Your perfume isn’t just how you smell—it’s how you feel. Usually, it's an accessory to how you present yourself to the world, but these days, it can serve as a source of comfort and nostalgia during days spent at home. In the upcoming weeks, we're sharing a new version of Fragrance Wardrobe, our series in collaboration with The Fragrance Foundation that highlights the rotating perfume “wardrobes” of tastemakers through key points in their life. In this new take, we'll be asking them to share their favorite scents through the lens of comfort and their at-home routine. Get to know them better via the scents they choose to wear during this uncertain time.
Chances are, you recognize Shanina Shaik's face. In her 20 years of modeling, the Aussie supermodel has donned wings for Victoria's Secret, graced the covers of Harper's Bazaar and Elle, and amassed over over two million Instagram followers in the process. But Shaik isn't just a pretty face. She's an outspoken advocate for representation in the modeling industry, and shared her own personal experiences growing up and getting bullied for her ethnicity in Melbourne. She's also become a lifestyle guru, from her weekly IG Live series, Wellness Wednesdays, to her lifestyle video series Whealthy, where she shares everything from her healthy meal hacks to her quarantine workout routines. Shaik also happens to consider fragrance as the ultimate accessory, and social distancing hasn't stopped her from spritzing her favorite scents. Ahead, get to know the model and lifestyle guru through the scents she loves (including one from Beyoncé that's the ultimate throwback).
How would you describe your fragrance style?
"Sultry, slightly fruity, and woodsy."
What was the first fragrance you ever bought?
"Heat by Beyoncé. Ever since I was a young girl I have been a Beyoncé fan! I truly loved the scent and it describes my fragrance style."
Do you still wear fragrance even when you don't leave the house?
"I love to wear fragrances even when I don’t leave the house. It’s part of my routine every morning or when I decide to go out for dinner, etc. Wearing my favorite fragrance not only puts me into a better mood, but I also enjoy the compliments from others when they admire the scent I choose to wear."
Your WFH fragrance:
"I love Marc Jacobs Daisy. It’s sust a fun-loving daytime perfume."
Your cozy sweat suit fragrance:
"A Jo Malone scent is always a great idea when I’m cozy at home. I like the brand's Wood Sage and Sea Salt cologne."
The fragrance that brings you comfort:
"Flower by Kenzo! It's been a favorite scent of mine since I was little. My mum would always wear it and it just brings me comfort."
The fragrance you spritz to bring back good memories:
"My go-to scent and fragrance is Armani Prive Vert Malachite. I would always wear this fragrance for a night out and it always brings back great memories."
The candle you're currently burning right now:
"Diptyque Paris Roses candle. I think the name describes it best. It’s floral and feels like you have bouquets of fresh roses throughout your home."
What you smell when you want to unwind/destress:
"I love a mixed scent of vanilla and fresh lavender to unwind. It’s calming and soothing."
The scent you'll associate with this time:
"Tom Ford Noir Extreme. The scent is strong and robust! Extreme is the best way to describe most of the events at this time."