Chelsea Flower Show 2024: blossom & bloom with these joyful spring scents!

As flower and garden lovers we are, of course, super excited about this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show – the annual event celebrating the very best of garden design, the growers, movers and shakers in the horticultural world. And of course, it’s the season when the perfume landscape is naturally burgeoning with florals for late spring and early summer.

 

 

 

At The Perfume Society, we have rooted out some florals for you to fall for – no matter if you are lucky enough to have a ticket for Chelsea Flower Show, are looking forward to visiting some spectacular public gardens over the coming weeks, or simply enjoying your own garden or local park.

Here you will discover a whole garden of floral and seasonally sublime samples – SO brilliant for trying before you buy a full-size – with earthy tones, fruity notes and even a subtle dusting of spice. Each fragrance sample has been specially picked to form a panoramic view of all the blossoming promise a floral fragrance can bring. They’re perfect for popping in your pocket or throwing in a bag for travel, too.

 

 

We know even those who thought they didn’t like floral and scents have fallen for several of the seasonally perfect perfumes from this selection! And you can find them all handily gathered within the Seasonal Scents Box Spring Box. Which will you pick to wear first? In the box you’ve got ALL these blossoming glories to try samples of…

 

 

4160 TUESDAYS SONNET No.1 eau de parfum
Fragrance Family: FLORAL

‘We first made a limited edition of Sonnet No. 1 for the Barnes Fragrance Fair, and the aim was to blend the aroma of Shakespeare’s flowers. Shakespeare’s first sonnet mentions “beauty’s rose” hence the name. To rose – both the absolute and essential oil – we added lavender, beeswax, narcissus and hay absolutes, and evoke the aromas of lily and violet. It floats on a bed of white musks. This is the most expensive fragrance we’ve ever made…’

 

 

BRIONI ESSENTIEL eau de parfum sample
Fragrance Family: WOODY AMBRÉE

‘The intriguingly green opening with sparkling bergamot and bright aromatic cardamom create a play of light through tender tomato leaves. Earthy patchouli enhances the heart’s woody facets which features an exclusive tonka bean variety, used for the first time in perfumery. The enveloping amber drydown brings out two truly spiritual notes – resinous frankincense and creamy sandalwood – and reflects a sense of calm and well-being.’

 

 

CREED SPRING FLOWER eau de parfum sample
Fragrance Family: FLORAL

‘Pretty in pink, Spring Flower is a playful and unapologetic celebration of femininity. Succulent peach extracts and soft florals blend effortlessly into notes of jasmine and white flowers, transporting you to a quintessential English garden on a perfect spring morning. Sensual ambergris and musk follow, adding depth and tranquillity to ensure every accord of this powerful female fragrance is fully savoured.’

 

 

 

GOUTAL PETITE CHERIE eau de parfum sample
Fragrance Family: FLORAL FRUITY

‘Petite Chérie is the irresistible fragrance Annick Goutal bestowed on her daughter Camille as a gift. Petite Chérie is a bright and cheerful floral-fruity musky perfume. Beneath its soft, mischievous and carefree airs, the fragrance unveils captivating, devilishly tempting and dangerously endearing charms. It seduces firstly with its playful notes of sweet and juicy pear and freshly-cut grass then blossoms into sumptuous and sensual rose with petals as velvety-soft as skin. It is said to be reminiscent of a young girl’s cheek that you want to lovingly kiss.’

 

 

 

FLOWER BY KENZO IKEBANA eau de parfum sample
Fragrance Family: FLORAL WOODY

‘This second fragrance in the FLOWER IKEBANA collection brings the Japanese mimosa to the fore. The Mimosa Absolute is at the heart of the scent and offers a unique floral expression close to nature. The verticality of hinoki wood supports the entire composition, with golden sesame extract resonating in a sillage of addictive comfort.’

 

 

LALIQUE SOLEIL VIBRANT eau de parfum sample
Fragrance Family:  WOODY FLORAL

‘Woody, floral, with a hint of vanilla. Soleil Vibrant Lalique bottles a beaming energy whose scent is a joyful ode to femininity and wildness. A fragrance that smells as delicious as sun-kissed skin. That makes you feel as happy as a summer day.’

 

 

 

MOLTON BROWN DELICIOUS RHUBARB & ROSE eau de parfum sample
Fragrance Family: FLORAL FRUITY

Firmly rooted in cherished childhood memories of baking with rhubarb’s unique tartness sprinkled by just enough sweetness. In this utterly addictive eau de parfum, those seeking scrumptiousness can indulge with joyfully juicy raspberry and a vivacious kick of pink pepper enhancing rhubarb’s sparkle, as luscious lychee and the tender peony showcase rose’s powdered charm, with a soothingly sensual base of cedarwood and musk swathing you in a gossamer soft trail. This is one to wear when you want to smell utterly scrumptious, and simply can’t get enough of yourself. Delicious, darling!

