&other stories scent review 

Hello! I’ve not blogged in a long while, but a lot has gone on since my earlier post on my favourite bee items for the home.

Work work work!

Well I finally managed to get away for a holiday and thought I would share with you the bits and bobs I took with me. I enjoy going shopping for holidays, it’s extra special!

I had wanted to purchase a new fragrance but couldn’t justify spending over £40 – however  & other stories was on hand to help! They’ve opened in Manchester recently and I’m in love with EVERYTHING!

They have a lovely range of scents, available in eau de parfum at a very reasonable £26 (from memory), however they sell body sprays at £12 for 150ml, or a very reasonable £5 for a smaller bottle at 50ml.

I chose the super sweet and girly ‘Punk Bouquet’ and the more delicate, sensual ‘Floral Momento’.

Punk Bouquet reminds me immediate of heady candy floss laced with vanilla for a fun, punchy scent. Top notes are Almond, Tangerine, Green Apple, with a heart of Cyclamen, Tiger Orchid, Lotus Flower and a base of Vanilla, Tonka Beans and Tree Moss.

Floral momento is sweet, powdery Violet on a bed of bergamot.

I highly recommend all of their scents –  browse here.

Pictured is also a raw stone long necklace, from Accessorize and great value at £10!

Have you tried & other stories yet? Aren’t they amazing!

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Icecream cologne from Library of Fragrance

Library of Fragrance Ice Cream Shop

This Summer saw the launch of a new and exciting fragrance for Library of Fragrance UK in the form of Mint Chocolate Chip Ice-cream. This is my favourite ice-Cream flavour ever, so I was super dooper excited about the launch, and from my point of view it’s a very welcome addition to the family!

You can also read more about my Library of Fragrance Collection reviews here:

Baby Powder / Fragrances for the Weather / Classic Combinations / Coconut and Freesia

Mint Choc Chip joins Vanilla, Strawberry and Pistachio to further add to the Ice-Cream family of colognes from LOF (Where oh where is chocolate, I hear you ask. Believe me, I’ve already asked!)

icecream scented cologne perfume from Library of Fragrance

I’m excited to be able to review this lovely little collection for you on the blog today.

STRAWBERRY

WHAT IT REMINDS ME OF: a 99 cone (these should totally be renamed by the way, as they totally cost at least twice that.) I realise that the basis of a 99 is the vanilla soft serve ice cream, but i’m more thinking of that first lick, when you get that hit of strawberry sauce! Yummy!

PAIRING SUGGESTION: Barbados Cherry or Dark Chocolate for a more opulent Ice-cream Sundae approach, or a layer of Black Pepper.

VANILLA

WHAT IT REMINDS ME OF: Vanilla is vanilla. Not really a lot to be added!

PAIRING SUGGESTION: Freshen with Zingy Ginger or Grass, or add a fruity punch with Peach or Pina Colada!

PISTACHIO

WHAT IT REMINDS ME OF: I’ve never eaten Pistachio ice cream before, can you believe that? The Pistachio Ice Cream fragrance is slightly nutty, slightly sweet, cool and creamy.

PAIRING SUGGESTION: layer with Salt Air for a fresh touch, or Sunshine for a sweet and summery touch.

MINT CHOC CHIP

mint colonge

WHAT IT REMINDS ME OF: The creation of a ‘mint’ cologne has been one of the most frequent customer requests – wow! The scent is  fresh, cool and uplifting, and delicious at the same time!! I absolutely love it!

PAIRING SUGGESTION: Layer with Salt Air for a fresh touch, or chuck in pineapple for a fruity layer.

SHOP THE FRAGRANCES HERE

STRAWBERRY / VANILLA / PISTACHIO / MINT CHOC CHIP

Is there another flavour of ice-cream you’d rather see? Or is have you any other fragrance ideas – Don’t forget you can view the #BottleThis Pinterest Board which I curate with Library of Fragrance here, and I can share all your ideas with their followers!

Read more about my Library of Fragrance Collection reviews here:

Baby Powder / Fragrances for the Weather / Classic Combinations / Coconut and Freesia

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Library of fragrance UK ice cream scent

I Am Fragrance Review

I am Hot i am good I am free

I am Naked

Hello lovelies!

