Category Archives: Artisan Fragrances

The Library of Fragrance Gingerbread Cologne is dark, Sexy and Utterly delicious!!

Hey fellow beauty lovers!

The Library Of Fragrance is not just any old perfume company. Since 1996 they have been producing well known scents that surround us in our everyday lives, scents that we know and love and that bring memories, love and comfort into our lives.

A lot of the fragrances are single notes, so that you can mix and match to find your own unique blend, that is true to you and you can make up your scent to suit your mood. I have tried a few of these fragrances now and have found them so true to scent it is unreal.

The Snozzberries taste just like Snozzberries! to quote Willy Wonka!

I have tried Sea Salt, a real favourite…living by the sea, it is a scent of home, so I love to wear it. I have also tried Pina Colada and I just wanted to drink it lol .. it was so fresh, fruity and creamy.

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The scent I chose this time is Gingerbread, because I just love that warming, sweet, caramely, rich, deep, sexy scent .. it is just pure heaven! Ah I could eat my arm off it is so delicious! It gives me a sense of self and real comfort too, as it is a fragrance I have known all my life, as my father was a master baker and fresh baked gingerbread was my favourite.

The scent is so true to life, it is mouth watering and everyone has asked me what it is I am wearing, as they get a whiff of the delicious, spicy scent. I definitely chose the right scent for me!

Another scent I feel some of my friends will love is Gin & Tonic, as it is such a fresh, clean fragrance and again very true to what a real gin and tonic smells like.

No matter what memories or fragrances you want to find, The Library of Fragrance should have whatever it is you are looking for .. you can check out some of the scents on offer with this month’s Libbie Club offers here

There is Vanilla Ice Cream, Gin & Tonic, Baby Powder and Fresh Laundry to name a few ..and they are totally true to their names which I love. So if you find one you like, then why not give it a go? See for yourself and surround yourself in a scent you love, that fills you with happy memories, because that is what the Library of Fragrance can do for you!

Bye for now

Nicola x

Just What is the Libbie Club and How Does It All Work?

Hey everyone,

Today I would like to explain what the Libbie Club is and how it works. I have been with it from the very start and I find them really easy to be a part of.

The Libbie Club is a part of Latest In Beauty and You Beauty Box who have brought us some of the best Beauty Boxes there are. LIB is a no subscription box ..they bring us hot trendy boxes if and when they have them and You Beauty offers us a subscription alternative which I love as I can always see the value in these boxes and they bring me fresh, exciting and new skincare.

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So the Libbie Club is their Boutique where they sell high end full sized products and as a Libbie I take the offers and share them around friends, family and fellow skincare and beauty junkies …and that is it really!

You get to really learn about the products and what makes that individual item special, sometimes an insight from the brand as to what makes it tick and I love that sort of thing. I love learning about my skincare and what is in it.

If you convert a sale (you can make a purchase yourself if not) then you get the next month’s box free to review and share and that is basically how it all works. Of course you need to be putting some effort into this and sharing the word but I find everyone in the LC very warm and happy to help with any problems.

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Sophie our Chief Libbie is very approachable, warm and helpful and she is all hands on deck everywhere! She must get it crazy some days lol!

A word on the products. Anything I have had from the Libbie Club has always been really good quality. There is a lean towards natural, organic, cruelty free products and that suits me just fine. I think people are learning a lot more online that these products are the best way to go.

So that is it… simple, easy to do and if you do it right it will reward you back. There is no hard sell here but knowing your products and being able to answer questions gives others who are buying confidence in the products which I think helps a lot.

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There is a small deposit to pay on your first box but the box is always worth a lot more than that, of course months and value vary but once you have paid this and converted a sale then your next box is free and so forth…

I have truly loved trying all the products that have been sent to me by the Libbie Club and I have found some remarkable products that are now staples in my make up & skincare stash.

If you want to take a look at the Libbie Club or some of it’s offers you can find it all here

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Bye for now folks

Nicola x

 

Neom Scent To Sleep Is Pure Bliss!

 

Hello beauties,

It has been a few years since I used the Neom Tranquillity range and looking back now they have really upped their game. Not only in their amazing fragrances, but in the packaging, everything about it feels luxurious and special.

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When they launched their new hand balms I knew I had to get the Nourish, Breathe & Sleep balm because I am aware that when we get into bed, most of us have our hands close to our faces so the freshly warmed oils are directly inhaled.I was rubbing my bath oil on my wrists and using pillow sprays that my skin just didn’t like.

I have severe sleep issues and have tried anything and everything. I have ME & Fibromyalgia plus a bad back injury that makes getting into bed a real ordeal and some quality sleep a near impossible feat to achieve.