 

RUTH MASTENBROEK SIGNATURE eau de parfum sample
Fragrance Family: CHYPRE

‘A story of freedom…set along a winding path of wet and earthy leaves that lead to a secret garden. In Signature, fresh fruity notes of mandarin, bergamot and pineapple waltz elegantly together with rose on a stage of patchouli and oakmoss. The result is a sparkling and elegant perfume with an evolving woody base, that lives as an accolade to times gone by.’

 

 

 

SHAY & BLUE CEDARWOOD GRAPEFRUIT eau de parfum sample
Fragrance Family: WOODY CITRUS

They say: ‘Huck the Fipsters! This fragrance is not just for beards. Sparkling pink grapefruit will put some style in your step contrast with coffee bean for character. Finish with refreshing cedar wood for a sense of mystery.’ Discover Cedarwood Grapefruit Eau de Parfum from Shay & Blue, an uplifting scent with notes of juicy pink grapefruit, neroli, vibrant coffee bean and cedarwood. This gorgeous scent will make a refreshing addition to any perfume collection.

 

 

 

TOCCA COLETTE eau de parfum sample
Fragrance Family: FLORAL AMBRÉE

‘Colette is a heady bouquet of florals with warm, spicy edges that linger everywhere she goes. Sparkling citrus and pink peppercorn swirl around jasmine and violet, drying down to musk, vanilla, and sandalwood. Spicy. Mysterious. Seductive.’

 

So, whether you’re looking for a new signature scent, want to settle down with a Shakespearean-inspired floral, or even dream of some Parisienne armchair travel, throw open the windows as we indulge in the Spring Seasonal Scents Subscription Box

Celebrating 20 Years of MALIN+GOETZ!

It seems unbelievable, but  MALIN+GOETZ are celebrating an incredible TWENTY YEARS of groundbreaking skincare and cult fragrances, and we can think of no better way to join in than sniff our way through the collection (and urge you to seek them out and follow our noses, too!) Read on for how to get samples of them all…

 

It was in 2004, in Chelsea, an ultra-hip corner of Manhattan, where Matthew Malin and Andrew Goetz first launched their distinctively-packaged skincare. From the word ‘go’, this was something different. The unique and pioneering approach Matthew and Andrew had to their business got us hooked, first with that easy-to-use, easy-to-understand skincare, which rapidly became a ‘cult’ favourite, and is now a force to be reckoned with. But at The Perfume Society, what got us really excited was their move into fragrance. Obvs.

You can read the full and fascinating journey of their founding on our page dedicated to Malin + Goetz; but really, we want to cut to the chase and tell you what’s so ‘must try’ about their fragrances – and why they have stood the test of time, yet feel so-right for right now…

 

 

Their shared love of fragrance was first expressed via a line of candles. Grabbing headlines, in particular, was the Cannabis candle – a tongue-in-cheek name, yes (not least because Andrew and Matthew advise having ‘something savoury or sweet on hand when burning’!) But also a fabulously spicy, herbaceous scent in which fresh top notes of lemon and orange mingle with fig and pepper, underpinned by deep, dark base note of oakmoss, sandalwood, patchouli and amber.

Hailed for their strong visual aesthetic and their portfolio of award-winning skincare formulations, MALIN+GOETZ made a natural progression into the world of fragrance via a range of hand-made candles, long-lasting perfume oils and progressive fragrances for us to enjoy on our skin. Experience the entire collection of eau de parfums in one beautifully packaged discovery set which includes the following six fragrances… 

Bergamot – a citrus orchard in bloom, with the spice of bitter fruit, bell pepper and ginger, with undertones of earthy musk and woody notes.

Cannabis – rich and herbaceous, with soft, floral notes of muguet and magnolia, on a base of earthy cedarwood, patchouli and sandalwood.

Dark Rum – a refreshing dark and spicy aroma, sweetened with plum and bergamot, with notes of leather, rum and creamy milk.

Leather – a formula of muted florals with smooth leather while rustic wood notes call to mind the softness of a well-worn vintage find.

Stem – luscious notes of green hyacinth, muguet, mandarin leaves, and green elements from wild freesia, all softened by a trio of modern musk molecules.

Vetiver – a combination of fresh citrus peel twists that are warmed by savoury celery seed, amber and guaiacwood.

 

Intrigued? You can try the *entire* unisex collection of MALIN+GOETZ scents for only £22 in their brilliant set!

 

Now, your only choice is which of these utterly iconic scents to spray first…

 

Written by Suzy Nightingale

Changing Up Your Scents for Spring – (what feels right for right now?)

Spring is the time of the year when we finally start to see newness in both our surroundings as well as the perfumes that are on offer. Green notes traditionally begin to be talked about and, with the promise of warmer weather on the horizon, the merest hint of sun-kissed citruses and lazy afternoons arrive. (Bliss!)

 

Seasonal Scents refer to the way we instinctively like to change-up our fragrances to suit the weather, and because we always have our fingers on the pulse point, The Perfume Society’s Seasonal Scent Subscription Boxes have been perfectly curated for perfume lovers (of any gender) as an ever-changing olfactory wardrobe that always feels right for right now. It’s a great gifting idea for any time of year, too, because it keeps on giving!

