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IScentYouADay: The Journey Will Continue

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On January 2nd 2013 I decided to start a blog that reviewed a perfume a day for a year.  My dear friend LisaWordbird kindly brought me half a house full of samples and full bottles that made me faint with a thud.  Bringing me round with a whiff off Muscs Koublai Khan, she explained I could borrow and write about anything I needed. Without her, my blog would have been about ten times harder and I would not have been able to write about any of the amazing gems she has let me borrow.

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However, at the risk of sounding like I am explaining that the dog ate my homework, I must confess that I have not managed to write 365 reviews.  I did manage to post 310 blog posts however, so I hope you will forgive me.  I should point out at this point that the missing blogs would have occurred during 14 weeks of school holidays, two weeks away from my trusty  computer, two children’s ear infections and viruses, my own sinus infection which rendered my nose useless and  four nights when I had to hand sew a snowflake costume (the result was more Liberace than snowflake, but my son didn’t mind). Blogs would have been even fewer had the ever patient Mr IScent not been an IT professional who has fixed my glitches in exchange for kisses and hot food.

I have found that blogging about perfume not only gives me the headspace that I need when Imageraising a seven year old and a four year old, but it has taken me to another world where I have encountered many fascinating and kind people from around the globe. I cannot stop now.  It’s addictive.

However it was the rather marvellous Perfumed Dandy  who came up with the idea of writing about 1001 scents.  I am therefore adopting this wonderful idea which also, hopefully, gets me off the hook for not quite reaching my 365 in a year target.

So here you are: IScentYouADay: 1001 days of perfume.

Do you like it?

The Without Whom bit:

I could not have done this without the comments, encouragement and shared anecdotes from my followers on the blog, on Facebook and on Twitter.For everyone who stops by or has a quick read, you have my deep appreciation.

To LisaWordbird, the most selfless fellow fragrance freak I have ever ever met. Her generosity has no limits, and her knowledge has been invaluable. My eyes have been truly opened and my nose has been taken to places I could never have imagined. Thank you.

To the lovely companies who have been kind enough to supply me with samples: Miller Harris, Jo Loves, the Fragrance Shop, LUSH, Yves Rocher and dear, kind Andy Tauer.  None of them have paid me for my opnions, and I should imagine Lush wishes they had paid me to shut up at times. I thank them all.

And finally thank you to the Perfumed Dandy who helped me with the idea of how I could continue seamlessly. My warm thanks to you dear Dandy.

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Yves Rocher Secrets D’Essence Iris Noir: Another Beautiful Iris

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What’s going on?  One minute Iris and I are not speaking, next thing, she’s top of my Christmas List and I’m giving her rave reviews.

 Once again, Iris has attracted me rather than repelled me and this time it’s Yves Rocher who are responsible.  After enjoying Miller Harris’ Terre D’Iris and bagging a bottle of Prada Infusion D’Iris for Christmas, there’s no stopping me.

 However, all the Iris Scents I like have one thing in common:  they are used in combination with citrus notes.  This seems to dispel my previous conception of Iris as a grey,earthy, rooty scent that often made me feel claustrophobic, as if I was face down in powder with the windows shut. When used alongside citrus, Iris is lightened up and becomes a prettier floral note.  In fact, used in this way, it’s a little bit addictive.

 Yves Rocher Secrets D’Essence Iris Noir is a beautifully done Iris scent that is combined with Bergamot to keep it light and flowery and feminine.  There are not many notes to start with, just a hint of Pepper here, perhaps a sniff of Coriander there.  When the basenotes come along and the Patchouli envelopes it,  it becomes a beautiful  rich and spiky scent with a delicious Iris backdrop. It’s blended smoothly and moves from day to evening in one silky move. Iris Noir indeed.

 Longevity is good at around five hours, and the price is reasonable at 22GBP for 50ml.  Yves Rocher always chuck in freebies and samples, so it’s worth ordering from them online.  Spoil yourself.  I dare you.

Yves Rocher Rose Absolue for Women: Hello and Goodbye

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 I last visited an Yves Rocher store when I was in Poitiers in March.  How I wished they had these stores in the UK!  The website is excellent, and you always get samples with every order, but it’s not the same as sniffing your way round a ton of testers and leaving with a pretty bag full of goodies.

 Yves Rocher Rose Absolue is a simple Rose scent, and sometimes that’s just what I want.  I used to keep Rosewater in the kitchen.  It is excellent on strawberries, which may be why my overwhelming impression on first sniffing Rose Absolue was of strawberry cream chocolates (Quality Street or Roses, I’m not fussy).

 The notes listed on Fragrantica are: Cinnamon, Rose, Patchouli, Cedar and Tonka bean. ImageMaybe if I  was really pushed I would say there is indeed a hint of Patchouli, and Cinnamon, but otherwise, it’s Rose petals all the way, with an Almond finish.

 It is an excellent Rose, scent although no two Roses are the same.  Rose fragrances can be Rose/Musk, Rose/Spice, Rose/Chypre, etc.  Yves Rocher’s contribution is, initially at least, Rose Caramel. After a few minutes, the Caramel drifted away, leaving an almost medicinal rose scent behind, which was very agreeable indeed.  Longevity is excellent at around nine hours and I kept catching delightful wafts as I moved.

As I came to conclude this review and supply you with stockists, I came a cropper.  Reader, I have sadly led you a merry dance.  This has been discontinued and  is very hard to get hold of, even on the French website. However, all may not be lost.

I wrote to the Yves Rocher Press Office and they confirmed that this is no longer made, but they have just launched Comme Une Evidence Intense which, they assure me, has dominant Damsask Rose notes. They will be sending me a sample in the post and I will duly review and report back to you.

As much as I love fragrance, with all the complicated accords and concoctions and  top, middle and basenotes;  sometimes, all I want is the simplicity of a Rose. 

In the meantime, try Marks and Spencer Rose Eau de Toilette for a mere £6 for 30ml, or Yardley English Rose for only £7.59 for 50ml. 

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