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Introducing Jeroboam, A Celebration of Musk

Posted on May 25, 2016

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Hi Guys!

After a few days off with a horrible sickness virus that nearly landed me in hospital, I feel like I’m finally back in the land of the living – just. I’m not quite 100% yet but I’m nearly better, and I’m now starting to catch up with all the blogging I’ve missed from the last few days!

When it comes to beauty products, fragrance has to be the most personal – what one person loves where it comes to scent, another will hate. And when you finally find a fragrance that you love, most stick with it for years. You’ll know by now that I’m a total fragrance fanatic, and I really am beyond excited as I think I may have just found my new signature scent!

Jeroboam is a brand new niche scent company, with a stunning range of five musk-based extrait de parfum scents on offer. Dscribed as a dynamic new fusion of tradition and modernism, from the Jovoy perfume house founder, François Henin, and renowned perfumer Vanina Muracciole, the story behind this collection starts with François feeing that he had become anosmic to musk – meaning he wasn’t able to smell it any more. He asked Vanina to isolate some musks for him, to experiment with them and then share her findings with him, and the result was a collection of five breathtaking enigmatic musk scents…

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Vanina chose to name the fragrances in Esperanto (the most widely spoken constructed language in the world, so Wikipedia tells me) to emphasize their universality. Here are the five fragrances –

Origino – this is a base fragrance to be worn alone or under other fragrances, Origino is described as an exquisite cocktail of enigmatic musks with extraordinary longevity –

Top Notes: Bergamot and Pink Peppercorns.
Heart Notes: Juniper and Nutmeg.
Base Notes: Sandalwood and Enigmatic Musks.

Insulo – the Island referred to here is Madagascar, home of vanilla. This is a mouth wateringly seductive oriental musk that is impossible to resist –

Top Notes: Vanilla.
Heart Notes: Jasmine.
Base Notes: Enigmatic Musks.

Oriento – heady and enticing, this oriental floral musk combines musk with a beautiful rose oud accord for an extraordinarily long lasting silage –

Top Notes: Lemon, Saffron and Styrax.
Heart Notes: Rose, Ylang Ylang and Apple.
Base Notes: Sandalwood, Patchouli and Enigmatic Musks.

Miksado – a beautiful blend of fragrant ingredients resulting in a purely addictive fragrance in which fruity and spicy notes fuse with an assemblage of precious woods and musk –

Top Notes: Bergamot, Labdanum and Saffron.
Heart Notes: Cedar, Geranium and Gaiac Wood.
Base Notes: Patchouli, Vanilla and Enigmatic Musks.

And lastly – Hauto – Hauto means skin, and this floral solar musk is an invitation to experience the fragrance of the skin. With its stunning tuberose heart, this is a fragrance to be worn with confidence!

Top Notes: Bergamot and Pineapple.
Heart Notes: Tuberose, Rose, and Spices.
Base Notes: Enigmatic Musks.

Hauto is the one fragrance I’ve tried from this range, and if this is a benchmark for the rest of the collection, I literally cannot wait to try the others. Hauto is probably one of the most beautiful fragrances I’ve ever had the pleasure of smelling, and I’m completely in love with it!

I don’t think I can describe in words how wonderful it is – I can say is, if you’re a fan of Tuberose and Musk scents, you need this in your life, it’s simply stunning.

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The Jeroboam collection of fragrances is available at Selfridges now, priced at £80 for 30ml extrait de parfum.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post contains press samples

Mother’s Day Luxury Gift Ideas

Posted on March 2, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Following on from my earlier Kate Spade New York gift guide, I’ve also put together a few luxury gift ideas covering fragrance, makeup and skincare to hopefully give you some inspiration for Mother’s Day…

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Firstly, how could you not love this little guy! This is ‘Stevix’ as named by Freddy (I asked him if he meant ‘Stephen’ and he said ‘NO, Stevix!’ Fair enough.) And he’s definitely the closest we’re going to get to an actual dog in our little house! Stevix, is of course a sweet little hand painted pug vase, with the cutest grumpy face I’ve ever seen. He costs £45.00 and you can find him at Joy the Store on their home and gifts page.

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And what would Mother’s day be without perfume? I often buy perfume for my Mum, and they’re always very well received. I’ve gathered a selection of lovely fragrances today including three very different scents to suit different tastes –

Starting with Les Cocottes de Paris – La Belle Otero. This beautiful fragrance would suit vintage lovers, history buffs, and of course fans of niche fragrances.

La Belle Otero is actually one of a trio of fragrances from Les Cocottes de Paris – which are based on the lives of a group of extraordinary Parisian women born in the 1800’s. Crowned the ‘Queens of Paris’, the Cocottes entertained, seduced, and made headlines across the city. These scandalous icons were the inspiration for this new range of fragrances.

La Belle Otero (1868 – 1965) – The singing, dancing, pleasure seeking Agustina Otero Iglesias was born in Spain but it was in Paris that she found fame and fortune as her alter ego La Belle Otero. She soon grew to be the most sought after women in Europe and devoted her life to dancing, men, precious stones, gambling and parties…..(sounds like my kinda gal!) It’s no surprise then that her fragrance is an invitation to misbehave! La Belle Ottero has top notes of Neroli, Pepper, Absinthe, Fig and Ginger, heart notes of Violet, Musk, Lavender and Narcissus, and base notes of Frankincense, Sandalwood and Iris.

Les Cocottes de Paris are priced at £80.00 for 100ml EDP, from Cologne & Cotton 0845 262 2212.