 

You can choose a Quarterly (£18) or Yearly (£68) subscription, and each box contains fabulous fragrances for anyone to adore, no matter their personal taste, chosen from leading fragrance houses beloved around the world along with a selection of upcoming and niche brands, which we’re always happy to showcase when we find exciting newness (or new-to-us scents). The sample sizes sometimes include gorgeous miniatures, and will land at your (or your gift recipient’s) door each passing season (approximately every three months) – so there’s always a new scent to discover and that ‘what to wear today?’ question is made so much easier, as we’ve done all the hard work for you.

 

 

 

 

The perfume landscape is naturally burgeoning with florals in spring, but with the winter fading into the background and the warmth of summer on the horizon, we’ve rooted out some earthy tones, fruity notes and a dusting of spice. Each fragrance picked to form a panoramic view of all spring’s blossoming promise.

When the boxes arrive, you’ll get a link to unboxing videos and a fulsome online Smelling Notes guide, and you smell-along to your heart’s content. So, what’s in store this season for your senses? Here’s a little taste (well, sniff) of the spring-forward fragrances that are currently wafting to doors of Seasonal Scent box subscribers…

 

 

 

4160 TUESDAYS SONNET No.1 eau de parfum
Fragrance Family: FLORAL

BRIONI ESSENTIEL eau de parfum
Fragrance Family: WOODY AMBRÉE

CREED SPRING FLOWER eau de parfum
Fragrance Family: FLORAL

GOUTAL PETITE CHERIE eau de parfum
Fragrance Family: FLORAL FRUITY

FLOWER BY KENZO IKEBANA eau de parfum
Fragrance Family: FLORAL WOODY

LALIQUE SOLEIL VIBRANT eau de parfum
Fragrance Family:  WOODY FLORAL

MOLTON BROWN DELICIOUS RHUBARB & ROSE eau de parfum
Fragrance Family: FLORAL FRUITY

RUTH MASTENBROEK SIGNATURE eau de parfum
Fragrance Family: CHYPRE

SHAY & BLUE CEDARWOOD GRAPEFRUIT eau de parfum
Fragrance Family: WOODY CITRUS

TOCCA COLETTE eau de parfum
Fragrance Family: FLORAL AMBRÉE

 

So, whether you’re looking for a new signature scent, want to settle down with a Shakespearean-inspired floral, or even dream of some Parisienne armchair travel, throw open the windows as we indulge in the Spring Seasonal Scents Subscription Box

Inspiring Scents for International Women’s Day

This year for International Women’s Day, we’re focusing on four fragrance houses founded / run by fabulous women who continue to inspire us all year ’round. Think of these scents as a way to wear your strength (and celebrate theirs) with perfumes to meet your every need; and they all come in handy discovery sets to try before you decide which ones to buy in full size. Which ones will you choose…?

 

 

Maya Njie (pronounced ‘Maia N-Jai’) has uniquely diverse familial and artistic roots to bring to her fragrance creations. Being born in Västerås Sweden, with a West African heritage, and later moving to London in her teens, Maya went on to study at the University of the Arts. Weaving together these threads via the medium of the senses, Maya began experimenting with smell alongside the the visual mediums of colour and photography. The result? A stunning, soulful, and so-artistic selection…

Within Nordic Cedar, for example, we may never have visited the Swedish Forest it was inspired by, but we feel a sense of towering trees, the reassuring comfort of cedar and earthy patchouli enclosing us as cardamom gifts brightness, ambergris adds a touch of mist.

For Vanilj, the traditional Swedish note of cardamom is used again, the comfort intensified by addictively dark vanilla that swirls boozily amidst ambered musk.

In Tobak, addiction is ramped up via the honeyed smokiness of the tobacco leaf, a trail of animalic musks and leather resonating many hours later.

Incorporating music as another inspirational medium, Les Fleures is named for Minnie Ripperton’s 1970 song, a green floral scent that ripples with bergamot’s brightness, magnolia and sweet fig, an ‘unbound celebration of life, love and creation.’

Those longing to escape might yearn for Tropica – an invitation to imagine ‘trading in a dark, bleak and cold setting for a warmer climate far away, with flourishing green vegetation and remote beaches’ with tropical fruits lushly layered on sandalwood and coconut.

And in Voyeur Verde, nature claims an abandoned car, leaves and creepers entangling the leather seats, a wonderfully verdant burst of rebirth and ‘balmy cypress trees shadowed by the Sierra Bernia mountains.’

 

Maya Njie Discovery Set £34 

 

 

 

 

Jasmine is at the heart of the majority of Sana Jardin‘s scents, and formed part of founder Amy Christiansen Si-Ahmed‘s fragrant inspiration to launch the house. As Amy explained to us, for her, the smell of jasmine is a scent memory that will linger forever:

 

‘The scents I’d encountered on my travels over the years were enchanting to me: the pure and golden shimmer of orange blossom, the mystical, enveloping depth of sandalwood, the seduction of jasmine blooming at night. I felt I could never find that captured anywhere on a department store shelf.’

