Coco chanel perfumeI was asked to fill in an online survey a while ago based on perfumes asking me whether I had bought this one or that one, which was my favourite out of the lot and then focusing on a brand new perfume by a well known brand. The questions revolved around the name chosen to represent this fragrance and how that name made me feel.

Would this perfume empower you?

Would this perfume give you confidence?

and so on, you know the kind of marketing questions we get asked.

Thing is, I base my perfume choice on the scent. I have to like the fragrance and I will most likely go back for a few sprays over a period of time before I actually decide and buy, unless I’m in Duty free of course. Then it depends how much time I’ve got!

I imagine we all have our favourites and are drawn to the same smells every time. I seem to have two main directions. One is very Coco like, it’s strong and flowery but not too feminine. The second is fresh and zingy – L’Eau di Issey is my favourite example of this excellent description I have given you.

As I’ve been on a perfume hunt recently as I wanted to buy one for my Big Day coming up, I’ve been doing a lot of sniffing and trying on. I thought I’d share with you my all time Top Ten perfumes and ask you to share your top 3 with me in a comment, just out of interest like because then I have a perfect excuse to go and try some more next time I’m out, right?

My top 10 perfumes

1. Coco Mademoiselle – Chanel (RRP £46.00)

Remains a firm favourite of mine since I first wore it years ago in Italy, a scent that will never go out of vogue. I went with this one :)

2. Flowerbomb – Viktor and Rolfe RRP £48.00

Came in a very close second. I love the bottle and I love the packaging but most of all I love the contrasting elements in this perfume. I was very tempted and if I could be indulgent I would buy this one too.

3. Jimmy Choo by Jimmy Choo

I was offered a paper strip with this perfume on as I was passing through Boots one time and I stopped in my tracks as it was really nice. A definite contender. I’d be very happy with a bottle of this.

4. L’Eau d’Issey – Issey Miyake

One of my all time favourites, one I prefer for summer months too.

5. Stella – Stella McCartney

Another of my staples, I love the purple bottle and packaging and use this more in winter months

6. Classique – Jean Paul Gaultier

LOVE this perfume, adore the bottle and really like the scent too. I don’t think I’ll ever grow tired of this one either.

7. Daisy – Marc Jacob

I have recently tried two of Marc Jacob’s perfumes and love them both. Daisy is fresh and sunny and Lola more sensual and flirty. I haven’t bought either yet though.

8. Extreme – Paul Smith

I bought this once as I was passing through Duty Free and in all honesty I was enticed because it came with a towel. As I was going on holiday I thought it would be pretty cool to have a Paul Smith towel on the beach. However I did like the perfume too and would buy it again.

9. Rush – Gucci

Bought this in Italy years ago and loved it. Have never bought another since but would like to try Guilty one day

10. Contradiction – Calvin Klein

Again had this years ago and loved it. The other Calvin Klein perfume I had was One which I still love and think is perfect for summertime.

It only takes ONE mumONE isn’t about raising money, it’s about raising awareness of what our foreign aid does and the impact it can have.

What does ONE do?

ONE fights extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa, by raising public awareness and pressuring political leaders to support smart and effective policies and programs that are saving lives, helping to put kids in school and improving futures. Cofounded by Bono and other campaigners, ONE is nonpartisan and works closely with African activists and policy makers.

What’s their progress so far?

ONE and its partners, have played an important role in persuading governments to support effective programs and policies that are making a measurable difference in fighting extreme poverty and disease. As a result of those programs, today nearly 4 million Africans have access to life-saving AIDS medication, up from only 50,000 people in 2002. Malaria deaths have been cut in half in countries across Africa in less than 2 years and 46.5 million more children are now going to school.

What can I do?

Add your voice by clicking on the box in my sidebar and signing the petition. Join in the latest campaign all about the great sweet potato  and tell world leaders to prioritise global nutrition goals and reduce chronic malnutrition for millions of children.

LIKE this post on Facebook, Tweet this post, +1 it on Google – spread the word further, all actions that take a second of your time and don’t cost a penny but for millions of children in the world means quite simply living.

Follow our Brit bloggers in Ethiopia this week

Jen Howze co-founder of BritMums and the lovely Michelle Pannell, fellow twin mum and blogger extraordinaire over at Mummy from the Heart are currently in Ethiopia seeing for themselves the plight and difficulties of the women and children there, they are reporting back daily so do please check out their blogs for Hot off the Press news.

Blog the fun meme and join the Linky over at Seasider in the City in fact here’s my entry one word describing my life as a mum for each of the letters that make up ONEmums

O – Overtime, as in their is lots of it and it’s unpaid!

N – Nutrition – feeding my kids is really important to me and I like to make sure they’ve eaten well, my older kids pull my leg about it all the time.

E – Enthusiasm – I love being a mum and am enthusiastic about every aspect

M – Merriment – I want my family to be a happy one so I try my hardest to make sure my kids are having fun

U – Umilta’ – I’m cheating a using the Italian for humility an important part of any woman’s life including as a mother. I have been lucky, my children are well, healthy and intelligent, for that I am humble

M – Manic – My life is manic, I’m constantly running from a – z, trying my hardest to keep on top of life, my new calendar for 2013 will be a family planner in the hope it helps me to NOT forget things

S – Sweet – It’s a sweet life and I am loving it, I am lucky to be in this position.

If you do write a post let Michelle know at The American Resident as she’s giving away scarves made by the lovely ladies in Ethiopia