Terre de Lumière – feel the warmth of "the golden hour" as we take a sneak-peek at L'OCCITANE's new fragrance…

Dappled sunlight dipping low, skin still warm, running through corn fields in a crisp, white gown as the sun sets… ah, how the dreary days of January make us yearn for such simple pleasures. Even going outside without a coat and brolly right now would be a luxury! But fear not, for L’OCCITANE have bottled the sunshine from that ethereal, other-worldly time of day often termed “the Golden Hour“, and infused the glow into their new fragrance (to be launched in February): Terre de Lumière
L’OCCITANE say: ‘As the day draws to a close, the sky is set alight, embracing all the shades of gold. Beauty is suspended in time and this stunning spectacle reaches its height. Light infuses the ingredients in this fragrance, enhancing them in a rich, faceted creation that evokes the intense sensoriality of a walk through the fields of Provence at the Golden Hour.’
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Oh yes, take us there now, please…!
We were lucky enough to be present at the press launch of this perfume, and so excited to discover this will be the very first gourmand fragrance for the brand. We predict gourmand as a genre will be huge news once again in 2017 – the comforting, deliciously food-inspired fragrance family seems only natural to turn to in times of uncertainty – and far from the 90s scent bombs that truly began this trend, gourmand has taken a fresh turn of sophistication and wearability – for men and women alike.
Terre de Lumiere
Top Notes: bergamot, ambrette seed, pink pepper
Heart Notes: lavender, honey
Base Notes: acacia flower, bitter almond essence, tonka bean, white musk
Renowned perfumer Calice Becker was chosen for Terre de Lumière, closely collaborating with Shyamala Maisondieu and Nadège Le Garlantezec; Calice explains how the talented trio worked on the fragrance so that it ‘…plays on the tension between masculine freshness and delicious feminine softness. It’s a very innovative scent, the first gourmand aromatic fragrance from L’OCCITANE, absolutely addictive.’ Talking about the inspiration for composing the scent, Calice describes the Golden Hour as the time ‘…when the light is at its most beautiful. It is also when scents are at their height.’
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And so what does it smell like? Well, close your eyes, imagine the setting sun still warm on your skin (move closer to the fire or add another layer of clothing, if necessary!) and let us take you to the glowing fields of Provence…

Aromatically zesty from the first spritz, there’s almost a sigh of delight as the fizz of bergamot and pink pepper suddenly melts into the true heart of honey infused with lavender and balanced by the milky freshness of acacia blossoms, the almond-like nuttiness of tonka beans and the balsamic warmth of the earthier base. Perfectly evoking that moment when the day slips impercitibly to dusk, it’s the sensation of contemplative contentment while sitting on a hay bale, having romped barefoot in flower meadows and paddled in cool streams. Deliciously revivifying and fragrantly soothing all at once, we bet you can’t wait to try it…
…And on that note, we suggest [*wink wink*] that you keep your eyes peeled for an exciting announcement, for you could be one of the first people to Discover Terre de Lumière with us. [*hint hint*]
Written by Suzy Nightingale

Explore Perfume: the perfect 'perfume starter' package, individually tailored by you!

At The Perfume Society we’re all about helping people discover and explore the fascinating and ever-changing world of fragrance. And for Christmas this year we’ve created the ultimate perfume starter pack to choose for anyone interested in all things that smell fabulous, no matter their age or level of scent knowledge…!
Anyone you gift with an ‘Explore Perfume’ Gift Package will not only receive one of our fabulous Discovery Boxes (personally picked by you – see our helpful guide, below), but ALSO a copy of our indispensable book, The Perfume Bible.

VIP price £30 / Non VIPs £35 / FREE P&P FOR ALL!

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Featuring a wide range of incredible fragrances chosen by us, each box is themed and features beautifully written postcards describing the perfumes individually, with information about the history of the house, the perfumer’s inspirations and questions inviting them to think more deeply about their experience of what they’re smelling. An intriguing exploration, indeed…
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1. Begin by personally choosing one of the carefully curated Discovery Boxes from this beguiling list:
For the Fashionista crazy about designer brands and luxury beauty, choose… Catwalk Collection Discovery Box
For the Travelista yearning for faraway places and the adventure of travel, they’ll love a… Jetset Discovery Box
For the Individualista with an interest in hard-to-find, cult ‘niche’ fragrances, it has to be… Secret Scentsations
For the Floralista who adores the romance of bouquets, pick our Beautiful Blossoms Discovery box
2. We will then add a copy of our book The Perfume Bible (RRP £25 alone!)
Co-written by The Perfume Society‘s Founders, Jo Fairley and Lorna McKay, and based on their combined (countless!) years of experience in the industry, this wonderful book is a must-read for every fragrance lover. An encyclopaedia of all things fragrant – from how to build a perfume ‘wardrobe’, to a line-up of the simply-must-sniff ‘100 perfumes to try before you die’ – the wealth of knowledge combined with stunning photographs makes for a truly incredible tome they’ll love having their noses buried in.
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For VIP Subscribers the ultra-special price for the ‘Explore Perfume’ Gift Package is £30 – be sure to log in to receive your exclusive price!
For non-subscribers, the price is £35, but both options come with FREE POSTAGE AND PACKAGING. Hurrah! (Alas we can’t ship to Ireland or overseas, because of ‘hazardous materials’ restrictions.)
The unique ‘Explore Perfume’ Gift Package is only available for a limited period – so, we suggest ordering yours now to avoid that sinking feeling of disappointment…
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Written by Suzy Nightingale

