I don’t like.
With my generation, I think they go for what’s on trend as apposed to what it means to them. When I mention some of the brands I’m involved with at work, such as Jimmy Choo they go ‘Oh I love that perfume’ even though they might not have smelled it, they just know the brand name. I didn’t know Narciso before coming here, it’s really opened me up to niche brands and the notion that perfume is personal and more about what you like than what’s on trend.