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Looking back at 2015: My Top Ten

Welcome back. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. I am currently smelling of my Christmas present: First by Van Cleef and Arpels, and loving its classic aldehyde nuances. I smell like a proper lady.

2015 marks the third year of my blog and I always like to do a top ten round up as we say farewell to another twelve months. Scent wise, it’s been an interesting and busy year. I have thoroughly enjoyed several new scents and innovations and I only wish there were ten first places. This top ten then is in no order of preference. These are my ten favourite scent related things that happened in 2015. As far as I’m concerned, they are all joint first.

1. The Perfume Society Discovery Boxes

Never has a postman seen a face light up like mine when these familiar boxes come my way. With around ten hard-to-get samples, carefully curated and with smelling notes too, each Discovery Box is a Treasure Chest. I have them all.

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The Perfume Society

2. Papillon Salome

It astounds me that Liz Moores is a relative newbie. Every one of her first three début scents were nominated for coveted FiFi awards. Her fourth, Salome, is the kind of stuff Anais Nin would have worn.  It’s dirty, sexy and already smells like a vintage classic.  If this one doesn’t get a FiFi, bloggers and perfume fans will riot in the streets.

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3. Aftelier Perfumes.

Dear Mandy Aftel of Aftelier perfumes and I struck up a friendship this year and what an enriching friendship it was turned out to be. Amazingly Mandy uses all natural ingredients and the results are vivid, real and evocative. I’m looking forward to more from Mandy in 2016, and in the meantime, I really recommend the to-die-for Bergamoss EDP and the deliciously cosy Vanilla Smoke.

Mandy Aftel, from www.aftelier.com
Mandy Aftel, from www.aftelier.com

4. 4160 Tuesdays Blooms and Grows

Sarah McCartney keeps innovating without saturating and this year is no different. I am yet to try many of the Crimes of Passion range ( and will soon be putting that right), but one of my favourite things about Sarah is that she makes affordable niche. If you can’t stretch to a full bottle ( and they are priced fairly), there are sample sets and purse sprays which puts high quality artisan niche within everyone’s reach. I like that.

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5. Library of Fragrance

This is the second year of my love affair with Library of Fragrance and I think we’re getting serious. With soliflores (Iris, Mango, Orange Blossom), the “quirkies” as I call them ( Rain, Bonfire, Play Doh) and the Whimsicals ( Pixie Dust, Moonbeam, Sunshine), Library of Fragrance continues to give me what I want. I can wear them alone, I can blend and I can find that favourite note that I only like on its own. Prices are very reasonable and longevity goes far beyond its cologne label. Happy to see purse sprays now as well!

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6. Pell Wall Perfumes

2015 was the year I discovered Pell Wall Perfumes. Chris Bartlett is an indie perfumer who sells good honest scent that he created himself. It’s quality stuff with a nod to vintage classics as well as a flair for staying modern. I’ve had fun discovering how versatile this brand is: violets in Deep Purple, leather in Sticky Leather Sky, rose in Pretty in Pink. Discovery Sets and a good sample service make Pell Wall user friendly. Chris gets a firm handshake from this blog.

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7. Lidl

Lidl’s Suddenly Madame Glamour is a well known, shall we say, “homage” to Chanel Coco Mademoiselle, but did you know they have also launched Suddenly Woman which smells like Chanel No 5? or Suddenly Diamonds which smells like Boss Orange? Or Xbolt that smells like Hugo Boss Bottled? Big companies hate this, but I like that they’ve put scent within the reach of the most parsimonious shopper.  Whilst you’re there chuck in some Tiramisu ice cream if they’ve got it.

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8. Retro Returns

I’m talking about the joy of seeing Aqua Manda, Aqua Citra and Goya Black Rose again. Babe and Tribe are back. Yardley repackaged their timeless soliflores as Contemporary Classics (I’ve bought three bottles) I’m also talking about the fact that Geminesse, Lutece, Raffinee and Moon Drops are marching back too Watch this space. Further developments may well end up in 2016 Top Ten too.

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9. Miller Harris Jardin D’Enfance Range

The Miller Harris Jardin D’Enfance range brings back the endless summers I spent making mud pies and eating blackberries in the 1970s. Miller Harris has made an evocative capsule collection of three fabulous fragrances, my favourite of which is Coeur de Jardin.

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10. Friedemodin

A capsule range created by Nina Freide and Elisabeth Modin, the Freidemodin range is ethereal, delicate and beautiful. I especially adore Vertine and Rosee de Nuit. I’m exscited to see what Freidemodin comes out with next. You can find them in Harvey Nichols.

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Happy New year everyone! I really value your kind loyalty and readership.

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Lidl Suddenly Diamonds: A Run For Your Money

 

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 Lidl Suddenly Diamonds comes after the success of Lidl Suddenly Madame Glamour: a decent duplicate of Coco Mademoiselle EDT.  Lidl are keeping it simple:  they are not trying to reinvent the wheel with their perfumes and they are clearly unabashed by the fact that their perfumes smell like duplicates of best sellers.

It does make me wonder why they chose Boss Orange as their next Muse for Suddenly Diamonds, but at the same time I am grateful it wasn’t Jimmy Choo Flash or Thierry Mugler Angel (which would be a runaway success by the way Lidl, if you’re listening).

I was kindly supplied with my bottle by the Lidl Press Office, after I wrote explaining that I couldn’t get hold of a bottle at a couple of my local branches. A big thank you to them, and a repeat of my disclaimer that just because I didn’t pay for this, doesn’t mean I have to gush about it out of politeness.  If I don’t like it, I will say so with honesty.

nd.5979 So what’s it like? Well it’s a bit like velvety Orange Blossom  and Red Apples when it first goes on, followed by a  general chorus of White Flowers. So far so good.  If I had been charge of this, I would have left out the Vanilla that makes the base smell a  little generic and I would have added some bitter Orange. However, they quite wisely did not put me in charge, and have ended up producing a very good duplicate of Hugo Boss Orange.

To give this a fair trial, I wore Lidl Suddenly Diamonds on one wrist and Boss Orange on the other and compared the two. Hold the front page- Lidl outlasted Boss Orange by around two hours. Yes indeed, the £3.99 new kid on the block outlasted its rival by 100%. Boss Orange only lasted two hours on my skin, but Lidl was there for twice as long.

So whilst I don’t like the Vanilla base, I do get that it’s a Must Have for the mainstream market right now. However, with Orange Blossom shining brightly at the heart, surrounded by a mass of White Flowers, you cannot go wrong at £3.99 a bottle. In fact, the bottle isn’t bad either: a nice chunky glass effort.

Over at Bonkers About Perfume, the lovely Vanessa also reviews Lidl Suddenly Diamonds and clearly shares my love of all things Lidl.

As for availability, if you see it buy it, there are no plans to restock. But Lidl- please keep making perfumes!