It’s always a happy day when a Perfume Society Discovery Box arrives and last week I took delivery of the Exquisite Essences Box. This is an eclectic mix of hard to find niche, some new arrivals and some lovely surprises. As usual, all 12 scents are beautifully packaged in the trademark Perfume Society white box, wrapped carefully in tissue and supplied with a pad of blotters and handy sniffing notes.
Here’s what’s in this one:
Liz Earle Botanical Essence No 20 2ml EDP spray
A fabulous Damask rose scent that opens with strong bergamot and beds down into a clean, feminine finish with a fruity flourish of pink pepper, used with a light touch.
Dear Rose Song For a Queen 2ml EDP spray
This is the only one I didn’t get along with. It smells bit like vinyl on my skin. All the notes are right up my street, but on skin, it didn’t quite gel. It has orange blossom, vanilla, leather, bergamot, jasmine, heliotrope and benzoin, so I thought I’d like it. But that’s just me. Worth a try. No response is ever wrong, merely subjective.
Bvlgari Goldea 1.5 ml EDP spray
A combination of precious musk, Ylang and patchouli makes this a warm, golden floral ideal for a summer evening as the sun goes down. Feminine but not heavy, with enough petals to lighten up the musk/patchouli base.
Weleda Agrume 1.5 spray eau naturelle
Smells as clean and wholesome as a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. This has a hint of grapefruit and a citrussy tang. If you like Biotherm, you might like this too, and it’s all natural.
Salvatore Ferragamo Signorina Misteriosa 1.5ml EDP spray
Blackberries, white flowers and a “milk mousse”/vanilla base. This is listed as a fruity oriental. If you like Loewe Quizas Quizas Quizas, you may like this. To me, it’s a warm, sweet fruity floral, almost Autumnal in tone.
E.Coudray Iris Rose 2ml EDP spray
I adored this one. It has a beautiful vintage feel and is ideal for Iris fans. You can see my review here.
Penhaligon’s Equinox Bloom 1.5ml EDP
Perfect for Spring. Bursting with white flowers, but never cloying. It’s going on my wish list for sure! You can see my review here.
Miller Harris Coeur de Jardin 2ml EDP spray
My favourite Miller Harris from the Le Jardin d’Enfance range. Sunny days in the garden, hiding in bushes and picking flowers. I have reviewed it here.
Annick Goutal Rose PomPon 1.5ml EDP
A playful rose, fresh and juicy. This is another beautiful gem from trusty Annick Goutal. The bottle itself is gorgeous enough for any dressing table. I reviewed it here.
The Merchant of Venice Byzantium Saffron 2ml EDP splash
With exotic ingredients inspired by the travels of the ancient merchant, this has red saffron,white suede accord, patchouli and amber. It has a spicy, leathery feel it that makes it a sophisticated choice for man or a woman.
Terry de Gunzberg Terryific Oud 1.5ml EDP spray
This is a sexy, knickery oud. If you like Theo Fennel’s Scent or the mighty Salome from Papillon, you might like this one too. Definitely worth tracking down. This would have passed me by if it hadn’t been in the box, and I’m so glad it was included.
Lorenzo Danta Ferro Fior di Panna 2ml EDP spray
To me, this smelled like a lighter, more floral version of Chanel No 5. Aldehydic and powdery, it cranks up the flowers and tones down everything else. Very feminine with a retro, classic feel. Wear with gloves and a hat. (NB. not woolly ones, think Dior’s New Look).
So that’s 12 beauties to try with something for everyone. I am having a serious love affair with E.Coudray Iris Rose, a big fling with Annick Goutal PomPom, and a sordid hook up with Terryific Oud.
You can buy these boxes from The Perfume Society website. They are available to subscribers and non subscribers alike, although subscribers get a discount. You can buy them ad hoc too: it’s not compulsory to buy one every month or return anything on approval etc. Unfortunately they cannot ship outside the UK ( or Ireland) due to postal restrictions.