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Happy Valentine’s Day: This is My Special Treat

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arlesienneHappy Valentine’s Day even if you’re not celebrating it.  Love doesn’t have to be romantic so I hope that you, dear reader, have someone to love and to love you in return today. Love is all you need. The Beatles were right.

Rather than focus on one fragrance today, I wanted to share my salacious wonderment at the arrival of another Discovery Box from the Perfume Society.

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When I was younger, my late and much missed grandmother Nanna T, used to give me wonderful Christmas presents that consisted of a wicker basket with a hand sewn floral lining, which was then filled with goodies.

valeThis is the 1980s we are talking about so I would get for example,:  some bath pearls (remember them?), a sachet of Shaders and Toners (remember them too?), bath cubes (ditto!), and all manner of tiny treats.  I loved this gift above all others and have never forgotten it.

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Fast forward to 2015 and I got  a similar thrill at opening my Love Scents Discovery Box from The Perfume Society. and here’s what was in it:

  1.  A tube of Love Heart sweets,
  2. A spray sample of L’Amour Lalique
  3. A spray sample of Carven L’Eau de Toilette
  4. A spray sample of Dear Rose I Love My Man
  5. A spray sample of Van Cleef and Arpels Rose Velours No 17785QY
  6. A 4ml splash bottle of 4160 Tuesdays The Sexiest Scent on the Planet Ever (IMHO)
  7. A spray sample of Signorina Eleganza by Salvatore Ferragamo
  8. A spray sample of Artemisia by Penhaligons
  9. A 4ml splash bottle of Valentino Uomo
  10. A spray sample of Roads Cloud 9 Parfum
  11. A boxed splash bottle of L’Occitane L’Arlesienne Eau de toilette.
  12. A 10ml tube of L’Occitane Roses et Reines hand cream
  13. A spray sample of Juliette Has a Gun Lady Vengeance

There is a rose theme running throughout and I am particularly blown away by the high calibre of the samples included. Instead of focussing on one fragrance today,  I shall be working my way through this delightful box bit by biSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESt, and hotly anticipating the next one.  It’s like getting a little birthday present, and speaking of which, these make perfect perfume-y gifts.

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The Perfume Society Discovery Boxes cost £15 from the website. Annual subscription is £25 a year and includes the e-zine Scented Letter, access to meet ups and special perfume events throughout the country, and first dibs on Discovery Boxes, often at a discounted price for members.

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Chanel Egoiste: Pour Homme, pour me.

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 Chanel Égoïste is supposedly for men, but we say knickers to gender labels on this blog.  I have been wearing this for a couple of days now and I have to say it knocks spots off every male fragrance I have smelled in the last year (with an honourable mention to the wonderful Valentino Uomo).

As the weather cools down, with occasional erratic bursts of heat, Chanel Égoïste seems to fit the bill perfectly.  At first spray, it is a refreshing citrus scent with mandarin and peppery carnations. As it beds down, the cinnamon, woods and sandalwood emerge, but they are tempered with the strong peppery (almost dusty) carnation that hangs on with tenacity.  This is no bad thing: Égoïste proves that carnation and sandalwood compliment each other so perfectly that I don’t know why it isn’t done more often.

The base note, which lasts around eight hours on my thirsty skin, is divine.  With leather, tobacco and warm rich amber, this is so seamlessly blended you can hardly break the notes up.

Unlike many male fragrances on the High Street today, Chanel Égoïste doesn’t have the generic base note I have mentioned in previous posts.  To be honest I would wear more male scents if the bothersome everyman note wasn’t added to male fragrance so often.  The most memorable exceptions I have come across are Coty Aspen, Valentino Uomo (coffee, lavender and leather *swoon*) and believe it or not, Old Spice.

However, we have no such worries with Égoïste.  I would happily wear this all winter if a) I had a limitless budget and b) there weren’t so many other bottles on my overcrowded wish list. As a wise fellow blogger once told me, it is probably synthetic violet leaf.

Peppery, dusty, spicy leather.  Pure heaven. I am an Égoïste.

Agent Provocateur Fatale: Love on The Third Date

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It took a few goes, but like my husband, it was worth getting to know after a few dates.

 Agent Provocateur Fatale is the latest release from the Agent Provocateur stable and the face of the scent is the beautiful Monica Cruz, who has a rather attractive brother in law called Javier Bardem (obviously not a patch on Mr IScent, of course).

It took me a few tries to like this but on Day Three I drew my conclusion.  I love it.

At first I thought it was a bit of a generic new release that smells like so many these days, although it deftly avoids falling into the fruity floral category (phew!).  After wearing Fatale for three days, I realised that not only does it remind me of the utterly dreamy coffee-like Valentino Uomo, which I fell in love with earlier this year, but the patchouli packs a punch that I missed on the first two tries.

Agent Provocateur Fatale opens with dark blackcurrant, which despite my aversion to  non citrus fruit in perfume, I always enjoy.  Along with the blackcurrant comes spicy pink pepper and  a whiff of clean, rich Gardenia,  followed by the aforementioned patchouli.  As all this blends rather pleasantly together in a grown up way, a hint of chocolate creeps in and takes a seat.  Now thankfully the chocolate isn’t the nougat-y, overly vanilla variety but more like bitter unsweetened real cocoa.  In fact it smells like slightly bitter coffee beans like to my nose, which is partly what swung it for me (I fell hard for Uomo).

Fatale is a change of direction from the trusty Agent Provocateur EDP and the sometimes divisive Petale Noir .  In living up to its name, Agent Provocateur doesn’t play it safe, and I like that.

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