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Hello Lover

I adore the John Galliano fragrance; it is my go-to scent when I need to up my mood or feel a bit special. So imagine my elation at this delightful solid perfume charm bracelet version. It is pretty AND it smells like heaven – perfection!

This would make a great Valentine’s Day present; starting hinting now.

Read my review of the fragrance here.


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A Lemon Love Affair

By Naomi

This week I’ve been writing about banishing the winter blues and have stumbled across some of the most gorgeous citrus scents known to womankind. I think it’s only fair to share. So, here’s my lowdown of some of these fabulous zesty zingy pongs…

Top of the tree is Dior’s new Escale a Portofino (£40 for 75ml) which is available this month. Inspired by the village of Portofino on the Italian Riviera it’s a beautiful fresh citrus scent that’s so lovely it makes me want to go on spritzing and spritzing. Which is fortunate because whilst it smells divine it doesn’t have the best staying power. In this case, it’s such a fresh scent and re-spraying is such a pleasure that I really don’t mind. The glass bottle is sophisticated – basically it’s happiness and summer in EDT form.

Meanwhile, there’s erstwhile favourite Annick Goutal’s Eau D’Hadrien (£57.50 for 100ml). What can I say? This baby is foolproof. Whenever I wear it people ask what I’m wearing. It’s crisp, clean and utterly refreshing. And because it’s Eau de Parfum it lasts a while too. When we’re having a hot spell (which could possibly happen in the next 200 years) it’s a great one to keep in the fridge – applied cool it’s gorgeously refreshing.

Last but not least is L’Occitane’s Citrus Verbena, (£11.50 for 20ml), which launched in July. Now, this is certainly not one for the fainthearted. Short of rubbing lemon slices on your wrist you won’t find anything more lemony in the world. However, it’s an olfactory assault with style and vitality and teamed with the body cream it’s surprisingly lovely.

Also hitting my citrus radar this season is DKNY’s new WOMEN EDP, (£35 for 100ml), which is available from this month. It’s got juicy splashes of grapefruit mixed with fig teamed with some more floral and spicy notes. It’s modern and crisp and the kind of scent you can wear pretty much everywhere.

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Bloomin’ beautiful

Written by Naomi: French and perfume go together like, well, coffee and Italians I guess. So the news that Anne Flipo – the ‘nose’ behind YSL and Lalique scents had turned her olfactory wisdom to a new collection registered on my radar.

Not one to fall over backwards for flowery pongs – especially with my pregnancy hormones usurping my natural sense of smell – I was secretly dismayed to find that all four of the new perfumes were prefixed with ‘floral’. But when a little vessel of gorgeousness arrived this week in the shape of Floral Solaire I was spritzing away and dreaming of sun drenched beaches.

It’s a pleasantly easy-to-wear scent, and with top notes of star fruit and passion fruit it has none of the cloying sweetness sometimes associated with floral scents. It lasts fairly well and stays on the skin without turning to a powdery soapy smell. And the tres chic packaging is elegant and feminine. My verdict: an easy everyday summer scent with a touch of class. Mais oui.

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