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Missguided Babe Power fragrance giveaway!

babe power giveawayBecause I’m nice  and because  I have more than one, I thought it only fair to run a giveaway for this fabulous fragrance.  Missguided Babe Power is a juicy burst of a scent:  full of  cherries, vanilla and jasmine. You can read my recent review here.

Not only does it smell good, but it comes in a can like an energy drink. Don’t worry though , it’s a spray not a splash.   As you can see from the photo it’s a generous 80ml bottle of eau de parfum.

How to win

The name of this scent is pretty divisive.  Some like it and some don’t. So here’s the question:  if you could invent your own fragrance what would you call it?

Ts and Cs

Please be aware that due to postal regualtions I cannot post fragrance outside the UK, so to avoid disappointment, please only enter if you are UK based. I’m as frustrated as you, but them’s the rules.

Send me your answer by Twitter @iscentyouaday, or Facebook or in the comments below.

The closing date is five days from now so Sunday the 11th June 2017 at midnight. I will announce the winner on Monday 12th June.

Good luck!



L’Occitane Roses et Reines: The Sublime Queen of the Roses


One of my favourite Christmas presents this year was a box of miniature perfume that my lovely friend Rachael bought me from L’Occitane.  Not only do I love the brand,  but almost nobody ever buys me perfume.   Maybe they labour under the misapprehension that I already have “enough”? You and I know there’s no such thing when it comes to perfume.

Loccitane box

L’Occitane Roses et Reines is a radiant fruity floral. It just about zings off my skin like rosy sunbeams and wafts pleasantly about in my wake.

Now although I’ve called it a fruity floral, make no mistake. This is first and foremost a  big, gorgeous, girly rose, but it is supported by a  bijoux fruit bowl that brings out the different facets.

mini roses

There’s raspberry: one of the more delicate of the red fruits. It’s not bold or overly sweet like strawberries or pink pepper. Out of all red fruits and berry notes, raspberry is just about the only one I really enjoy. It complements the rose particularly well.

Secondly, there’s a touch of apricot. Apricot has the fruity heart of peach without the overly sweet aspect, nor the frequent synthetic territory that peach often wanders into.  There’s bergamot too, but I only noticed this when the perfume first bloomed on my skin. It’s a tart accompaniment that sets the tone. This rose may be as feminine as a ballerina, but it’s never sickly or cloying.

roses et reines

Roses et Reines has a wonderful vintage feel to it. The beautiful bottle itself runs with the heritage motif and would look at home on any dressing table, especially mine. This is a wonderful, classic rose. The fruit adds a playfulness, and the base gives me a whisper of good old fashioned powdery notes. There’s nothing about L’Occitane Roses et Reines that I don’t love.



You can buy Roses et Reines from L’Occitane stores and online. You can also buy L’Occitane products at John Lewis and Amazon UK to name but two.  My beautiful mini was a gift and opinions are of course, my own.


Calvin Klein Euphoria: J’Accuse


I get so tired of modern mainstream perfumes today. A new launch, a fanfare, this week’s model, a free tote bag, a plinth in The Perfume Shop and the fragrance still smells the same. We’ve seen it all before.

All too often have I tried a newly launched scent only to to furrow my brow and think “I’ve smelled this before. Didn’t this come out last month?”. I can name four fruity florals that smell so similar there’s little to choose between them: Beyonce Midnight Heat, Swarowski Edition, Beckham Signature For Her, Juicy Couture La La, to name but four.

This week I tried Calvin Klein Euphoria and I can now point the finger at the suspect who I think is the ring leader of the Fruitchouli Underground Army that has taken over our Fragrance counters. Step forward Calvin Klein Euphoria.

Euphoria is full of dark plummy fruits, although only Pomegranate is listed on Fragrantica. On the sample I have (EDP) it says “exotic fruits, rich black orchid, sensual woods”.  What I actually get is a version of Kylie Minogue Sexy Darling, or any of the scents listed above.

Launched in 2005, Euphoria preceded many of the fruity floral scents and fruitchoulis that followed on, and the timescale leads Detective IScent to blame it as a forerunner. It might have been refreshingly different at the time of its launch, but to me it smells just plain sticky and jammy and synthetic.

I won’t write off Calvin Klein though, I have a secret love for Obsession (just one squirt will do!) and also I recently enjoyed Truth, although my fragrance tastes are changing so seismically  since starting this blog, that I may have a different opinion altogether within a few weeks. Watch this space.

Euphoria?  It’s inertia to me.