5 fragrances that guarantee winter sunshine…

There are those who claim certain scents should only be worn in summer – the lighter, more citrus-laden ones for the most part – and that we should reserve the heavier, more opulent fragrances for our winter wardrobes. But is this once foregranted ‘fact’ still true…?
Certainly, in hot weather you may find your fragrance seems ‘stronger’ or more overpowering, the heat causing the notes to evolve on the skin more rapidly and bloom around you in fragrant waves.  This is exactly why brands sometimes offer lighter versions of their bestselling scents for the summer.  Indeed, some people prefer heavier more full-bodied, comforting, almost ‘cocooning’ scents in the winter – but again, this is completely individual.
Personally, at The Perfume Society, we do tend towards richer fragrances that we love to rediscover at around the time when we reach for our opaque tights, our socks (and vests!), switching to airier perfumes for the warmer months. But never let anyone tell you what perfume to wear and when – just do what feels right for you. We say: scent ‘rules’ are made to be broken, so just follow your nose…
We find winter is actually a perfect time to refresh your senses, and re-visit those scents you perhaps didn’t quite get on with in summer – cooler weather and damper climates makes your skin react completely differently, so why not try some fragrances you may have written-off forever?
While you’re at it – have a dig around in your collection for ‘spring fresh’ or ‘summer-y’ scents that you already love and see how differently they bloom on your skin at this time of year. Just as too much turkey and endless chocolates can have you yearning for a crisp salad, it’s good to go over to the light side for a change of scent-scene now and again.
Here’s our list of five transitional scents to try for a time-travelling experience out of your comfort zone. So, shake off those heavy layers and prepare to get zingy with some winter freshness…
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Zesty to the point of mouth-watering excess, the energising burst of crushed ripe fruit uses the darker extract of sweet blood orange juice juxtaposed against bitter orange peel and warming wafts of geranium for a feel-good cloud of happiness. Formulated to last far longer than traditional Colognes but losing none of their zippiness – hoorah!
Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine £49.50 for 30ml Cologne Absolue
Buy it at John Lewis
Ignore the grey skies, close your eyes and imagine the Provençal setting sun, still warm on your skin (move closer to the fire or add another layer of clothing, if necessary…)Aromatically fresh with the fizz of bergamot and pink pepper, the true heart of honey infused lavender is balanced by the milky acacia blossoms, the nuttiness of tonka beans and balsamic warmth of the earthier base.
L’Occitane Terre de Lumière Limited Edition bottle, £58 for 50ml eau de parfum
Buy it at loccitane.com
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A lusciously fruity mixture of milky fig cut through with Turkish apricot and green tea for a deliciously refreshing blend that still feels nurturingly comforting. A wearable panna cotta with just enough wobble and topped with glistening slices of that succulent fruit – we have no doubt you’ll want to dive in.
Fresh Fig Apricot £76 for 100ml eau de parfum
Buy it at Harrods
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The tart, raspberry freshness of Turkish rose and the subtle woodiness of thorny stems enhanced by geranium melt slowly to a softly cushioned fuzziness of peonies and vibrant freesia, gently sprinkled with black pepper and drizzled with honey. Every bit as delicious as it sounds, it’s a ballerina dancing in a garden as the sun rises and blushes the sky the colour of her frothy tutu.
Aqua di Parma Peonia Nobile £78 for 50ml eau de parfum
Buy it at Selfridges
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Ripening tomatoes lovingly stroked in a greenhouse, sunlight glinting on frosty hedgerows and mint leaves floating in a pitcher of homemade lemonade – this enlivening scent whisks you to the home of the Mitchell family at Foxbury Farm. Sparkling citrus rubs shoulders with herbaceous greens and English flowers grown in their fields; drying down to the classically elegant combination of musk and cedar wood.
Mitchell and Peach English Leaf Fine Edition £55 for 50ml eau de toilette
Buy it at Roullier White
Written by Suzy Nightingale

Map of the Heart launch at Harrods (and we've lost our hearts already!)

