Category Archives: Fragrance

Fragrance: Nejma Le Sublime EDP

Posted on November 8, 2017

Hi Guys!

I’m back again today with a gorgeous brand new niche fragrance to share with you – Nejma Le Sublime, which is a beautifully delicate floral scent, perfect for treating yourself to, or a loved one for Christmas 😉

If you’re not familiar with the brand, Nejma (which means the good star or lucky star) was created by Marie Lise Bischoff. During a journey to the Far East, Bischoff attended a reading of an Oriental fairy tale and fell under the spell of Nejma, who would then become her muse and inspire her to create a new line of perfumes.

Nejma is a charming and radiant with amazing beauty, and one day The Vizire visits her city and they totally fell in love. But she isn’t a Princess, so after a lot of fights between both families, they finally get married. From their love story, seven girls were born, and this is the story of how the original seven Nejma fragrances were created; a mix of different spices that each have in common the precious and warm scent of Aoud, giving Nejma its signature charm.

Nejma fragrances are created with diverse ingredients from distant countries, each mixed with Aoud, and Bischoff describes her fragrances as being very rich, exclusive, modern, sensual and powerful… giving you the opportunity to create your own fragrance signature, recreate a memory or to just feel desirable…

I have Le Sublime from the Nejma Private Collection – Le Sublime is a beautifully delicate fragrance, with a comforting, warming aroma that feels like a close embrace with a loved one. I think this is just the perfect scent to wear this time of year, it’s sweet and feminine, but not overly so, and lingers on the skin for hours.

Le Sublime opens with notes of fresh, juicy fruits, including Bergamot, Grapefruit and Passionfruit, leading to a bouquet of precious flowers – Orange Blossom, Jasmine and Rose blend together beautifully to give this scent a soft floral heart. The base of sweet Brown Sugar, Caramel and Dark Chocolate mixed with woody Patchouli and Cedar round the scent off in a warming and sophisticated trail.

  • Top Notes : Yellow Mandarin Bergamot, Pink Grapefruit and Passion Fruit.
  • Heart Notes : Orange Blossom Absolute, Grandiflorum Jasmine, Damascena Rose and Magnolia.
  • Base Notes : Virginia Cedar, Brown Sugar, Patchouli and Dark Chocolate.

Nejma Le Sublime is available now now at Harvey Nichols and Jovoy Paris.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Fragrance: Marc Jacobs 10th Anniversary Limited Edition Daisy White EDT

Posted on September 27, 2017

Hi Guys!

A white ago I was very excited to receive an amazing PR package, containing a beautiful Marc Jacobs limited edition fragrance, as well as an amazing pair of Marc Jacobs sliders – what a fantastic surprise!

The new Marc Jacobs Daisy Limited Edition fragrance has been created to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the classic Daisy fragrance – from way back in 2007 when it originally launched, Daisy has come back time and time again with new flankers, from Daisy Dream, to the newer Daisy Kiss range, the fragrance is always beautiful and wearable…

This year, Marc Jacobs are celebrating 10 years of their award-winning Daisy fragrance with a limited edition white bottle containing the same original signature scent, in Daisy’s classic bottle with all white packaging. The glass has a shiny white finish with gold metallic logo to complement its oversized white and gold cap.

“A daisy is a friendly flower, not precious, not exotic, but it evokes a spirit in a lot of women.”
– Marc Jacobs

Daisy Marc Jacobs is the same classic, pure fragrance that’s charmingly simple with a signature quality. It transports you to a place that is optimistic, beautiful, and pure. The scent embodies the essence of the daisy girl who wears it: timeless, yet young-at-heart. She is a reminder to be open, loving, and playful while radiating positive energy. The bottle is the embodiment of sophistication and vintage charm. Inspired by its name, the daisy flower is turned into a whimsical bottle shape. The weighted block of clear glass with soft, rounded edges is classic and luxurious, while the scattering of daisies blooming from the rounded gold metal hardware creates an unexpected, retro-cool twist.

The top of the fragrance opens with juicy wild berries and a floral note of soft white violets, leaving an irresistibly fresh and radiant scent on the skin. At the heart, an infusion of velvety jasmine wraps with each note, enhancing the vibrancy of the florals. A dreamy drydown of sandalwood imparts an aura of warmth and sensuality creating a delicate and romantic contrast within the fragrance.

