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10 Spring Fragrances to add to your Collection: L’Occitane, Givenchy, Nina Ricci & More!

Posted on May 29, 2017

Hi Guys!

It’s a beautiful bank holiday (apart from an intense rain and thunder, but that’s to be expected, right?) and I’ve been playing in the garden with Fred whilst eating ice pops ūüôā I thought I’d take a breather and share with you my top ten must have fragrances for Spring 2017 – enjoy!

Starting with one of my absolute favourite fragrances of the last few months, L’Occitane¬†Terre De Lumiere (¬£58.00 for 50ml at L’Occitane) – this is L’Occitane’s latest fragrance release, and the name literally means “land of light”. Terre De Lumiere is¬†L’Occitane’s first ever gourmand aromatic fragrance, consisting primarily of edible notes such as honey and almond. It’s¬†a beautifully light and evocative¬†fragrance that’s both warm and enveloping. Terre De Lumiere is inspired by the¬†special time of day in Provence known as the Golden Hour, which is a short moment at dusk as the sun falls and the sky fills with golden and purple light, leaving the¬†air filled with the most fragrant Proven√ßal scents. It truly is a stunning scent, and¬†I really can’t get enough of it!

  • Top Notes: Bergamot, Ambrette Seed and Pink Pepper.
  • Heart Note: Lavender Honey.
  • Base Notes: Acacia Flower, Bitter Almond Essence, Tonka Bean and White Musk.

Next, the beautiful Givenchy Live Irresistible EDT¬†– (¬£43.00 for 40ml at¬†Feelunique) This is actually my first experience with Givenchy fragrances, and hopefully not my last! Live Irresistible is a bright, floral and fruity fragrance, that’s perfect for every day wear. It opens with¬†sparkling top notes of Crisp Pear, fresh Green Apple and juicy Raspberry, leading to¬†tantalising Rose and energising Pimento Berries at the heart, just before the fragrances closes with a sensual base¬†of Light Woods.

  • Top notes: Pear, green apple, raspberry
  • Middle notes: Rose, pimento berries
  • Base notes: Light woods

Moving on to¬†something a little heavier now, Paco Rabanne Olympea Intense EDP (¬£46.00 for 30ml at House of Fraser) This is a beautiful warm and sensual oriental fragrance, with a¬†tempting salty-vanilla amber accord. The original Olympea fragrance is already a favourite of mine, so I just knew I’d love this more intense version. Olympea Intense is very similar to Olympea, but stronger, and definitely sweeter. This is a commanding and seductive fragrance that’s perfect for evening.

Olympea Intense takes centre stage with its famously tempting Salty-Vanilla Amber accord. At the heart of the fragrance, tactile Orange Blossom swathed in White Pepper creates intense sensuality, before diving headfirst into the extreme seduction of a White Amber base.

  • Top notes:¬†White Pepper, Orange Flower and Grapefruit Flower.
  • Middle notes:¬†Salty Vanilla.
  • Base notes:¬†Cedarwood and White Amber.

Next we have Nina Ricci¬†Luna EDT (¬£34.50 for 30ml at¬†House of Fraser) – this is an oriental gourmand fragrance that’s described as¬†mysterious, daring and alluring. Luna opens with fruity notes of refreshing Lime and Tangerine which lead to a floral heart of Immortelle and Jasmine, sparking a vibrant burst of floral citrus. The fragrance is rounded off with a warming base of sweet Caramel and Vanilla, with notes of alluring Liquorice and Musk. I’ve worn this a couple of times now and it’s fast becoming a new favourite.

  • Top Notes:¬†Wild Berries, Orange Blossom, Lime and Tangerine.
  • Heart Note:¬†Caramel, Immortelle, Jasmine and Pear.
  • Base Notes:¬†Sandalwood, Vanilla, Liquorice and Musk.

Next, Elie Saab¬†Le Parfum Resort Collection 2017¬†(¬£42.75 for 50ml at John Lewis) – I’m a big fan of Elie Saab fragrances so I was excited to try their latest scent¬†– Resort Collection EDT is described as¬†a luxurious white floral fruity fragrance,¬†inspired by the glamorous world of the Cannes Film Festival. The fragrance opens with juicy Red Mandarin, leading to¬†Orange Blossom, Jasmine and Pomegranate Nectar at the heart, and a rich base of smooth Patchouli.

  • Top Note: Red Mandarin.
  • Heart Notes: Orange Blossom, Jasmine and Pomegranate Nectar.
  • Base Note:¬†Patchouli.