The highly acclaimed niche fragrance house Map of the Heart has (hoorah!) launched in the UK, exclusively at Harrods.
Map of the Heart is a range of six fine fragrances in the most exquisite anatomical-style heart flacons by the legendary bottle designer, Pierre Dinand – and truly they look like art pieces, straight from a gallery.
Each fragrance was conceived in Australia by founders, Sarah Blair and filmmaker Jeffrey Darling, with a heart of Australian sandalwood proudly throbbing through each of the creations by perfumer Jacques Huclier.
It’s a strong line-up, to be sure, and with the fragrances made in France using the finest materials, the range is now available in 80 selected stores worldwide, including their flagship store in Sydney. Each of the fragrances are unisex and conjure stories of both place and character: challenging and exploring the idea of ‘what it is to live’.
Sarah and filmmaker Jeffrey wanted Map of the Heart to draw on their ‘…passion for story and understanding that scent is as transporting and intoxicating as words, images and film.’ And my goodness, get ready to be transported. We think you’ll be charmed by their descriptions, impressed by the evocative, contemporary imagery and (most importantly!) blown-away by the scents themselves…
The iconic heart-shaped bottle is definitely eye-catching, the colours and finishes changed to reflect each of the fragrances, and it was chosen because it ‘…plays with the paradox of ugly beauty.’
Pssst! You can try Map of the Heart Gold Heart v.4 in our Velvet Collection Discovery Box – a warm gleam of comforting spices, be sure to indulge yourself with this one…
Map of the Heart’s collection £150 for 90ml eau de parfum
At Harrods’ Salon de Parfums and harrods.com
Written by Suzy Nightingale

The £20 and under gift guide

Did you realise we have simply perfect perfume gifts for £20 and under? Perfect for sharing with friends and family – in keeping with our philosophy that when you smell good, you feel great…

In need of a present for a permanent clotheshorse? Maybe a neice or goddaughter who’s obsessed with designer labels? Our fashion-themed Discovery Boxes offer a whole wardrobe of designer fragrances for under £20, from some of the most sought-after fashion brands in the world. (Why not go one step further and snap up a perfume bottle necklace, too – a stylish keepsake for a perfume-lover?)

Buy Scents of Style

Buy Fashion, Fabric & Fragrance 

Buy The Perfume Bottle Necklace

 

We all love jetting off on holiday – but if you have someone on your Christmas list who is always on the go, we have the perfect suitcase-worthy gifts under £20! One of our favourite things is to wear something new in a holiday destination – it will forever remind you of your travels there – so travel in style and breeze through security with our perfume minis and sample sizes in our Travel Editon Discovery Box. We also love to take favourite scents with us, in a handy Travalo. Just fill it up, pop it in your security-friendly carry-on bag – and you’re good to go!

Buy The Travel Edtion

Buy a Travalo

(Please note the leather Travalo designs on the left of the picture are a shade above £20)

Is there a man in your life that’s tricky to buy for? Asking some men to write a list of what they actually want for Christmas is like trying to get blood from a stone. You might as well pose the question to the cat – so instead of fretting, we’ve made things easy by curating a hand-picked collection of irresistible scents in our For Him and The Men’s Edit Discovery Boxes

Buy For Him

Buy The Men’s Edit

 

Our Discovery Boxes are a great way to try expensive perfumes that you have always wanted to try – or indeed may not have heard of. So: if you have someone on that list who knows a thing about fragrance, look no further than our Velvet Collection or Precious Perfumes Discovery Boxes, filled with opulent scents and many from more niche brands, that any Perfumista would be made up with!

Buy Precious Perfumes 

Buy The Velvet Collection

 
Also, don’t forget that we sell fah-bu-lous Luxury Perfume House Sets. With a price-point for everyone, these fantastic gifts are a great way to introduce someone to a name they may have never heard of before – and the travel sizes are perfect for spritzing on-the-go.

Buy Ruth Mastenbroek

Buy Molton Brown 

New to town and to our store!

Tis the season! And if you are looking for some beautifully scented gifts then look no further – we have been busy little fragrance elves, here at The Perfume Society, and wanted to let you know that we have some amazing new products in our store – and some favourites back in stock!

Introducing…Ruth Mastenbroek

Discover master perfumer Ruth Mastenbroek‘s collection, in one box (just perfect for a Christmas stocking…) After years of creating scents for iconic brands, Ruth set about creating her own range. Each of her perfumes is a masterpiece that takes two or three years to make – a great gift for someone wanting to discover, explore and enjoy a unique modern British perfume house.

JUST £15!

Introducing… Angela Flanders


Introducing the Angela Flanders Trilogy Gift Boxes, each containing three precious bottles of fragrance – perfect for any perfumista. Choose from sumptuous, opulent Columbia Rose Trilogy, deep, dark, mysterious Noire Trilogy, or the seductive beauty of White Florals Trilogy.

JUST £65!


