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Library of Fragrance Giveaway Winners! Cupcake, Log Cabin and Blue Spruce

cakepic2The results are in. You are all stars but there can only be three winners, which is pretty good really. I’m a generous old thing on the quiet.  Using Randompicker. org the following winners were picked:

Log Cabin- Kathy Hinton (via the blog)

Blue Spruce- Karen (via the blog)

Cupcake- Lanais (via the Facebook page)

Can the winners please email me their addresses ? iscentyouaday@gmail.com

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To everyone who didn’t win this time, it is my four year blogaversary on January 2nd 2017 and I will be  doing lots of giveaways then, so not long to wait. All fragrances in the draw are available from Library of Fragrance with a selection available on your high street at branches of Boots. With warm thanks to the Library of Fragrance for their generosity in providing the prizes.

 

Library of Fragrance Giveaway!

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Those nice people at Library of Fragrance have been kind enought to send me some bottles to review. As much as I want to rub my hands together like a miser and refer to them as “The Precious”, it is only fair that I spread the joy.  After all, it is Christmas and  a good deed goes round the world.

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I will be giving away a bottle of Cupcake, Blue Spruce and Log Cabin. All you have to do is comment below, or on my Facebook page, or on Twitter ( @IScentYouADay) to tell me which of the three you would like to win. The giveaway closes at midnight on 17th December 2016 so I’ve got time toget it to you before Christmas.  The giveaway is stricrly UK only, I’m afraid, due to postage regulations. But don’t worry, that’ll all chage when I’m Queen of the World. I am also on Instagram, so you can follow me there too! I’m iscentyouaday.

Good luck!

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The Smell of Christmas: Library of Fragrance Blue Spruce and Log Cabin

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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 log-cabinthe 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.

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christmas-cakeLibrary 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.

The Very Best Bargain Guy Buys: Scent Shopping For Men

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Wear What You Like and Like What you Wear

Yes, I’ve just come up with “guy buys”. I tried for ages to find something to rhyme with bloke, but could only manage cloak or joke, so Guy Buys it is. I hope it’ll catch on. But I doubt it.

Now being a lady and liking ladies’ things, I don’t blog much about bloke scent, but I really should. There are two reasons for this: One- it’s nearly Christmas and many people are asking me in real life what’s good and what’s not worth bothering with. Secondly- here on my humble blog there are no gender walls (despite the flannel above about lady’s things). The only rule is wear what you like and like what you wear. In fact, yesterday found me wearing my son’s deodorant (don’t tell him) and my husband’s Coty Aspen for Men. (He won’t know, he never reads this). And I wore his slippers, actually. And ate his Kitkat from the fridge. That’s how sure I am that he won’t read this.

I have collated a list of cheap and cheerful male scent that are all so good that I would happily wear them myself as well as dousing my nearest and dearest with them too. The  list keeps a beady eye on budget, so if like me, you have loads of people to buy for and no money tree in the garden, this page is for you.

aspenCoty Aspen for Men

This is cheap as chips and a beautiful green pine and lavender scented cologne. You can read my review here.  It’s very long lasting and has the freshness of an open window in winter. I found my bottle on Amazon and Mr IScent wears it well. You can find it on Allbeauty.com for the bargain price of £9.80. It has often been compared to Creed Green Irish Tweed, which is rather more spendy.

Library of Fragrance

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Library of Fragrance has a fabulous range of unisex scents: many of which would make the perfect gift for any hard to buy for man. I particularly like Mountain Air and Fireplace, but this year’s Blue Spruce (fresh pine needles) and Myrrh (resin-y spices and incense) are also excellent. You can buy Library of Fragrance scent from their website. Prices start at £10. Alternatively, try Boots for a seasonal selection.

David Beckham Classic Blue

I’ve yet to come across a David Beckham scent that I wouldn’t recommend. DB classic-blue Classic Blue is a refreshing ozonic scent that passes the office test (and, it would seem, the Year Six test for the dandy ten-year-old).  My only bugbear is that longevity isn’t as good as it could be, but at prices  under twelve quid, you can afford a top up between double maths or a board meeting. It’s versatile and good quality. You can find this on allbeauty.com for 11.95

Avon Destination Grand Canyon

grand-canyonThis is a terrific, warm, leathery scent from Avon that reminded me of Hermes Terre D’Hermes yet only costs £11 a bottle. I adored its deep woody notes and would happily wear this myself. Mr IScent can expect one in his stocking. Available from Avon UK or your Avon lady if you’re lucky enough to have one, like I have.

Obsession for Men

Calvin Klein Obsession For Men is another bargain, often to be had for under £20. Obsession For Men was the scent my obsessionhusband wore on our wedding day and it always reminded me of those early first dates we went on when, after a taxi ride home, I too would smell of Obsession for Men. It has its critics, but I love the warm, musky spiciness of it and longevity is excellent. You can find it on allbeauty.com at prices which start at 11.95 for 30ml.

Lynx Urban Daily Tobacco and Amber

lynx t and ambI reviewed this one earlier in my blog and I love how the warm vanilla unfolds as the day wears on. At the shockingly low price of under £4, this “daily fragrance” is perfect for winter. Warm, spicy and woody, this manages to strike a note of cosiness without getting too heavy or sweet. I’ve noticed it comes in gift packs around this time of year. Honourable mentions also go to Lynx Iced Musk and Ginger and Lynx Oud Wood and Dark Vanilla. The range is available from Superdrug or Asda. prices start at £3.98.

Jovan Musk for Menmusk4men

You can’t go wrong with a good musk and Jovan has been doing good musk since the seventies. When you just want a  musk with nothing else chucked in the mix, reach for Jovan Musk for Men. It’s currently only 6.99 on Fragrance Direct. Perfect for layering too or for “musking up” something that needs it!

tabacTabac Original

I’m going to introduce an old classic into the mix here: Tabac Original by Maurer and Wirtz. Opening with a soapy, cologne feel, and with a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it floral note, this beds down into a classic, clean sandalwood finish. My late father wore it and was always immaculately turned out. Some might say old-fashioned, but I say “classic” You can buy Tabac Original from Amazon UK. Prices start at just 8.45

Avon Black Suede

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Another Avon bargain at just £6 (correct at time of publishing). With warm amber, spicy cloves, and yes, even a hint of oak moss, this powdery gem won’t project in everyone’s ace, but offers a very snuggly, suedey scent with a clean musk base. You can buy Black Suede from Avon UK. Prices currently start at £6 for 50ml.

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Slightly out of season (unless you’re wintering overseas?) Davidoff Champion impressed me no end. I bought it sort of randomly for my nephew and when he opened it we just couldn’t stop sniffing the air. It’s green, light and citrussy, yet beds down into a galbanum/oak moss finish that smells like it should costs around three times the price. Utterly divine- I would totally get my own bottle. Available from allbeauty for 12.20

So, there you have it. My ten favourite man bargains. None of these will break the bank, and I have tried and tested all of them. My poor long suffering husband sits next to me of an evening, obediently “sticking his arm out” night after night. I can tell you with certainty that he is one hot smelling guinea pig!

Happy shopping!

Or you can just buy these again…

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Photo credits:

Top photo from Ladybird books, bottom from Pringle. All others from the sites mentioned in the review.

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