‘Sana Jardin is the world’s first socially conscious luxury fragrance house created primarily as a vehicle for social change and the economic empowerment of women through The Beyond Sustainability Movement ™. Sana Jardin believes in the sacred and ancient power of scent to heal, transport and inspire.’

Savage Jasmine Night-blooming jasmine, wrapped around intoxicating musk. 

Sandalwood Temple Moroccan neroli oil, enveloped it in Atlas cedarwood, Haitian vetiver, creamy vanilla and East Indian sandalwood.

Tiger By Her Side Showcases Moroccan rose alongside Somalian incense and Indonesian patchouli.

Berber Blonde Filled with the light of Sana Jardin’s signature orange blossom, alongside Moroccan neroli oil and musk.

Celestial Patchouli Exotic aromas of patchouli, leather, cinnamon bark and Australian Sandalwood give way to the abundant warmth of rose, jasmine, osmanthus and Moroccan orris.

Nubian Musk A sensuously inviting blend of musk and vanilla, rose, jasmine, Moroccan grapefruit flower, Haitian vetiver and Australian sandalwood.

Revolution de la Fleur This is a sultry, sun-filled melody of Madagascan ylang ylang, Moroccan jasmine, frangipani, rose, vanilla and sandalwood.

Jaipur Chant Heady & Seductive Tuberose. Indian tuberose, the goddess of flowers, blooms in the still of night.

Incense Water Here rose is refined to a soft shimmer; an effect brought about with Moroccan May rose.

Vanilla Nomad A gourmand fragrance that coaxes out the sensual side of vanilla.

Sana Jardin Discovery Set: £30

 

 

 

 

Take a powerful raw ingredient pioneer (Elizabeth Gaynes), one of the world’s most famous former supermodels and trailblazing female entrepreneurs (Helena Christensen!) and a perfumer-provocateur (Christophe Laudamiel), and what do you get? STRANGELOVE – which has achieved cult status for its utterly addictive, opulent scents…and we’ve fallen in love with all of them!

Now you can try the ENTIRE NICHE COLLECTION at home with this decadent discovery set. Each strangelove scent showcases stunning raw materials: with sustainable oudh as the precious catalyst for the collection – from deadofnight, with euphoric Indian champaca and creamy gardenia enfleurage to lostinflowers, the surprising (and oh-so-addictive) dark chocolate and orris butter fragrance. We can’t wait to hear which one really gets your heart beating.

Built around a subtle base of precious oudh [also spelled ‘oud‘], carefully blended with other precious ingredients gathered from all over the world, this is a house that refuses to compromise on quality, and with the very best (meticulously, sustainably sourced) materials at their fingertips. Christophe Laudamiel, punk rock star of the scent world, has created all the fragrances – so read on to delve deeper into each beguiling scent…

deadofnight – empowers its devotees to take risks and dive into their desires.

fallintostars – propels a mystical experience of boundless wonder, as lovers transcend time and space to journey into a parallel universe.

lostinflowers – evokes the thrill of new love, capturing that electric moment of discovery when two destined wanderers finally collide: lost in time, lost in romance, lostinflowers.

meltmyheart – inspires romance and indulgence for devoted lovers.

silencethesea – captures the intimacy of the lover’s gaze: soundless, eternal, profound.

 

Strangelove Discovery Set: £92

 

 

 

 

Contemporary artist Sarah Baker’s photography, sculpture and films are inspired by ‘fashion, luxury and celebrity’ (particularly high camp 80s feisty female stars); but little did she know that when she created a fictional fragrance house as part of her artwork, her passion for the project (and the public’s reaction to it) would result in a real-life fragrance house. Having recently ramped up the ravishing longevity of their fragrances by adding Extrait to their collection, these bold, genre-defying and yet still utterly wearable scents are stronger and more provocative than ever.

The entire Sarah Baker collection is clever, characterful and cheerfully takes up place in your fragrant world. Now, you can try them in a discovery set and change your own character at will…

Atlante: A mermaid emerging from the sea. Real beach vibes.

Charade: Big white flower with a cutting edge of rustic leather. Sophisticated and contemporary.

Jungle Jezebel: Bombastic banana bootylicious beast. Love it or hate it? We love. Join us.

Gold Spot: A spotlight on filmstars who love their luxuries, indulging themselves in bed all day with broadsheets and butterscotch bonbons.

Greek Keys: A yacht ride in the Greek Islands. Fresh, Oceanic, Luxurious.

Tartan: After a long walk in the Highlands, enjoy your first sip of whiskey next to the fire in the library.

Leopard: Power fragrance that must be worn with shoulder pads. Not for children.

Loudo: Playful and sweet, yet nostalgic and serious. Deliciously woody.

 

Sarah Baker Extrait Discovery Set: £45

 

Perfect Perfume Gifts for Anyone You Love (Including Yourself!)

