I have in front of me yet another box of delights from our chums at the Perfume Society. The latest box is called Scents of Style and is inspired by fashion. As usual, the box consists of a few brand new fragrances, some fragrances that have been around for a while that you may not have tried before, and a well chosen clutch of beauty goodies.
What I like about Discovery Boxes is that they nudge your hand towards fragrance you might have otherwise rejected. For example, I would not have tried Marc Jacobs Divine Decadence, but after trying it because it was in the box, it ended up being my favourite. Ditto Angel Muse- I would have passed that one by too, but I’m so glad I didn’t. The other great thing about these little boxes is that you get to try new stuff without leaving the house. If you live in a smallish town like me, some of these would be hard to get hold of without a train fare to a big city.
Let’s have a look at what’s inside and I’ll write little mini reviews of them for you. It won’t take to long to read- I’m no bother!
Thierry Mugler Angel Muse:
This is like Angel original but with a hint of Terry’s Chocolate Orange in the opening. Don’t ask me why- it might just be me, but there was definitely chocolate orange in the top note. The USP is that it has more vetiver than original Angel, and this is apparent within minutes. This has more muscles than Angel, if that’s at all possible. The vetiver is loud and proud, and personally, I rather like the juxtaposition of sweetness and butch. The sillage is about as subtle as a Tyrannosaurus Rex on a dog lead. You will get noticed. Two squirts is enough for the whole town. For a week. Never let it be said that Mugler isn’t value for money.
Liz Earle Botanical Essence No 9
You can read my review of this lovely floral chypre here. With blackcurrants and oakmoss, this was a big hit with me. Blackcurrant can occasionally go down the cat pee route, but there’s none of that here, my dears, just juicy, dark fruit.
Coach the Fragrance
This wasn’t love at first sniff, but it grew on me on the third attempt. With fruity pink pepper, raspberry and suede, this is where the fruity floral dons an expensive suede handbag. Chic and modern, Mystic Sam predicts this will be a big seller. Top marks for beautiful packaging too.
Marc Jacobs Divine Decadence
I surprised myself by liking this one more than any of the others, and it had some tough competition. I thought this would be plummy, spicy and rich like the original, which I liked but didn’t love, despite the to-die-for bottle that deserves every award. However, despite mixed reviews on Fragrantica, I liked this very much. Its lighter and more floral than Decadence and seems to have turned the volume down on the sweetness and cranked up the flowers. It’s a delight. Funnily enough it reminded me of Dawn from The Lovely Collection by Sarah Jessica Parker.
Good old Chezza, hopping on the perfume truck. Stormflower isn’t bad, but it’s not my cup of tea with two sugars, as I once heard Cheryl say on the X Factor. I reviewed it here when it came out and I can’t say I’ve changed my mind. A little too fruity and little too sweet, but it will be a hit with the fans of that genre.
Prada La Femme Prada
My perfume collection will never be without any of the Prada infusion line, especially Prada Infusion D’Iris, but Prada La Femme Prada goes in another direction. This, to me, is a gourmand, but it purports to be a floral. Why does Frangipani remind me of marzipan? With beeswax, tuberose and Frangipani, this was a sweet, almondy, white floral mélange that fans of Dior Hypnotic Poison might enjoy. This is a generous 9ml splash bottle in a dear little box.
Prada Prada L’Homme
I liked this so much I put it on my husband and sniffed him admiringly. He’s used to this kind of thing now. The cedar comes out straight away, but this smells shower clean- not a million miles from the dreamy scent of Imperial Leather. There’s no leather, but if you like your fragrance soapy, powdery and full of peppery geranium and spice, then this is for you. Gorgeous. (9ml splash bottle, boxed)
And The Treats…
There are always beauty treats, and in generous sizes too. In this box I had a Pixi eyebrow pencil in medium, which happened to be the right shade for me as I am strawberry blonde/auburn. Then there’s a cute 15ml travel size of Pixi Glow Tonic, and a 30ml tube of Time Bomb Take Off cleanser.
All in all, a really decent selection which I thoroughly enjoyed diving into. I sometimes like it when the choice is taken out of my hands. Since my trip to London, my sample suitcase is overflowing. Not really a problem, I know, but how nice when somebody else curates a selection for me!
The Scents of Style Discovery Box is available from The Perfume Society..