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Library of Fragrance Bonfire: Smokin’


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.

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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.



You can buy Library of Fragrance from the Library of Fragrance website.  There is also a selection of Library of Fragrance scents in branches of Boots

Caron Yatagan For Men: For Men? For Me!


Did I mention that cold weather makes me go through a butch phase? Suddenly the flower petals go out of the window and there I am welcoming Leather and Spices back in like old friends. Although having said that, Spice can of course work well in hot weather when done with due care and attention.

Created in 1978,  Caron Yatagan is gloriously 70s in both its packaging and its fragrance. Yatagan turns its nose up at fake tanned  waxed chests of the youth of today and demands a Burt Reynolds Chest Rug. Preferably Shag Pile. Medallion optional.

Meaty, manly and butch as hell, this is what I want from Autumn. It should be pointed out, however, that I do not have a Burt Reynolds chest rug and that Yatagan can, of course, work on women of the non hirsute category.

My first unedited impressions were: Smoky, Pine needles, Tar, and Carnations, with one subtle savoury note I couldn’t put my finger on, and which I didn’t like. More of which anon.

The ACTUAL notes are (thank you Fragrantica):

Top notes: Pine, Lavendar, Galbanum, Basil, Watercress and Mint.

Middle notes: Oak, Oakmoss, Patchouli and Artemesia.

Base notes: Musk, Woodsy notes, Incense and  er…Castoreum.

Yes Castoreum.

I had to look that one up and what do I see, but photos of Beavers! It is Imagein fact, a secretion from a Beaver that gives a birch tar effect, until diluted, when it calms down a bit and goes more fruity. I borrowed the photo on the left from Fragrantica.com. I was not prepared to Google one.

Overall, I could pick up the Lavendar, Galbanum, Pine, Musk, Patchouli and Oakmoss.  But one note stopped me falling in love with this (although I think we will have a very close friendship). It  wasn’t one that was listed on Fragrantica, but when I visited the Caron site, it jumped out at me: Celery.  I just find it too savoury and “foodie” in all this Musty Woodiness that is so rich and deep.  Did you think I was going to say Castoreum? Huh, Beavers be dammed.

 Yatagan is glorious: rich, smoky, warm and spicy. It should be worn in front of a fire with a lone Saxophone in the background. That smell of burning? That’ll be your loins.

Just hold the Celery.