  • Top Notes: Wild Berries, White Violet
  • Heart Notes: Jasmine Infusion
  • Base Notes: Sandalwood

If you’re a fan or collector of Marc Jacobs fragrances, this is definitely not one to miss! The Limited Edition Daisy White EDT is £78.00 for 100ml and available now at FeelUnique, The Perfume Shop and Fragrance Direct.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Fragrance: Jo Malone English Oak & Redcurrant

Posted on September 20, 2017

Hi Guys!

This Autumn, Jo Malone whisks us away to the depths of a magical forest to bring us their brand new English Oak collection. The inspiration behind the collection comes from the iconic English oak tree, a powerful and noble symbol which lies deep in the heart of the English woodland. Think Sherwood Forest, wandering knights and outlaws, mystery and enchantment…

Surrender to the spell… The magic of the forest. Climb. Dream. Drift. Wander through emerald moss carpets. Ripe redcurrants, ready to be picked. Succumb to the scent of the fabled oak. Noble. Wise. Infused into two spellbinding scents. English Oak & Redcurrant. Bright. Embracing. Bewitching. English Oak & Hazelnut. Earthy. Enticing. Enchanting.

The English Oak collection comprises of two fragrances – the original concept, English Oak & Hazelnut, which is spicy and woody, using green hazelnut to create a greener, aromatic feel with a spicy spin, its mossy notes also help to reinforce the natural scent of the forest. While the second fragrance, English Oak & Redcurrant is a much rounder and juicier scent, with notes of rose, amber and white musk.

The main note in the collection is of course is oak, but more specifically Roasted Oak Absolute. I was interested to find out that oak wood itself isn’t widely used in perfumery – you’d usually find other woody notes such as Sandalwood or Cedarwood at the base of a fragrance, but Jo Malone actually created their own process of roasting washed wood chips at high temperatures to exclusively create Roasted Oak Absolute – this technique gave the note a a rich, deep and smoky-sweet element, resulting in a warm and enveloping base for the collection with a fairytale-like quality, perfectly capturing the magic of the English forest.

I have English Oak and Redcurrant, which is just as gorgeous as you’d expect. It’s quite an unusual scent, yet very wearable and very ‘Jo Malone’ The Redcurrant and Rose notes instantly hit you giving a juicy yet floral opening, and the scent soon dries down to a warm, sweet base of Roasted Oak Absolute.

English Oak & Redcurrant

  • Top Note: Redcurrant – An intensely fruity note with a tangy, juicy clarity which brings a sparkling contrast to the oak woodiness in the fragrance.
  • Heart Note: Rose – As the fragrance unfurls, this opulent floral, with its spicy, honey facets wraps the scent with sumptuous texture.
  • Base Note: Roasted Oak Absolute – A warm and compelling woody note that gives the addictive quality of roasted oak.

English Oak & Hazelnut

  • Top: Green Hazelnut – A green note that induces a fresh and nutty feeling in the fragrance.
  • Heart: Cedarwood – Its woody, dry character complements the heart with charismatic intensity.
  • Base: Roasted Oak Absolute

For fragrance combining, Jo Malone recommends layering English Oak & Hazelnut with Basil & Neroli for a lively, citrus fragrance, or try English Oak & Redcurrant with Blackberry & Bay for a truly fruity combination. You can also always combine both English Oak fragrances together for a fresh, spicy scent highlighted with a bright and juicy twist.

The collection contains a range of products, including Cologne in 30ml (£44.00) and 100ml (£88.00) as well as Body & Hand Wash (£30.00), Body Crème (£52.00) and a Home Candle (£44.00)

Jo Malone’s English Oak collection is available now at Jo Malone and House of Fraser

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Fragrance: Roja Parfums Un Amore Eterno

Posted on September 11, 2017

Hi Guys!

