20 Nov 2014

The Fragrance Shop / Discovery Club

The Fragrance Shop Discovery Club

Its affordable & easy to join The Fragrance Shop’s Discovery Club and if you like to try new fragrance before committing to buying a full size or if you just like to try a wide range of scents this Club will be right up your street. The Discovery Club subscription Box gives you,

The great thing about this service is you can sign up for one box or for the full 12 months. So if you want to buy one box for £5 to see if you like it then you can.

Discovery ClubPerfume Samples

This is the latest Autumn / Winter Box* and it included 5 samples all of which I had never tried before, so that was exciting. Im terrible at describing scents & always think everything smells ‘floral’ or ‘sweet’ so I will use The Fragrance Shop professional descriptions

Jimmy Choo MAN

The masculine fragrance is a woody aromatic fougère, full of modern freshness. Top notes of lavender and mandarin spray are softened by the fruity notes of honeydew melon, followed by heart notes of pink pepper and geranium mixed with pineapple leaf. Finally the fragrance unveils a lasting print of patchouli, suede and ambery woods

Loewe Aura 

A fresh floral and fruity Eau de Toilette. Top notes: Lychee, Rosa water, Lemon and Mandarin. Heart notes: Rose Otto, Jasmine Sambac, Mangolia and Raspberry. Base notes: Sandalwood, Suede Leather Note, Musk and Amber.

Jean Paul Gaultier Classique Intense

The new composition is described as a vivacious, intensive, oriental and solar, containing notes of tiare, pomegranate and gourmand accords at the top, with the heart of orange blossom, rose and jasmine and the base of patchouli and vanilla.

Kenzo Jew d’Amour

KENZO JEU D’AMOUR celebrates the romantic lovers game with an ultra-feminine, sensual and captivating fragrance. With notes of Tea, Mandarin,  Pomegranate set the mood, Tuberose and Freesia sign an ultra-feminine floral heart over a sensual base of Musks and creamy Sandalwood.

Loewe Quizás Seducción

Is floral – fruity fragrance with aphrodisiac powers. It opens with fruity cocktail of tempting passion fruit, sweet orange and blackberry. Its full floral heart combines elegant Sambac jasmine with strong tuberose and orange blossom. The base of the perfume features sweet notes of caramel and vanilla.

Out of the selection I really like the Kenzo Jew d’Amour as it is quite light and fresh but it lasts all day on me. I’m tempted to get myself the full size.

Discovery Box

So along with the 5 Samples you get an accompanying booklet explaining all about the fragrances in your box & you’re also treated to a selection of discount vouchers to spend in The Fragrance Shop.

Let me know if you have tried any of the fragrances from this box.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

26 Sep 2014

Ted Baker Mia Eau de Toilette

Ted Baker Perfume

Ted Baker Perfume

Mia* is the latest fragrance release from Ted Baker, I have been wearing if for the past couple of weeks and absolutely enjoying its fresh mix of fruity and floral notes. This perfume is in the perfect 10ml sized bottle which is just so handy for carrying in your handbag & being on the go. It doesn’t compromise on quality or packaging as this bottle is just stunning.

It comes in an eye catching triangular pink and gold box, and inside sits the most beautiful slim light pink frosted glass bottle with a gold jewelled lid engraved with Ted Bakers initials. It’s perfectly purse size and utterly feminine. It looks luxurious and expensive and when it’s not in my handbag it looks right at home on my vanity.

Ted Baker Mia Perfume

Goodness Gracious Mia

Mia has top notes of fresh lemon, raspberry and blackcurrant with base notes of patchouli and golden amber and all of those scents together with rose and freesia make this a fresh fragrance that is so easy to wear day or night. I love fruity scents and find the floral notes don’t over power the overall fragrance and that it can smell different on me each time I wear it.

I do find that it doesn’t last too well on my skin but I do find that with a lot of other high end fragrances too. Having this in my purse means its convenient and easy to reapply on the go. I thought this was going to be more of a Summer scent but the more I wear it as the seasons change the more I love how well it wears as the weather gets colder. I think thats due to the patchouli and amber base notes, I adore patchouli and its one of my favourite scents to wear.

Don’t be put off if you sit on either the floral or the sweet side of the fence when it comes to perfume as Mia has both and they work very well together. If you’re in Boots make sure you test this fragrance out, I think it will appeal to so many of you.

Let me know if you have tried any of these purse sprays from Ted Baker. Also I’d love to hear what your favourite ever perfume is and if you wear it all year round.

