Category Archives: Fragrance

Fragrance: Penhaligon’s Luna Eau de Toilette

Posted on October 11, 2016

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Hi Guys!

When it comes to fragrance, Penhaligon’s really does tick all the boxes for me. Both their packaging and bottles are beautiful – they make me think of fairy tales, whimsy and elegance – and on top of this, their fragrances are just mesmerising.

Today I have Penhaligon’s Luna Eau De Toilette to share with you – based on an ancient mythical love story, Luna of course represents the moon…

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In ancient Greek mythology, the Goddess of the Moon placed Endymion, the most handsome son of Zeus, into a perpetual slumber so that she could gaze upon him forever, his stunning face unmarked by the passage of time. The wishes of the Goddess were granted, and Endymion slept on for all eternity, his smile everlasting. And no wonder, for he spent his life forever dreaming that he held the moon, Luna, gently in his arms.

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To celebrate this wonderful story which I love so much, Penhaligon’s have created a duo of fragrances – Luna, which is fresh and floral, offers a feminine counterpart to the woody leather notes of its more masculine partner, Endymion.

I’d actually say Luna is more of a unisex, or gender-free fragrance, rather than feminine. And as you can probably guess by the above excerpt, Luna has been inspired by the Goddess of the Moon, and aims to capture the essence of this mythical character.

The fragrance itself opens with surprisingly fresh and zingy top notes of Orange Birgrade and Lemon Primofiore, leading to a heart of crisp and dry Juniper Berry and Rose Accord, which is rounded of with a dark woody base of Fir Balsam, Amber Gris, and Musks.

  • Top Notes: Bergamot Oil, Lemon Primofiore Oil, and Orange Bigarade Oil.
  • Heart Notes: Rose Accord, Jasmine Petal Accord, and Juniper Berry Oil.
  • Base Notes: Fir Balsam, Amber Gris, and Musks.

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Luna was not at all what I was expecting – I was imagining something quite floral and feminine, and that is definitely not what this fragrance is about. Luna is fresh and clean, whilst also sensual and most definitely complex – this is a must try for fans of niche scents.

Penhaligon’s Luna Eau de Toilette is £128.00 for 100ml and available now at Penhaligon’s.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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My New York Diary: Michael Buble By Invitation EDP GIVEAWAY

Posted on October 6, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Hopefully you’re up to speed with all the goss from the 30 Plus NYC trip by now – I can’t believe it happened over a month ago already! I left a few details out of my original NYC diary as I there was so much I wanted to tell you, I thought I’d better make separate posts.

if you want to catch up with my previous posts you can check out my original New York Diary to see what we go up to each day, and Coney Island was just fantastic, and of course not forgetting, my massive Sephora Haul!

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So, on the Tuesday morning of our trip, we had a fragrance workshop arranged with leading French perfumer Karine Dubreuil-Sereni who was the nose behind Michael Buble’s By Invitation fragrance. You probably know by now that I’m a massive perfume fanatic so I was really excited to learn about the scent, as we as hear all about the creative process behind making By Invitation.

Also, Karine worked directly with Michael to create By Invitation – I wanted to make a point of saying this because this isn’t just a random fragrance with a celebrity name on it. Michael had direct influence on the fragrance, and was very specific with his vision and direction – and the quality of the scent really shows the work that has gone into it. Michael said –

It’s no secret that I’m a hopeless romantic. It’s in every note I sing and every song I write. The idea was to create a special ‘invitation’ to fans into my new world of fragrance. I’m inviting women to enjoy a beautiful scent that represents my personal taste and imagination. By Invitation is what I’d call ‘love in a bottle’.

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We learned about the notes that make up the fragrance – and boy are there a lot!

The top contains Bergamot, Red Berries and Lemon, for a sparkling, fruity introduction.

The heart Lily of the Valley, Rose, Peony and Wild Jasmine brings the fragrance together with a selection of fresh and elegant florals.