I have simply the most beautiful fragrance to share with you today – it’s been a while since I’ve had the pleasure of trying anything from luxury fragrance house Roja Parfums, but recently I’ve fallen in love with one of their latest scents, Un Amore Eterno…

Un Amore Eterno is part of the Profumi d’Amore Exceptional Collection, where each of the three fragrances in the collection have been designed to evoke the different chapters of a love story – from the very first moment where passion is ignited, Amore Mia (My Love), to a declaration of love, Ti Amo (I Love You), ending with a love affair that lasts forever, Un Amore Eterno (I Will Love You Forever). Each fragrance is a passionate love letter in fragrant form, housed in a beautiful bottle adorned with red jewels – these fragrances would make the perfect gift for a loved one on a special occasion.

The collection follows the order of a poem and what I hope you notice is that as the proclamations of love become more pronounced and passionate, so do the depth of raw materials, growing richer and more sensual in each creation. – Master Perfumer Roja Dove.

Every perfume I make has a story and I bring that story to life through a carefully crafted composition of the finest quality raw materials. This collection plays out a harmonious love story of burning passion and romantic tenderness. Ambergris, Cocoa and Vanilla are found at the core of all three. These materials are highly addictive to the senses in the same way as when you meet someone and fall in love with them, you quite literally become addicted to them. Stimulating Ginger is also present in each, as is a prominent note of Orris— which comes from the legendary Florentine Iris. – Master Perfumer Roja Dove.

Un Amore Eterno really is everything you’d expect and more, it’s such a beautiful oriental scent, that’s both rich and gourmand, as well as soft and powdery.

The fragrance opens with a light hint of lemon, which leads to a wonderful floral heart of Rose de Mai, Jasmin de Grasse, Tuberose, Heliotrope and Violet. The base has more notes than you can shake a stick at, starting with Ginger, Clove, and Saffron, there’s also a lovely warming notes of Patchouli, Cedar and Casmir Woods, as well as edible Vanilla, Coffee, and Cocoa. The base is rounded off beautifully with Orris, sensual Ambergris and Musk, giving the fragrance a powdery and alluring finish.

Un Amore Eterno is just so elegant, rich and inviting, it’s literally a feast for the senses with it’s wonderful notes of Cocoa, Coffee, and creamy Vanilla and Orris. If you’re a lover of intense gourmand fragrances that smell good enough to eat, then you really must try this.

  • Top Notes: Lemon.
  • Heart Notes: Rose de Mai, Jasmin de Grasse, Tuberose, Heliotrope and Violet.
  • Base Notes: Ginger, Clove, Saffron, Patchouli, Cedarwood, Casmir Wood, Coffee, Vanilla, Cocoa, Orris, Ambergris and Musk.

Un Amore Eterno is available now at Roja Parfums.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Fragrance: Discovering Shay & Blue Boutique Perfumery

Posted on August 25, 2017

Hi Guys!

I was recently introduced to Shay & blue – a cruelty free, award winning boutique perfumery established in 2012. I visited their flagship store in Marleybone, London, to experience their fragrance range first hand, and hear more about the brand.

Very much in the same vein as Jo Malone, Shay & Blue offer an antidote to the mass produced ‘off the shelf’ fragrances we are all overly familiar with. Shay & Blue founders Dom De Vetta and Julie Massé joined forces and combined their talents to create a brand that offers richly decadent fragrances which convey their personal passion, as well as attention to detail where it comes to boutique perfumery.

Shay & Blue tick all the boxes when it comes to packaging too; their bottles all follow a classic style that is nether too feminine or masculine. Their striking sky blue packaging is instantly recognisable, and all purchases are carefully boxed, detailed with an individual bow, and packaged in Shay & Blue bags. I know packaging is just packaging, but these extra touches really do make the buying experience that much more enjoyable.

I was invited to try out Shay & Blue’s extensive range of 20 perfumes, and to select my two favourites. The first scent I was instantly attracted to was Blood Oranges EDP – Blood Oranges is just the most mouth wateringly juicy scent I’ve ever come across. I’m a big fan of any fragrance with orange notes anyway, but Blood Oranges really is something else. Handcrafted with real flowers, fruits and spices, I was amazed to find out this perfume contains three pounds of real fruits!

Blood Oranges opens with quite an unexpected intense and juicy hit of Blood Orange segments at the top – I say unexpected because this is a very different orange scent to anything I’ve tried before. This bright and refreshing opening soon develops into a heart of sensual and intense Nappa Leather, which is then rounded off perfectly with a base of sultry and passionate Musk blended with charred Woods and Amber.

