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Bronnley Eclectic Elements Collection Exotic Embers EDT

 

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Stumbling across this cute capsule collection in Boots, I was drawn to the bottle of Exotic Embers and plastered the tester on earlier today. All the way home my nose was glued to the wrist. This delightfully spicy scent has a lot to offer a woman like me. I am always on the lookout for a good Autumn scent, and was ripe for temptation as I actually left the house without perfume today ( school run, cat food, long boring story).

Exotic Embers had me thinking “This is familiar and it’s on the tip of my tongue but I just can’t place it” and then it hit me. This is what Yves Saint Laurent Opium would smell like if it had more citrus and was greener. This is spice with all the weighty base taken away.

Top notes  bergamot, orange and galbanum

Middle notes Tuberose, ginger and nutmeg

Base notes Labdanum, cedarwood and amber.

exotic-embersIn fact this shares some similarities with my beloved Mary Greenwell FireFire combines spices with nutmeg and grapefruit, just as Exotic Embers does. This means that if you, like me, enjoy both orientals and cologne style fragrances, this gives you the best of both worlds.

Exotic Embers is more floral than Fire and has a softness that reminded me of flannelette sheets, but I can’t think why. It leaves a peppery trail of roses on my skin and has a faint sweetness that isn’t vanilla, but might be the combination of nutmeg and ginger ( but isn’t gourmand). I love its combination of spice and lightness and its lack of vanilla and sickliness: none of that here.

I’ll definitely be trying more from the Eclectic Elements range, not least for the beautiful packaging. You can also buy purse sprays and an eau fraiche version. Today I was testing the eau de toilette.

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I tried this in Boots where they stock the whole range. Prices start at £15 for a 30ml bottle of eau fraiche.

Opium For The Masses. Opium For Me

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When Yves Saint Laurent Opium was created, it seemed to make Orientals more mainstream and is still a byword for the genre.  Its reputation precedes it:  “Nothing heavy please, nothing like Opium or stuff like that” and sometimes I fear it has  become platitudinous i.e it is so ubiquitous people don’t even see it any more.

I have avoided reviewing it thus far as I find it hard to train myself to just test one at a time whilst walking through my local House of Fraser, but today I just tried Opium (EDT) and nothing else. (It was tempting though, I had to walk fast past all the other bottles winking at me.)

Despite it being a mild summer’s day, not too hot, not too cold, somehow Opium surprisingly, felt just right.  I say surprisingly as I would have thought that Opium was too heavy for summer, but in fact the lightness of the citruses came out like an expensive eau de cologne, with added spice and extra staying power.  I find that I’m wearing a rather thirst quenching scent today that doesn’t feel at all heavy.

Purists may have other ideas about today’s version of Opium, as it has been very much reformulated since its iconic brown packaging at its launch.  I cannot comment on the difference as I am not familiar with the original, but I trust those who tell me, the new kid ain’t the same.

Opium has all the spicy/rich ingredients thing going on, but I think the reason I found it light and pretty is because it has no gourmand stuff in it. There’s no sticky cakey vanilla or sugar or caramel:  all ingredients which are hard to escape in today’s perfume stores.   After smelling so many scents that smell like cake crumbs, Opium is a refreshing change, and yes there is vanilla in it, but its barely discernible and seems to just round off the sharp edges a bit.

You can definitely notice the heavyweight Christmassy duo of Frankincense and Myrrh with their rich, deep resonance,  and the patchouli packs a punch, but somehow, this wasn’t a “woah there!” fragrance.  It felt just right for a sunny day with breezy spells.

Opium has managed to hang on to it’s green, spicy, citrus roots and was a breath of fresh air today: something I never thought I’d say about Opium in August. It’s gone onto the Wish List and I’m only amazed it took me so long to get there.  Oh and did I mention longevity? around fourteen hours for two squirts.  Amazing stuff.