Blooms of warmth nestled amongst enchanting greenery.
One of four perfumes from Friedemodin’s debut Jardin Mystique collection, Jardin Mystique is a green floral fragrance that aims to conjure up the sensory experience of a wild enchanted garden. A sparkling fruit note is what greeted me when I first smelled it. Like crushed blackcurrants, it’s mouth-wateringly juicy and fresh, with just a touch of woodiness. Quickly however, this juicy cassis note is fused with a slight bitterness from citrusy bergamot and an herbaceous touch of freshly cut grass. Continue reading
Sarabecca Natural Perfumes is a perfumery that craft fragrances entirely from natural oils and essences. Created by Kenneth Grand after nearly four years of hard work, Sarabecca’s two fragrances – Sarabecca Day and Sarabecca Night – are unique and sophisticated. Here we review them both. Continue reading
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
A simple pleasure.
A strong, vibrant lavender opens this simple yet immensely enjoyable masculine fragrance. Clean mandarin and Amalfi lemon infuse the rich lavender with a zesty edge and make the initial impression one of a fresh yet classic cologne. Continue reading
Mysterious and complex sensuality.
Ricci Ricci was the first perfume that I bought to wear exclusively in the evening. Unlike Nina L’Elixir, another Nina Ricci favourite of mine, Ricci Ricci is a far more sensual fragrance compared to its lighter cousin. Slightly less girly, but still undeniably feminine, Ricci Ricci combines rich fruit with oriental flowers and delightful woods, and is undoubtedly one of my favourite fragrances. Continue reading
A decadent cherry delight.
A gift for Valentine’s Day, La Petite Robe Noire is my first Guerlain fragrance, and none of their other perfumes have delighted my nose as much as this one. When I first spritzed it on the skin an unfamiliar note of black cherry was released, one which I found to be more pleasing on the nose compared to other fruit notes – it’s less of a fresh smell, and more of a sensual one. Berries and almonds follow closely behind, respectively adding hints of bounciness and sweet creaminess. Continue reading
A punch of sweet, complex femininity.
If I had the choice of wearing only one perfume for the rest of my life, Viktor and Rolf’s Flowerbomb would be it. An inspired birthday gift from Gemma, I’ve been using it on special occasions for around seven months and only now starting to run low – it is definitely a fragrance to be savoured. Continue reading