So what looks like a nice plumped up fluffy bed to most, feels like a bed of rocks and nails to me. So over the years there is not much I haven’t tried, including some pretty strong funky herbal teas, but I always persevere in hope ..but when my brain decides it isn’t going to sleep then nothing will make it happen!

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But at the moment I am sleeping  much  better than ever with Nourish, Breathe & Sleep balm on my hands and some Tranquillity Intensive Deep Sleep treatment on my wrists and pulse points. Both these products have a blend of 19 of the purest essential oils including English Lavender, Sweet Basil, Jasmine and there is definitely a beautiful wild mint in there too making it beautiful and mellow.

The fragrance really does relax me and send me off into a heavenly deep sleep and as a bad sleeper that is saying something!

I am having such a love affair with this fragrance right now, not just because the scent is heavenly, but because the blend of oils really does help me to get off to sleep. I should add here that the hand balm is a night-time intensive hand treatment too.

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Neom are promoting a good nights sleep through all of September.#sleepwithneom and it really is worth having a read and taking a look at their special offer. They are giving away with ANY purchase, a Tranquillity Intensive Deep Sleep fragrance roll on (lasts ages) and a Body Slim Clean & Lean Serenity shake with vitamins and herbs to help you sleep, lower anxiety levels and burn fat!! (yessss it deserves it’s very own blog post for sure) and it is chocolate flavoured .. hello!

The price of a good nights sleep is indeed priceless and I have had so many nights where I would have sold my soul for some sleep. Neom does cost that little bit more, but in my book right now it has been worth every penny and quite affordable .. My Tranquillity Intensive Deep Sleep Treatment  is £8 and my Nourish, breathe & Sleep Balm £15 and both will last me about 6 weeks …to me that is a high valued bargain and I will be back for lots more as I truly love it!

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So this Sleeptember  grab yourself some beautiful slumber  with Neom worth £10 with any purchase with code SLEEPGIFT 

Bye for now folks

Nicola x

Perfume Society .. Hidden Treasures!

Hello everyone,

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This has to be my favourite fine fragrance box from Perfume Society yet! I love every Fine Fragrance in this box, I really do.

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The fragrances in this box are all unisex so if you don’t fancy one you can pass it on to your other half 🙂 (not a chance of that happening here with these)

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Well for a start I have a real passion for Oudh, a small vial of pure Oudh can sell for thousands and thousands of pounds and it just has an expensive, luxury sent that I want to keep smelling and smelling, beautiful!

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I will quickly review  the scents in the box as you get a lot for your money! I am a member of the Perfume Society so I get these amazing boxes for £10 delivered … I have learnt so much from them plus I get to try lots of niche and artisan scents I probably would not have tried in my lifetime!

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Ok First up is Jean Patou, Joy Forever(£68 for 30ml)  and it is from the Floral Fragrance Family: This is an update on the original Joy fragrance invented in 1929 which then and even now took the world by storm. It is a perfect scent for a summers day and it wears really well, long lasting. With top notes of Bergamont, Mandarin, Malbanum, Heart notes of Rose and Jasmine (this is what i really pick up in this fragrance) and woody base notes including Sandalwood, Cedarwood, amber and White Musk.

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Illuminum  Vetiver Oudh (£150 for 100ml) Fragrance Family: Woody. I did not think I was a fan of woody scents but it turns out I am(adore them)  I just do not like really dry woody scents very much. With a top note of Sicilian Bergamont, Heart notes of Madagascan and Javanese Vetiver, myrrh and base notes of Patchoui and Madras Oudh. The ingredients in this scent may be more simple than some of the others but it does not make it any less of a truly sensual fragrance, moreish!

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Fortnum and Mason 1707 Noir (full size £145 for 50ml) Fragrance Family: Woody this is a warm, softly spiced with top notes of Grapefruit, Pink Berries, Cinnamon, Nutmeg and Cumin, Heart notes of Oudh, Rose, Saffron and Cashmere, with base notes of White Musk, Amber, Vanilla and Sandalwood. It does smell exotic but in a very soft way. It feels like a luxurious but very comforting scent, very mellow.

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Penhaligon’s Malabah,(£75 for 50ml)  Fragrance Family: Oriental. Penhaligons take  fragrances and create so many complex  blends that give a fragrance so many layers. I have yet to not like one of their fragrances and as they day goes on they reveal more layers and depth to the scent and Malabah does not dissapoint! With top notes of Lemon, Earl Grey tea and corriander leaf, Heart notes of ginger, nutmeg, cardamon, rose, orris and base notes of sweet amber, sandalwood and musk. The longer I wear this fragrance the more sensual and sexier it smells on my skin ..

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Van Cleef & Arpels Precious Oud (£126 for 75ml) Fragrance Family Woody .. ahhhhhhhh heavenly! Inoxicating but not over powering! Top notes of Bergamont, Pink Peppercorn, Heart note of Jasmine, Tuberose, Base notes of Oud, Patchoula, Sandalwooj, Vetiver and amber. Soft, sensual, addictive, beautiful <3.