We should really be telling all those we love how much we adore them – and doing that regularly, not only for one officially sanctioned day per year. But with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, the pressure builds to choose ‘that special gift’ showing exactly how much you care – or to wonder if your significant other will be thinking of you significantly enough not to just thrust a hasty bouquet of garage forecourt carnations at you this year…

We also happen to believe that it’s the perfect time of year to treat YOURSELF to a little something, too – there’s so much emphasis still on ‘V Day’ as a couples thing, that it can turn a singleton’s stomach. So we say: whether single or in a relationship, why not treat yourselves to some scented goodies this year? With everything from an entire wow-factor fragrance wardrobe to more pocket-friendly presents, here’s our edit of some fabulously fragrant ways to indulge…

 

 

 

 

Shay & Blue Fragrance Wardrobe – £150

This Fragrance Wardrobe provides a luxury explosion of 10 of the bestselling perfume blends from their London Boutique. Each pocket-sized 10ml natural fragrance creates its own mood.

The Shay & Blue Fragrance Wardrobe includes TEN x 10ml samples. 

Amber Rose – May rose blended with white amber and sweet creamy notes

Atropa Belladonna –  Cassis berries and jasmine dance with patchouli and vanilla

Black Tulip – Exotic plum flirts with white chocolate and woods

Blackberry Woods– Glossy berry juice with punk-sharp citrus

Blood Oranges – Lip-smacking burst of zest underpinned with musks, woods and smoky leather

Dandelion Fig – Fig and dandelion leaf blended with lemongrass, tomato vine and juniper

English Cherry Blossom –  Airy blossom with black cherries, fig and bergamot

Oud Alif – Oud spiked with chocolat noir, saffron and dark patchouli

Salt Caramel  – Tonka bean and sandalwood meld into sea salt

Tallulahs Camellia – Bluebells and white flowers nestle in blond woods

 

 

 

Annicke Fragrance Discovery Set – £20

Love, desire and dreams: the Annicke Fragrance Discovery Set is a collection of SIX exquisite and totally feminine fragrances inspired by the woman who dazzled their creator. Each is a story, bottled, and each will take you on a journey – as only fragrance can…

Annicke 1 – an ode to the extraordinary beauty and elegance of a woman with feminine floral aromas of lily of the valley, peony and jasmine

Annicke 2 – deliberately sensual and irresistible with harmonious notes of fruity fig and mandarin that uplift the senses, and hazelnut that brings a delicate touch of sugar

Annicke 3 – inspired by the sophisticated and glamorous charm of the early 1920s as white rose unfurls an air of vintage femininity across a dancefloor

Annicke 4 – inspired by an enchanted forest with woody and earthy undertones of Cashmeran and oakmoss, with spring-like floral notes of rose, ylang ylang and jasmine

Annicke 5 – discover the art of seduction via rich notes of full-bodied plum, golden honey with a dash of spicy rum and a base of sensual patchouli

Annicke 6 – personifying the complex dimensions of a woman, through juxtaposing notes of Sichuan pepper, bergamot and carnation

 

 

 

Granado Coleção Tropical Birds Discovery Set – £62

The Tropical Birds collection is inspired by the perfumery universe of Granado with a botanical illustration in vintage style that exalts elements of the Brazilian fauna and flora, represented in imposing and extremely elegant kits and sets. The Perfumes Vintage Collection kit presents the main perfumes of theTropical birds collection in an exclusive size!

Imperial – a fresh, light and elegant fragrance, which results in an intriguing duality between Brazilianness and Portuguese influence.

Jardim Real – a union between the citrus and effervescent naturalness of the notes of bergamot and mandarin with the delicacy of the flowers, highlighting the orange blossom as the protagonist of the creation.

Époque Tropical – explores the enveloping side of the woody notes of sandalwood and guaiac and balances this intensity with the citrus notes of mandarin and cashew.

Infusão Botânica – in an unusual and intriguing freshness, the spicy and aromatic notes give personality to the creation and transform it into an invigorating and pleasant fragrance.

Nostalgia – in a contemporary creation, the citrus and spicy top notes give way to an enveloping and elegant floral body of white and rose flowers.

 

 

 

Edeniste Lifeboost Love – £68 for 30ml eau de parfum

A gesture of scented self-care that twists the traditional ideals of love into a new and meaningful ritual of confidence, compassion and generosity, to oneself and to others. With its soft pink tone, sensorial bottle shape and fruity-floral aroma, Love Lifeboost™ stimulates both instant and long-lasting positivity and holistic love.

The fragrance opens with a mouth-watering splash of juicy red berries, sweet cherries and torn green leaves, crushed and softened as if ready to be tossed into pan and transformed into a syrupy jam. That’s precisely how Love Lifeboost™ evolves: notes of deep, velvety rose petals, heady tuberose and steamy jasmine gradually unfurl, swirling about with creamy almond oil into a perfumed elixir that’s warm, embracing, soul-elevating, addictive and unashamedly romantic.