And the base of Patchouli Indonesia, Vanilla, Praline, Cedar Wood, White Amber and Musk gives a warm and comfortable feeling to the scent – making it both universally appealing and tempting.

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Smelling each note individually really helped me to grasp how the fragrance was put together, as well as emphasising the fact of how complex this scent really is.

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So what is the fragrance actually like?

Well to describe it, I’d say it’s ageless – it doesn’t make you think young girl, or older lady, it definitely has a universal appeal – which suits Michael down to the ground as he does too!

On trying the By Invitation, I was very pleasantly surprised. I have to say I did have a slight worry that what if I didn’t like it? What would I say and do? Well we all instantly fell in love, and doused ourselves with the perfume 🙂

It’s a very warm and inviting scent, designed to make heads turn and be noticed, without being overly powerful or intense. It’s a gorgeous everyday fragrance that feels high end, yet accessible to all.

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The next day was the launch event. After preening for what seemed like many hours, we were all dressed to the nines and ready! The event took place literally next door to our hotel, at the beautiful Eddison Ballroom.

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As expected, Michael was wonderful. He explained the thinking behind his fragrance, and also treated us to a few songs.

I have to admit I developed a major crush on Michael right there and then – he’s just so lovely! I can see why he’s so popular – I mean of course he has an amazing voice, but he seems like such a nice genuine guy too. His wife is a very lucky lady indeed! 😀

Unfortunately, I didn’t get to meet him – cue sad face. He was supposed to be mingling after his talk but ended up going home as he wasn’t feeling very well. Never mind.

After the event we headed off to the after party at a fabulous rooftop bar. It was a fantastic way to end the evening – the drinks were flowing as was the conversation, whilst looking over the night time view of new york city. The whole trip was just fantastic – a definite once in a lifetime opportunity for which I am eternally grateful.

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As you can see in my pictures Michael kindly signed a box for me – how exciting! Oh and the candle is just as gorgeous as the perfume – I’ll let you know when these will be available to buy.

BUT – I also have three more Michael Buble By Invitation SIGNED perfume boxes to give away – with the 50ml perfumes included, obviously! Each will have an original Michael Buble signature on – signed by the man himself. These are obviously very collectible and perfect for Buble fans! The giveaway is open internationally and will run for three weeks. All you need to do is enter via rafflecopter below – and as ever if you have any questions please feel free to drop me a line.

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Good luck! And I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

(By Invitation is also available to buy now at The Perfume Shop)

Fragrance: Marc Jacobs Decadence VS Divine Decadence

Posted on September 20, 2016

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Hi Guys!

On attempting to sort out my perfume collection, I realised I never got round to sharing the original Marc Jacobs Decadence with you, which was released last year. Marc Jacobs have now launched a follow up – Divine Decadence, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to show you both scents, and let you know how they compare and differ…

I remember when I first saw the original Marc Jacobs Decadence, I fell in love with the bottle instantly! It’s just so luxurious looking, and like no other fragrance bottle I’d ever seen – I knew I had to have it!

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So the original Marc Jacobs Decadence EDP is a wonderfully glamorous and sensuous fragrance. It’s heavy and intoxicating, and most definitely an evening scent. It opens with a blend of Italian Plum, Iris and Saffron, and Bulgarian Rose, Jasmine Sambac and Orris at the heart, leading to a rich and tempting dry down of liquid Amber, Vetiver and Papyrus Woods. This is a sophisticated scent, grown up, striking and not easily forgotten.

  • Top Notes: Italian Plum, Iris and Saffron.
  • Heart Notes: Bulgarian Rose, Jasmine Sambac and Orris.
  • Base Notes: Liquid Amber, Vetiver and Papyrus Woods.

In comparison, the new Divine Decadence EDP is the perfect sister to the original scent. Described an effervescent, floral-woody expression of timeless glamour, Divine Decadence captures the same indulgent and luxurious nature as the original Decadence, but this time the mood is lighter, the scent more radiant and sparkling, compared to the heavy creaminess of the original Decadence.