 

Back in stock… M. Micallef

When we launched M. Micallef’s Discovery Set last week, it sold out in just one day! We’re happy to say it’s now BACK IN STOCK! Try this ‘book-style’ selection of eight M. Micallef scents to discover what makes them one of the most exciting names in the luxury scent world, and one of our fastest sellers.

JUST £19!

5 ideas for fragrantly-filled homemade Christmas crackers…

Christmas crackers are inevitably disappointing – one big bang (if you’re lucky!) and out pops a plastic compass or tiny nail-cutters best suited for an elf’s manicure. So, this year, why not make your own rather more splendid crackers, filled with a selection of scented delights…?
There are countless guides online if you search for making your own Christmas crackers from scratch (we really like Jamie Oliver’s guide) but we also love this easy-peasy fill your own cracker set, £7 from John Lewis – it includes hats and cheesy jokes and the ready-to-stuff crackers for those of us who may be more than a little pressed for time round about now!Whether you choose to treat your guests to the stunning miniature bottles and luxury travel-size samples (or perhaps fill with a selection of the vials and keep the minis for yourself!) we suggest you stuff your crackers with the following fragrant goodies.
Six guests? Simply choose your two favourite Discovery Boxes, get stuffing with the minis and keep everything else for yourself. More than six guests? Grab another box and keep even more swag for yourself (or well, stocking fillers if you’re feeling generous, we suppose.) Win-win!
A gorgeous mini bottle of Vince Camuto Amore, the luxury sample of Atkinsons Pirates’ Grand Reserve and a travel-size Philosophy One Step Cleanser would be our choice here. The full-size chocolate bar from Green & Blacks won’t fit, so you’d have to eat that. Hard times.
From The Velvet Collection

Dinky bottles of Estée Lauder Modern Muse and Mia La Perla along with a travel-sized body wash of the brand new Molton Brown Russian Leather body wash are the ones we’d have our eye on at the dinner table!
From Fashion, Fabric & Fragrance
With two mini bottles of Prada (his ‘n hers, but we’d nick ‘his’ too…) the cult skincare must-have Pixi Glow Tonic and a Pixi brow pencil AND a travel-sized Timebomb Cleanser, that’s five crackers stuffed already!
From Scents of Style

Featuring some of our favourites from 2017’s perfume launches, cracker-pullers can gasp over the gorgeous E. Coudray Rose Tubereuse miniature spray, a darling fragrance sachet from The Very Nature (to hang in the car or perfume your drawers!) and a travel-size Weleda Relaxing Body Oil (at the time of year we most need a bit of help relaxing…)
From Latest Launches
The bling-tastic glitter of a full-size Nails Inc varnish is the beauty treat we’d have our claws out for, but with a Versace Eros Pour Femme mini and a 30ml bottle of Molton Brown‘s sumptuous Rosa Absoluta body wash, you simply can’t go wrong.
From Precious Perfumes
• Warning! Don’t try this if you are having Christmas lunch in a stone-floored room!
 
Written by Suzy Nightingale

7 reasons no man can resist these scents…

Is there a man in your life that’s tricky to buy for? Or perhaps you’re a fragrance-loving chap who’d like to branch out a bit?
We’ve got just the answer…
Asking some men to write a list of what they actully want for Christmas is like trying to get blood from a stone. You might as well pose the question to the cat, so instead of fretting, we’ve made things easy by curating a hand-picked collection of irresistible scents in our For Him Discovery Box – for him to discover, and for you to possibly ‘borrow’ – or just spoil yourself with for a change. And it’s not a subsciption service – so you know exactly what you’re getting, and wont be stuck if it was just a one-off gift you wanted.
Here’s 7 reasons we think you’d mad to miss out!
1) Stuffed to the brim with an impressive 10 fragrances, this is a whole wardrobe of masculine scents in one stylish box. Perfect for the person who’s always been wanting to widen their fragrance collection but has no idea where to begin… (PS: If you went out to buy a full-size bottle of each scent, you’d have to spend £526 to try all these fragrances!)

2) How can you embody the scent of an Arabian Prince? Find out with Jovoy‘s Private Labelit was originally a bespoke fragrance for Arabian royalty!
3) Everyone those who purchase a For Him Discovery Box will be entered to win a FULL SIZE BOTTLE of the ten featured fragrances or grooming extras. But hurry – this prize draw ends on 9th December 2017!

4) Perfumer Mathilde Laurent is one of the rock stars of the fragrance world – in-house perfumer for Cartier, she created L’Envol eau de toilette as an airy Oriental that smells like flying above a forest in luminous sunshine (and it’s one of the sexiest things we’ve smelled on a man’s skin!)
5) He can be one of the first to try Missoni’s new fragrance: Parfum Pour Homme,  together with the accompanying Shave Balm AND Shower Gel.