Top Notes – cherry, red berries, green notes

Heart Notes – Bulgarian and Turkish rose oils, Egyptian jasmine absolute, tuberose absolute

Base Notes – Indian sandalwood oil, almond oil, benzoin resin

 

 

 

Ostens Rose Oil Isparta – £135 for 50ml eau de parfum

Unexpectedly, Ostens Rose Oil Isparta is bold and genderless; a voluptuous, addictive floral, full of ripe, jammy blackcurrant and crushed Turkish rose petals lifted by pink peppercorn. This intriguing, intense, almost middle eastern interpretation of rose is instantly warm and enveloping. Already loved by fragrance aficionados, Rose Oil Isparta is fast developing a cult following.

Top Notes – rosemary tunisian oil LMR, coriander seed LMR, cardamon ceylon LMR, pink pepper CO2 LMR
Heart Notes – blackcurrant bud absolute LMR, orange flower absolute LMR, rose essential LMR, rose oil isparta LMR
Base Notes – patchouli oil LMR, labdanum resinoid LMR, cashmeran

La Montana Divine Sunset – £65 for 50ml eau de parfum

Sunset, especially on a summer day, is a breathtaking experience. Virtually recreating that feeling at a time of year we most need it, this scent is visually extraordinary. Think of skies painted hot pink and orange, contrasted with tonalities of purple, the air is filled with the potent scent of blossoms. Perfumer Pia Long has created a floral amber burst of joy – her stunning interpretation of the open brief of a ‘hot floral riot’.

Top notes – bigarade orange, black pepper

Heart notes – orange flower

Base notes – lavender absolute, musk

 

Written by Suzy Nightingale

Affordable Fragrant Treats – for a Fresh New Start in February

Let’s face it, we all know January can be hard on the pocket (and the soul!) but we don’t know about you – we are CRAVING occasional treats to self and some scented newness like never before.

A little luxury arriving through the post can go a long way to cheering yourself up on a grim day – or simply letting someone else know you’re thinking of them, giving them something to smile about. Here’s our current rota of go-to of perfume presents (to us, or others) that also happen to be extremely pocket-friendly, for when you need to add a bit of a pep to your step…

 

 

 

 

The best way to treat yourself (or others, must keep remembering to add that) is to buy a Discovery Set – these can range from collections from a single scent house, or curated selections of perfumes from all sorts of brands. Testing them on your own skin, at home and in your own time, is THE safest way to avoid making expensive mistakes by buying a full bottle after the first spritz, then realising it perhaps wasn’t quite for you (we’ve all done it!)

Air sign birthdays are still in the swing (Aquarius until February 18) and Earth sign birthdays on the horizon (Pisces February 19 – March 20), but anyone who appreciates soulful, beautifully balanced fragrances would love to try one of these character-driven ARgENTUM scent discovery sets.

 

 

‘As an element, air encapsulates a masculine energy of thought and communication. Born at sunrise in the crisp breath of Spring ~ air is imaginative and intelligent, but without flow can become stifled and cruel. Moist and warm, air symbolises a nurturing energy that celebrates your knowledge and ideas, the beginning of something intangible and without permanent form. This brisk and exhilarating element stimulates the mind and cuts to the heart of your quest for connection.’

  • Become: All encompassing, balancing, beginnings
  • Creator: Creative energy, trust, manifestation
  • Sage: Wisdom, knowledge, awareness
  • Ruler: Balance, adaptability, vulnerability

ARgENTUM Discovery Kit – Air Collection£28 for four fragrance samples

 

 

‘As an element, earth encapsulates a cleansing feminine energy of strength and solidity. Born at midnight in the depths of Winter ~ earth is grounded in fertility and security, but left to harden can lack vision and freedom from material things. Cold and dry, earth symbolises the physical, immersed in reality and centred in groundedness with intuitive abundance. This generous and nurturing element guides you to wisdom on your quest to find nourishment.’

  • Become: All encompassing, balancing, beginnings
  • Everyman: Human connection, trust, loyalty
  • Explorer: Personal journey, growth, learning
  • Caregiver: Soothing, nurturing, guiding

ARgENTUM Discovery Kit – Earth Collection£28 for four fragrance samples

 

 

 

 

 

Containing 9 fragrances from their Native Collection, this Goldfield & Banks Discovery Set allows you to explore Australia via the brands use of indigenous ingredients producing unique fragrances that take you from beach to forest to outback. Beautifully crafted, these perfumes blend French expertise with Australian botanicals for a stunning journey down under.

Wood Infusion – A luxe ambery scent surrounded by an elixir of rich woods, buttery roots and aromatic notes.

Bohemian Lime – Bohemian Lime mellows to reveal blissful grounding notes of vetiver, cedar wood and sandalwood.

Sunset Hour – A heavenly elixir of citrus and spicy delights await, giving way to a deliciously gourmand and sensuous floral heart.

Pacific Rock Moss – An aquatic and fresh perfume with a distinctive marine note. Cedar wood gives this perfume a sturdy base on which to reveal a fresh, sea spray scent that speaks of summer day.

Desert Rosewood – A rich, amber and woody fragrance that evokes thick, arid deep forests.

Southern Bloom – An immediately lavish, pure and sensational floral-woody fragrance, with a smooth, velvety sensation and glimpses of exquisite green notes combined with red coloured fruity notes.

