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A Big Giveaway to Celebrate Four Years of Blogging

 

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Dearest readers,  it’s time I gave something back to you for your loyalty and readership since January 2013 when the whole thing began as a little WordPress blog with a lilac background. Incidentally, before I go on, I’d like to apologise if your comments have gone unmoderated or unanswered recently. There’s a glitch in the sytem which means I have to approve even my own comments.  I’m on top of it now, though.

Back on topic- Yes, as promised, it’s time for the  IScentYouADay giveaway, now that we are four- that’s the Royal “we”, in case you were wondering. Four years is giddy stuff!

There are four prizes up for grabs- one for each year of the blog.  Due to postal regulations, I’m afraid this is only open to the UK and Northern Ireland.

So here’s what I’m giving away:

Library of Fragrance Nutmeg Ice Cream.

With warm almondy notes, this reminded me of Bakewell Tart, warm nutmegand crisp and straight from the oven. It’s making me long for that marzipan covered Christmas Cake my mother made me for Christmas (I’m embarrassed to tell you how quickly it disappeared at my hand).  Library of Fragrance Nutmeg Ice Cream smells delicious, and so will you when you wear it. 30ml Cologne.

Perfumer’s Choice- Valerie

valerieThis is a big hitter for fans of YSL Black Opium. There’s coffee, white flowers, vanilla, patchouli and OOOMPH. Guaranteed to last a minimum of six hours, a little goes a long way, making this excellent value.  You can read my review here. 93ml EDP

 

Perfumer’s Choice- Victor

victor1This is a gorgeous masculine scent (although I like it for me as well) with notes of grapefruit and vetiver. This smells like something far more expensive and famous but I’m blowed if I can name it! It’ll come to me at 3 a.m, no doubt. Guaranteed to last a minimum of six hours. 93ml EDP

Elizabeth Taylor Violet Eyes

elizabeth-taylor-violet-eyes-adYes, the very bottle I reviewed the other day.  Elizabeth Taylor Violet Eyes has notes of peach and cedar and a hint of jasmine. This bejewelled 15ml bottle has only been tested by me, but is otherwise full and boxed.  I wasn’t a massive fan, but that doesn’t mean you won’t like it, or know someone who does.  The bottle has a little diamante choker on! So cute.

How to Win

Just tell me which one you’d like to win and I will enter you into the draw. You can tell me in the comments scetion below, on Facebook or on Twitter.  Closing date is one week from now- 16th January 2017 at midnight. Good luck!

Acknowledgements

Many thanks to the Library of Fragrance for the Nutmeg Ice Cream Cologne. Thanks also to World Class Fragrance for Perfumer’s Choice Victor and Valerie.

Zadig & Voltaire: This is Her

 

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Zadig & Voltaire is the achingly cool brand that’s so hip it that makes Hollister look like Country Casuals. Based in Paris and on the even more achingly cool Left Bank, This is Her and This Is Him are the new 2016 fragrance launches. Even the names sound like ready made cult products in that “wait til you meet them, this is the one I told you about” way. But you know, none of that’s any good if the fragrance is a turkey- or maybe it is? The way young people follow brands and labels these days! And policemen are looking younger too. I remember this when it was all fields etc #middleage

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Here are my thoughts….

Whipped cream and jasmine sambac anyone? Chestnuts and cashmere with that? This is Her is audacious to say the least, but it grew on me to the point where I started to wonder why nobody had thought of such a genius combo before. Don’t get me wrong- my first impression was “what on earth…?” and my second impression was “okay, this could actually work.”

The top notes are jasmine sambac, silkwood blossom and pink pepper. This is a heady floral opener- I could barely discern any pink pepper and I’m not sure I’d recognise silkwood blossom if it stood up in my soup and sang me a shanty. However, jasmine sambac has been enjoying much popularity of late. It’s a jasmine note that is almost so concentrated and refined that it borders on the oriental and just stops short. So into this heady opening act you then have whipped cream and chestnuts. It sounds weird, doesn’t it? But strangely, this really works. The whipped cream gives a sort of pillowy marshmallow effect and the chestnut adds a gourmand richness which  goes remarkably well alongside the jasmine sambac. The whole shebang is rounded off with smooth sandalwood and cashmere woods, but that nutty vanilla from the chestnuts is refusing to quit and stays til the end.

My verdict is that this is one you must try: definitely not a blind buy and it may take more than one go before you understand each other. This kind of originality doesn’t come along very often so I give This is Her 10/10 for originality and a deep bow of respect.

Stockists

You can buy Zadig & Voltaire This is Her from Superdrug and The Fragrance Shop. My sample was from The Fragrance Shop Discovery Club Box. Opinions are my own.

Dolce & Gabbana: Dolce Rosa Excelsa

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Dolce remains one of my favourite recent launches.  It is a shamelessly girly fragrance that opens in Gucci Envy Stylee and blossoms into a floral delight that deftly dodges the perennial vanilla tidal wave. There have since been two flankers: Dolce Floral Drops ( also rather lovely) and today’s scent which is Dolce Rosa Excelsa.

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Dolce Rosa Excelsa is not all that different to the original Dolce, but has, as you would imagine, more roses.   The common note among all three Dolce scents, however, is the Amaryllis. This is a flower that wears underwear made of fruity blossoms. It is used beautifully here, and is a new way of chucking a nod in the direction of  the fruity floral genre without actually becoming one.  As well as the roses there’s also narcissus, water lily, neroli and papaya flower.  In other words, this is like a delicate tropical flower fragrance, painted in ethereal watercolours.

The flowers are on the fruity side, but stay light and feminine. There is no tooth achingly sweet sugar here. It handles the fruitier flowers of the floral spectrum without ever smelling like  a jug of cocktails. This one, my friends, is all about petals and floaty skirts. There is a soapy clean note which gives it the feel of a very expensive shower gel in a nice ( pronounced naice) hotel bathroom.

Amaryllis at my Mum's house.
Beautiful Amaryllis at my Mum’s house.

The base notes are allegedly musk and sandalwood, but they are light touches, heavily framed by flowers, and the rose in particular comes out towards the end. Longevity is very good.  I could smell this on my wrist after a decent seven hour trial and it was still delicate and feminine. If I smelled like this after a day at the office, I would be more than happy.

Now there are three little Dolces, I envisage a cute little triptych in Duty Free.  This customer would buy one for sure.

Stockists

My sample was in the delightful Fragrance Shop Discovery Club Box. You can sign up here if you like getting samples in the post every quarter for five quid ( I do!).  You can buy bottles of Dolce Rose Excelsa from John Lewis, Boots, or of course, the Fragrance Shop.

 

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