Hermes ‘Caleche’ Perfume

I remember the first time I ever smelt Hermes ‘Caleche’ Perfume. I was at the Eurostar in Paris, we had about 40 minutes until we boarded our train, if you have ever been to Gare du Nord in Paris, you will know there is not much to do in their departure lounge. Hell, on a busy day, you can barely find a seat, let alone something to keep you entertained! We decided to go and spend 5 minutes smelling perfumes, but as I looked around the shelves, my eyes were drawn to all the cheap high street perfumes and I discreetly said to my friend, ‘There’s nothing for me here!’. Snobby? Yes, I can be. Especially when it comes to perfumes!

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Always the optimist, my friend insisted I smelt some perfumes, she figured there must be something here I liked. She pulled out the classic crowd pleasers; Kenzo, Marc Jacobs etc. I dismissed them for being too well known. She then pulled our ‘Caleche’ by Hermes and told me it was one of her favourite ever perfumes. I sprayed the card and fell in love! This perfume is dreamy! With top notes of bergamot, orange and jasmine. Heart notes of rose, ylang-ylang and iris. It’s woody, musky, citrusy and smells like old school glamour. I have the Eau de Parfum and the Eau de toilette, personally I do prefer the slightly heavier scent of the EDF and I’m convinced it lasts longer and smells a little more full bodied. I would pay a little extra and get the EDP. If you like something a little lighter the EDT would be better for you. While the ETD is slightly lighter than the EDP, it’s by no means ‘light’, it’s still a beautiful rich perfume. I would probably buy the EDT as a gift, but I would want the EDP for me! (Available from Harvey Nichols & Selfridges).

Everything about this perfume oozes class and glamour. It’s a classic and it’s fabulous!

Acqua di Parma ‘Rosa Nobile’

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It was my boyfriend who first introduced me to the Acqua di Parma brand. He loves their colognes and often takes me to their counter to buy supplies. I think for this reason I thought of them as quite a masculine brand, but I’m so wrong!

Acqua di Parma make many feminine scents, including their latest launch, Rosa Nobile Eau de Parfum. I think we all know I’m obsessed with Rose fragrances and I go crazy for that rich, warm scent. Both dark and sweet, I love it.

Acqua di Parma Rosa Nobile is pretty much my perfect rose perfume. While this perfume is new on the market, I think the brand tapped into their rich heritage to create it. Is has the feel of a classic perfume that has existed for 50 years, somehow it smells traditional, yet modern. Rose is mixed with Bergamot, Mandarin and Peony, Violet and Lily of the valley. There are also base notes of Cedar wood, Ambergris and Musk.

I adore this perfect rose perfume, it is everything I have been looking for in a rose fragrance and I adore it! For those who love perfumes but are not looking for a rose based scent, check out Acqua di Parma’s other feminine scents.

If you are looking for something for your man, try out the mens range, my boyfriends favourite is Colonia. It’s a real winner!

Boucheron Place Vendôme

I’m so obsessed with perfume. Here’s my latest find!

Boucheron Place Vendôme

Boucheron was established in 1893 as a jewellery house. Famed for their contemporary designs and loved by the wealthy women of Paris and the world. It seems only fitting Boucheron would eventually want to create perfumes which match the opulence of their jewellery and watches.

Boucheron Place Vendôme Eau de Toilette is inspired by early mornings in Paris; rooftops, flowers, fresh breeze and early morning sun. With top notes of Pink Pepper, Orange Blossom and Rose Essence. Heart notes of Peony, Jasmin Petals and Honey. Base notes of Cedarwood, Benjoin. This perfume is floral, woody and fresh. It’s sweet without being sickly, light without being boring and floral without being overpowering.

It’s very pretty, very feminine and really ladylike. It’s really lovely, it’s not the kind of perfume I usually wear, but I love how feminine it is, if you like floral, pretty perfumes, this is perfect for you as it is super classy!

Available from Debenhams, House of Fraser and feelunique.com. Thanks to Boucheron for sending me a sample  – it was a real treat!

Let’s talk about… Gorilla Perfume!

I first became away of Gorilla Perfumes a few years ago when they had a small shop in East London. It was pretty cool and the girls in the shop were always super friendly and helpful, I loved going in, sometimes just to chat and hang out! Gorilla Perfumes is part of Lush Cosmetics, it is perfume for girls who want something a little less traditional and a little more fun! 

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Taking inspiration from music, Gorilla Perfume release ‘albums of fragrance’, with the perfumes depicting the songs which make up the record. Each perfume has a different mood and beat, just like the songs on an album, do you want the pop songs or the avant garde album tracks?! 