This is such an unusual scent, refreshing and mouth-wateringly delicious, then within a matter of hours, warm and sensual – it’s definitely a must try. 

  • Top Note – Blood Orange.
  • Heart Note – Napa leather.
  • Base Note – Musk, Woods and Amber.

The second scent I chose was Salt Caramel EDP – this is basically an indulgent dessert for your nose, I honestly can’t describe it better, it actually smelled good enough to eat (and I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!)

Ok so Salt Caramel is obviously a fragrance for those with a sweet tooth – it was inspired by Charbonnel et Walker’s luxury Sea Salt Caramel Truffles after all! It’s an amazingly rich and multi-faceted scent opening with top notes of gooey liquid Caramel offset with Sea Salt, to give a fantastic olfactory contrast. The smooth heart of Tonka Bean then leads to a base of refined Bourbon Vanilla with Sandalwood as a woodsy counterpoint to the sweetness.

Salt Caramel is a simply irresistible fragrance – indulgent and rich, a naughty dessert that you just have to have.

  • Top Notes – Caramel and Sea Salt.
  • Heart Note – Tonka Bean.
  • Base Notes – Bourbon Vanilla and Sandalwood.

If you’re a fan of fine fragrances and you’re yet to try Shay & Blue, you’re definitely missing out, I really can’t recommend these scents enough. Shay & Blue fragrances are vey reasonably priced at £55.00 for 100ml and £30.00 for 30ml, and are available now at Shay & Blue, John Lewis and Harvey Nichols.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Fragrance: Penhaligon’s Paithani EDP

Posted on August 21, 2017

Hi Guys!

I have one of the latest fragrance launches from Penhaligon’s to share with you today – if you’re familiar with the brand, you may already be aware of their Trade Routes collection, to which Penhaligon’s have just added two captivating new scents: Paithani and Agarbathi

Housed in a classic Penhaligon’s fragrance bottle, with a bow adorning the lid, Paithani is a fragrance designed to capture the essence of India – with its opulent palaces, spiced hot tea and rich flora and fauna, it aims to transport the wearer on an unforgettable journey.

Paithani has been named after a variety of sari, the beautifully patterned coloured cloth traditionally worn by Indian women, and the fragrance itself is wonderfully evocative, reflecting memories of a visit to india –

Our mountain train’s arrival into Bombay was greeted by an explosion of sound that dazzled our reverie and shook us awake. Vivid colourful saris, Paithani, swirl all around, and to complete the sensory overload, before long there is the welcoming smell of spicy hot tea! Added to it, as tradition dictates, an agreeable explosion of spice (cardamom, nutmeg and pepper – the fragrant holy trinity). The soothing aspect of a silky, milky rose, serves as a rousing caress. Soon there is the famed cedar from Himachal Pradesh that blends with the smell of leather trunks. Because travel has always been the greatest feat of independence. And to best capture the feeling of our faithful companion, the sun – bountiful, low and full – rich amber infuses and illuminates the end of the day.

When first spraying the scent, it immediately makes me think of chai tea – it opens up with spicy top notes of Cardamom, Nutmeg Essence and Black Pepper sweetly softened by a mild heart of Rose and Milk Accord, leading to a warm earthy base of Cedar Essence, Labdanum Resin, Leather, and Amber Wood. The scent is alluring, spicy and rich – contrasting with its partner Agarbathi which has more of a floral aroma inspired by Indian incense.

I have to say I’ve completely fallen in love with Paithani – it’s heavy and opulent, alluring and spicy – just perfect for a summers evening.

  • Top Notes: Cardamom & Black Pepper Pure J.Ess™, Nutmeg Essence
  • Heart Notes: Milk Accord, Rose, Maté Absolute
  • Base Notes: Cedar Essence, Labdanum Resin, Leather, Amber Wood.

Paithani EDP is £164 for 100ml and available now at Penhaligon”s and Selfridges.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Luxury Father’s Day Gift Guide

Posted on June 15, 2017

Hi Guys!