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Atelier Cologne Santal Carmin,(£200 for 100ml) Fragrance Family: Woody. This cologne has an 18% concerntration of raw oils making it a potent and long lasting heady scent for the senses and the skin. The longer you wear it  the deeper and more sensous the fragrance becomes. Top notes of Bergamont, Limette, Saffron, Base notes of Caledonian Sandalwood, gaiac wood (no idea), white musk, Base notes of Papyrus, cedar wood and vanilla. Very warming and this one I would possible give to a male friend just so i could sit and sniff it off them 🙂

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Bex London SW1X (£98 for 100ml) Fragrance Family: Chypre SW1X is the posh London prefix for everything lush and expensive and this perfume is designed to reflect that. It is a complex blend of fragrances that are very luxurious, again warming because of the spices and exotic with the absolutes and oils. It has Top notes of Lemon, Bergamont, Mandarin, Basil, Pink Pepper, Heart notes of Clove, Rose, Saffron, Muguet, Frankincense, Jasmine, Myrrh, Osmanthus and err Printers Ink (they had a wee accident and some of the scent fell on some cash and it must have improved the scent lol), Base notes of Moss, Oudh, Leather, Vetiver, Sandalwood, Tonka Bena, Patchouli and Amber!

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Annick Goutal L’ile Aue The  (from £67 for 50ml) Fragrance family: Fresh. This is a lovely summers day scent it is zesty, clean, energising, simple but stunning and very uplifting. A real boost on a warm day .. summer in a bottle Top note of Mandarin, Heart notes of Tea Absolute, Osmanthus, Base note of White Musks.

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Pierre Bourdon La Fin D’un ETE(£80 for 100ml) (please pardon my lack of French typing and all other typo’s). Fragrance family: Floral .Simple, refreshing, slightly heady and stunning. This is a warm summers day. Chilling with friends. Top note of Ginger, Heart note of Jasmine and base note of Patchouli .. sometimes that is all and everything you need … carefree and happy! Created by one of the world’s top perfumers Pierre came back one last time to do a set of the fragrances he always dreamed of creating. This is one of those Iconic Scents!

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Miller Harris Cassis En Fuille (from £65 for 50ml Fragrance family: Fruity Floral. This fragrance tho very complex is beautifully made, it has had me entranced since I first sprayed it, well not straight away but as it settled onto my skin and the little piece of card i had sprayed it on caught my attention over and over. It is truly beautiful in my humble opinion. I really am in love with it! Top notes of Italian Bergamont, Galbanum, Blackcurrant, Heart notes of Egyptian Geranium, Tomato leaf, Virginia Cedarwood and musk. It just gets better and better for me. Such a truly stunning scent I cannot get enough of! Lingers beautifully on my skin and is a full bodied rich scent.

Also included in this fragrance box is an award winning AD Skin Synergy Night Treatment Facial Oil (5 ml normally £38 for 50ml)  full of essential oils of Rose, Neroli, Frankincense and Jasmine. I have used this many times before, it sinks into the skin well and left overnight to work it’s magic it gives you lovely soft, hydrated skin in the morning.

Plus there is a travel sized Couto cult toothpaste from Portugal which I have also tried, lovely fresh and minty!

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As a member of Perfume Society I not only get a wealth of knowledge of fragrance and I really have learnt so much from them about what I really do like whereas before I really did not have a clue where to start!

Members get these boxes for £10 and I just find the quality, knowledge and Artisan Fragrances incredible value for my money ..

Have you tried any of the Perfume Society boxes yet?

You can find them here Perfume Society they all come beautifully packaged with info cards on everything in the box included

Bye for now folks

Nicola x

The Perfume Society Love Scents Discovery Box an Ode to Spring!

Hi Folks,

Every few months the Perfume Society bring out a new fragrance box for you to try. It is in a league of its own when it comes to diversity of fragrances, value for money and quality! I have never had a so-called ‘signature scent’ and these Artisan Fragrances give me the change to try amazing fragrances that are mostly made by perfumers  and not found on the high street.

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I signed up to become a member of the Perfume Society with a one-off payment of £25 and for that I got a free perfume discovery box and all other boxes i purchase after that are only £10 delivered and for what you get,  I find them not only amazing value but a true education into the world of fragrance!

So now to start on my new box the ‘Love Scents Discovery Box’  …

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Roads.. Cloud 9  (floral) as you would expect Cloud 9 is a very happy place and scent, it really is as light and dewy as a cloud. I love this fragrance as I don’t always enjoy wearing a heavy fragrance and I would wear this endlessly! Light as air,  fresh and  clean this fragrance has top notes of Chamomile oil, Heart notes of fresh geranium, jasmine and base notes of amber, musk and sandalwood.

