Mostly Lovin’: Le Labo Santal 33

An Olfactory Dream

I was recently given a bottle of Le Labo’s renowned fragrance Santal 33. Inspired by the American West and the dream of “big sky country”, this is not a fragrance for the olfactory wallflower. With woody, spicy and leather accords, this long-wearing unisex scent transposes throughout the day to reveal base notes of cedarwood, amber and musk making for an extremely sensual sensory experience.

Those seeking a similar yet lighter santal fragrance might try Miller Harris Peau Santal which is equally beguiling yet softer overall.

Bonne année! Bisous.

Mostly Lovin’: Oribe Côte d’Azur Parfum, https://w

I’m a huge fan of Oribe’s high end hair-care line. Not only does it contain some of the finest formulations and aesthetically pleasing packaging but the beautiful signature fragrance of lychee, edlerweisse flower, lemon, bergamot and sandalwood puts me in mind of long summer nights in Portofino or some such magical place…

My love affair with the brand began when I stumbled upon the Glaze for Beautiful Colour which I have to say is incredibly nourishing and even managed to impart a degree of luster to my chemically abused locks.
The fragrance can be used to perfume both skin and hair which is a bonus in my book! x

Cote D’Azur Candle

Mostly Lovin’: SJP Stash

Hands Off Mitches!

When I was in my twenties I wore the perfume Black Cashmere by Donna Karan. Warm, spicy and vastly unusual, in retrospect I can appreciate this fragrance was way too grown up for me at that particular stage in my life.

Now, as a woman of a certain age – I find I gravitate to largely unisex fragrances. Lucky for me Sarah Jessica Parker – SJP has just released Stash and I have to say…I am in love with this scent!

The earthy fusion of cedarwood atlas, vetiver (I am obsessed with vetiver!), and pistachio with the musk of bergamot serves to create a seamless fragrance which is both sensual and unexpected on both men and women alike.

I have taken to dousing myself in it an hour or so before leaving the house by which time it has soaked into my skin to create a fragrance akin to clean summer skin. Conversely, I think Stash may be more of a winter fragrance but I would be interested to know your thoughts. xx

Mostly Lovin’: Diptyque Do Son

Je Sens Bien!

I am so in love with Diptyque’s Do Son fragrance I could merrily douse myself in it from day to night but I suspect that may be a touch excessive non? A wonderfully fresh unisex scent of Tuberose, Orange Leaves, Pink Peppercorns and Musk, this beautiful, gentle scent transports one to it’s name sake – the beautiful little Vietnamese seaside resort of Do Son. Simply lovely! x

Unisex Scents…Discuss

Creed Himalaya

I have often wondered about the concept of the unisex scent. Way back in the day I fell madly in love with Calvin Klein’s CK one largely owing to it’s unique, clean fragrance. I would often receive compliments from complete strangers and my mother would often say she could always tell where I had been in the house as it left a subtle yet distinct aroma in the air. More recently Vertiver by Guerlain has become a firm favourite. OK so strictly speaking this is not officially a unisex scent however it is worn by so many women we can’t all be wrong non?! My current discovery is Creed’s Himalaya. This is a crisp fragrance with top notes of bergamot, grapefruit, lemon and mandarin. I adore how the fragrance subtly shift notes throughout the day to reveal the base-notes of ambergris, musk, tonka bean. Another great way to wear a masculine fragrance is to mix it with a suitable feminine scent thereby creating your very own “signature scent. What do think about the idea of a unisex scent? Does the concept work and if so do you have a favourite? x

Spring Fragrance: Roger Gallet Bois D’Orange

Firm Favourite

Mostly Lovin’: Modern Muse

A Little Taster...

A Little Taster…

Summer Sense, bronze goddess perfume

There is something so wonderfully evocative about perfume and familiar aromas. For a long time now I have associated memorable days with particular scents. For example, Jean Paul Gaultier’s “Classic” women’s fragrance will always bring to mind my first kiss. Bronze Goddess by Estee Lauder puts me in mind of late summer evenings or days spent lazing on the beach in the Caribbean. Laced with vetiver, mandarin and a hint of coconut to remind you it is a summer fragrance, a quick spritz of this and I could be lying on a hammock somewhere north of Brazil. What’s your go-to summer fragrance? x

Secret Santa: Chloe Eau de Fleurs Neroli


Every Christmas I like to treat myself to a little cadeau de Noël just between myself and I. It is normally something in the beauty arena which I have long had my eye on and refuse to wait until the 25th to indulge. This years présente secrète is Chloe’s Eau de Fleurs Neroli. Fresh and clean, with nostalgic notes; its composition includes Clary Sage, Amber, Tonka and Musk.

It’s as though I have Summer in my back pocket… in short “I love! x

A Summer Fragrance

A Classic

A Classic

I am clinging somewhat hopelessly to the notion that at any given moment the sun will burst forth from its current hidey-hole and British Summer time will limp forth in all its fleeting glory… I continue to hope. In the meantime, I have made myself very useful by sourcing a new fragrance for the sure to be impending summer months, that is of course a blatant lie as both you and I know we had our day in the sun and it was that Wednesday when the sun was out for two consecutive hours. Anyway, one of my long time “faves” is Guerlain’s Vetiver. Of course, Vetiver is in fact an aftershave but it has for some time been generally perceived to be unisex scent. With top notes of lemon; middle notes of tobacco and Vetiver; base notes consists of nutmeg and pepper, Vetiver has always been something of a timeless companion to me. I like to wear it in balmy climes – it is great as a eau de cologne after a cold shower or worn with little else on a hot night. If you like me are watching the pennies, perhaps persuade the one you love to invest in a bottle which you might then share from time to time…you know it makes sense. Bisous