Thursday, 21 May 2015

M moi by Mauboussin

Mauboussin's Eau de Parfum M moi meaning Love me!

A very youthful fresh perfume. It reminds me of something to be warn by the college girls at a
1950's garden party. Perfect as a day scent.

Your parents give you the advice of wearing something pretty in light fresh colours (like the bottle) with a touch of floral. The top notes of the perfume are currant, saffron and ivy (our aroma of the week).

Be sweet, attentive to others, with something to contribute to say but not be the centre of attention. Like the perfume with the middle notes having a fresh orange blossom, amber and tulip they are subtle and hold well.

Remember not to linger at the party, when it is over head home at the appropriate time.  Finishing with musk, cashmere and white amber, there is a depth but still light and powdery.

The perfume scent seems to leave you just as a lovely afternoon with friends seems to slip by too quickly.

But hey the girls of today know to take a good thing along with them give it another spray.... and why listen to the parents... you're ready to move on to the next party!

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Serge Lutens - Chergui

This week our chosen aroma is Tobacco Leaf and to match it we have selected Chergui by Serge Lutens as our perfume of the week.

If you prefer to party like a wall-flower, it isn't necessary to read any further since Chergui will not be your type of perfume.  But if you like to make an entrance, party like tomorrow doesn't matter and be remembered after you've gone home, then spray a little Chergui and let's get going!

It isn't your typical tobacco leaf scent, there is no air of ashtray or cigar or fresh green leaves.  I feel the tobacco leaf has been used more to temper the sweetness of the honey and amber rather than to impart the smell of cinders.

Whilst this perfume borders on sweet, it isn't cloying or syrupy.  It has woods (sandalwood), musk and incense and hay to balance the sweetness and give this perfume a classy warm and comforting scent.

It has a powerful opening, a powerful woods-emerging middle and a creamy incense dry down.

I feel I've walked through snow, icy winter woods and found comfort in a wood-fire burning in the eaves of a church.  My cold hands and feet are thawing nicely, I feel an inner warmth and peace.  I smell delightful.

Chergui has great lasting power - we will all still smell of this when we leave the office tonight.

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Frangipani by Ormonde Jayne

Ormonde Jayne is a boutique brand with a chic boutique store in London.  Frangipani was designed by Geza Schoen in 2003 (who is the same nose behind Molecule 01)

Reading the description of this perfume and it's ingredients which include frangipani (obviously) tuberose and jasmine we were expecting to smell this and our noses to be bombarded with a big floral scent, but we were slightly taken aback when we received something very different - it's a much more delicate, gentle, uplifting aroma.

White flowers can so often offer such a heady and heavy scent that we sometimes find perfumes based on those totally overwhelming.  This aroma has a delightful and very beautiful citrus element (courtesy of this week's aroma - linden blossom) that cuts through the floral scent, reminding us of walking through a garden after a rainstorm, where the flowers are heavy with rain drops and their scent is fresh and lively.

This perfume, we would suggest, is perfect for a summer scent - the citrus offering a light and zesty opening which cuts into the floral and holds it back somewhat.

As we sit here smelling various parts of our arms that we have spritzed,  we are expecting the floral to come through but in all honesty we are struggling to describe this as a floral perfume.  Don't get us wrong - we really are loving it, it's just not what we expect.

Perhaps this perfume is the perfect example of not judging a book by its cover (or a perfume by its list of ingredients!).  

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Perfume Thursday - Herba Fresca by Guerlain

Herba Fresca, with its beautiful gold-caged bottle, is a mainstay of Guerlain's Aqua Allegoria range. Launched in 1999, the Aqua Allegoria fragrances were introduced as a sort of entry-level, affordable step into the Guerlain world. They describe it as "a continuously renewed collection that pays homage to the wonders of nature and beautiful raw materials".  A lovely idea and at around £45 they're a steal!

On a bright, Spring day, this was a glorious blast of outdoors in the Plush Folly office. Guerlain describe Herba Fresca as "the spirit of freshly cut grass and a note of green tea" but for us the overwhelming note is of spearmint, giving this fragrance a potent toothpastey smell. This is not a criticism - the mint calms to a whisper after its initial (very loud) shout and lets through an element of crushed, or freshly cut grass with a hint of lemon - but it is hard to describe this fragrance without using the word 'clean'!