Today I’m bringing you a review of a selection of fragrances from I Am Fragrance, a US based business that explores scent a little differently. Their scents focus not just on the olfactory side of things (as any perfume brand absolutely should) but on the memories and emotions that are inextricably tied in with scent in our lives. A nice idea, I have to say.

For me, the perfume business is just as guilty of misrepresentation as the beauty&fashion industry – their advertisements are abstract ideas usually, a segment of a story, that attempts to evoke an emotion that you will tie with the scent – predominantly this tends to be lust. Take Eros or Invictus for example – wear this, look like him, and attract droves of elegant and impossible beautiful woman. If we believe all this, we’ve not moved on in the slightest from the Victorian market peddlers promising tonics to cure all ills and Love Potions!!

I am Fragrance feels different to this somehow. Each scent is names after an emotion or mood (always positive ones of course – who wants to smell Angry?), and the bottles are color coordinated to match. I have to say, the bottle design is adorable. Each bottle of scent comes with its own mantra; They’re all about the power of intention,pairing positive affirmation with the memory-power of fragrance. What a way to psyche yourself up in the morning!

I received the following fragrances in adorable little roll-on minis, priced at $22 (approx £15,able to ship to UK). The range extends to include Eau De Parfum, Hand wash and skin care products – shop them all here, on I am Fragrance’s amazing website. You can read all about each fragrance, each one having it’s own image mood board- beautiful!

I am… Naked

Ylang Ylang and Violet are the predominant sweet powdery notes in the scent. Sandalwood and Oak nestle beneath, with Bergamot, Wild Berry and Geranium. A lovely light, and femimine scent.

I am… Blessed

This is gorgeous and zesty, with Mandarin, Lemon and Jasmine to blend together. Musk and precious woods complete this lovely summer fragrance.

I am…Hot

Spicy and Sexy with a hard hit of vanilla, amber and honey. Floral tea adds delicacy. Gorgeous heated scent, very evocative.

I am… Good

Honey, Jasmine, Mandarin and Mimosa make for a sweet and bright fragrance. It made me thing of cider apples and blossom, and sunshine.

I am… Free

Bergamot, Peach and Cinnamon characterise  this liberating scent. I think the sandalwood could be more powerful to tone down the sweetness, but it’s a beautiful scent all the same, with notes of vertiver.

I am…Peace

This scent is a blend of the white blossom flowers Tuberose, Jasmine and Peony, with a dash of sandalwood. To me, it smells of pears, warm fresh cut grass and daisies- a pretty good dupe for Jo Malone actually…. I’m going to be wearing  this a lot!

I am… Me!

For all you monochrome lovers out there, I am Me, has the coolest bottle! Melon, tangy apple and exotic flowers somehow blend to create something that takes me to being on holiday sipping a freshly made Mojito. It’s bright and floral and amazing – definitely my stand out favourite of the collection I’ve tried so far!

I am fragrance wheel

Well, that’s all folks! As well as browsing their website, you can follow I am Fragrance on Instagram!

I am me

I am Peace & Free

 

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MyPerfumeSamples.com sample order service

Hi everyone!

A bit of perfume thrifting for you today!

Now as you know I am addicted to scent. I own FAR TOO MANY Library of Fragrance Colognes and I have begun to have a taste for artisan perfume, too. But let’s face it, it’s an expensive luxury to indulge in.

I was asked by MyPerfumeSamples.com to review perfume sample ordering service.

They have a wide array of fragrances, from new and popular scents to older, or more obscure classics! You are able to search by type (Daytime, evening, romantic, Casual) and you can order in 1ml, 3ml or 5ml measures, atomised or vials.

Atomisers are the best in my view, but everyone has a preference!

My perfume samples

I got four fragrance samples – Jimmy Choo Blossom, Si by Giorgio Armani, Daisy Sorbert by Marc Jacobs and CK one Summer 2015 by Calvin Klein. All of these are perfect fragrances for Summer!

I was pleasantly surprised by Si, I wasn’t interested by the bottle alone in stores, but it smells absolutely divine when worn! I really consider buying this when I run out of the sample. Marc Jacobs always delivers, Daisy Sorbet is fresh, cute and as summery as you can get; CK One Summer 2015 is the most disappointing fragrance of the batch. It’s a bit more zesty than I am used to wearing, and a little cheap. Jimmy Choo’s blossom is lovely though, VERY fruity and ultra feminine.