On to Jo Malone Garden Lilies (¬£46.00 for 30ml at John Lewis) – this is one of four fragrances in the ‘Bloomsbury Set’, which as a collective were inspired by the free spirited group of artists¬†of the same name. The¬†scents aim was to capture the essence¬†of an unconventional life¬†in their legendary country house in Sussex…’The lily pond at dawn, bold blue hyacinth,¬†absinthe afternoons and golden linseed¬†on paint-stained hands.¬†Warming whisky and sweet pipe tobacco.¬†The secrets of waxed floors¬†burnished by footsteps in the night.’

Garden Lilies is a wonderfully fresh floral that truly captures the essence of a new dawn – I know that sounds completely cheesy but it really does! The fragrance opens with Water Lily, an aquatic floral with a wonderful dewy softness, and the floral heart of Green Sap and Ylang Ylang leads to a base of powdery and clean White Musk, with a hint of Vanilla.

  • Top Notes:¬†Water Lily.
  • Heart Note:¬†Green Sap and Ylang Ylang.
  • Base Notes: White¬†Musk and Vanilla.

Next we have MissGuided Babe Power EDP (¬£25.00 for 80ml at Superdrug) – I feel like this fragrance is quite the opposite of the above Garden Lilies which is quite delicate and nuanced. Babe Power is just as confident and in-your-face as you’d expect. This is¬†MissGuided’s first scent, and it’s the perfect embodiment of the¬†MissGuided brand –¬†designed to evoke a feeling of strength, confidence and femininity.

  • Top Notes:¬†Grapefruit Zest, Sour Cherry, Pink Pepper, Crisp Apple, Pineapple and Rhubarb.
  • Heart Notes:¬†Orange Blossom, Peony and Jasmine.
  • Base Notes:¬†Vanilla, Candy Floss, Sensual Musk, Amber Crystals.

Now on to the most affordable of the bunch,¬†& Other Stories Crinoline Violet (¬£19.00 for 50ml at Other Stories Stores) – yes this is technically a body fragrance, but I wanted to include it anyway as it’s such a lovely scent. Crinoline Violet is one of two new body fragrances in the popular Cotton Care range. It caresses the skin with it’s soft gentle touch, infused with¬†hints of Violet for a dreamy Cotton scent – this fragrance is¬†calm, kind and¬†easy-going.

Next I have a brand you don’t really hear of that often when it comes to fragrance – Abercrombie & Fitch first Instinct for Women (¬£50.00 for 50ml at Debenhams) –¬†First Instinct was¬†inspired by the first moment of attraction, when two people‚Äôs worlds collide and a spark is ignited. It is the fragrant interpretation of that exciting first glance and initial connection. First Instinct for Women is¬†a very feminine scent, that’s fruity, floral¬†and fun.¬†It’s¬†both sweet and juicy and perfect for wearing both day and evening.

  • Top Notes:¬†Magnolia, Grapefruit Zest, Passion Fruit and Wild Orange Flower
  • Heart Notes: Butterfly Orchid and¬†Water Lily.
  • Base Notes: Warm Amber,¬†Tonka and Musk.

And lastly, not a fragrance to be overlooked, Hollister Wave 2 (¬£32.00 for 50ml at Superdrug) – this is a gorgeous summery scent inspired by the Californian skies – it’s warm, free-spirited, fun and exciting. This sun-kissed creation entices you from the first impression with sunlit Peach, refreshing Coconut Water and sparkling Mandarin. Exotic Tiare Flower, Water Lily and Pink Freesia float in the air with a dreamy and addictive trail of White Sands, Driftwood and Vanilla Orchid. In my opinion this is definitely must-try scent.

  • Top Notes:¬†Mandarin Orange, Coconut Nectar and Peach.
  • Heart Note:¬†Water Lily, Pink Freesia and Tiare Flower.
  • Base Notes: Driftwood,¬†Sand and¬†Orchid.

Thanks so much for reading, and I hope you enjoyed my post. Id love to hear if you’ve tried any of these fragrances? xxx

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Affordable Feel Good Summer Fragrances: Marc Jacobs, Issey Miyake, Michael Kors & More!

Posted on August 15, 2016


Hi Guys!

Summer is now officially in full swing,¬†so I thought I’d take it upon myself to share some gorgeous feel-good summer fragrances with you today that won’t break the bank! Enjoy!


Starting with Marc Jacobs’¬†Daisy Eau So Fresh Blush Edition – described as carefree and vibrant,¬†Daisy Eau So Fresh Blush is warm and radiant with a blend of fruity florals, notes of pink grapefruit, and a floral heart of freesia and rose. The base contains a velvety blend of apricot nectar with cedarwood and musk. This fragrance is fruity, juicy and youthful.

  • Top Notes: Mandarin, Apple, and Pink Grapefruit.
  • Heart Notes: Rose, Lily¬†of the¬†Valley, and Freesia.
  • Base Notes: Apricot Nectar, Cedarwood, and Musk.