White Sandalwood – White sandalwood and amber provide a comforting base, while saffron, pepper and thyme cast an exotic dry heat, tempered by a heart of sweet powdery Turkish rose.

Velvet Splendour – The first inhale is an immediate mix of green stems, yellow blooms, cool air and warm light. Bold, sensual and glamorous.

Blue Cypress – Blue Cypress provides a fragrant woody base, lifted by a fusion of invigorating lavender and exotic patchouli, clove and star anise.

Goldfield & Banks Discovery Set – £30 for nine fragrance samples

 

 

 

 

American-born Sarah Baker has resided in London for a long time. As well as being an artist and film-maker, she has also developed perfumes at the Institute for Art and Olfaction in Los Angeles. These fragrances are bold, distinctive, and not for the faint of heart. Presented in a compact, elegant box finished in the collection’s signature Enlightenment Green, it also includes an integrated booklet with information on our eau de parfums.  It’s ideal for gifting or when you want more choice while on the go. The 5 eau de parfums included are:

  • Bascule: Horses, hay and leather. The sun-ripened notes of succulent fruit, woods and prominent green notes. Equestrian.
  • Far from the Madding Crowd: A picnic in the countryside. Botanics, deciduous fruits, wild flowers and woods. Meadows.
  • Flame & Fortune: White flowers, spice and citrus heated until it catches fire in the dryness of the fragrant desert. Dramatic.
  • G Clef: Jazz-inspired. Coastal, citrus and woody and notes of a fougére. Californian or Mediterranean? Savoire Faire.
  • Symmerty: The fragrance hub of the Ancient World. Combines oud, with the freshness of a cologne tradition. Classical.

Sarah Baker Eau de Parfum Discovery Set£30 for five fragrance samples

 

 

 

 

 

 

You don’t need to be going to some swanky party, or even out-out, to want to smell wonderful – and with this selection of scents you can feel fabulous very day (for weeks!) The scent you wear can be the starting point of how you want to approach each new day. Do you want to be fun and flirty? Maybe you feel a bit more daring and edgy? Are you in need of a confidence boost with something classic? Containing a brilliant range of olfactive offerings from beloved designer and exciting, emerging niche names too, it’s just the thing to set you up for the month ahead.

Adscenture Holographic 2ml extrait de parfum
Creed 
Carmina 1.7ml eau de parfum
EauMG 
FlorFunk 2ml extrait de parfum
Escentric Molecules 
Molecule 01 + Black tea 2ml eau de toilette
Goldfield & Banks
 Ingenious Ginger 2ml eau de parfum
Granado
 Expedição 1.8ml eau de parfum
Lancôme 
Idôle 1.2ml eau de parfum
Malin + Goetz 
Strawberry 0.75ml eau de parfum
Mizensir 
Palissandre Night 2ml eau de parfum 
Parfum de Marly 
Althair 1.5ml eau de parfum
Pictor Parfum
 Flash 2ml extrait de parfum
Robert Piguet 
Notes 1ml eau de parfum

Fabulous Fragrances Discovery Set£19 VIP price  or RRP £ £23 for twelve fragrance samples

 

Written by Suzy Nightingale

How to Layer Freshness into Fragrances

We’ve a whole feature on exactly how to layer fragrances to achieve your own perfect blend, but it can be tricky to find scents that behave well with others.

Here, we take a look at some fragrances that have been specifically designed to be layered – and these ones will add that much-needed WHOOSH of freshness and stalky greens to any perfumes you already on and love, but which maybe need a little livening-up – as do we all, right now…

 

 

 

 

The Merchant of Venice Accordi di Profumo fragrances were created in order to focus on notable perfumery ingredients that have been beloved for centuries, here evoked by their master perfumers to perform as  “…a harmonious combination of olfactory notes. These can be used together, layered, resulting in a tailor-made perfume.” Separated into fragrance families, the Fresh Citrus collection uses ‘essential oils obtained by pressing the peel of fruits such as bergamot, lemon, orange and grapefruit, popular in the Mediterranean for their freshness and liveliness.’ We recommend reaching for either (or both!) of this duo for adding an instant fresh zing to any scent…

 

 

 

 

 

The Merchant of Venice Accordi di Profumo Bergamotto Italia

‘The brightest and most elegant of the citrus family, Bergamotto Italia is like a fresh and sparkling water, tonic and dynamic, an ode to happiness and naturality. Bergamotto Italia lets you discover all the fragrant juice of the pulp and fruit for an exclusive Bergamot experience.’

£65 for 30ml eau de parfum selfridges.com

 

 

 

 

The Merchant of Venice Accordi di Profumo Arancia Brasile

‘An elegant citrus fragrance that releases a multifaceted fruity, green, dry and woody personality. Arancia Brasile is a fragrance that smells of summer: citrus fruits accompanied by the addictive sweetness of Brazilian oranges.’

