When a Perfume Society “new Discovery Box” email arrives in my in-box, I break World Speed Records, or at least my fingers do. I’ve usually pressed “buy now” before I’ve read the description and I have never been disappointed. A few days ago, my Heaven Scents Discovery Box arrived and it was, as usual, a joy to unravel, like an out of season but very welcome birthday gift. I displayed little dignity in my haste to disrobe the goodies within.
With a theme of romance, just in time for Valentine’s Day, Heaven Scents lives up to its name. Here’s what’s inside:
First and foremost is the very special anniversary keyring from M Micallef. With a beautiful glass perfume bottle that you can fill with the scent of your choice, this is as beautiful as jewellery. I’m already plotting as to how I can wear it as a necklace. It’s far too posh to go next to a bunch of keys and a mini Tesco Club card.
Micallef 20 Years. This is described as a “modern, fruity gourmand”. I must confess that I have never smelled anything from M Micallef so I am looking forward to getting stuck in. The display in Fortnum and Mason impressed me no end, but sadly I was already covered head to foot in eleventy billion perfumes at the time.
Miller Harris Noix de Tuberose. I have reviewed this previously on the blog. It is a curious mix of nuts and tuberose and I like it much more this time round than I did when I first reviewed it.
Prada Candy Florale: I have tried this little gem before and loved it. Here’s my glowing review. Unusually, it has a hit of limoncello in the middle, which is not what I expected from the name, but I love its playful tartness.
Shay & Blue Blueberry Musk: I have been really keen to try this one ever since I saw a Facebook ad for it. I wasn’t disappointed. Blueberry and Musk go so well together it’s a match made in Heaven, appropriately enough. I’ve reviewed it here.
Jimmy Choo L’Eau: Now here’s one that changed my mind. I haven’t been too keen on previous Jimmy Choos but for some reason I have bene craving girly florals lately. This is a flanker to Jimmy Choo, but the L’Eau bit doesn’t mean weaker, just lighter. It’s impossibly pretty and pairs nectarine with my favourite, peony. I am surprising myself by being very tempted to get a full bottle. I guess I want to chase winter away with floaty flower petals. Here’s my review.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris, Aqua Celestia: I fell head over heels for this and plan to proose marriage very soon. Here’s my full review.
Weleda Jardin de Vie Rose: This blends bold Damascene roses with peppery geranium and Ylang Ylang (smells like banana-like flowers). I’m going to come back to this one because I’m still swooning over Aqua Celestia. It was a hard act to follow.
Map of The Heart Red Heart v3: This is a new perfume house that I haven’t heard of before. Anyone who puts sandalwood in all perfumes is going to be my friend forever. Red heart v3 is not as fruity as I was expecting, but the woods are to die for. This is sensual and addictive.
Judith Williams Lifelong Beauty Nutritive Body Butter: Scented with roses, this rich, creamy body butter is a delight to use and leaves skin subtly scented and smooth. The bottle has a handy pump dispenser and is a generous 150ml size.
So, there you have it: my full verdict. My stand out favourites were Jimmy Choo L’Eau, Aqua Celestia and Red Heart v3. It’s a fabulous selection. You’ll be certain to find a new favourite.
The Heaven Scents Discovery Box is available from The Perfume Society website at £17.50 plus postage, or £12.50 plus postage for subscribers.