6) New ‘cult’ men’s skincare brand Heath has got rave reviews from beauty bloggers and glossy magazine editors alike – and we’ve popped a full-size Face Wash in the box!
7) With scents from Dunhill, Jaguar and Ferrariluxury car lovers and perfumistas’ alike will have their pulses racing as soon as they sniff these…
Here’s a run-down of of exactly what you get:
Cartier L’Envol 1.5ml eau de toilette
Cristiano Ronaldo CR7 2ml eau de toilette
Coach For Men 2ml eau de toilette
Dunhill Racing 2ml eau de parfum
Ferrari Man in Red 1.2ml eau de toilette
Heath Face Wash 150ml
Jaguar Black Chromite 1.8ml eau de toilette
Jovoy Private Label 2ml eau de parfum
Kenneth Cole Mankind 1.5ml eau de toilette
Missoni Parfum Pour Homme 5ml eau de parfum
Missoni Parfum Pour Homme Aftershave Balm 25ml
Missoni Parfum Pour Homme Bath & Shower Gel 25ml
Vince Camuto Homme 1.5ml eau de toilette

The For Him Discovery Box is priced £15+ p&p* to VIP Subscribers/£19+ p&p* to non-subscribers – be sure to log in to your account to take advantage of the special VIP Subscriber price. (Not a VIP yet? Sign up here…)
Written by Suzy Nightingale

We are going box mad!

It is now officially December – and we are going box mad! In the countdown to Christmas, The Perfume Society will be releasing brand new Discovery Sets from some of our favourite perfume houses. With a price-point for everyone, these fantastic gifts are a great way to introduce someone to a perfume house they may have never heard of before – and the travel sizes are perfect for spritzing on-the-go. Which will you choose?

Introducing…Valeur Absolue


Discover the entire Valeur Absolue collection via seven beautiful scents, in ultra-generous 14ml travel sizes, inside a stylish ‘hatbox’. Each bottle contains semi-precious stones which enhance the richness of the formula and embody each perfume’s emotion. The addition of natural active ingredients helps to encourage the feeling of wellbeing – not only will you smell amazing, but these are designed to lift your mood, too

 

Introducing… Cochine

Cochine is Vietnam’s first luxury fragrance brand – and one that we are totally obsessed with! Created to truly inspire you, Cochine’s collection of eaux de parfum captures the romance of a sun-warmed garden as its enchanting scents unfold into the evening air. The Cochine Floral Collection has been specially curated from Cochine’s range of unique botanical scents

 
 

Sisley Eau de Soir gets celestial for the 2017 limited edition

An eternal Chypre floral that swirls sumptuously, Eau du Soir has a legion of fragrance fans who’ve long swooned after the scent, now Sisley have introduced the most gorgeous limited editon bottle evoking celestial fantasies… and the scent itself is based on one of the most romantic tales we’ve heard (read on, below, to find out more.)
The emblematic flacon is a deep black and lacquered, peppered with a shower of stars and planets, ‘…transporting us to the middle of a starry night where the heavenly bodies shine bright and whirl in a wonderful dance.’ Incredibly marking the 15th edition, Sisley presents Eau de Soir in this contemporarily chic new ‘outfit’ for devotees of the famous fragrance, but also to tempt new fans in to the fold. So let us tempt you further…
Perhaps their most iconic fragrance, Eau du Soir has been acclaimed as one of the most elegant examples ever created of the (intriguingly sophisticated) Chypre fragrance family.

‘A stroll in the gardens of Alcazar in Seville, Spain. As dusk falls, the seringa blossom exudes its fragrance. A floral Chypre whirldwind. Refined, elegant and timeless. An eau de parfum combining citrus freshness and floral sensuality underlined by elegant chypre notes.’

And nothing makes us feel more fully dressed-up than a Chypre – we could swear it adds a certain sashay to the way you move!
There’s also a wonderfully romantic story behind Eau du Soir: it was created by Hubert d’Ornano for his beloved wife as her personal scent, in 1990, before being finally released to the public and going on to be a global bestseller. We feel the celestial theme is perfectly suited, therefore, especially for this time of year – reminding us to gaze at the frosty stars and dream of sunshine…

Sisley Eau de Soir Limited Edition 2017 £195 for 100ml eau de parfum
Buy it at John Lewis
Written by Suzy Nightingale