I once said that I wish Library of Fragrance would do a perfume that smelled like a 1970s Christmas Tree. The trees of my childhood smelled so terrific that the smell of pine has encapsulated Christmas for me ever since. Here’s a sad fact: I even buy pine toilet cleaner because it reminds me of Christmas. THAT’S how much I like the smell of Christmas trees.
Being a hoover dodger with three cats and two children, we have a fake plastic tree (So Radiohead!), but I yearn for the smell that used to greet me when I sneaked down in the mornings in the early seventies to open the advent calendar every third day (I had to share with two siblings).
Library of Fragrance Blue Spruce brought back that feeling of excitement as the beautiful scent of pine filled the room. It’s not green and sharp, though: there’s muted waxiness to it, like candles. Don’t be put off by this- it’s a kind of softness. Pine can smell bitter but there’s no danger of that here. It’s as if the pine has been muffled by snow. There’s an ozonic, fresh air sort of note going on in the background which gives you the best of both worlds. You’ve got outdoorsy and cosy all in one. The best thing is, you don’t have to leave the cocoon of your central heating (set to Level Sauna) to experience this exhilarating scent. I have sprayed it liberally on myself and also, on my fake tree. I was trying to recapture something and this was like Christmas nostalgia in a bottle.
This goes very well indeed with Library of Fragrance Log Cabin. I pulled a face when I first smelled Log Cabin, but then the next day I walked past a timber yard and thought “Yes! That’s it exactly!” Log Cabin doesn’t smell like a wood fire or like egg nog, it actually smells like the timber the cabin is built with. If you like sharp cedar that borders on the herbal (think clary sage) then you need Log Cabin in your life. Spray it over Blue Spruce and you are in an olfactory ski lodge. Gorgeous.
Library of Fragrance Log Cabin and Library of Fragrance Blue Spruce are both available from the Library of Fragrance website. Prices are £15 for 30ml but check out the special offers and the cute purse sprays which are even less! You can also find a selection of Library of Fragrance scents in branches of Boots. My bottles were very kindly supplied by the Library of Fragrance but opinions are all my own.