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Library of Fragrance Fireplace:  The Last Word in Winter Warmers



Now that we’re properly cold and wearing woollies it’s time to bring the rabbit out of the hat.  If there is a cosier, warmer smelling scent than Library of Fragrance Fireplace I have yet to come across it.

Somehow the exact smoky dustiness of a real log fire has been captured in a scent. If I’m not mistaken, something extra has been added too:  not quite spice, but more of a peppery note.  I name it old wood beams in a rustic farmhouse as the wind whips the windows outside.

Fireplace is a delightful wintry fragrance that is equally good on women or men. In fact, this would smell amazing on a man wearing a warm jumper as if to say “I am all capable and manly and have big strong arms”.


I have mentioned Fireplace briefly before in my review of Library of Fragrance Gingerbread, and I will reiterate here how well Gingerbread and Fireplace go together.  These two were simply made to be worn on freezing November evenings.  Longevity is pretty good too at around five hours. To make it last even longer, spray your hair and clothes as these will keep the scent longer than skin. This is especially good on scarves.

Play Bing Crosby and pour yourself a sherry.

Stockists:  Library of Fragrance is available from the Library of Fragrance website or Boots in the UK, online or in store.  Prices are £15 for one or £25 for two (one for you, one for Christmas presents). Photo by www.3planesoft.com

Library of Fragrance Musk #7: The Perfect Ingredient


Musk is a scent that should, in my opinion, be in every scent wardrobe.  However, out on the High Street, it’s not that easy to find a straight forward musk that hasn’t been tampered with.  I like to wear musk alone or, more often, layered with other scents and Library of Fragrance Musk #7 is perfect for this.

On the Demeter website the description of #7 reads :

Bergamot and lemon peel, with fresh herbs, amber and patchouli form the attitude of this fragrance, the first of our Musk’s to be declared commercial grade. White Musk # 7 is A fresh and delicate blend that speaks in whispers.

I definitely picked up on the bergamot in the opening and  a little heat from whispery amber in the base, but otherwise this is a straightforward, uncomplicated classic musk.

It’s a gentle almost single note musk that adds warmth and depth to the other fragrances in the line and goes especially well with Library of Fragrance cabochardPatchouli.  I also love Musk over anything with roses in, so I often layer Library of Fragrance Musk over The Body Shop Mountain Atlas Rose oil and also over any heavy hitters to tone it down a bit for day wear. (Very good over Gres Cabochard!).


Library of Fragrance Musk #7 is a white musk that is ideal for daywear, passes the commuter test and lasts around five hours.  I recommend it alone or as an extra spoke in your wheel.  A musk base can add a new dimension to your existing scents and give you a different way of wearing them

Library of Fragrance Musk #7 is £15 a bottle or £25 for two from Boots.  In the USA and Canada, this is called Demeter Musk #7 . You can buy it on Amazon.com.

Library of Fragrance: Why I’m Excited by This New Launch

the_library_of_fragrance   For a long time I have remained uninspired by new High Street fragrance releases.  Every now and then there’s a few I like, but I have been generally underwhelmed.  There seems to be a sea of cupcakes, vanilla and berries infiltrating every tempting bottle I approach.  Even the good ones seem to lack the oomph I seek.  I’ve even started to miss the Eighties with their outrageous “look at me!” sillage, and  even the Nineties with their gentle simplicty.   It is little wonder I almost always buy online these days.  Such is my frustration that I have started experimenting with layering and looking at soliflores to create my own ideas about what I want from a fragrance.  I certainly can find very little from the raft of new releases put under my nose these days. Parfum_Patchouli_ml However, as if a nice person somewhere was reading my mind, along comes Library of Fragrance and kindly gives me my own mixing deck. Library of Fragrance  may sound like newbies until you know that they are actually famous fragrance realists Demeter.  Due to a legality, they cannot use that name in Europe and so over here in the UK, they are called Library of Fragrance.

You can find the range in Boots the Chemist on your local High Street.  They are even in my own small local branch, so you don’t have to live in a big city to access them. The cost is very reasonable indeed at £15 for one bottle or £25 for two (one for you and one for me), which makes Christmas shopping suddenly look very tempting. So far I have tried six of them ( There are 28) and will be reporting back one by one.

So far I love them all. What excites me is that I can pretty much make my own scent of the day. ( IScentYouaDay can Scent Me a Day!)  by layering simple  Patchouli over Musk, or using the greener than green Four Leaf Clover on its own, or even by using the composite scents such as Rain, Snow or Moonbeam. libfrag4 No longer do I have to wait until the fragrance industry stops targeting launches at 17-27 year olds.  Finally we fortysomethings ( who look younger, obviously *cough*) can get our mitts on an array of well made perfumes with a choice that hasn’t been made for us by a focus group and a finance forecast.

Accessible, affordable, lots of variety, good quality… what more could I want? Oh yes, and you get Boots Advantage Points if you buy them, which can’t hurt. In the States and Canada, you can read these reviews as if they are Demeter as they are the same product with a different trading name, so please don’t feel left out if I waffle on about Boots.

Watch this space as I review them individually soon.