Precious Pure Perfumes: Chanel Les Exclusifs

Chanel Les Exclusifs Review

Well here’s something rather special from Chanel; tiny, perfectly-formed glass flacons containing Les Exclusifs fragrances in their very purest form. Not only are the bottles themselves absolutely beautiful, with their little glass stoppers tied on with thread and dainty black seals decorating the necks, the concentrated contents of the bottles are the kind of fragrance nectar that make collectors and enthusiasts weak at … Read More

Ruth CrillyPrecious Pure Perfumes: Chanel Les Exclusifs

Fragrance: Cashmere Blankets and Dreaming of Holidays…

connock london kukui eau de parfum review

Here’s a warm, uplifting little fragrance to see you through to the summer; Connock London’s Kukui. If you haven’t had the pleasure of smelling the Kukui range then you’ve just found another thing to add to your list – it’s a beautifully soft and comforting scent that has a slightly woody, masculine base. My first introduction to the range was actually a few years … Read More

Ruth CrillyFragrance: Cashmere Blankets and Dreaming of Holidays…

Some Springtime Scent Suggestions…

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Sorry for that quite horrid bit of alliteration in the post title; I’m writing this at just before one in the morning and, after a certain time, my brain switches into Standby Mode. I start thinking in clichés and overusing semicolons; I have to fight my own fingers in order to produce sentences with less than twelve commas. Lazy writing, … Read More

Ruth CrillySome Springtime Scent Suggestions…

NUXE Prodigieux: I’m Starting Summer Early.

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My latest Hush order has arrived: just look at those colours! I bought a cotton printed maxi-dress, the cut and style identical to the snake-print one that I had last year, and I also purchased a snazzy pair of lobster-print pyjama bottoms. Both items I had intended to keep until the warmer months but I have to say that the … Read More

Ruth CrillyNUXE Prodigieux: I’m Starting Summer Early.

Dozing Beneath the Fig Tree…

jo malone wild fig cassis cologne review

I’m not quite sure how this fragrance has managed to pass me by. I thought that I was fully versed in the delights that Jo Malone has to offer, but apparently not! This Wild Fig & Cassis is, on paper, totally up my street – I adore fig fragrances and especially those that have a bit of an edge. This one has … Read More

Ruth CrillyDozing Beneath the Fig Tree…

Eau de Totally Swish.

opium gold bottle edition

Yves Saint Laurent have super-swished two of their most iconic products; the Touche Éclat pen and their fragrance classic that for many of us is perfume “marmite”: Opium. For me, Opium has incredibly warming associations; my Mum wore it from when I was very little and I remember clearly the palm-leaf packaging on her dressing table. It’s a strong, heady fragrance and not one … Read More

Ruth CrillyEau de Totally Swish.

If You’re Looking for the Perfect Winter Fragrance then Stop.

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 If you’re searching for the perfect Winter fragrance then I’d like to be so bold as to say: stop. I have found it. You need look no further, tread the halls of Selfridges no more. Begone with the paper tester sticks that litter your handbag, cast out those plastic-lidded vials that clutter your bathroom cabinet and let me tempt you … Read More

Ruth CrillyIf You’re Looking for the Perfect Winter Fragrance then Stop.

Majestic Roses, Powdery Boudoirs and Heady Jasmines!

ysl majestic rose, annick goutal rose,

Some lovely summer scents for you, though we are now heading on into the autumn. Or will I be strung up for saying that? I’m just being realistic. We’ve had the best summer for years, and this is Britain, so something bad is bound to happen to the weather soon. Just saying. Anyway: fragrances. I have some new, permanent additions to my … Read More

Ruth CrillyMajestic Roses, Powdery Boudoirs and Heady Jasmines!

La Vie Est Belle for Lightweights…

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Outwardly, this perfume looks exactly like La Vie Est Belle by Lancome. And it is, though there are a few important tweaks that have been made inside the bottle. This is the lighter, Légère version, perfect for warm days and also (dare I say this?) for those who found the original version a little too overpowering. Personally, I absolutely adore the original I have never had … Read More

Ruth CrillyLa Vie Est Belle for Lightweights…

Reader Offer: Free Jo Malone Sample!

perfume offer free sample

*UPDATE: a few people having trouble with the landing site at Jo Malone. It’s working for me (13:00hrs on Monday) but I see that it’s for UK residents only. That could be the trouble! I didn’t realise, sorry about that.* In one month’s time, Jo Malone London release their latest fragrance, the gorgeous Peony & Blush Suede. Long-suffering readers may remember that … Read More

Ruth CrillyReader Offer: Free Jo Malone Sample!