Library of Fragrance was quite possibly my favourite launch of 2014. It appears I am not alone because the Library of Fragrance range is now stocked in no less than one thousand branches of Boots, including my local.
Library of Fragrance Thunderstorm smells exactly like it says on the tin, which is kind of a characteristic of Library of Fragrance. They don’t short change you and they don’t pretend to be anything other than what they are. Such lack of pretension is refreshing. How many times have I tried to read the notes of a perfume only to be blinded with PR waffle such as “alluring, unforgettable, feminine, mysterious, sophisticated, enigmatic”…etc ad nauseum, only to be left frustrated and saying: yes but what does it smell like?
When Library of Fragrance puts Thunderstorm on the bottle, they mean it. Thunderstorm opens with a blast of clean, pure ozone, like a pavement after the rain. There are earthy notes, like damp soil, which might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but to me Thunderstorm smells pure, like nature unspoilt.
I tried this on my sons. My five year old immediately said “flowers” and my eight year old said it reminded him of that time he fell in the nettles and cut his knee. Both boys picked nature as their comparison. Take from that what you will.
As for me, it reminded me of damp coal, rain drenched peaty earth and the smell of clean wet grass left after a thunderstorm has given the earth a good drenching. This grew and grew on me (the perfume, not the wet grass).
Thunderstorm reminded me of LUSH Smell of Weather Turning which turned my head for all the right reasons. Smell of Weather Turning contains hay, asphalt and mint and believe it or not, it really works as a scent. ( You can find my review on this blog)
The reason I thought of LUSH SOWT it is that it demonstrated to me that a scent from nature can translate well onto skin, which meant that my mind was broadened and ready to welcome Thunderstorm ( But should you want to tone it down or jazz it up, I recommend Library of Fragrance Musk and Library of Fragrance Jasmine, both available from Boots.)
But listen, I have an embarrassment of riches right now with more bottles of perfume than I know what to do with, and that’s saying something for a perfume obsessed perfume blogger.
I am giving away one bottle of Library of Fragrance Thunderstorm and one bottle of Library of Fragrance Jasmine to one lucky reader. Simply comment below or on the Facebook page and tell me one thing you can smell right now.
The closing date is midnight on Wednesday 4th February. Sadly this has to be a UK only give away due to posting regulations.