Tag: Perfume

1st March 2017

Aedes de Venustas Signature – Review

    March has finally arrived, and in some books (okay, mine), that means spring is nearly here.  It has been a long, long winter for me, and I’m craving greenness, brightness and the smell of living things.  A bottle of Aedes de Venustas signature fragrances turned up on my desk quite unexpectedly last week, and it has fulfilled all my spring-y requirements beautifully. I […]

17th February 2017

Amouroud Silk Route Fragrance Review

 I haven’t read too much about the release of the latest fragrance from Amouroud; Silk Route, and I’m wondering why that is?  I attended the launch back in December, and I was a little captivated. Silk Route is, like all Amouroud fragrances, based around Oud, but is not an in your face “oud” fragrance. It surprised me by being positively gourmand, and in my favourite […]

15th February 2017

Jusbox Perfumes: Use Abuse Review

 Sometimes a packaging concept is just so perfect that it hits all the right notes for a brand.  Italian music-lovers Andrea and Chiara Valdo created Jusbox and launched their initial four-fragrance range last summer, and it’s just too beautifully done to go without comment.  From the gorgeous 78ml bottles to the stunningly detailed vinyl record-like lids, to the detailed boxes and packaging materials, every detail […]

13th February 2017

Beaufort London Fathom V Fragrance Review

 I confess, I’m sat here at my keyboard with literally no idea of what I’m about to write, so if this “review” of Beaufort London Fathom V makes even less sense than usual, you’ll know why. First things first, since losing my sense of smell nearly three years ago, and being still deep in the recovery phase from parosmia (where everything I smell is distorted […]

24th November 2016

Clinique Aromatics in Black Essentials Gift Set

Christmas isn’t Christmas in the Lippie household without an Aromatics gift set of some sort, and so, after discovering that I have enough of the original Aromatics Elixir to last me approximately 400 lifetimes (so around 4 bottles then, including various special editions), this year, I went for an Aromatics in Black box.  Released in 2015 as a “Noir” version of the original, Aromatics in […]

23rd November 2016

YSL Black Opium Eau de Parfum, Eau de Toilette and Nuit Blanche editions

l-r Eau de Parfum (black glitter), Eau de Toilette (copper glitter), Nuit Blanche (white glitter) Recovering from a disabled sense of smell, particularly a sense of smell that has been distorted, can be a tricky business. And, as a writer with a particular interest in fragrance, it makes life even more complicated, because sometimes I find I either can’t smell a particular ingredient in a […]

21st November 2016

Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle Portrait of a Lady Shower Cream and Body Oil

Confession time: I only own one bottle of Frederic Malle fragrance, and I’ve never reviewed it.  As perfume writers go, I’m a terribly untimely one, I know.  I shall review my (tiny) bottle of Bigarade Concentree one day, but in the mean time I’m having far too much fun reviewing the more peripheral products of the range, some of which are so lovely, they have […]

9th November 2016

Flowerbomb Dry Body Oil by Viktor and Rolf

Some of my favourite people wear Flowerbomb, but I will admit that up until recently, the appeal of the clean and sugary pink floral, which is incredibly aptly-named has passed me by somewhat.  Never really having been a fan of sweet fragrances, Flowerbomb, one the most successful fragrance franchises in the UK wasn’t really designed to appeal to me, someone who has always preferred something […]

18th October 2016

Jo Malone London Launch Basil and Neroli Fragrance

I was lucky enough to be invited along to the launch of Jo Malone London Basil and Neroli fragrance earlier this year,  and I’m very glad I did go, because this little bottle of sunshine hasn’t left my handbag since.  I’m a huge fan of Lime, Basil and Mandarin, the brands “signature” fragrance and I was delighted when I discovered that Jo Malone London were […]

11th October 2016

Philosophy Amazing Grace 20th Birthday Special Edition

The last time Amazing Grace appeared on this blog, I referred to it as an “anti-perfume”, the smell of clean laundry, and described it as perfect for people who don’t really like fragrance.  I stand by those things, but I also confess that I actually have a huge, sneaking, deep vat of love for it.  “Clean” fragrances are a not-so-secret vice of mine, the urge […]

22nd August 2016

Urban Reivers – Damn Rebel Bitches Fragrance Review

In Edinburgh, at least until the 29th August, Urban Reivers is holding a pop-up shop at 46a George Street, and (yes, I know it’s late notice) I do urge you to pop along if you have any interest in Scotland, Scottish history, or (I almost hate to mention it), Outlander, because Urban Reivers have developed a very interesting fragrance based on Scotland’s rather, um, tempestuous […]

15th August 2016

Amouroud Safran Rare Review

Oud.  It’s a funny old ingredient, essentially it’s the smell of infected tree sap, and yet it’s one of the most prized (not to mention that it’s currently hugely trendy) and expensive fragrance ingredients around.  When I heard that a new range of entirely oud-based fragrances was launching, I’ll be honest, my heart sank a bit “another oud range?” I thought, how … utterly predictable.  […]