L.I.L.Y by Stella McCartney


Pretty and feminine, with an evocative edge.

Inspired by her youth, L.I.L.Y by Stella McCartney not only captures her memories of a childhood spent growing up in the countryside, but is also touchingly titled after her father’s nickname for her mother, ‘Linda I love you’. Coincidentally, its maternal backstory is relevant to me as I bought this fragrance for my own mother. I had wanted to find a perfume for her that had similar comforting warmth of Chance by Chanel, a perfume whose qualities are reminiscent of my childhood. As soon as I smelt L.I.L.Y I knew that I had found the fragrance that I was looking for. Continue reading


Tobacco Rose by Papillon Perfumery

Tobacco Rose

Dirty and rebellious.

We’ve been waiting for a fragrance that would really change our opinion of the use of rose in perfume, and Tobacco Rose by Papillon Perfumery has proved itself to be the one. Modern perfumes tend to only feature a prominent rose note in compositions that appeal to the more mature wearer, and as such the rose is normally tame, generic and uninspiring. However, Papillon Perfumery has turned this stereotype on its head, and created a bold and unashamedly dirty rose-heavy fragrance. Continue reading

Cocktail by Gorilla Perfume


Decadence and elegance, bottled.

If you took fresh lavender and crushed it in your hands then the intense aroma released would be reminiscent of the top notes of Cocktail, Gorilla Perfume’s homage to classic French perfumery. Reluctant as I was to try a perfume containing lavender (the unfortunate connotation of it being the kind of thing that only older women wear), the other notes tempted and intrigued me… Continue reading

Ladyboy by Gorilla Perfume


Delectable ambiguity.

Ladyboy, a unisex fragrance by Gorilla Perfume, is brave and complex: a scent that evolves through various strange yet wonderful phases.

When you first spray the scent onto skin, a sweet dried banana note opens which evolves to include a dark and dusky violet. Using banana as a main note makes this perfume unique, almost shocking when initially smelled, but it quickly becomes more complex and sophisticated when the powdery violet note comes through. Continue reading