A scent for each party this season with our NEW! Precious Perfumes Discovery Box

We’ve got all your festive fragrance needs – and your gift-giving challenges – sorted. With our Precious Perfumes Discovery Box you’ll enjoy nine perfect scents – inspired by Eygptian queens, the science of seduction and the opulence of Russian society! (Rest assured, though, there’s a spritz for the office party, Christmas meal, Boxing Day with the in-laws – and more, with four of the scents ‘shareable’).
The box also offers two beauty extras for pre-party pampering. Lie back and enjoy heaven-scented bubbles, courtesy of Molton Brown Rosa Absolute Bath and Shower Gel. Then finish with a sparkling manicure, thanks to the sparkly Nails Inc Electric Avenue polish (worth £15 alone!)
Here’s a list of all the fragrances you can try in this box. Share your favourites on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, tag us using #PreciousPerfumes
• Hermès Galop d’Hermès  luxury 4ml eau de parfum
• Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge  2ml eau de parfum
• Miller Harris Ètui Noir  2ml eau de parfum
Beaufort London Fathom V 2ml eau de parfum
Bvlgari Rose Goldea  1.5ml eau de parfum
Charlotte Tilbury Scent of a Dream  1.5ml eau de parfum
Nejma 7  1.5ml eau de parfum
Ormonde Jayne Tsarina  2ml eau de parfum
Versace Eros Pour Femme  5ml eau de toilette mini
Nail Inc Electric Avenue  14ml (worth £15!!)
Molton Brown Rosa Absolute Bath & Shower Gel  30ml
Precious Perfumes Discovery Box is £12.50 + p&p to VIP Subscribers (and will be £17.50 + 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
Enter code thankyou for FREE postage and packaging until 28/11/16
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*p&p is charged at £2.50

Love to Smell review our Scent of a Man Discovery Box – so full they had to sniff it twice!

We already loved Love to Smell – the YouTube channel set up by fragrance experts and friends Pia Long and Nick Gilbert to make perfume reviews both fun and informative. But when they had to split their latest review – all about our Scent of a Man Discovery Box – into two parts because there’s so bloomin’ much in the box, we fell in love all over again…
You can watch the video yourselves, below, but we thought it worth a recap of some of the amazing things in store if you haven’t already explored. Firstly, let’s just accept that size sometimes matters and the Scent of a Man Discovery Box is a whopper, featuring 13 fragrances in all, plus luxurious grooming additions (worth £40.25 alone!). We think you might have to agree, it’s just the best gift for a male scent-lover, ever…
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So what’s in the box? *Deep breath* It’s quite a list…
Penhaligon’s No 33 eau de Cologne, 1.5ml eau de Cologne
Lalique Encre Noir à L’Extrême, 1.8ml eau de parfum
Paul Smith Essential, 1.2ml eau de toilette
• Carven L’Eau Intense, 1.2ml eau de toilette
Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme, 0.8ml eau de toilette
• Eight & Bob Original, 1.5ml eau de parfum
• Illuminum Piper Leather, 2ml eau de parfum
• Miller Harris Vetiver Insolent, 2ml eau de parfum
 Prada Luna Rossa Eau Sport, 1.5ml eau de toilette
• Yardley 1770, 1ml eau de toilette
• Beaufort London Coeur de Noir, 2ml eau de parfum
• Gruhme for Him, 5ml eau de toilette
• Montblanc Legend Spirit, 1.2ml eau de toilette
Elemis Ice Cool Foaming Shave Gel, 100ml
Penhaligon’s No 33 Beard Scrub, 5ml
Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream for Men, 15ml
Phew. You can see why they couldn’t fit it all into one episode!
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Pia makes a really good point at the start of the video, saying if you’re a woman who happens to prefer fresh or less obviously ‘feminine’ fragrances, then you should also get the box for yourself. We happily wear several of the ‘male’ orientated scents in the box, but called it ‘Scent of a Man’ because this was the first ever perfume box curated for the chaps. In a world where everything can now be seen as ‘shared’ or ‘unisex’ we kind of wanted to point out this was created with them in mind (but nothing to stop us gals from helping ourselves, too!)
So if your appetite has been whetted you can watch part one of the video review below, and then pop here to buy the box – only £15 for VIP Subscribers or £19 otherwise.
Or, if you have the box already, why not join Nick and Pia in a sniffalong as you watch the video?

Written by Suzy Nightingale