Divine Decadence opens with a radiant shimmer of almost-solar notes, including Orange Blossom and a pop of Champagne Extract. At the heart, the creamy floral explosion of Gardenia, Hydrangea and Honeysuckle are glamorous florals, leading to seductive notes of Amber and Vanilla combined with precious Saffron that linger on the skin at the base.

  • Top Notes: Champagne Extract, Orange Blossom and Bergamot.
  • Heart Notes: Gardenia, Hydrangea and Honeysuckle.
  • Base Notes: Saffron, Vanilla and Liquid Amber.

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Overall, both scents are quite intense and I have a feeling you’ll either love them or hate them. If I had to choose though, I’d probably say I prefer Divine Decadence out of the two, just because it’s slightly lighter and more versatile to wear.

Marc Jacobs Decadence and Divine Decadence are priced from £49.00 for 30ml and available now at Boots.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Molton Brown Limited Edition Bursting Caju & Lime Collection

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Hi Guys!

Molton Brown is easily one of my favourite bath and body brands, and I get incredibly excited when they launch new products – I mean who doesn’t want a fabulously scented bath or shower? One of their latest ranges is the Limited Edition Bursting Caju & Lime Collection, which is right up my street. The fragrance is fresh, zesty and energising – which is exactly what I need first thing in the morning.

When I was creating this citrus fragrance, I was excited to bring to life the vibrancy and spark of Brazil’s caipirinha cocktail – the first fresh sip on a hot summer’s day. The top notes of caipirinha accord are refreshing with a squeeze of zesty lime, grapefruit, lemon and orange. To lift it even more, a dash of spearmint is added – crisp, just like the cocktail. To give that humid finish, woody fig tree and oak moss mix perfectly with upbeat green galbanum. – Jennifer Jambon, Principal Perfumer, Molton Brown.

Starting with the Bursting Caju & Lime EDT (£39.00) – this is a clean, fresh and zesty eau de toilette, with no specific gender in mind. This fragrance really is for everyone, evoking the lively ambience of Brazil’s colourful carnival and spontaneous nights, this scent is perfect for those looking for something zingy and bright.

  • Top notes: Lime, Grapefruit, Orange and Lemon.
  • Heart notes: Spearmint, Clary Sage, Galbanum and Cypress.
  • Base notes: Musk and Oak Moss.

The Bursting Caju & Lime Bath & Shower Gel (£20.00) – matches the EDT perfectly. This is an energising bath and shower gel blended with lime accord, spearmint and caju fruit extract with a base of Amazonian forest accord to evoke the bright mornings and spontaneous nights of Brazil.

And lastly the Bursting Caju & Lime Body Lotion (£25.00) – with the same fragrance as the Bath & Shower Gel, this luxuriously smooth body lotion is the perfect finish to your bath time routine, leaving skin smelling fresh and vibrant.

I’d love to hear which bath and body products you use? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Fragrance: Acqua di Parma Peonia Nobile EDP

Posted on September 8, 2016

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Hi Guys!

I feel like I’m finally getting back into the swing of things now the school holidays are over, and I can’t wait to crack on with blogging – I have so many gorgeous things to share with you in the coming weeks!

Today though, I have another fabulous fragrance – this is Acqua di Parma’s Peonia Nobile…

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I have to start by telling you I’ve completely fallen head over heels for this scent! Peonia Nobile is Acqua di Parma’s latest addition to their Nobile collection of fragrances, which focuses on the natural beauty of different flowers. I’m so pleased Acqua di Parma have chosen Peony as their latest addition to the range – this scent really is everything I look for in a summer floral.

This exalted bloom is hailed as a flower of the gods, but the magical trail from its elegant scent is no myth. Idealised with a sensuous woman in mind, the exotic blend of scintillating raspberry and glowing amber are the perfect match for her radiant aura. Beaming with exuberance, her magnetic nature is accentuated by this powerful and spontaneous fragrance.

