Fashion Illustrator, Alison Hansen tells us about her perfume wardrobe.
Tell us about yourself – My name is Alison Hansen and I am a fashion and beauty illustrator based in the UK. I split my time between studio space in Warwick and London. My style is linear with lots of expression and movement, with splashes of watercolour.
Why do you wear perfume? – I wear perfume because I don’t feel like whatever outfit I am wearing is complete until I have perfume on! Perfume also gets you in the mind-set for whichever occasion you are going to, whether it be a summer picnic or an evening black tie event.
What was the first perfume you fell in love with? – My earliest memories of a particular perfume are of Charlie by Revlon. I think a relative got me a bottle of it for Christmas when I was really little, and it holds a nostalgic place in my heart! I felt so grown up wearing it !
What was the first perfume you bought for yourself? – My next door neighbour’s mom worked at a fragrance counter so she always had tons of fragrances around her house. Through her I discovered Anais Anais and I fell in love with the pastel bottle and the sweet, playful and floral fragrance. I’ve asked others too around my age and they loved this one too, I think it was very popular for teens in the ‘80s.
What is the first perfume you owned? – That would have to be Charlie, which was bought for me as a Christmas present by a relative when I was really little.
What perfume is your go-to wear anytime fragrance? – I really like the new Chanel No 5 L’Eau. A friend recommended it to me, so I tried it. I love it as it’s a lighter, fresher and younger version of the original Chanel No 5, which of course is a classic. Because it’s so subtle and light it’s great for everyday use.
What is your favourite fragrance for evenings? – It has to be Viktor and Rolf’s Flower Bomb. I’ve loved it since it came out in 2005 and I particularly love it for evenings, as it’s very fresh and sweet, and of course very floral which I like. It’s just a very glamorous and feminine perfume which is great to compliment evening wear. I just love the bottle and the name too; it’s a perfect name to describe the perfume.
Are there any particular perfume ingredients that you are drawn to? – I always just love very feminine and romantic floral scents, and I like warm musk undertones. I am a sucker for the scent of roses….. I also like citrusy ingredients for day time wear as they always add a really fresh touch to any perfume.
Are there any particular perfume houses that you like? – I have to say I like Chanel, purely for the heritage and weight and history of the brand. I love that Marilyn Monroe was the face of Chanel No.5. I especially like how they continually update their original perfumes with fresh new versions, to give their fragrances a new and modern twist. I love that they have Lily-Rose Depp as their latest face for Chanel No.5 L’Eau.
Where do you keep your perfumes? – I keep them on the top shelf of a free standing bathroom cabinet that I bought from a flea market that I really love. I love that the cabinet is old and looks vintage and that it has a glass door so you can still see all of the pretty perfume bottles on display.
How often do you wear perfume? – I try and wear a light and fresh perfume almost every day. And of course no evening outfit is complete without a splash of perfume.
What was the last perfume that you bought? – It has to be the new Chanel No.5 L’Eau.
What is on your perfume wish list? – My dream list of perfumes would include Marc Jacobs Divine Decadence Eau de Parfum, because I love the unique bottle and I really want to try the fragrance. I have heard it’s very sparkly and has notes of Champagne ! Also on my list is Jo Malone’s Peony and Blush Suede Cologne, L’eau Bleue by Miu Miu, and J’adore Eau de Parfum by Dior.
Have you ever bought a fragrance before smelling it? – I bought Stella by Stella McCartney without really labouring too long on what the perfume smelled like, as I totally fell in love with the rich berry tones of the bottle, mixed with the touches of gold on the packaging… It’s a good job I really like it !
What would your fragrances be if you could only keep three? – If I could only keep three fragrances, I think it would have to be CK One, for nostalgia’s sake, as it just really take me back to the freedom and excitement of the Nineties. It’s also a very clean fragrance which I love. I would also keep Chanel No 5 L’Eau as I just got that one and I love it. I think it’s such a successful update. Then I would also hang onto anything by Marc Jacobs as I pretty much love every scent he makes, as they are always crisp and citrusy, not too young but not too stuffy either.
You can see more of Alison's work at her website: http://www.alihansenillustration.com