Welcome to my second Father’s Day Gift guide! (You can check out my first Quirky & Fun Gift Guide here) Today though, I have some gorgeous luxury scents to share with you, as well as a personalised bottle of fine Scotch Whisky – which any dad would love, and a gorgeous pen and notepad set. I hope you enjoy!

Starting with Cartier L’Envol de Cartier (from £70.00 at John Lewis) – this strong oriental-transparent fragrance was inspired by mead, the honeyed wine known as the nectar of the Gods. Described as an elixir which stirs up the mind, stimulates passion, and lights the unknown, L’Envol de Cartier is both strong and mellow with sweet notes set against airy musk.

The fragrance opens with sweet and soft Honey Accord, leading to a misty cloud of Musk, before becoming more rounded with notes of powerful and masculine Gaiac Wood and Patchoili.

  • Top Notes: Honey Accord
  • Heart Notes: Musk
  • Base Notes: Guaiac Wood and Patchouli

Next Annick Goutal Eau D’Hadrien (£91.00 at John Lewis) – I absolutely love Annick Goutal fragrances, and Eau D’ Hadrien is a stunning scent for both men and women, it’s perfect for lovers of refreshing, citrus fragrances.

Eau D’ Hadrien is a wonderfully light concentration of fragrance made with a fresh combination of pure essences, to invigorate and excite the senses, evoking a sense of the sparkling warmth of the Italian sun. The fragrance opens with refreshing citrus notes of sharp Sicilian Lemon and subtle Citron, leading to a heart of juicy Grapefruit and energetic green notes, with a mellow, woody base of Sandalwood, Amber, Patchouli and Vanilla.

  • Top Notes: Bergamot, Sicilian Lemon and Citron.
  • Heart Notes: Cypress, Basil Leaf and Grapefruit.
  • Base Notes: Sandalwood, Amber, Patchouli and Vanilla.

For those that love to write, the Lamy LX Gold Rollerball Pen (£36.00) and Original Crown Mill A5 Writing Pad (£6.50) both at Pen Heaven would make a wonderful set of gifts.

The Lamy LX Gold Rollerball pen is made from lightweight durable aluminium and features a beautiful gold finish with matching trim and carry case. And what is a fabulous pen without quality writing paper? With a history dating back as far as 1478, Original Crown Mill are the gold standard of traditional writing paper. This A5 Writing pad includes 50 sheets of 100gsm laid paper, with a textured finish. The high quality paper is fantastic for all writing types as it prevents bleed-through and feathering, and this timeless paper will ensure each and every letter is an exceptional writing experience.

Next a fantastic collection of products from Burberry – Mr Burberry EDP, Body Wash and Hair & Beard Clay (From £22.00) at Burberry would each make perfect gifts on their own, or you could even present them together in a mini hamper, which would be lovely.

Mr. Burberry Eau de Parfum is described as an intense interpretation of the original Mr. Burberry, the fragrance aims to capture the essence and anticipation of London at nighttime. This is a warm, sensual and woody scent, which opens with fresh and aromatic top notes of Tarragon and comforting, spicy Cinnamon, leading to a heart of rich Patchouli and a base of Amber and smokey Vetiver.

  • Top Notes: Tarragon and Cinnamon.
  • Heart Note: Patchouli.
  • Base Notes: Amber and Vetiver.

The Mr. Burberry Body Wash is subtly infused with the invigorating and sensual fragrance of Mr. Burberry EDT to leave skin scented after use, with notes of crisp zesty Grapefruit and a seductive base of earthy Vetiver and smokey Guaiac Wood.

And the Mr. Burberry Hair and Beard Clay helps to shape, manage and maintain style. Again infused with Mr. Burberry EDT to leave a light scent following application, the Hair and Beard Clay locks in moisture, giving hair a smooth and groomed finish.

And lastly, I think this Personalised Single Malt Whisky (£39.99 at Find Me A Gift) would make the most wonderful present this Father’s Day.

The drink itself is a fine single malt whisky from Glen Grant in Scotland, offering an impressive 40% vol. The label can be personalised to include a name, birth year, or year celebrated, and a message of your choice. The bottle is then packaged safely in a a gold presentation and carry box, perfect for gifting.

Are you all ready for Father’s Day? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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