Fragrance Womens

Mugler’s Hot Cologne – Striking and Off-kilter

February 5, 2017

Mugler’s Les Exceptions range had completely bypassed my radar until I caught sight of an artfully minimalist  yet chunky bottle on social media a few weeks ago and tracked them down. These, I have to try, so I’m kicking off in reverse order with the 8th member of the range, Hot Cologne. A smooth, fresh […]

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Jo Malone’s Myrrh & Tonka Cologne Intense – Grown-Up Hedonistic Delight

January 12, 2017

Perfume floozies all know that Jo Malone is synonymous with quintessential fresh English fragrances that encapsulate the best of British lifestyle. Whether it be urban living (as in the recent Bloomsbury Set limited release) or country, with its prolific use of garden flowers and herbs in its make-up – Step forward Lime, Basil & Mandarin, […]

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Carven’s L’Absolu and L’Eau Intense

January 9, 2017

One of the rubbish things about no longer being in the epicentre of the world (ie London) and moving to the cold hard North is that one tends to drop from press lists like an X Factor contestant dropping their inhibitions and their conscience. Throw in the constant turnaround in agency PR staff and your […]

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How L’Eau Can You Go? Chanel Releases No.5 L’Eau

November 9, 2016

It’s November and they’ve started. The Christmas TV ads. The ones you either secretly enjoy or love to hate. Either way, come 24th December and by their several hundredth run, you’re crying out for the flip to Summer holiday ads. It’s also the time for huge departments stores and perfume brands to get behind their […]

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Juliette Has A Gun’s Into The Void. To Infinity & Beyond

August 31, 2016

Juliette Has A Gun’s Romano Ricci isn’t averse to playing with ideas nor ingredients. With his latest limited edition release*, Ricci has played with the enigma of space and time, querying what it’s like to be ‘out there’ in deepest darkest space, toying with a trip into an all encompassing darkness, the lure of the […]

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Boy Chanel. Olivier Polge’s latest addition to Les Exclusifs.

August 2, 2016

Being off the boil for a while re. the ol’ perfume reviewing malarkey, it took a brave scent and a braver perfumer to get my juices flowing again. Before  this starts becoming far too Frankie Howard* by far (*Millennials, ask your parents), this is about Chanel after all. And such a classy, demure and newly-old […]

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Valentina Myrrh Assoluto by Valentino

May 22, 2016

Perfumer Olivier Cresp’s collaboration with Hamid Merati-Kasha has knocked it out the ballpark with another outstandingly beautiful release as part of the Valentina by Valentino range of fragrances. Usually flankers become run-of-the-mill with little other than tweaked differences (apart from the marketing ploy to capture already ‘sold’ consumers and spike sales) but Valentina’s ranges have […]

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CK One’s Summer is a Verdant Tropical Splash

May 18, 2016

CK One owns Summer. Its blast of aquatic fruity or floral freshness, depending on the latest limited edition flanker is oft a welcome antithesis to the overt bergamots or rose layers that remain, quite rightly, ever popular when it gets mid way through the year. Since the mid 1990s, CK One’s distinct appeal was its […]

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Cedro di Taormina–The 7th Release to the Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Range

March 2, 2016

It’s that time of year again when certain premium houses decide to tempt us willy-nilly with gorgeous zesty Mediterranean based fragrances that make Brits pine for warmer climes and have us clamouring for the nearest (sl)Easy Jet departure to the South of France or better, Italy. And then we mindfully counter-check this notion with the […]

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Valentino’s Valentina Poudre. Classic Powdery Heaven

February 25, 2016

Sometimes, new releases and even flankers can surprise you. I’ve always been a fan of the pretty and classic Valentina by Valentino range so was delighted when a new incarnation was recently released. Valentino Poudre is all that good releases to market should be: in keeping with the designer, true to the brand heritage and […]

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