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Pocket Therapy: Yves Rocher Mandarin Lemon Cedar

You may have heard me sing the praises of Yves Rocher before now. I love the quality and the price and the little freebies you get when you order online. Well, today I am sharing a tiny package that made me fall in love. No, it’s not another cat. Three is enough. Apparently.  So I’ve been told.  Today I’m going to tell you about the pocket sized joy that is Yves Rocher Mandarin Lemon Cedar (or Mandarine Citron Cedre as its known in France).

This little 20ml beauty does exactly what it says on the tin but is so uplifting and gives off such happy vibes that I would have paid a lot more than the meagre £4 I paid.  It opens with mandarin, (as you might imagine), is made even zingier by lemon and finishes on a citrussy cedar note.  Despite its refreshing cologne like character, this has pretty good longevity on my skin, and is especially good when sprayed on a scarf. You should smell my scarf collection- it’s incredible, even if I say so myself.

Over on Fragrantica, some members are saying that this reminds  them of Fan di Fendi Eau Fraiche, which I cannot vouch for, never having smelled it, but if you were a fan, you might find solace in a little £4 bottle of Yves Rocher Mandarine Citron Cedre.

These make perfect gifts too if you can bear to part with them.


I bought my little bottle from the Yves Rocher UK website. In fact, I bought five.  This is not a sponsored post, opinions are my own and I paid for this myself.



The Best Grapefruit Scent I have ever smelled is Miller Harris Le Pamplemousse


Creating a good grapefruit scent that doesn’t end up cardboard-y or smelling a bit sour is tough.  In my opinion, even Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune  didn’t quite pull it off ( see my earlier review on this blog), and Guerlain only lets geniuses work on their stuff (genii?)

Miller Harris kindly sent me a sample of Le Pamplemousse to try, and as always when I am sent something free, it is on the understanding that I don’t have to either like it or fake delight.  Luckily, in this case, I am gushing like a girl with a crush.  Le Pamplemousse feels like a tall drink of water on a hot day.  It’s like a thirst quenching mirage in a desert.

pamplemousse with boxIt opens, naturally, with grapefruit, but the top notes are actually melon, rhubarb and grapefruit.  In case you’re worried this would smell like a fruit salad, don’t be.  It smells like the best shower you ever had in the poshest hotel you ever stayed in.  The melon simply isn’t there (phew!  I’m not a melon fan), and I’m not even sure the rhubarb is, although rhubarb can work in summery scents. It’s fresh and zingy and if Vitamin C had a smell it would be this.

pampleIn case I didn’t love it enough, there’s even a dab of my beloved oakmoss in it to keep me faithful for life. Where this outshines Guerlain Pamplelune though is that the basenote stays fresh and light and pretty and doesn’t end up smelling like dried up orange rind (Pamplelune is guilty of this although  it smelled very good the day I reviewed it.  It’s as if it knew it had an exam)

For a scent as hesperide-y as this one, lasting power is good at over five hours a spray.  Maybe it’s the clingy green oakmoss.  Maybe it’s the pretty Orangegrapefruit Blossom.  Maybe it’s the herbs, giving this a resonant botanical tang.

Whatever it is, this is the best grapefruit fragrance I have ever smelled, bar none.  In this weather, to which me and my freckles are not accustomed, we should get this on prescription.  Feel good factor- off the scale.

EDIT- Since this review, le Pamplelousse has sadly been discontinued. You can find it at TK Maxx and on eBay.  Shame!


Tauer No 9 Orange Star: An Orange Sun, an Amber Sunset.


It always takes me a while to write a Tauer review because I like to do them justice. I like to get it right when I explain them (this feeling is not exclusive to Tauer scents, I hope  my descriptions are always frank and candid).

I can think of few people who are doing what Andy Tauer does. He creates the fragrances, fills the bottles, packs them, fills in the customs forms and updates the blog and the ImageFacebook page. No committees, no board rooms, no focus groups, no men in suits looking at trends and sales figures, just Andy being creative and hoping we like it too.

Orange Star is the 9th composition in the Tauer Classics Range and it appeals to me  as a fan of bitter orange in fragrance. It has some similarities to a scent I have here at home: Jesus Del Pozo Ambar, which is also a bitter Orange/Vanilla composition, but without the clarity of ingredients nor the originality of Orange Star (nor the  longevity, more of which anon).

 Orange Star’s gift is that it makes Orange into something unexpected.  Whereas a citrus is usually a citrus, sharp, bright and effervescent, in Orange Star, the orange becomes a glowing Amber background under which the Ambergris and Lemon Grass come out to play. It’s as if the Warm spicy orange is the sunset presiding over the other ingredients.

It seems appropriate that I am reviewing this today on the 1st of September as it is so autumnal with its warmth and heat, yet retains the Orange Blossom note like a memory of summer. Orange Star opens and ends with orange- a warm, enveloping orange, like a velvet backcloth: a refreshing change from cologne style sharpness. No less than fourteen hours later, the orange is still there, like a background curtain, letting the Ambergris and Vanilla have the stage, but never letting them forget who put them there.

A word about price.  Tauers don’t come cheap. One of my favourites, Carillon Pour Un Ange, is £99 a bottle. However, if like me, you have a wide selection of samples, decants and bottles, then a single bottle of perfume will last you a long time. Secondly, I can think of several High Street mainstream fragrances that need frequent topping up throughout the day and which only last a few hours.  Three single sprays of Orange Star in the morning keep me going for an impressive fourteen hours and blow me down if my pillow doesn’t smell nice the next day. You also have the added bonus of it being unlikely that the person next to you on the train will smell the same. How many times have I smelled Angel in the last week?

My little tin of Tauers comes everywhere with me, but I only pull them out of the bag when I need that boost.  I wear them when I want to feel Queenly.  I wear them when I have to do something I’ve been dreading (Legoland) and I wear them when I’m just sitting at home sniffing my arm and staring into space.

I would like to thank Andy Tauer for providing me with a selection of samples.  I am under no obligation at all to like them, and I would say so if I didn’t, but I do.  Gosh I really do.

Jo Loves…Green Orange and Coriander


This is more like it. I love the smell of fresh Coriander leaves and they are certainly discernible Jo Loves Green Orange and Coriander. It’s blatantly unisex and would smell good on either male or female. It’s a clean bathroom-y sort of smell like expensive candles or high end citrussy bath oils in a five star hotel. Again, like all fragrance in the Jo Loves range, this is quite linear. Unlike a moody, changeable Serge Lutens, for example, what you apply at breakfast is what you still smell of at lunch. Inexplicably, my first thought after spraying was of Imperial Leather soap, but then the Coriander and Orange burst in at the same time, in equal measure. To my delight, the Orange is sharp and juicy, rather than sweet and sherbety. There is a bit of Oakmoss in there to make it slightly earthy, even masculine. It’s has definite zing, but is somewhat grounded nicely by the Oakmoss. All in all, it’s good and stays good. Longevity is very impressive: around seven hours for two sprays. (I still say I can smell a faint whiff of Imperial leather though, but don’t tell anyone, it might just be me).

This is my second favourite Jo Loves fragrance after Pomelo.