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Starting from the top, Peonia Nobile opens with notes of black pepper and raspberry – the top notes have a distinct citrusy sharpness, which is actually rather pleasant. The scent is fresh and vibrant on first application, and also slightly fruity. The heart of the fragrance contains a multitude of floral notes, combining Peony, Geranium, Turkish Rose and Freeshia to give all the nuanced tones of bunch of freshly cut flowers. This leads on to a base of amber and patchouli which is both velvety and sweet, giving the fragrance warmth and depth.

  • Top Notes: Black Pepper and Raspberry.
  • Heart Notes: Peony, Geranium, Turkish Rose and Freeshia.
  • Base Notes: Amber and Patchouli.

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Peonia Nobile really is a beautifully refined interpretation of the peony flower that’s both understated and easy to wear, yet captivating. if you’re looking for a delicate, pretty floral scent this summer, I highly recommend you add this to your wish list.

Acqua di Parma Peonia Nobile is £76.00 for 50ml at House of Fraser.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Fragrance: Dsquared2 Want Pink Ginger EDP

Posted on September 5, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Happy Monday! I hope you’ve had a great weekend?

To kick things off this week I have a fabulous new fragrance to share with you from Dsquared2 – their latest scent, Want Pink Ginger follows on from the original ‘Want‘ released earlier this year. Want Pink Ginger is dedicated to the multi-dimensional side of women – described as a sassy and vivacious, it comes in a distinctive bottle with a large pink spherical lid – this fragrance definitely stands out from the crowd!

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Want Pink Ginger is a truly beautiful fragrance, opening with distinctive Pink Ginger, Pink Pepper and citrus notes of Lemon and Tangerine – it’s a very girly, sweet scent on first application. The floral heart includes Damask Rose, Heliotrope and Neroli, leading to a warm and feminine base of Madagascar essence, creamy Vanilla, Violet and Amber. This is a fabulous go-to every day fragrance that would suit someone looking for a glamorous, edgy and feminine scent.

An oriental floral with an unusually fresh and vibrant personality. Everything revolves around pink ginger, a delicate, spicy ingredient found in Japanese cuisine. The nose, Aurélien Guichard, created the new Eau de Parfum for Dsquared2 based on this delicious concept: an ingredient that truly changes each and every flavour.

  • Top Notes: Pink Ginger, Mangosteen, Pink Pepper, Lemon and Tangerine.
  • Heart Notes: Damask Rose, Heliotrope and Neroli.
  • Base Notes: Madagascar Essence, Vanilla, Violet and Amber.

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Dsquared2 Want Pink Ginger EDP is £56.00 for 50ml and available now exclusively at Harvey Nichols.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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The Prettiest Fragrances for your Dressing Table

Posted on August 20, 2016

Hi Guys!

Obviously perfume is all about the scent – but you must admit a pretty bottle really doesn’t go amiss! I love nothing more that displaying my most beautiful perfume bottles like trophies – does anyone else do this?? I thought I’d put together some of my more fabulous ones to share with you today –

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Starting with Capri Vince Camuto EDP – this is actually my first experience of Vince Camuto fragrances, and I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. When I took the bottle out of the box I was wowed by how unusual it was. The bottle itself is a curious hexagonal shape, with a striking ocean blue hue. The lid has an intricate cut out detail almost like abstract leaves, and the bottle is finished off with a delicate blue bow and silver charm around the neck.

A wanderlust at heart, the Capri Vince Camuto woman is in love with the world and all it has to offer. When she’s travelling, colours seem brighter, sounds sharper, senses ignited with a zest for life. No matter where she goes, Capri Vince Camuto is her passport to adventure, a reminder of spontaneous summer days and sultry nights.

