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Dear lovely readers,
You may recall my recent review of the intriguing Library of Fragrance Bonfire. It was perfect for Autumn and now its perfect for winter too. On its own, Bonfire will bring back those memories of proper childhood bonfires, and mixed with other scents, it adds a smoky resonance to your fragrance du jour. I layered it with Library of Fragrance Mahogany and also Library of Fragrance Pipe Tobacco with warm and woody results that made me feel as snug as a bug in a rug.
How to Win
I have one bottle of Pipe Tobacco and one of Bonfire to giveaway. The winner wins both. The closing date will be midnight GMT on Sunday 13th December. All you have to do is leave a comment here on the blog, or on the Facebook page, or on Twitter ( @iscentyouaday). You can tell me anything you like. I am nosy. Are you drinking tea? do you have a pet? What are you watching on the telly? I’m afraid this is a UK only draw due to postal regulations. A big sorry to my overseas chums. The winner will be picked out of an empty Quality Street tub by a small child. Who needs Random.org? Good luck!
If you don’t win, remember you can buy all Library of Fragrance scents from the Library of Fragrance website. On the High Street (and online) Boots carries a selection from the range. Check out the cute purse sprays for £10.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Library of Fragrance really does have a scent for every occasion. For Christmas you can have Cranberry, Gingerbread and Fireplace. For Spring there’s Wet Garden, Peony, and of course , being the UK, Rain, There’s even birthday fragrance with Vanilla Cake Batter and Gin and Tonic. And now, right in front of me, there’s a bottle of Bonfire.
When sprayed on the three members of my family here tonight, ranging in age from five to forty nine, I’m afraid none of them liked it, one said “Pumpkin”, one said “Halloween” and one said “Yuk, Gerroff”. Well I liked it. What do they know? Huh.
Bonfire encapsulates the exact smell of a bonfire, which seems like an obvious thing to say but to me, it smells like someone has been playing with matches in my living room.
Over on basenotes, several commentators have remarked that it reminds them of hotdogs and I’ve no doubt that a variation of the same liquid smoke used to flavour hot dogs is likely to be used in scent as well as flavour. There is most certainly a smoky note, that is almost bitter on first sniff. However, bear with it, because this is worth hanging on for. After a while the smoke beds down into a sort of scorched maple, and what was once bitter fades down into a layer of smoky spice. In fact it seemed like a good idea at this point to fish out two of my favourite Library of Fragrance scents- Pipe Tobacco and Mahogany- and do a bit of layering.
Bonfire and Mahogany gives a lovely combination of both smoke and incense- and it is perfect for Autumn. It’s on the masculine spectrum but I like to smell a lot more butch in Autumn and Winter than I do in Spring and Summer.
When I blended Pipe Tobacco with Bonfire, the effect was even more interesting and equally pleasing. The cosy warmth of Pipe Tobacco gave smoky Bonfire a warm nuttiness that gave the impression of the wood surround of a fireplace in winter. You have smoke’n’cosy all in one and I really liked this combination.
In conclusion, Bonfire may not be for everyone, but for me that pang of Seventies childhood it gave me (sparklers, baked potatoes, real bonfires) was the portal that got me interested. A bit of blending with other woody and warm scents, and my bonfire was under control and made for a pleasant Autumn evening.
I have reviewed many Library of Fragrance scents now and I remain a big fan. The reasons I love the brand are twofold: You can pick out your favourite notes and wear them alone ( Musk #7 is a good start or Iris), or you can do a bit of perfume DIY and layer different notes over others until you find a favourite combo. Either way, at £15 for 30ml, it’s win/win.
Today I am reviewing Library of Fragrance Pipe Tobacco and it’s sort of a two pronged review.
Firstly- Pipe Tobacco on its own smells authentically like Pipe Tobacco. This naturally, won’t come as a surprise to you, but Pipe Tobacco on its own is a rather appealing smell, and if you ever pass that rare thing, a tobacconists, then do pop in and sniff the air. It’s a kind of toasted dry woody scent with hints of richness and dark fruit. It reminds me particular of a wonderful old tobacconists in Exeter called McGahey.
During my university days there, my friend Pippa and I would go and buy posh cigarettes to go to a ball with ( This was in the 80s when smoking was trendy and often done alongside cheap red wine whilst wearing too much LouLou). St Moritz would be a favourite as they had a posh cover and gold foil on the filters and were by appointment to one of the European Royal families that you find in Hello Magazine ( but I digress). Inside McGahey the shelves were wooden and the jars were see through and it always smelled like an old wood panelled study. In fact, I did occasionally see a professor in there.
Pipe tobacco may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I found a lot to like about it.
So here’s the second prong of my review: layer Pipe Tobacco over Library of Fragrance Mahogany and you have a gorgeous woody, spicy, dry scent that made me swoon. In fact, ( and purists will pelt me with tomatoes for this) it reminded me of Serge Lutens Chergui when layered together. You have here notes of the aforementioned toasty warm woods, whiffs of hay, the faintest hint of liquorice, spice, dark oak and tobacco. Together they are dynamite. Worn together yuou have the most terrific woody Autumnal combo with a masculine edge that smells a lot more expensive than it costs.
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