I’ve been really enjoying these bee-related products recently and thought I’d share them on here.
Treaclemoon are an amazing ethical brand, making really affordable bath & body products in cute packaging, and available in your local Tesco.
Their honeycomb secret range reminds me of Crunchies and cake – it’s deliciously scented and warming.
Paired with are two Library of a fragrance bee related scents, honey and beeswax. Honey is sold out I believe, but take my work for it when I say it’s gorgeous and trademark sweet.
Bees wax does remind me of furniture polish, and for that reason would serve well as a room spray rather than a wearable scent to give a space that just cleaned scent!
I already have one fantastic bee pin in my collection from the inimitable Manchester Bee Company but when I saw this one from Rosebud Casson I had to own it! The wings are pearly and glittery and the gold and bronze detail on the abdomen is lovely.
Finally, there’s this: this amazing Bee Mug from an artist Sophie Cunningham who knocks about at Maker’s Markets in Manchester from time to time. She’s absolutely brilliant, so check out her shop!
I hope you enjoyed this post even half as much as I enjoy these bee items!
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:
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!)
I’m excited to be able to review this lovely little collection for you on the blog today.
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.
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!
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
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.
I thought it was about time I did a giveaway for you all to celebrate smashing my 1k Instagram goal this week. It’s been such a big learning curve for me, going from 0 to 1000 followers, and I’ve met some amazing people along the way.I wanted to pull together some amazing prizes to show how thankful I am.
These are items from my personal collection gifted to me by amazing brands that I wanted to now share with you!
Contents of the prize include;
Treacle Moon Almond Tart Shower gel – blogged about here
Library of Fragrance UK Almond Cologne – blog posts here and here
Library of Fragrance UK Freesia Colonge
I am Fragrance ‘Naked’ Roll on Eau de Parfum – blog post here reviewing the scents
And finally leave me a comment below to confirm your entry – this step is important! No comment, no entry! I will only check my commenters and count them as entrants!
For an extra entry, repress/share this blog post in Bloglovin’.
Thank you again to all my followers for your reading – this blog is now over a year old and I can’t believe how much I’ve learned! Good luck to all entrants, I will draw the winner’s name out of a hat on Monday 24th.
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!
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.
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 – 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 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!
What’s your favourite summer fragrance? Do you fancy trying one of these?
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!
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.
It’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
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!
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Just a short post today to update you on what I’ve been up to and what I’ve got planned for you over the next couple of weeks.
I am very excited to announce that I will be working closely with Library of Fragrance UK, helping them with Pinterest and also in doing more fragrance combination style posts. Watch this space for exciting fragrance news!
I am also teeing up a number of etsy stores to work with, which is fantastic news. You might have seen me working recently with Binky’s trinkets (@binkystrinkets on instagram) in promoting her items on my instagram account. This was really successful, and I proud to support small businesses and etsy stores that are often the realisation of a dream for many. Keep an eye on my instagram for beautiful jewellery and one off pieces. I’m delighted to be able to bring them to the fore!
And lastly, a thank you. I’ve reached two milestones recently, of 200 followers on WordPress, 400 on instagram (now it is rocketing towards 500 and nearly 500 on Twitter). I couldn’t have done this without you!
Mwah mwah xx
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Have you heard of the Library of fragrance? I only recently discovered them, and was lucky enough to be selected on their surprise Sunday giveaway to win a fragrance of my choice. I was thrilled- I never normally win anything!! I headed over to their website immediately to have a look and choose my fragrance.
Firstly, it was really hard to choose!! I was torn between selecting a scent that I really loved, or something out of to try. Their slogan is;
“Extraordinary Fragrances. Inspired by life.”
… and boy do they really mean it! They offer scents such as Baby Powder, Dirt, Gin and Tonic…even Play-Doh!! Each 30ml bottle costs only £15.
Each scent’s page offers advice on pairings that work depending on the “feel” you are attempting to create. For Example, with Baby Powder;
As I said it was really hard to choose, but eventually I set my heart on Freesia (I had the much coveted Jo Malone fragrance in mind here) and also Fresh Coconut, a love of mine from The Body Shop. It was a close shave between that and Rose paired with Black Pepper.
They arrived quickly, and I have to say there is something appealing about their simplistic and clean approach to their packaging.
The scent of real freesia is an absolute delight. Anyone who has had them grow in their garden before will know that the scent is the most delightful sweet perfume that reaches you meters away if the breeze is just right.
The description for this scent doesn’t offer any pairings, nor does it describe the scent itself. It states that Freesia is often a foundation composite scent to many perfumes, though, in part I suppose due to it’s powerful floral note.
I have to be honest and say that this scent didn’t hit the mark for me. On first application the scent is a little overpowered by the alcoholic vapour tang of cheap perfume. After allowing to mellow, the scent deepens though, and takes on a muskier, more palatable scent, with deep woody notes. I was anticipating a high floral aroma punch, so this one was a little disappointing.
With florals, the more expensive perfumes get it so right because the oils of flowers are very expensive to process and refine. Anyone read ‘Perfume’ by Patrick Süskind? If you haven’t, you should – I’ve never read a book that paints such a vivid picture with the description of scents.I actually learned a lot from it too in terms of the processes involved in the craft of perfumery.
Because these perfumes don’t cost a lot I don’t believe the floral ones will be of high enough quality to stand alone. I could be wrong though, and would willingly sample some of their others!
Fresh coconut– what could be tastier? I’m a massive fan; whether it’s in a cocktail (Pina Coladas are my number 1 paradise cocktail drink, and only now as I write this did I realise they sell a Pina Colada perfume!!), or in a luxurious body butter or sun cream, the scent on the whole embodies beach holidays to me.
According to the description of Fresh Coconut, the scent is ‘slightly sweet, fresh, crisp and green, rather than the sweetened, processed variety. Delightful and almost edible!’.
In reality, that fresh bite of the ripe coconut sings through as you spray onto your skin. As soon as I inhaled I could taste the watery crisp flesh, and the freshness is … refreshing! It is rather distinct from say the creamy element of The Body Shop’s Coconut products, though this isn’t necessarily a bad thing!
In summary, I’ve had one hit and one miss. I believe these are stocked in Boots though, so you can try before you buy. I really enjoyed reviewing these scents- special thanks to Clare for helping me to choose!