Best part is, use code INSTA15 for 15% off!!! Follow them on Instagram to keep up to date with new fragrances available on their site!

Thanks for reading!

X

sunshine fragrance from LOF

Summer Fragrance by Library of Fragrance UK

Hi Everyone!

Summer is the perfect time of year from fragrance for me – there’s nothing better than getting up in the morning, sitting at your dressing table in the sunshine with makeup freshly applied, and spritzing yourself with your favourite fruity summer scent! I’ve blogged about some of my Library of Fragrance collection before ( here, here and also here!) and often post what scent I am wearing on Instagram!

I’ve got some weather-themed scents to share with you today from the wonderful Library of Fragrance UK – Rain, Thunderstorm, Sunshine and Salt Air.

Rain Cologne from Library of fragrance
Rain Cologne

Rain reminds me of wet grass, heated tarmac when it starts to spit, bringing much needed relief from an oppressive summer heat and the promise of a storm. I can detect geranium, juniper and dewy ferns.

Thunderstorm Cologne from Library of Fragrance
Such a sultry scent

Which leads nicely into Thunderstorm. I can detect patchouli and peppercorns, something earthy like tree sap. I honestly don’t know HOW this manages to smell like a thunderstorm, but it does. That tension in the air? It’s like that!

Salt air cologne from Library of Fragrance UK

Salt air – I was really excited about this! Any nautical lover should own this in their collection. It screams ‘seaside’! Salt, seafoam, handfulls of seashells… There are musk and amber notes interlaced with this scent. It’s a lovely soapy scent, fresh and clean. Highly recommend this!

Sunshine cologne from Library of Fragrance

Sunshine comes out of top as my favourite of these summer fragrances. Vanilla, candyfloss, sun cream, baby powder,warm and freshly washed cotton. It’s a sensory delight. It’s divine. I LOVE it! I love this sunshine one so much that I posted this photo on instagram!

Sunshine cologne from Library of Fragrance UK

What’s your favourite summer fragrance? Do you fancy trying one of these?

Demeter Fragrance, library of fragrance flatlay frangrance colonge summer perfume, rain, thunderstorm, sunshine and salt spray
Libary of fragracnce

Tobacco Rose by Papillon Perfumery

In my opinion every woman should own at least one Rose-based perfume in her collection. There’s a reason the flower is the basis for romantic metaphor, similie and poems over centuries. It’s beautiful in almost every possible manner, especially in its scent.

Now,  I found Papillon Perfumery on Instagram one day and when I saw the words ‘Tobacco Rose‘ I was instantly bitten by curiosity and desire. I thought of smoky whisky joints juxtaposed with the heated sweetness of Bulgarian Rose.

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Let me tell you that this does not disappoint.

The scent is cited to contain the following notes :

Bulgarian Rose, Rose de Mai, Oakmoss, Beeswax, Hay, Ambergris.

The first thing that hits you is a powerful musk base, heady and full. The rose lies underneath a shroud of smokiness, nestled within the gentle spice. It’s perfect. I can also detect notes of vanilla on the nose, which I believe comes from the beeswax. Once warmed on the skin it matures and deepens.

This scent costs £94 for 50ml plus shipping.

The packaging is simple and classical with gold on black, the butterfly the logo of the maker.

I was sent two samples of their other scents to review as well. First I’ll talk about Anubis. When my parcel arrived at work I immediately danced over to share with my colleague Sarah, who instantly was besotted by this scent. Anubis is sexy. Think hot leather in a vintage car; deep heady spices, linked erotically with musky lotus flower. This scent is unisex, but personally I can envisage a very tall, dark and handsome gent wearing this enticing, errogenous scent. Wow-ee! Notes of this scent are officially listed as

Egyptian Jasmine. Pink Lotus. Suede. Immortelle. Frankincense. Saffron.

Sarah has since ordered a bottle of this for her man!

The second scent was Angelique. Have to admit I’m not keen on the name (that might be because I’ve just watched Penny Dreadful season 2…). Angelique is lighter, a spicy and woody fragrance. Described as having strong notes of the following;

Osmanthus. White Champac. Orris. Mimosa. Frankincense. Cedarwood.

