Category: Fragrance

4th November 2015

Burberry Christmas 2015 – My Burberry

For Christmas 2015 Burberry have re-released a bunch of their cult favourite products in a seasonally appropriate golden livery.  Today I’ll take a look at the fragranced products, and tomorrow I’ll show you the (beyond beautiful) Christmas makeup. In beautifully textured golden boxes, My Burberry, a blend of sweet pea, geranium and rose over a base of patchouli, has been released in both a golden […]

21st October 2015

Perfumer H by Lyn Harris

I spent a lovely afternoon with Lyn Harris at her new venture, Perfumer H, last week. In the stripped-back luxury of her Marylebone studio, we chatted parosmia, hyperosmia, the hard work that goes into making a life’s work look so simple, so effortless and so elegant, and, of course, we chatted perfume. The idea behind Perfumer H is deceptively simple; essentially a collection of five […]

17th September 2015

Jo Malone Mimosa and Cardamom

As a result of losing my sense of smell last year, I’m attracted to smells that stimulate my trigeminal nerve as well as my olfactory one, and, from a perfume point of view, that means spicy fragrances are my friend, so when I heard about Jo Malone London Mimosa and Cardamom fragrance being launched recently, I was intrigued. The last fragrance I really took to […]

15th September 2015

Joan Collins Timeless Beauty Launch

  I don’t write about events (rather than products) very often, but I was invited to Claridges last week to have cocktails with Joan Collins (JOAN COLLINS!) and, as it was an offer I very much couldn’t turn down, I didn’t.  I even took a day off work to attend (okay, it was mostly to get my roots done by Jack Howard, but lets not […]

7th September 2015

Joan Collins – I Am Woman Review

  Early last year, I was obsessed (and I do mean completely obsessed) with this perfume to the extent that I carried both the eau de parfum and the fragrant essence around with me, and forced all of my perfume pals to smell it at every available opportunity.  I was so happy and delighted to have found a beautiful, and clever, celebrity fragrance at last.  […]

25th August 2015

The Library of Fragrance: Gin and Tonic and Fresh Laundry

Having parosmia makes you paranoid about being smelly.   I’m clean, don’t get me wrong, but having a nose that interprets smells incorrectly (and sometimes not at all) can make you worry about the oddest things.  I was a huge fan of Demeter Laundromat back in the day, and the first thing I did when I heard they were being re-released as the Library of […]

6th August 2015

Ormonde Jayne Vanille D’Iris

At Linda Pilkington’s tiny jewel-box of an Ormonde Jayne salon in Bond Street last week, Vanille D’Iris was launched.  Expecting an over-sweetened custard-and-carrot melange from the name of the new addition to the core range (the first in a couple of years), I was extremely impressed with what I did find. At first sniff, Vanille D’Iris is dry and almost spicy, there is pink pepper […]

19th June 2015

Jil Sander – Sun

There are always a bunch of people discussing Jil Sander’s Sun on my Twitter timeline, and I’ve wanted to smell it for the longest time, so when I found a bottle at a bargain price at Vienna airport recently I snapped one up without even the slightest hesitation! It’s an odd one, the name conjures up suntan lotion and coconut, maybe jasmine and tiare in […]

15th June 2015

Guerlain Reissues Terracotta le Parfum for 2015

Last year, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their iconic bronzing range, Terracotta, Guerlain released a limited edition tiare-inspired fragrance Terracotta Le Parfum, and to say it was a hit would be a mild understatement.  It sold out in what seemed like moments, and I kicked myself hugely for not hunting down a bottle as soon as I saw the press release. So this year, […]

22nd April 2015

Maison Francis Kurkdjian – Oud Satin Mood

I should probably preface this review with two facts: the first is that Oud Silk Mood by Francis Kurkdjian is one of my all-time favourite fragrances of all-time and this review will potentially be coloured by that, and secondly it must be made known that I am still currently parosmic  and as a result I’m not sure how much use a review written by someone with […]

3rd December 2014

Jardins d’Ecrivains “Dickens” Christmas Candle

 Possibly the most “traditional” Christmas scent we’re featuring this week, the Jardins D’Ecrivains Christmas Candle inspired by Charles Dickens is a gloriously spicy mandarin, pine, clove and … oud(!) scent.   Set up in 2012, and inspired by founder Anaïs Biguine’s love of literature and fictional characters, Jardins d’Ecrivains is an unusual and lovely little niche fragrance house to keep an eye on over the […]

2nd December 2014

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Scented Candle Set

If you’re looking for a cute and pretty candle set, which is also well made, and will definitely give huge delight to the lucky recipient, this is the set for you.  Maison Francis Kurkdjian do lovely candles, and this box of little ones is no exception. Scented with a mix of powdery iris, spicy gingerbread, and with hints of peppery cedar – all of which, […]