Jackie Aina’s Favorite Scents, From Hair Products to Home Fragrance


I’m loving the Fenty perfume right now. It grew on me — it was a moment, it was a learning curve. But here’s the thing: it’s the blueberry that really pulled out for me. I really smell it.  I’ve been putting it on my fiance, it smells amazing on him. It’s definitely a lot more gourmand than I initially realized, and it smells incredible layered with Guerlain Ginger Piccante. The sillage is great, and it’s long-lasting. 

I love the Sol De Janeiro eau de parfum — it smells great layered over oud scents, too, especially tabaccoy ones. There are different types of oud, they’re definitely not made the same and some are better than others. It can be a challenging scent for some folks, but if you want to try it, Swiss Arabian Shaghaf Oud is a good place to start. That is actually one of my all-time favorite perfumes in general. It just smells like a really edible, addicting dessert. I also like Montale Sweet Vanilla I love to layer this over an oud, too. 

There’s just something about the sticky sweetness of a vanilla, cherry, almond, or pecan layered over a woody cedar scent. You get the lasting power, you get the masculine and feminine, and to me, it’s very inviting. Byredo has a good oud — Oud Immortel. It’s very nicotine-ish though, definitely some tobacco there, but it smells really good. It’s dark, intense, and bold — not for everybody. 

I love florals now. I didn’t always. I thought, they don’t smell like vanilla, so why would I care? I’ve been wearing perfume since I was a kid, and I remember thinking florals were for “old” people. Now, we have so many options which are better, more complex, and elevated. They’re less predictable. You’ll smell the rose, but is it just rose? What else is there? It’s not so literal. Florals, back in the day, felt too literal. Now they’re so much better and so much more intense. Some of my favorite florals are Mon Guerlain and Montale Roses Musk.

Home Scents: 

I’m biased: I create my favorite candles. That’s why I wanted to start my brand FORVR Mood. The candles I use depend on the season, sometimes the time of day. I also only use certain scents in certain parts of the home. I have the stuff that I only want to burn in the daytime and then once it gets to the evening, I change it. 



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