Tag Archives: best unisex perfume

Yves Rocher Secret D’Essences Accord Chic

accordchicad
I was recently given a bottle of Yves Rocher Secrets D’Essences Accord Chic on loan from dearest chum Lisa Wordbird. I’m a huge fan of Yves Rocher and long for the day when a branch opens in the UK. As it is, I order online and visit a branch when in France (my last visit was four years ago though, sadly!).

Secrets D’Essences Accord Chic was made by the outrageously talented Nose Olivier Cresp, alongside equally legendary Nose Marie Salamagne. If I listed all their scents here, it would take up several pages. If you know Thierry Mugler Angel, Jo Malone Incense et Cedrat, Nina by Nina Ricci and YSL Black Opium, then you will know their work.  Legends. The pair of ’em.

accord chicSo, when these two rock stars of scent get together, you can bet it’s going to be good. And it is.

Accord Chic is a curious fragrance that kept me guessing  and chewing my pen.

It opens with pink pepper but  for a minute or two, it smells like champagne. The pink pepper loiters around in a sweet and fruity way, providing what may be the only touch of girliness in this otherwise rather spicy unisex scent.

The middle phase is all about the resins and the iris. This is not your typical iris however. The iris here gives this a unique and unusual middle  that I had trouble finding the words for. I’ll try.  Here goes: The middle note smells like fresh green tea and a grey cashmere blanket all at once. I can’t explain it to either myself or to you, dear reader, any better than that.
MALABAHEAUDEPARFUMThe spice notes come from resins, rather than  powder: namely frankincense, elemi and benzoin. Reading that made me think this would smell like cough mixture. I couldn’t have been more wrong. This is like a spiced-up version of Penhaligon’s Malabah. There’s no green tea listed, but the spiciness is lightened somehow. This is not a heavy, smoky incense, but more of an oil burner, aromatically scenting the room with light and warm liquid touches.

oil burnerIt’s so perfect for layering that I urge you to try it both alone and with say, musk, or some light citrus. It has a tang of freshness like citron already, so you may as well run with it. If you don’t normally like heavily spiced scent, this could be perfect for you.  It has all the spice, but shh…whisper it…it has a gentleness too.

Stockists

Yves Rocher Accord Chic is available from Yves Rocher branches in France  or online from Yves Rocher.co.uk .  I recommend the purse spray for under a fiver as a good starting point. The mail service is fab because you always get three free samples and usually a free gift or two as well. I’m a very loyal customer as you can see!

Follow

Beaufort London Fathom V: A Maritime Miracle

mermaid

Full fathom five thy father lies;
Of his bones are coral made;
Those are pearls that were his eyes;
Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange. – Ariels Song

I am bewitched and enchanted. I have been turned into a mermaid.

beaufort-london_fathom_1-septBeaufort London is a new and currently small outfit, based in London, as you have probably guessed.  My previous knowledge of them consisted only of my experience of Beaufort 1805, a sample of which had been provided in a previous Perfume Society Discovery Box. Beaufort London 1805 was a powerful scent that blew my head off like a gunship’s cannon. I admired it, but respectfully left it for others to enjoy. Fathom V on the other hand, blew me away in quite a different manner altogether.

From the very first sniff of this, whilst it was still wet, I thought of salty London docks , mossy with age and rusty with decay. It was a deliciously uplifting and evocative scent, bursting with green notes as well as the green flanks of a boat on an earthy mudbank.

Lurking in there somewhere is an almost unsettlingly sexy note of thigh and  pheromone. It’s like a pirate’s breeches, but so, so alluring.  It’s hypnotic, evocative and utterly bewitching. It makes my head feel like it’s stuck in a  poem about crashing waves and damsels and incredibly attractive pirates. Oh and did I mention the lilies? The greenest of lily notes ever created is in here, giving this a botanic saltiness and adding to the hypnotic effect.

So what’s in? Not that it matters, really, it’s already made its mark on me, but here’s a list of notes:

Top notes: earth, green notes, aqutic notes

Middle notes: cumin, lily, black pepper

Base: Vetiver, moss, salt

If Beaufort Fathom V is sniffed with your eyes closed before sleep, you will have the most ethereal oceanic dreams. I wholeheartedly recommend it.  I shall resist adding “me hearties” on the end. Oh, whoops!

Stockists

Beaufort Fathom V is available from Beaufort London. They also do moustache wax, which makes me love them even more, despite not having a moustache.  Shipping is free within the UK. My sample was from The Perfume Society Precious Perfumes Discovery Box.

 Acknowledgements: Painting by John William Waterhouse. Sample and opinions are my own.

Follow

Tauerville Amber Flash: Review

amberflash-bottle

Today I am working my way through my little collection of Tauerville samples and have fallen hard for Amber Flash.

amber1Amber Flash is everything I like in an Autumn scent: there’s beautiful sandalwood, rich, warm amber (which is a composite scent rather than the actual smell of amber), and plenty of patchouli. There’s the leathery resins, and just the tiniest soupcon of vanilla to soften the edges almost infinitesimally. There are similarities to Andy’s cult classic L’Air du Desert Marocain, yet  at the same time there are enough differences to make this stand-alone more than worthwhile. There’s also that hint of creosote that you get in Lonestar Memories. Creosote is no bad thing in a fragrance and often sounds worse than it is: Think the roughness of cough mixture mixed with the scent of a wet fence on a hot day- I love it.

What I love most though, apart from the superb longevity, is that this reminds me of that scent of old infused church pews. That scent of centuries old wood infused with incense- not dissimilar to the reason I love Comme Des Garcons Avignon so much. Oh, and there’s leather belts. There are lots of leather belts here too. This is a stunning fragrance for an excellent price and can, like all Tauers, be worn by a man or a woman.

Stockists

You can buy the Tauerville range from Les Senteurs in the UK, Lucky Scent in the USA, or, of course, the Tauerville website.

howtogeek.com

 

Photos– top photo Fragrantica, Amber photo- Pinterest,  Bottom photo-howtogeek.com