Ted Baker Mia EDT – 10ml for £15 at Boots & Superdrug

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

4 Sep 2014

Roger & Gallet Gingembre Rouge

Roger & Gallet

Roger & Gallet are a French Perfumery House founded in 1862 by merchant Charles Armand Roger and banker Charles Matial Gallet, their products have such a rich history & they are famous for their perfumes and body products and I have been testing their beautiful new fragrance Gingembre Rouge*

This new fragrance from Roger & Gallet is a refreshing take on their popular Gingembre scent, which has been available for over a decade now. The original Gingembre is more of an intense scent whereas the new Gingembre Rouge* (red ginger) is light, fresh and fruity.

For this new scent Roger & Gallet have taken inspiration from the exotic and beautiful Island of Zanzibar, I have never had the pleasure of visiting but I can just imagine its warmth and beauty. This fragrance smells exotic, feminine and quite sweet, it has the following top note, heart notes & base note

Top Notes: Fresh Ginger, Pomegranate Pulp, Mandarin

Heart Notes: Ginger Flower, Lychee Flower, Orange Blossom

Base Notes: Crystallised Ginger, Cedar Wood, White Musk

I’m terrible at describing scents but I would say that this smells zesty, spicy and floral in equal measures. The ginger adds a twist but isn’t overpowering and the scent is beautiful from the moment you spray it in to the skin. Its gorgeous & has been my go to Summer scent. I took it with me in my Travelo on my recent trip to Amsterdam & it was the perfect scent for day & night.

Roger and Gallet

Roger & Gallet Fragrance

The bottle is pretty and feminine, it has a beautiful ombre effect from deep to light pink and it looks right at home on my vanity. I have the very sweet and travel friendly 30ml (£16) bottle it also comes in 100ml (£39) so both are very affordable. Roger & Gallet are available online at Marks & Spencer, Feel Unique and Escentual.com  

This is undoubtably the perfect scent for warmer months but I still plan on wearing it long into Autumn. It has such a fresh fruity scent which will still be lovely as a daytime fragrance even as the days grow shorter and the temperature cools.

If you’re lucky enough to be jetting away for some Winter sun then this would be the perfect holiday fragrance.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own

5 Apr 2014

My Spring Fragrances

I don’t often change up my perfume depending on season, as I tend to wear the same scents all the time. I have a small perfume collection which makes it easy to pick which one to wear each day, but I have three perfumes in my collection which I think will be perfect for the warmer months and they are:-

Spring scents

Roger & Gallet Eau Sublime Or Bois D’Orange* 100ml for £32.00

A floral heart of ylang-ylang, orange blossom and coconut flower make for a sensual signature, while a dry down of sweet and sunny Moroccan cedarwood, vanilla and musk create a feeling of pure pleasure.

This is gorgeous, I’ve been wearing this as my evening perfume because it not only has a beautiful fresh citrus scent but it also has a touch of glamour with delicate flecks of gold shimmer running through it. I like citrus, feminine scents and I love that it has something extra with the touch of glitz, the shimmer is subtle so don’t be put off by that. I think it looks pretty on the skin. The bottle also looks pretty on your dressing table.

If you’re not familiar with Roger & Gallet they’re a French Perfumery House founded in 1862 by merchant Charles Armand Roger and banker Charles Martial Gallet, their products have such a rich history & they are famous for their perfumes and body products. They have a wide selection of products and you can find them in larger M&S Stores and also at www.marksandspencer.com.

Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin 100ml £78.00

Our signature fragrance. Peppery basil and aromatic white thyme bring an unexpected twist to the scent of limes on a Caribbean breeze. A modern classic.

This is a long standing favourite of mine, my husband even recognised the scent of this and has successfully purchased it for me on a few occasions. When I wear this so many people ask me what it is, even though I can no longer smell it on myself. I think this is my most worn fragrance and I feel like me when I wear this. It smells sweet but not overpowering it is so fresh and is the perfect scent for the warmer months. This 100ml bottle lasts me a year and I spray it liberally (no holding back). This is my little piece of luxury and I treasure each bottle.

If you haven’t been into Jo Malone, you must visit a store and test their range I guarantee you will fall in love with at least one for their many offerings. I go to their Liverpool or Edinburgh stores and both are very friendly and the staff take time to explain how to find the right scent for you, their stores are very pretty and instantly make you feel calm. It’s a lovely experience.

Spring Fragrance

Jane Packer Fig & Sandalwood Amber Eau de Parfum 50ml for £39.00

The green fig note brings freshness to the transparent white flower heart. The driftwood and sandalwood combination adds complexity and a sensual accent. The sandalwood and amber capture the attention in the moments after application.

