The press release for Monotheme Verbena Eau de Toilette arrived last week, and I was literally kicking myself for not having paid any attention to them earlier. Verbena sounded right up my street, promising green notes of verbena with white flowers surrounded by a base (its a perfume, it can totally be “surrounded by a base”. Honestly*) of vetiver, amber and musk sounded intriguing, and at a price point of only £18 for 100mls, what a bargain!
Monotheme is an Italian fragrance house, founded by Lorenzo Vidal, and it is sold exclusively in the UK by M&S. From what I can gather from the names on the M&S website, the fragrances seem to either be soliflores or simply-themed smells based around a single accord. Not such a bad thing really, especially at this kind of price point.
Verbena is normally a green and fresh lemony kind of a fragrance, and so Verbena by Monotheme also proves to be, but instead of being lemon-sharp and sparkling, Verbena has a green and mineral-flinty aspect to it, which is reminscent of mint and crushed green leaves, almost a green tea note. It’s simple, but it’s very appealing, I’ve been wearing it non-stop since it arrived a couple of days ago, and I love it. Projection is low, and sillage stays close to the wearer, but it’s surprisingly intriguing for such a simple “fresh” scent, and it’s proved popular with MrLippie too. You’ll need to reapply regularly as it has the lasting power you’d expect from a citrus, but that’s not really such a hardship!
And how cute is that darned bottle? Too darn cute, that’s how cute. I’ll be investigating more from the range ASAP, colour me hugely surprised and happy to have discovered these!
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The Fine Print: PR samples and purchases