Daisy Eau So Fresh Blush is £59.00 for 75ml, but currently on offer for £39.33 at Boots.


Next, the gorgeous Limited Edition Jimmy Choo Exotic –¬†this fragrance¬†is sparkling, sexy and irresistible –¬†and probably my favourite out of all the scents in this post.¬†Exotic is a new interpretation of the classic Jimmy Choo fragrance, with refreshing notes of blackcurrant sorbet and pink¬†grapefruit bringing sparkle to the sensuality of tiger orchid and passion flower – the heart of the original scent. The base of¬†patchouli and velvety raspberry complete this fruity,¬†chypre fragrance.

  • Top Notes:¬†blackcurrant sorbet, pink grapefruit
  • Heart Notes:¬†Tiger orchid and passion flower.
  • Base Notes:¬†Patchouli and raspberry.

Jimmy Choo Exotic is £44.00 for EDT 60ml, but currently on offer for £33.00 at Boots.


Paul Smith Sunshine for Women Limited Edition – Now I must admit, Paul Smith isn’t a brand I’d usually gravitate towards when it comes to fragrance, but their latest limited edition is a summer must have! Sunshine for Women is a wonderfully light and fruity yet refreshing scent. Pink grapefruit and peach at the top make the scent juicy and sweet,¬†with a feminine floral heart and warm sandalwood and musk at the base.

  • Top Notes: Pink Grapefruit, Bergamot and Peach.
  • Heart Notes: Bulgarian rose, Jasmine and White Peony.
  • Base Notes: Sandalwood and Musk.

Paul Smith Sunshine for Women is £31.00 for 100ml EDT at Paul Smith.


Issey Miyake L‚ÄôEau d‚ÄôIssey Summer Limited Edition¬†–¬†in collaboration with artist Michelle McKinney,¬†limited edition L’eau d’Issey Summer is a gorgeous light fruity-floral summer scent, with fruity notes of lychee, grapefruit and exotic guava and passionfruit at the heart, brought together with a feminine base of vanilla and woods.

  • Top Notes: Lychee and Grapefruit.
  • Heart Notes: Pitahaya, Guava and Passionfruit.
  • Base Notes: Vanilla and Wood.

Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Summer is £41.00 for 100ml EDT at Selfridges.


Hollister WAVE for Her – another brand which I¬†wouldn’t¬†necessarily pick up and try if I saw it on the shelf, Hollister Wave for Her definitely shouldn’t be overlooked. Inspired by¬†a California sunset, this fragrance is made for a girl with youthful spontaneity and personality.¬†The fragrance opens with juicy citruses notes, making way for wild orchid, sunset hibiscus and California Poppy at the heart. Warm, enveloping woods and amber create the perfect balance in the base evoking¬†the warmth of a summers evening.

  • Top notes: Carambola (star fruit), Cassis and Quince.
  • Heart¬†notes: Orchid, Hibiscus and Poppy.
  • Base notes: Solar Notes, Sandalwood and Crystal Amber.

Hollister Wave for her is from ¬£19.00 for 30ml, and it’s available¬†at¬†Boots.


CK One Summer –¬†this is a wonderfully¬†wet and refreshing unisex¬†scent. Opening with fresh and fruity top notes of¬†lime mojito and green apple, leading on to juicy guava and¬†lush vibrant greens at the heart, dripping with exotic freshness. The scent is rounded off¬†with cool cedarwood and tree moss at the base.

  • Top Notes:¬†Green Apple, Lime Mojito, and Green Ginger.
  • Heart Notes:¬†Guava, Tiare Tahiti, and Juniper.
  • Base Notes: Coconut Milk, Cedarwood, and Tree Moss.

CK One Summer EDT is £33.00 for 100ml at Escentual.


And lastly, Michael Kors Coral Рdescribed as fresh, feminine, and fabulous, Michael Kors Coral is a bright and bold scent evoking the chic, carefree mood of faraway destinations. The fragrance opens with top notes of pink grapefruit, lemon and juicy mandarin, with pink pepper and blackcurrant mingling with tuberose and orange blossom for a sweet and feminine heart. The base contains a blend of cedar, musk, ambrox and warm sandalwood for a sumptuous and velvety finish.

  • Top Notes:¬†Pink grapefruit, lemon, mandarin, pink pepper and black currant.
  • Heart Notes:¬†Tuberose,¬†jasmine tea, orange blossom and¬†sweet raspberries.
  • Base Notes: Sandalwood,¬†cedar, musk and ambrox.

Michael Kors Coral is from £39.00 for 30ml at Boots.


I’d love to hear¬†about¬†your favourite summer fragrance – do let me know what you’ve been wearing this summer!¬†I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post contains press samples