Jane Packer is a world renowned florist and she released a fragrance line in 2010. The fragrance I have is the Fig & Sandalwood Amber, it is absolutely beautiful. If something has fig in it, I need to have it. I love Fig scented products they smell like my childhood (grew up in Cyprus). This is quite a heavy scent at first but it dries down to smell fresh, light and very soothing. It has been the perfume I’ve been reaching for day to day, it is very long wearing and I can still smell it on myself hours after first sprayed.

The bottle is sleek and feminine, the lid is shaped like a flower, it looks grown up and luxurious. Very simple but pretty. It is a lovely perfume to have in my collection and I enjoy wearing it very much.

What are you go to perfumes and do you change them up depending on the season?

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

26 Mar 2014

Classic White Musk

I used to wear this Body Shop White Musk fragrance all the time and when I was in store just before Christmas I sprayed it for old time sake & fell in love with it all over again so just had to treat myself to this gift set. The scent just took me right back & I’d forgot how clean and fresh it smells. So I have been using everything these past few months and really enjoying it.

White Musk Gift Set

White Musk Eau De Parfum 30ml £13.00 – This little bottle will last you a while as once sprayed you can smell it all day. I have the 30ml size and its perfect to pop in your handbag. This has a mix of musk, lily, iris, rose and vanilla and smells quite sweet at first but settles down on the skin to be more musky. It is an uplifting scent and I think it’s very good value for money, I like the lilac packaging too.

White Musk Fragrance Mist 100ml £7.50- I love these mists from The Body shop and I have quite a few scents. They don’t last particularly long on the skin but if I spray it on to a scarf then I can smell it a little longer. These are light but still fragrant and these bottles last me a good few months. This scent is a best seller & I can see why. Its great to spray liberally in the morning and it smells so clean and fresh on me. Just perfect.

White Musk Smooth Satin Body Lotion 250ml £10.00 – This is my least favourite product from the range, I don’t think the White Musk scent is as nice and I find the lotion to be a little greasy on my skin. I will use it up but wouldn’t repurchase. I prefer their Body Butters.

This fragrance is perfect for daytime as it’s light and fresh but not at all overpowering. I am glad I treated myself to a little nostalgia &  have really enjoyed wearing it. I know it’s not to everyones taste but thats the beauty of fragrance it is so personal & I think smells different on everyone. If you haven’t tried this you have to test it next time your in store.

What are your favourite fragrances from The Body Shop?

2 Jan 2014

Jane Packer Fig & Sandalwood Amber

My Aunt bought this for my Christmas and I think she was unaware that Fig is one of my all time favourite scents and this fragrance from Jane Packer is just beautiful. I had never heard of this brand before but after a little look online I discovered that Jane Packer is a world renowned florist and she released a fragrance line in 2010. The fragrance I have is the Fig & Sandalwood Amber, it is absolutely beautiful, I have worn it everyday since Christmas..

Jane Packer Jane Packer

Jane Packer has described this 100% better than I could,

The green fig note brings freshness to the transparent white flower heart. The driftwood and sandalwood combination adds complexity and a sensual accent. The sandalwood and amber capture the attention in the moments after application.

It smells so fresh and sophisticated. The scent lasts a very long time, I can still smell it on my scarf and I haven’t sprayed it on there for a couple of days. The packaging is luxurious and feels very nice, the bottle is tall and slim and the lid is shaped like a  flower and gives it an extra special touch. It is so beautiful. I noticed there is a candle in the Fig range & I have to have that, I think it will be a New Years gift for myself. I’m so pleased with this and I love being introduced to new brands and products.

This fragrance is available from the Jane Packer online shop 50ml for £39.oo

8 Dec 2013

Two Lovely Gifts

Roger & Gallet are a French Perfumery House founded in 1862 by merchant Charles Armand Roger and banker Charles Martial Gallet, their products have such a rich history & they are famous for their perfumes and body products. Their Christmas gift collection has something for everyone, I was sent two things from their range which would make lovely gifts.

Roger & Gallet Elegant Soap Coffret

This gorgeous pink box is the Elegant Soap Coffret* & has four of Roger & Gallet’s iconic round soaps. These round soaps were first made back in 1879. You get four soaps individually wrapped in pleated silk paper, they are very fragrant. This four piece collection includes Bois D’Orange, Rose, Fleur d’Osmanthus and The Vert.Quite a variety of scents.

Roger & Gallet

These would be nice as one gift or because they’re individually wrapped you could break them up and give them as individual gifts, especially if you have quite a few ladies to buy for. Perfect stocking fillers. This set is £19.50.

Roger & GalletRoger & Gallet

Now this Eau Sublime Or Bois D’Orange* is gorgeous, utterly perfect for the party season. This is a gorgeous citrus perfume that has a touch of glamour with delicate flecks of gold shimmer. This would be the perfect gift for someone who loves citrus, feminine scents with an extra special touch of glitz. The bottle would look pretty on your dressing table and add a touch of glamour to the party season. The shimmer isn’t over the top, its subtle but beautiful.