The Cedarwood is the main base I can detect, (have to be honest I have no idea what some of those things are!) The Orris is a beautiful rich note throughout.

In summary, these perfumes blew me away with their complexity and power. I would highly recommend them! Find Papillon Perfumery on Twitter and Instagram, or visit their website!

Tobacco Rose papillon perfumery artisan eau de parfum
Beautiful packaging

papillon perfumery artisan eau de parfum

 

papillon perfumery artisan eau de parfum
This bottle is to die for!

papillon perfumery artisan eau de parfum

 

 

My Instagram takeover for Library of Fragrance UK

Hi everyone!

If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen that I took over the account of Library of Fragrance UK! I’ve blogged about their scents here and here if you’d like to have a read!

I have rather a crazy collection of scents now from their library, and yet I’m nowhere near done sampling them all! Their Colognes are intended to be unisex (cologne is a term that refers to the strength of the oils in the fragrance, rather than the gender it is intended for use by!) and are delicate enough to not overwhelm, but enough to wear alone or in layers. The range from the basics of scent (rose, patchouli, musk, oud) to the downright strange (Play-doh, Tomato and Gin & Tonic!) So far, I’ve been amazed at how wearable each and every scent, (yes, even playdoh!) can be.

I’ve included some images from the takeover below, but you can also go and follow Library of Fragrance on Instagram for more scent inspiration. Or visit their website! Thank you to the team at LOF for giving me this opportunity, I enjoyed myself!

I never tire of this scent… Or these sequins!

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How to make your Instagram Photos Stand out

For those of you who don’t know,  I’m a complete instagram addict. Everything I blog about inevitably goes up there first as a way of instantly sharing my enthusiasm for new products I review or items I receive from the brands and small businesses I work with.

They’re so beautiful I cannot resist! Sometimes it is hard to make a photo original and to stand out from all the other photos of the same product. I’ve included some ideas from my own feed to share with you!

Liquorice Allsorts

My favourite sweets right now –  who doesn’t love a good bag of all sorts! And don’t theyphotograph well?! Here they are making my instagram photos look amazing!

coconut wheels and chanel!
coconut wheels and chanel!

Liquorice Allsorts & my favourite makeup bases

Watermelon Plate

Fruit is everywhere right now,  whether it’s in our fruit bowls at home as the summer season ripens,  or all over the high street in fabrics, and accessories.

I picked up this adorable watermelon trinket dish from Paperchase for £8.00. Isn’t it a dream?!  It’s pictured with my favourite nail polish right now,  pole position from the Barrym speedy quick dry collection!

instagram faves

instagram faves

Foam Bananas

I’m a huge fan of Barrym as you may well know,  and this image of mine on instagram was regrammed by @BarryMCosmetics! I was super pleased! I mean, who doesn’t love Foam bananas?

instagram faves

Anything Colourful!

I am also in love with my Pina Colada cologne from Library of Fragrance UK – you can read more about my collection here and here. To make these photos more interesting i use unusual angles and scatter bright related objects around it. Here I used Poms poms and glitter and sequins from a mixed box from Paperchase! The cocktail stirrers were from Sainsbury’s.

instagram faves

barryM green lipstick

How awesome are these things to take photos of? I’m so addicted to fun prints and colours!

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Posted by Jess
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Baby Powder perfume!

Hi everyone!

What scents relax you? For lots of people, that scent might be lavender,  rosemary perhaps,  even camomile. For me, right now it’s baby powder!

No,  I’m not feeling broody (OK maybe slightly after those Kensington palace photos), I really do love the scent of this library of fragrance cologne.

imageIt’s so evocative of cleanliness and warmth and comfort. So after I’ve showered and dried my hair and moisturised my skin,  I apply a little spritz of this to the back of my neck beneath my bath robe and just go “ahhhh”.

You can’t beat feeling squeaky clean,  right? My other favourite products for that right now are this Liz Earle polish and clinique rinse off facing cleanser

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I use the Liz Earle to remove my makeup and calm my skin after my commute home,  then wash again before bed or in the shower.

What smells relax you at night?

Don’t forget! You still have time to get 20% off online in The Library of Fragrance store,  by entering Thrifty15062015 at the checkout!

Xoxo

Posted by Jess
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