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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)

oudh wood A (2)

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

The Perfume Society … what was in the box!

Hey folks,

So as you know i signed up to the Perfume Society as i want to learn lots more about perfumes, their scents and to find out about what sort of scent i am drawn to. Put together by a fantastic team of experts in not only the beauty industry, they have always had a real passion for scents too. I paid a one off payment of £25 and that gets me access to a huge wealth of knowledge and expertise online too .. after that boxes are just £10 delivered!

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There is so many perfumes on the market it confuses me if i go into a shop to try and buy some fragrance so these boxes will help me a lot and they are a fantastic mix of high street and designer fragrances that living way up in Portrush that i wouldn’t normally get to try!

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So lets get started on what’s in the box … please remember these are my own thoughts and scents are very different for us all 🙂

The first fragrance is Miller and Harris  Fragrance Family: Chypre is a very unisex scent, it is warm sensual, this is a scent i will love wearing all winter because i think its very suitable for me and my surroundings being in a seaside town. It will warm the senses on a really cold day, i am almost getting a hint of clove or resin….something like that from this …

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Lair Du Temps Fragrance Family: Floral is the perfume my first boyfriend ever bought me so for me this scent evokes memories .. sigh … oh to be 18 again and know what i know now! It is very floral, almost powdery you can just pick up the woody notes in the background, the rose, carnation and Jasmine (well i think i can lol), very fond memories this one.

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Crystal Noir by Versace Fragrance: Oriental, i have been really drawn to this, its a sexy night out, its dark and beautiful, i can pick out the blackcurrant, fig, tuberose, heady Jasmine, vanilla and sandalwood. It is beautifully understated. You wear it rather than it wear you and the longer you wear it the better and better it gets!

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Dali Wild-Salvador Dali Fragrance: Woody not so keen on really dry woody fragrances but it is a really light scent, beautiful for summer and daytime and a crisp white shirt or dress i think. Hmm maybe i like it better than i thought i did when i think of how or what it would go along with..

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Paco Rabanne Lady Million Fragrance: Floriental initially it has that ‘statement’ maker quality to it but surprisingly it really softens down into a really nice scent. One of the first things i have always picked up with this perfume is the amber, being a resin it gives it a little bit aromatic headiness but now i can pick out the bitter orange, Jasmine and  real sweetness from the honey.

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Chloe by Chloe Fragrance: Floral, i have always considered this to be a very dry scent with floral notes, like a dry white wine with a woody undercurrent, sunny days and long lunches spring to mind! This one the just is still out on, i don’t think its for me but i can imagine certain people loving it…

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Atkinsons 24 Old Bond Street scent:Fresh,  Very different to all the other scents this cologne is almost shower fresh, its a very elegant  scent for someone who wants to look, sharp, clean and just showered all day long, i love cardamon and this is a really fresh modern unisex scent.

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Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Noir scent:Gourmand, and it nearly is good enough to eat lol, with Amber, vanilla, caramel, Mandarin, strawberries, honeysuckle is is a very sweet and heady aroma, its a nightime scent that you would wear on a hot date or a good night out that would really get you noticed.

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Going through the scents and all their distinctive traits has already taught me to think more about the scent and what it is telling me, when or where i would use it and why. I have really enjoyed my first lesson delving into the fragrances and learning how to wear them for different occasions, it is definitely a good journey to be on…

Did you go for the fragrance box? If so what did you think of it?

I got a lovely sample sized hand cream too, you can find out lots more about it all here http://perfumesociety.org/

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My new box arrived this morning, the London one and i am really looking forward to the insights i find from it

Bye for now

Nicola xx

Perfume Society Amazing Monthly Perfume Box!

Hello everyone,

a few weeks ago i signed up to the Perfume Society because i believe i have yet to find my ‘signature’ scent, a scent that i would love to use almost every day, i consider myself to be a complete novice  when it comes to perfumes, what makes them special and sets them apart from each other.

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So this monthly box is perfect for me to educate myself and learn all about top notes, middle notes, base notes, woody scents, floral scents, musky scents, the list goes on and this monthly box will give me the power and ability to know what i want from a fragrance and to be able to go forward and start choosing scents that suit me, my skin, my moods. I really am all about learning and empowering myself and others if i can.

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I just knew this box was going to be good and it did not disappoint! I got 9 very different fragrances from a very varied spectrum of scents, from high end to high street, just amazing! (post to follow), fragrance cards for every fragrance, scenting sticks for trying the fragrance and smelling all the scent notes and a little note pad to keep notes and all the perfumes you like ❤

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I paid a one off £25 to become a VIP subscriber,  this gets me oh so much really, check it all out here ..   http://perfumesociety.org/become-a-subscriber/

I  like to know what’s in my fragrance like i want to  know what is in my skincare, what it does and why …..

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Perfume Society has answered my prayers and opened all the doors i need to find my way in a world where i was previously taking a stab at in the dark! Next time i go to buy a fragrance i will be confident,  knowledgeable and know exactly what i am looking for (oh joy!).

A huge thank you to all involved at Perfume Society, i look forward to learning all about the fragrances in my box and look forward to doing another post on the scents in my beautifully packaged box!

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There was just too much information to put in one post, but i can certainly say that i am chuffed to bits by the Perfume Society Box and everything it entails 🙂

So if you love your fragrances or want to learn all about the fragrance world then this monthly box is for you, i can honestly say it is incredible value and after your one off payment of £25 your box just costs £10 a month delivered along with an absolute wealth of knowledge, check out Perfume Society here http://perfumesociety.org/

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Please let me know what you think, or if you go for this box and we can compare what we think of the fragrances we received, i always love to hear what everyone thinks x

Thats it for now

Nicola x