Capri Vince Camuto is a warm, yet fresh and invigorating fragrance – reflecting the coastal landscape and waters of Capri, Italy. The scent’s top notes of Pear and Pink Grapefruit mingle with a floral bouquet of Peach Blossom and Violet Flower at the heart, leading to a rich base of Musk and Vanilla. Like a cool Mediterranean breeze, this floral-fruity fragrance transports your senses. Imagine the warmth of sun-kissed skin, with the freshness of a cool breeze on the skin.

  • Top Notes: Violet Leaves, Juicy Pear, and Pink Grapefruit.
  • Heart Notes: Red Frangipani, Peach Blossom, and Violet Flower.
  • Base Notes: Musk and Vanilla.

Capri Vince Camuto is £55.00 for 100ml at Debenhams.

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Next Chloe Love Story EDT – this is just such a classic, pretty and feminine fragrance, and the bottle reflects this perfectly –

…In the palm of her hand, a lucky charm. A padlock, universal symbol of love, a treasured emblem of the maison Chloé. A glass jewel adorned with grooves that evoke the pleats in a wispy dress. In the middle, safely protected, a concentrate of this tenderly rosy fragrance that she keeps with her at all times. Its elegant matte white case, embossed with gold letters, is circled with a delicate pink ribbon that holds the finest present: a love story, refreshing and sincere….

Love Story EDT is basically a fresher and more floral version of the original EDP. It’s romance in a bottle! The scent opens with fresh and floral Orange Blossom, mingling with green Prunus Flower and a dewy floral accord. This fragrance is pretty, carefree, fresh and feminine.

  • Top Notes: Orange Blossom.
  • Heart Notes: Fresh Prunus Leaf.
  • Base Notes: Dewy Notes.

Chloe Love Story EDT is from £41.50 for 30ml at John Lewis.

And Narciso Rodriguez Narciso Poudree EDP – now this is a wonderfully powerful and seductive fragrance. “NARCISO eau de parfum Poudrée is sensuality and supreme femininity,” says the designer, “It is never overpowering, but impossible to forget.” The bottle, however is quite understated. The simple square shape made with delicate blush pink glass represents a sophisticated elegance that’s modern yet soft in appearance. This scent is perfect for those looking for something intense, evocative and distinctive…

NARCISO eau de parfum Poudrée embodies a discreet luxury with an intimacy that lingers on a woman’s skin leaving a silken trail. Skin and scent become one and the same, radiating beauty and grace. The fragrance leaves a deep impression as the fragrance dissolves into a woman’s skin and as a memory that lingers.

  • Top Notes: Bulgarian rose, White Jasmine and Orange Blossom.
  • Heart Notes: Musk.
  • Base Notes: Vetiver, Cedar, Coumarin and Patchouli.

Narciso Rodriguez Narciso Poudrée EDP is from £38.50 for 30ml at John Lewis.

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And lastly Paco Rabanne Olympea Aqua EDT – I haven’t tried any new Paco Rabanne fragrances for a really long time, so I was excited so see what the new Olympea Aqua would be like. Firstly, the bottle is stunning! Just like the original Olympea fragrance, Olympea Aqua has the same shaped bottle – based on a laurel crown it makes you think of a modern greek goddess, but this time the glass is frosted.

Paco Rabanne brings back the trend of aquatic fragrances with editions inspired by the athletic spirit, competition and victory, Invictus from 2013 and Olympéa from 2015. The new releases Invictus Aqua and Olympéa Aqua further emphasize the aquatic character of these compositions.

Olympéa Aqua opens with the freshness of Calabrian bergamot, aquatic accords and Petitgrain that lead to the heart of Ginger Flower. The power of the fragrance is reflected in the base of Salted Vanilla, Ambergris and Cashmere Wood.

  • Top Notes: Calabrian bergamot, Water Notes and Petitgrain.
  • Heart Notes: Ginger flower.
  • Base Notes: Vanilla, Salt, Ambergris and Cashmere Wood.

Paco Rabanne Olympea Aqua EDT is £53.50 for 50ml at The Fragrance Shop.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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