When one scent is not enough…

Jean Paul Gaultier Scandal from scentaddict by the Fragrance ShopUntil a few years ago, I stuck to the same fragrance. It was my thing, my signature.

Then, something happened. Maybe I started realising I was one and many a person… maybe I just got lured by the many scents on the market, bombarding my senses. Who knows?

Enter scentaddict by the Fragrance Shop celebrates the need to change fragrances ever so often, with little guilt. In fact, it lets you “date” it for a while, before deciding if you want to commit.

I don’t know about you, but usually the very base notes on fragrances are the one I do not like, do to know I really like a perfume, I need to wear it for a while, see how it develops on my skin and how it lasts throughout the day.

The deal

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With scentaddict you can do just that. For a monthly subscription of £12 you get 30 days (8ml) of your chosen fragrance, including luxurious, expensive ones, to try in a lovely refillable atomiser.

To start with, you add up to 12 fragrances to your account and the first one will be with you in about 2 weeks. You can choose to receive the another fragrance you selected the following month or the same one.

Should you really fall in love with a scent and decide that’s the one for you (you know, it an happen), you can redeem the£12 towards the cost of a full bottle.

As it’s a subscription service you can pick a different scent every month until you find the one! It’s a really a discovery service and you can stop at any time.

The one for me 

I got Scandal, a delicious John Paul Gaultier fragrance which has the most relatable pin-up legs up – if you cannot make up the relation to me, have a scroll through my Instagram. It might become apparent.

Jean Paul Gaultier Scandal from scentaddict by the Fragrance ShopThe top notes are citric (blood orange and grapefruit), and I am not a citrus fragrance person. Having said that, the opening is rather sweet and crisp.

However, it was the delicious heart of honey and gardenia that really hooked me in, offering a mellow, sweet smell finished with a strong patchouli base. It’s a world away from the classic JPG that is not quite my cup of tea.

Plus, those heeled legs? I mean, what’s not to love?

You can get all the info on scentaddict by the Fragrance Shop on their website, where you can subscribe and start flirting with a plethora of scents – there are more than 100 to try!

written by Dani

You know the drill, but I’ll say anyway: this post contains PR samples. This review, however, is based on my experience with the product and reflects my honest opinion on them.

Growing the Chanel love

chanel-number-five-review-1Some say you mature into liking things you may not have liked when you were younger and with Chanel N°5 Eau de Parfum, I can confidently say this was the case.

I first tried the iconic fragrance many years ago, and found its floral aldehyde bouquet of May rose and jasmine, bright citrus top and smooth touch of my favourite vanilla notes rather overpowering and far removed from becoming my scent.

Fast forward a few years and I fell in love with it. And its story: back in 1921, Mlle. Chanel asked for “a woman’s perfume with a woman’s scent”, rare and powerful to be created.

For the first time, aldehydes were use in a perfume and when picking the final product, Gabrielle chose the fifth sample of the fragrance, hence the simple name, N°5.

chanel-number-five-review-2The new fragrance was trapped inside a minimalist bottle, a revolutionary design at the time, with a clean white label and topped with a beautiful faceted cabochon.

The current fuller version of N°5 eau de parfum is inspired by the original fragrance, re-interpreted by Jacques Polge in 1986.

Obviously the perfume remains true to the brand and is a timeless classic. And now part of my scent signature.

chanel-number-five-review-3I still feel it is an evening fragrance and I love catching a whiff of it on my body from time to time throughout the night when wearing it.

N°5 has been reworked many times, and it is now a family of fragrance, including the newest addition, L’Eau.

Chanel N°5 Eau de Parfum spray costs £52 for 35ml, £74 for 50ml and £105 for 100ml. You can also get N°5 body lotion, deodorant and body cream, as well as a handy purse spray, which I’m telling you, is an imminent addition to my life!

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You’re invited to experience love in a bottle

michael-buble-by-invitation-perfume-2A scented love letter. That’s how the new Michael Bublé fragrance, By Invitation, is described.

I must admit I was rather sceptical, as I usually am of celebrity fragrances, but will say outright: I was very pleasantly surprised.

michael-buble-by-invitation-perfume-4The bottle, a lovely glass circle suspended within a golden ring, with the top being a metal version of an atomiser, is just very elegant and looks amazing on the dressing table. However, I think if it was a real atomiser, it would give this perfume the luxury edge.

Packaging is also clever in the sense it hasn’t got his name all over the bottle; only his initials on the inside of the metal ring. Classy.

michael-buble-by-invitation-perfume-1Bublé, a self confessed hopeless romantic, is through his perfume, inviting his female fans to experience “love in a bottle”, he says.

That’s a huge claim Michael, but I have to say I can feel the lovable warmth of this floral oriental fragrance.

It has top notes of red fruits and bergamot, while lily of the valley, wild jasmine and spicy inflections of peony are at its heart, on a base of sandalwood-musk and vanillas.

For me, it hits the spot as a deep, elegant and sensual scent, the way I like my perfumes to be. It has the initial allure, it develops well on the skin and it does stick.

michael-buble-by-invitation-perfume-3Of course, Mr. Bublé is no perfumer and renowned French perfumier Karine Dubreil-Sereni is the expert behind it.

Karine says that there were no restriction to use the finest ingredients to create this dream perfume of his imagination; how he would like a woman to smell.

And the price, in my opinion is excellent for such a quality fragrance. By Invitation by Michael Bublé costs £55, £39 and £29 (100, 50 and 30ml respectively).

There’s also a Luxury Body Lotion (£14, 150ml) and a Shower Gel (£12, 150ml).

It can be purchased from michaelbubleperfume.com and from the 11 September you can get it from The Perfume Shop.

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This post contains PR samples. This review, however, is based on my experience with the product and reflects my honest opinion on them.

Fierce and feminine: the new Ghost Girl fragrance

ghost_girl - 1Not long ago I attended the fabulous launch of this feisty new fragrance fro Ghost: Ghost Girl.

 

Starting with the packaging, it all scream girly fun. I love the colourful writing around it and the darker pink gives it an edge; this is feminine, but by no means sugary.

Its opening notes contain pomegranate, pear, raspberry and bergamot; the middle are orange blossom, tuberose and almond blossom on a base of amber and cedar wood notes.

ghostgirl - 1It is fresh and not too sweet; it’s flowery-frutal, so very light and good for the summer. It develops and lasts quite well.

It’s aimed at girls and women in their teens and twenties, and I do feel it is bang on the audience. It a young and fun scent, with a decent price tag.

The contradictions between sweet florals and muskiness embodies the scent feisty spirit rather well.

ghost_girl - 2For my personal taste, at first instance, it lacks a little bit of depth and warmth; this is how I like my fragrances; I’ve never been a fresh, fruity perfume person. The opening and base notes I really like.

 

Having said that, it is not something I would not wear. In fact, I’ve been using quite a lot, it is a reliable day scent and it grew on me to become my holiday pick for the beach!

And that’s me having all the fun at the launch party!

Ghost Girl is available in 30ml (£25), 50ml (£34) and 100ml (£46.50) and is available from retailers nationwide.

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This post contains PR samples. This review, however, is based on my experience with the product and reflects my honest opinion on them.

Chanel Nº5: The One That I Want – The Film

image: Chanel

image: Chanel

Chanel Nº5 films are usually highly anticipated not only because they tend to count with a stellar cast, superb direction and photography and tell stories we wouldn’t mind being part of, but they hold that fascination over people by transporting us to this perfect, elegant, magical world of Chanel, that frankly, most of us cannot live in.

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