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For a more modern fragrance I’d highly recommend Dsquared2 Want (£71.00 for 100ml) This oriental floral scent is inspired by ‘The Multi-faceted Modern Woman’. Think feminine, yet gentle and strong, she’s also glamorous but edgy, spontanious and dynamic yet resourceful. Want aims to capture the many sides of the female personality, mixing confident sensuality with glamour and fine tailoring.

Dsquared2 Want includes top notes of Mandarin, Ginger and Pink Pepper, heart notes of velvety Rose Damascena, Heliotrope and Nerolito, and base notes of warm Vanilla Madagascar, Absolute of Vanilla Accord and rich Violet Wood.

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And the last of the fragrances – Trussardi My Scent (£73.00 for 100ml) This is a beautifully crisp floral fragrance, it’s a very girly and delicate scent, yet slightly unusual, evoking the essence of femininity.

My Scent is described as young, dynamic, and cosmopolitan. I’d say she’s more fun, flirty and outgoing though, perfect for fans of lilac and florals, My Scent has top notes of Nashi Pear and Smiling Flowers Bouquet, heart notes of Lilac and Rose Buds, and base notes of Serenolide, Cashmeran and Heliotrope.

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Now on to beauty! A fancy lipstick will always be a hit on Mother’s Day, so why not treat your mum to a bit of Charlotte Tilbury? The lipstick I’ve included is the gorgeous Matte Revolution Miss Kensington shade from the limited edition Norman Parkinson collection. I’ve just found out this is no longer available but if you love this beautiful nude rose nude, Bitch Perfect (£23.00) is a fantastic alternative.

Moving on to skincare, I had to include Pestle & Mortar Hydrate (£38.00) – I’m a big fan of Pestle & Mortar’s first product, their Pure Hyaluronic Serum, and their new moisturiser is just as fantastic. Suitable for all skin types, this lightweight moisturiser is formulated with a mixture of patented peptides to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Naturally moisturising ingredients, including jojoba and squalane instantly make skin softer and firmer while powerful antioxidants including pomegranate, green tea and Vitamin E help fight free radicals.

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For fans of face oils, Pixi Rose Oil Blend (£26.00) is a must have. It’s a luxurious, ultra-nourishing oil that promises to rejuvenate, restore and renews skin’s luminosity. It’s also infused with powerful youth-preserving oils to help improve skin’s elasticity, including Sweet almond, rosehip, jojoba, pomegranate seed, and rose geranium oils nourish the complexion, leaving it comforted & smooth to the touch.

And for those on the hunt for the ultimate eye cream, Transformulas Marine Miracle EyeZone Cream (£41.95) is definitely worth checking out. Apart from looking pretty awesome with it’s futuristic spherical chrome packaging, the Marine Mircale EyeZone Cream also promises to restore the condition of skin tissue around eyes (and lips) by feeding it with powerful, age-defying and ultra-concentrated aldavine.

It’s worth noting that this powerful ingredient has been proven in 100% of tests to visibly reduce dark circles and eye puffiness. It also works on wrinkles and fine lines leaving the complexion smoother and more comfortable with improved resilience and elasticity.

For nail polish fans, how about the Eve Snow Nail Polish in Blossom (£14.00) – Eve Snow isn’t the biggest nail polish brand out there, but don’t overlook them because of this. The Beautiful Blossom nail polish is a subtle muted pink with a hint of lavender, it also contains nourishing Marula Oil, Equisetum Extract and Vitamin B12.

And lastly, I had to include my favourite ever makeup brushes, the Zoeva Rose Gold Vol.2 Luxury Brushes (£56.95) – these brushes not only look beautiful, but they also work fantastically well. I love that the range is massive, including individual brushes as well as sets – and I should probably mention there’s also now a stunning Rose Gold Luxury Set Vol.3 out too!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post contains press samples and items I bought myself.

Papillon Artisan Perfumes

Posted on May 27, 2014

Hi Guys!

Today I want to introduce you to Papillon Artisan Perfumery! Papillon is a brand new company created by the lovely Liz Moores. It will be launching shortly with three gorgeous perfumes for the debut collection, these are – Anubis, Tobacco Rose and Angelique.

Anubis is a leather floral with notes of Egyptian jasmine, pink lotus, suede, immortelle, frankincense and saffron. This was the first perfume Liz created and was the catalyst for starting her own business.

Tobacco Rose is floral in the chypre style with notes of Bulgarian rose, rose de Mai, oakmoss, galbanum, geranium, beeswax and hay. Liz wanted to create a rose perfume that would challenge people’s perceptions of rose which is sometimes seen as dowdy or too pretty.

Angelique is a floral wood with notes of mimosa, osmanthus, white champac, orris and cedarwood.  As the previous two perfumes are big hitters Liz wanted to create a perfume with a more delicate and natural timbre.

All the perfumes are classical in their construction; using roughly a 50/50 ratio of naturals to synthetics with a high percentage of the extrait used in each bottle.

I’m definitely a perfume fanatic, and I love anything that’s slightly more unusual than your standard off-the-shelf fragrances. I’m not going to pretend I understand what all the ingredients and notes mean, because I’m no expert. But I think these perfumes are fabulous, they’re unusual – an acquired taste, and they definitely grab your attention. I can only think to compare them to Tom Ford’s Private Blend Collection, though which ones correlate to which Papillon perfume I’m afraid I can’t say as I don’t remember all the scents individually. If you love niche perfumes though you should definitely give these a try!

Papillon Artisan Perfumery will launch on 24th June, a 50ml bottle will have an RRP of £94 xxx