Roger & Gallet

This Roger & Gallet Eau Sublime Or Bois d’Orange is £32.00 for 100ml.

Roger & Gallet describe their Christmas Collection as a vibrant invitation to enter the universe of unique fragrance belonging to the Parisian Perfume House founded in 1862.

Roger & Gallet have a beautiful selection of gifts available from Marks & Spenser. I have had a peak and a few of them are currently in the sale. Let me know if you have tried anything from Roget & Gallet or of you have bought anything from their Christmas collection as gifts.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own. 

7 Oct 2013

Giorgio Armani Si

When I heard that Cate Blanchette was the face of the new Giorgio Armani Fragrance Si* I was more than a little excited. She is a beautiful woman, very strong and inspiring woman. I learned that she has a long standing relationship with the brand as she used her first movie pay to buy an Armani suit, which still she has today. She looks absolutely stunning in the campaign.

Cate Blanchette

I’m a very loyal girl and it takes something quite special for me to put down my favourite scents (Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin and SPACENK Laughter) and use something new, but this new Si fragrance from Giorgio Armani is very special. It smells so sophisticated but in a youthful way.

Si

It has notes of Vanilla, Blackcurrant, Rose de Mai and Patchouli and base notes of blond amber which give it a sophisticated musky scent. When you initially spray this you can smell the Vanilla which gives it a sweet scent but it calms down to reveal a chic musky scent which lingers all day. It smells amazing. Even my husband loves the way this smells. He is a big fan of Patchouli, so I think thats why he likes it on me.

It is light enough to be worn through the day but is also sophisticated and sexy to be worn at night. This fragrance has a side that most people will love – the sweetness of the Vanilla and Blackcurrant, the beautiful floral notes of Freesia and Rose de Mai and the more sophisticated base notes of Patchouli and blond wood.

Si

The bottle is simple but feels luxurious and looks very pretty sat out on my vanity. I don’t know why but it reminds me of a flower. Si is Italian for Yes and I think thats quite a positive name for a fragrance. For me it embodies the strength of women and opening ourselves up for opportunities and positivity. The name Si along with Cate Blanchette being the face of this new Giorgio Armani fragrance makes me associate it with being sophisticated, ambitious and strong. I think that embodies what I want to be as a woman.

I have put some of this into my Travelo so I can have it in my handbag, I’m a big fan and if you’re looking for a new fragrance urge you to test this in store and walk around whilst the scent changes from being pretty and sweet to being musky and sophisticated. You will be a fan I am sure.

Let me know what fragrance has surprised you and made you introduce a new scent to your collection.

You can purchase Si from Selfridges, The Perfume Shop, and I have seen it in Boots

30ml – £44

50ml – £63

100ml – £85

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

 

6 Oct 2012

NEON

Superdry Neon Pink Oriental Amber *

The first thing that you notice about this Superdry fragrance is the packaging its BOLD and really substantial. It is really fun and bright. I wasn’t too in love with it at first but it is something that grows on you. Not sure it would appeal to everyone tho. The fragrance itself is in a really nice bottle its heavy and feels quite luxurious. I think for their first ever fragrance they have done well with these. They fit right into their branding, on trend and great quality.

The Oriental Amber has a really fresh scent it’s quite sweet when you first spray it but it calms down on the skin and the scents really start to come through. It has lots of lovely notes including Jasmine, Vanilla, Sandalwood and Rose. I have to say it’s quite a grown up scent. Often with high street perfumes you need to wear quite a lot of product for it to last but that isn’t the case with this Superdry fragrance. A little lasts a long time and the scent really develops with time. I think these will be really popular.

The whole package is well put together. From the box to the bottle and the flip top cap and the perfume itself. They stand out and are really nicely presented.

I’ve surprised myself and have actually enjoyed wearing this. It is not the kind of sweet scent I tend to go for but it has been really nice to change it up. If you’re not into bright packaging don’t be put off. I think you will be genuinely surprised with this fragrance. Pop in and give it a test. Have you tried any of the other 3 fragrances? I quite like the sound of the Neon Blue.

Superdry have released 4 female fragrances Neon Pink Oriental Amber, Neon Blue Fresh Floral, Neon Orange Fruity Citrus and Neon Purple Creamy Ozonic. They are available in larger Boots Stores and in Superdry stores too. They all retail at £35 for 40ml.

Also what are your favourite perfumes. What do you always go back to?

* This perfume was sent to me for my consideration but the opinions are my own.

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