Gorilla Perfumes have just released Volume 3; Death, Decay and Renewal. Don’t worry, none of these perfumes smell like rotting bodies, instead, they are inspired by books, forgotten heroes and heroines, films, poetry, family members, the past, memories, celebration and the dark space where you consider life and death.

Each perfume takes you on a journey, I experienced it with an incredible instillation they made for their last press day, it is hard to describe, so the best thing to do, it head to the Lush website and see the collection of perfumes for yourself and pop in store to give them a smell!

Floris ‘Honey Oud’

I’m turning into such a perfume geek and my current perfume obsession is oud.

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Oud oil comes from Agarwood, which is one of the most expensive woods in the world and the oil is extremely rare and sought after. For years Agarwood incense has been burnt in Chinese, Japanese and Arabian festivals, and the oil has been used to make Arabian perfumes. It’s only recently oud has become popular in the UK and I am a massive fan!

Floris was founded in 1730 by Juan Famenias Floris and his wife Elizabeth. The company is still family owned and run and they are proud to say they are the oldest operating perfumeries in the UK and one of the oldest in the world. Floris hold two Royal Warrants and have two London stores; Jermyn Street and Ebury Street, Belgravia. Two of the most prestigious locations in London. Their perfumes are sold in Harrods, Fortnum & Mason and Peter Jones. They also offer a bespoke service to their clients, this is no average perfumery, Floris is very special.

For those who are not so familiar with oud, it is a rich, heavy, woody scent. Personally, I like it best when it is balanced with a sweeter scents, like amber, honey or rose. When I heard about Floris London’s new scent, Honey Oud, I could’t wait to give it a try! This perfume combines sweet honey, vanilla and rose with strong, heavy oud. Perfect!

This perfume is fabulous. It’s rich, woody and sweet with the oud, vanilla and honey. I can pick up the rose oil and it’s got slightly spicy notes too. I absolutely adore this perfume, because I love fragrances that smell rich, complex and fabulous. It’s exotic, warm and heady and I can’t get enough of it!

Honey Oud c/o Floris, candle by Etta French, make-up by Clinique, Pearls by Chanel.

Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire ‘Rose Velours’

Oh! how I adore roses. I love that rich, warm, heady smell. It’s just so dreamy!

Recently, I have been wearing Van Cleef & Arpels ‘Rose Velours’ from their Collection Extraordinaire. Van Cleef & Arpels are a French Fine jewellery brand who were founded in 1896. They are an iconic luxury brand who have adorned the necks of women such as Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor. The brand are known for their super-luxe jewels, in particular, their flower shaped charm. Flowers inspire their jewellery as well as their perfumes.

If Van Cleef & Arpels jewellery is good enough for Elizabeth Taylor (the Queen of jewels!), then their perfumes are good enough for me! Especially one which contains Rose Absolute, the most precious extract from my favourite flower scent, the Rose. This perfume is a beautiful blend of rose absolute, sweet honey and wood, with a touch of citrus and violet. I feel like there might be a slight drop of oud in there too, which is another favourite of mine.

I absolutely adore this perfume, it’s fabulous and delicious. It smells so rich and perfect, every note is crystal clear and they balance well with each other. The scent jumps around a lot and you pick up different notes, but the rose is always perfectly at the forefront of this perfume. Every drop of this perfume is precious, it lasts all day and it is fabulous!

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Thanks to Van Cleef & Arpels for reaching out to me, it was a pleasure trying your perfume. I’m hooked!

NARCISO Eau de Parfum

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I go nuts for the scent of roses, I’m not really a floral kind of girl, but there’s something about the rose fragrance I just adore. From room scents to body oils, I love roses! When the people at NARCISO contacted me and asked if I wanted to try the new perfume NARCISO Eau de Parfum, I thought I would try it out, as I read it has roses in it!

NARCISO is the new scent from Narciso Rodriguez, it is designed to be an extremely sexy perfume that ‘makes mens heads turn’. It is made up of rose, white florals, vetiver, musk and cedar wood, this is the perfume where florals meet wood. When I first sprayed it on, I found it too floral for my taste, it was the white flowers I could smell and not the roses. After a few minutes of my skin, it transformed and the rose, musk and woody tones came out and I started to really love it. It is clean and fresh while still smelling like rose and wood, which is lovely and a little less heavy than most rose perfumes.

I actually love this perfume, but only after a few minutes, as it needs time to settle on my skin and transform. Once it has settled, the rose is delightful and it is really nice and musky and woody. If I spray this onto my skin, I love it, but if it on my dress  or coat, it’s way too floral for me and just not my taste. It’s amazing how different it is on skin compared to not on skin. Perhaps on other people it remains floral and the rose and woods don’t come out as much. I would recommend popping into your local stockist soon (I know Selfridges sell it) and try it out, make sure you test it on your skin, not on the card, as it changes dramatically on me. I really love this perfume!