There are florals somewhere in there - lily of the valley, cyclamen and pear flower - but for us these were masked by the spearmint.  We couldn't pick them out but perhaps got a hint of the stems of flowers in the dry down.

We all like Herba Fresca very much - fresh, light and clean smelling, it is captivating and uplifting, like a walk through a summer herb garden after rain - a herb garden filled with mint!  It would be wonderful post-workout shower gel and we decided we would like it as a room fragrance ... how about it, Guerlain?!

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Perfume Thursday: Uomo by Valentino

Uomo in Italian translates to Man in English, and in our opinion any man wearing this particular aroma would be most welcome to join us.

So many of the fragrances intended for the male market we have encountered in recent times have all fallen into the ozonic catagory - citrus, fresh, green kind of smells, very pleasant but similar none the less.
Uomo does have a light opening with the bergamot but very quickly we detect another, darker level emerging, There is a sweetness courtesy of hazelnut (our aroma of the week), coffee and chocolate but in no way is it overly sweet or cloying with leather adding a depth that makes us keep coming back for more!

Nickie described it as discreet which is perfect.  We imagine a confident, suave, understated-but-expensively dressed gentleman to wear this (think George Clooney, David Ginola, Liam Neeson or Clive Owen types and you'll see where we're going).  It smells of good taste and class, but may be a wolf in sheep's clothing, the man wearing this may have more to him than meets the eye - slightly aloof but oh so exciting!

The bottle is beautiful and tactile, multi-faceted like the aroma within and wouldn't look out of place on the dressing table of a lady or gent.

So, you get the general impression that we like this one - you bet we do.  It deserves to have it's praises sung from the rooftops and one we are definitely adding to the gift list for the men in our lives.


Thursday, 16 April 2015

Success by Trump

After we had got over an attack of silly schoolgirl humour caused by using the words 'trump' and 'smell' in the same sentence, we focussed on the job in hand which was to review the men's perfume called Success which was launched in 2011 by Donald Trump, American business man.

Since we put this in the category of celebrity perfume and were pleasantly surprised to find that, contrary to what we were prepared for, this men's scent is actually very pleasant.  It is clean, inoffensive, subtle and generally a good aroma.

It isn't too strong and takes its place as a background smell. It doesn't last too long so no matter how many applications, your man is never going to out do you on the aroma front.

Whilst it contains this week's aroma of the week (redcurrant) it doesn't strike me as a fruity aroma. Success also contains coriander and ginger, but I wouldn't describe it as a spicy perfume either.  It contains vetiver and birch wood but it isn't a woody perfume.  These aromas are blended further with geranium, bamboo and tonka making it more of a - well its difficult to place it in any category, so let's just call it a fresh aromatic surprisingly pleasant subtle perfume!

An all round good egg.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Thierry Mugler - Mugler Cologne

Tall, bold, slender and proud - the bottle of this week's perfume of the week would look good on any dressing table.  It is a unisex cologne and seems to be enjoyed by everyone here in the office.

With a fresh citrus cocktail-style opening, I think I'm in a Mexican restaurant enjoying margarita pitchers.  Delicious!

Give the cologne a moment or two and the lemony-lime citrus moves gracefully into a woody-citrus courtesy of petitgrain (our aroma of the week).  As it morphs from zingy citrus to woody citrus a bold green bamboo note makes its appearance and hangs around until the perfume gently fades (but I could still detect it 4 hours after the first spray).  Double delicious!

This is one I'd comfortably share with my husband and my sons - I'd  like them to smell of it too.  It was initially fashioned after the aroma of a bar of soap and is designed to give you that freshly showered, clean skin aroma and everyone who commented on the aroma described it as fresh.  It is very wearable.  My sons don't always smell clean and fresh, they exercise hard and play muddy football, this could be the answer!  Especially as the cologne seems to have excellent sillage and longevity.

All in all, a bargain at only £31 for 100ml.  Thierry Mugler - thank you!