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Niobe by Cologne and Cotton: A New Favourite

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Cologne and Cotton has been around for twenty four years, as has their rather lovely in house fragrance range.  I have only recently come across the brand, more fool me, but what I have discovered is destined to become a firm favourite with its traditional roots and quintessentially English classic style.

Cologne and Cotton kindly sent me a bottle of Niobe to take for a test drive and all I can say is that I have been wearing it non stop since it arrived.

Before we talk about how lovely it smells-a word about the packaging.  The bottle is lovely enough to rival a Penhaligons bottle.  The box is eau de nil and gold embossed.  Even the inside of the box looks like Edwardian wallpaper.  There is nothing here not to fall in love with.

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As for the fragrance: imagine if you blended 4711 with O de Lancôme: you’d be close to the opening notes of Niobe.  Bursting with lemon and lime and all things refreshing, this is like a beautiful wake up call on a summer morning.   It has all the zinginess of sherbet, with none of the sickly sugar.  It smells effervescent, like lemonade bubbles popping on your skin.  Although this is eau de cologne, it has good eau de toilette lasting power. I sprayed my hair and sleeves with it and I could smell it on my pillow at bedtime.

As the citrus beds down, you are left with a classic vetiver /citrus melange which, although marketed for men, is perfectly unisex and will never go out of style.

At £38 for a generous 150ml bottle ( and dreamy packaging), I call this excellent value, and I can’t wait to get stuck in with further samples that Cologne and Cotton  kindly sent me.  They don’t just sell their own brand either: they are stockists for Fragonard,  E Coudray, LT Piver,  4711 Acqua Colonia,  D’Orsay,  Molinard,  Lalique,  Miller Harris,  Acqua di Genova,  Encre Noir,  and more.   There are branches in London, Cheltenham, Brighton and Leamington Spa. I would like to say in passing that Cardiff is a jolly nice shopping hub and a branch would go down very well indeed in Wales. Hint, hint.

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Stockists: The Cologne and Cotton website is here, and you can order online or find your nearest branch.  Be careful though-  as Oscar Wilde once said “I can resist everything except temptation”

 

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Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Revitalize: My Treat of The Week

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 Yesterday I went into my local Superdrug to try out the testers by the till, as I often do.  I tried Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Revitalize, left the shop, did a U turn and returned to buy some immediately.

 I was pretty surprised, since I have gone off Elizabeth Arden as a brand, having been unimpressed by so many EA scents, and although I admire the classic Green Tea, I often find that a note of Tea smells too metallic for my liking.

However, wearing Green Tea Revitalize was a different experience altogether.  The first thought that went through my head was Clarins Eau des Jardins. It’s not quite as delicious, but it gives it a damn good run for its money.  It also reminded me of O de Lancome, only without the Mossy base.  It is similar to Clinique Happy with its Orangey Zzzing!  The price of Green Tea Revitalize was a mere £10GBP for a 100ml bottle (sadly I can’t see it online, but check out your local branch if you have one).  Now that’s what I call a bargain.

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Yes, it’s a bit cool outside for these delightful summery hesperides, but I was thrilled with my purchase. I never thought I would buy a Green Tea flanker, although I own and like Spiced Green Tea, with its peppery lightness.

Top notes in Green Tea Revitalize are: are Blood Orange, Watermint and Mandarin.  The Watermint thankfully sidesteps the peril of falling into the ozonic/aquatic category. The Oranges are present and correct.

Middle notes are Magnolia ( a favourite of mine), Lotus, Bamboo and Green Tea.  Last time I had Bamboo and Tea in a perfume, I couldn’t offload it quickly enough. I won’t mention any names, (Givenchy Eau Torride). However in Green Tea Revitalize the metallic Tea and Bamboo notes are softened by the lovely citruses and the soft Magnolia until they don’t give that silvery jarring effect anymore. Some perfumes make my teeth jangle such as White Linen and Chanel No 22 (The Perfumed Dandy will surely have the vapours again!). They are metallic and silvery to my nose.  I think there is a term for this but I can’t remember it, perhaps one of my knowledgeable readers knows?

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In any case, Green Tea Revitalize is my  bargain of the week and  despite my having to spray hair and clothes to keep it going (my scarf smells lovely), it was totally worth the ten pound note I handed over, spent within five minutes of coming out of the cash machine.  Plus it’s a  big 100ml bottle. What’s not to love?