Aqua Allegoria Spring Scents from Guerlain

Spring is in the air! It finally is, and what better way to celebrate the longer days, and - hopefully - better weather, than with a new fragrance. There are TEN gorgeous Guerlain Aqua Allegoria scents to choose from - the problem will be deciding which one to go for. The Guerlain Aqua Allegoria fragrances, originally introduced in 1999, with many created by Thierry Wasser, Guerlain's Master Perfumer, combine the freshness of a Cologne with the … [Read more...]

Chanel’s new Coco Mademoiselle EDP Intense

What better time to launch a new fragrance than in time for National Fragrance Week? Chanel did just that, launching their new Coco Mademoiselle Eau De Parfum Intense on March 1, just in time for Fragrance Week, which ends this weekend. The new Coco turns things up a notch, whilst retaining much from the original scent. Like the original this flits between the freshness of citrus peel and the ardent blaze of wood, but adds beautiful … [Read more...]

Maison Christian Dior Glasgow and La Colle Noire

A few weeks back I stumbled across the most beautiful new Dior area in Fraser's in Glasgow. Upon further investigation, I discovered this was the new 'Maison Christian Dior' - a stunningly lovely perfume bar. It's one of just a handful to open around the world,  and I will have more info on it early next year. Safe to day, if you want to buy someone a gift of perfume, then really, you need to head in here. The packaging is stunning, and the … [Read more...]

LoveLily from Accessorize

You don't have to spend a fortune on perfume, it all depends on what you want from a fragrance. The new LoveLily from Accessorize is not a sophisticated scent, but don't discount it yet. It's a floral, obviously, and it is, like many florals, pretty sweet. I'm not a huge fan of florals, I have to admit, and this is probably too sweet for me, but it's not unpleasant, and it comes in gorgeous printed packaging with a bit of a clunky bottle, that … [Read more...]

New L’Occitane scents for men and women

It's that time of year when perfume sales soar - it's an easy, but lovely Christmas gift. So, here's a couple from L'Occitane, for a fragrance gift with a difference, and not a crazy price tag. First up L'Homme Cologne Cedrat. It's a citrus/woody/aquatic scent with top notesof Corsican cedrat, mint and pink pepper, a heart of violet leaf and ginger, and a base of cedar, musk and amber. It's a very masculine scent, but with fresh accents, and … [Read more...]

National Fragrance Day Scents

It's National Fragrance Day, so I have spent today immersed in the gorgeous aroma of my favourite scents -and a few new ones,and now I am sharing them all with you! Fragrance is a powerful thing. It is the most powerful memory-inducer I can think of, it changes our mood, it enhances our personality - a lot more than just make us smell good. But it does that too, of course. There are so many perfumes on offer these days, it's hard to … [Read more...]

Yardley 1770 for Men

Here's a little Valentine's Day treat for the man in your life. You know how most men's fragrances normally have that fresh, clean, smell? Well, this is something completely different. I'll let top perfumer Jean Charles Mignon, of Robertet UK explain. He co- created this new Yardley 1770, after all... "In male fragrance, the focus has traditionally been on fresh, ozonic and marine accords that suggest a clean transparency, but we are now seeing … [Read more...]

New Perfumes for Autumn

Let's celebrate Autumn's arrival with a new perfume! In my book, there is always time in your life for a new perfume. I am obsessed by fragrance, mainly thanks to a 15-year-career as a beauty journalist, but even before that I was a huge fragrance fan. In recent years, I have become obsessed with Tom Ford fragrances, and have been so lucky to have been involved in the beauty industry at this time. I can't pick out a favourite, I love so many of … [Read more...]

NEW DKNY Men and Women Fragrance

DKNY seem to release a new version of their Men and Women fragrances pretty regularly, or maybe it just seems that way.  I have to admit I don’t normally pay that much attention to them – they’re not my favourite EDTs, if I am honest. However, the latest incarnations are actually really nice! I know, I shouldn’t sound so surprised! Let’s start with the new DKNY Women Limited Edition - it’s billed as ‘energising, wild and sexy’. It has … [Read more...]

Estee Lauder Modern Muse Chic

After the mega-launch - and success - of Estee Lauder's Modern Muse fragrance, their first in years, it's no surprise they are now launching a new version of it. You can read about the original Modern Muse on last year's blog post here, and now I'll try and explain the differences in the new one! Modern Muse Chic represents the bold, daring, creative side of a Modern Muse, say Estee Lauder. In fragrance terms, it's a Vivid Woody Floral. Which is … [Read more...]