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Valentino ..Umo (gourmand)  comes in the most beautiful little bottle 🙂 . It is the first men’s fragrance to feature in the Perfume Society’s box it has top notes of bergamot, myrtle, Heart notes of roast coffee (  love he scent of fresh ground coffee) Base notes of Gainduja cream which i had to Google and its like coca bean and hazelnut as far as I can gather (could be wrong) cedar and leather so it’s deeply edible and delicious, woody and a little mysterious .. just how I like my men lol! If you could put crazy in a bottle I’d probably love that too… oh the little bottle is beautiful too ❤

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L’Occitane en Provence..  Arlesienne (floral) is inspired by the ancient Provençal city of Aries its more of a dry floral (imo)  with top notes of saffron, mandarin orange, Heart notes of rose and lily of the valley, it has base notes of sandalwood, violet and tonka bean. It is crisp and clean and would make a wonderful summer fragrance .

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Dear Rose ..I love my man is another floral but it could be floriental!  This fragrance has heart notes of Bulgarian rose, Centifolia rose, cinnamon and base notes of tonka bean and sandalwood. This is more my kind of floral with the spices in . Having been a chef for many years I adore spices and I love that kickback of warm cinnamon and smooth sandalwood on my skin. Definitely one for a warm summers evening or hot date!

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Lalique L’Amour ..Lalique is a floral fragrance, it is a strong long-lasting scent yet warm with lots of different floral scents in there. It has heart notes of bergamot, rosebud and neroli, heart notes of tuberose, gardenia, jasmine petals with base notes of warm cedar, sandalwood and musks. It you like a long-lasting scent this one will get better and better as it warms down to the warm scents at the base.

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Salvadore Ferragamo.. Signorina Eleganza  scent family Chypre is for me another beautiful scent its fresh a tad fruity and warm it has top notes of pear and grapefruit flesh, heart notes of almond powder, Osmanthus absolute, base notes of white Leather (hmm) accord, patchouli heart .. there is a hippie in my somewhere because I seem to love the scent of patchouli! The fragrance has combined into a lovely zesty, juicy warm fragrance that is light but has real staying power..  all that is truly Italian in a bottle!

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Van Cleef & Arparels.. is another floral fragrance  it’s a ‘Ode to the rose’ and it keeps the true rose essence at its heart all the way! With top notes of bergamont, violet leaves, heart notes of rose absolue, golden honey, iris and bast notes of precious woods and benzoin (a natural mood enhancer) these scents all manage to combine to show the rose scent off beautifully…

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Juliette Has a Gun.. Lady Vengance  is another floral but this fragrance is simplicity in itself. With just 3 scents this perfume is apologetic, feminine and powerful! With a top note of Bulgarian rose, Vanilla and Patchouli it would be a wonderful fragrance for a warm summers evening or a hot date.

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4160 Tuesdays Sexiest Scent On The Planet ..(they must be friends with the printers) comes from the Woody scent family. With a top note of bergamont,heart notes of woods, ambergris, base notes of vanilla and musk. I have really taken to this fragrance as it has warmed to my skin. I can really smell the vanilla but its a beautiful pure vanilla pod, rich and expensive! This scent does ooze a deep sexiness at its heart, warm, musky and mellow…

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Penthaligons.. Artemisa is a floral and it is truly beautiful (imo) with top notes of nectarine, green foliage, heart notes of green apple, lily of the valley, cyclamen, jasmine tea, violet and base notes of oak moss, sandalwood, musk, amber and vanilla. Although there seems to be a lot of scents in there this perfume for me is something truly stunning. I think the green notes really pull me into this fragrance, it’s not sweet, it’s not dry, it’s what I would class as a  truly special fragrance … it oozes sensuality,  warmth and class!

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Carven ..is another floral with top notes of Italian lemon, sweet pea, peony, heart notes of freesia, white Hyacinth, wisteria, base notes of sandalwood, white musk’s and amber. This perfume is very light, maybe a beautiful fragrance for daytime and ladies who love to lunch 🙂

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This Perfume Society Box is a wonderful nod to spring time and bring able to shake off the wind and rain and hopefully put on lighter clothes and fragrances too!

As  a member of the Perfume Society my box cost me £10 delivered! Along with that i got a mini L’Occitaine Rose Et Reines hand and nail cream for my handbag and a lil mini packet of love hearts. I have thoroughly enjoyed this box and I will continue to enjoy the fragrances in it for a long time to come as they just ooze summer, sensuality and femininity…

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You can find out more about the Perfume Society  and their wonderful fragrance boxes here Perfume Boxes .  I have learnt it’s not just the fragrance you wear … its how and when you wear it too. Such a wealth of fragrance!

That’s it for now folks

Nicola x