£65 for 30ml eau de parfum selfridges.com

 

 

 

 

 

Edeniste Lifeboost Discovery Set 

These ground-breaking, mood-boosting fragrances have been researched and created with the help of neuroscientists to target the needs we all have depending how we feel. From energising and reviving to soothing and aiding bursts of joy while you wear them, we suggest trying their Discovery Set of the layer-able Lifeboosts to keep on hand (and wrist) as a kind of olfactory toolbox. Worn alone they’re wonderful, of course, but we think you get the best sense of their scented super-powers when spritzed atop another scent. They slice through any malaise and are noticeably adding newness, while perfectly harmonising with whatever you might already be wearing. Try these three for EXTRA freshness…

£32 for six samples in our shop

 

 

Edeniste Lifeboost Energy

‘A reviving musky woody citrus. A refreshing splash of citruses from Italy, infused with the energizing essences of peppery bergamot and regenerative grapefruit, boosted with zingy ginger absolute from Ethiopia. As bright and empowering as a tall dewy glass of freshly squeezed juice. Get up and glow.’

£68 for 30ml eau de parfum in our shop

 

Edeniste Lifeboost Wellbeing

‘An uplifting spicy green floral. A confidence booster with zingy Ethiopian ginger absolute and crisp pink peppercorn absolute from La Réunion. The quintessence of easygoing wellbeing, captured in a luminous accord of fresh spices and green notes enhanced by two of the most precious ingredients in perfumery: Indian jasmine absolute and iris concrete from China. Dive deep into your inner self, feel its uplifting sense of comfort. You’re golden.’

£68 for 30ml eau de parfum in our shop

 

 

 

Edeniste Lifeboost Happiness

‘A joyful woody fruity floral. A sparkling essence built around an exotic mango accord spiked with juicy, colorful notes of raspberry and watermelon, on a base of pure Virginian cedarwood essence. Surrender to the exhilarating beat of its fizzy tropical delight. Feel the bliss.’

£68 for 30ml eau de parfum in our shop

 

 

Experimental Perfume Club Discovery Set

The Experimental Perfume Club concept has always been about the freedom to blend fragrances as you wish – each of the scents cleverly comprising head, heart or base properties which you can then combine to your heart’s content. The very best way to experiment and discover your own perfect blend is by layering the fragrances contained in this brilliant discovery set. Showcasing brilliantly blended accords by perfumer Emmanuelle Moeglin, we’d point you towards the Bergamot Incense, Fig Neroli and Rose Rhubarb to add instant freshness to your fragrances in this selection. But really, the perfumed possibilities are almost infinite however you choose to combine them!

Bergamot Incense – Citrus and exotic spices are brought together in this bright fragrance with Eastern influence.

Fig Neroli – The crunch of fresh herbs in a Mediterranean garden in bloom. A garden combined, green leaves and dark woods.

Cardamom Moss – A swirl of spices wrapped in salty waves of mineral mosses and Ambroxan.

Jasmine Osmanthus – A tribute to white flowers growing on hot sand. Jasmine flowers growing on an apricot tree. Capturing all the fond memories of summer holidays.

Rose Rhubarb – A bright rose entwined with sharp blackcurrant and sparkling, zingy rhubarb.

Tonka Sesame – An utterly delectable combination of gourmand notes and woods; fused in perfect harmony.

Sandalwood Musk – A mineral sandalwood met by leather and musks. A soft, creamy sandalwood pierced with light, shining in the dark, enhancing the darker woods.

Amber Iris – An amber wrapped in powdery notes; dark yet soft. A power play of ingredients, a scent of juxtapositions. A smoky, smooth incense pierces through rich, resinous myrrh.

Cedarwood Absinth – Aromatic wormwood oil gives the scent of Absinth. Cypriol roots give a powerful earthy, woody, balsamic undertone, bolstered by Virginia and Atlas Cedar, and patchouli.

£50 for nine samples in our shop

 

Written by Suzy Nightingale

Do Coffee Beans Help ‘Refresh’ Your Nose?

In various fragrance boutiques and department stores, you’ve perhaps come across little bowls and jars of coffee beans and wondered what these are for. Perhaps you’ve even been told by well-meaning staff (or fragrance-loving friends) that these are to ‘refresh’ your nose after smelling too-many scents? So: do coffee beans ACTUALLY help ‘re-set’ your sense of smell, Read on to find out…

 

 

 

The coffee bean conundrum: The answer is short and sweet: sniffing coffee beans does NOT help ‘cleanse’ or ‘re-set’ your sense of smell – and this was proven by Dr. Alexis Grosofsky of Beloit College in a scientific study. Smelling coffee beans is just adding another strong smell for your nose to be dealing with! Our sense of smell constantly re-sets itself, naturally, but if you’ve over-stimulated yours by spraying on all of the perfumes, or to give your nose a bit of a rest in-between scent sample spritzing; the best way to do this is simply by smelling your wool sweater, or an unscented bit of your own skin. This is how perfumers ‘re-set’ (if they need to) while they are smelling hundreds of differing ingredients, or preparing a new fragrance ‘mod’ (modification) of a perfume’s formula.

 

 

The blog air-aroma.com puts this whole coffee bean theory to bed really clearly, saying:

‘Stop in any perfume shop, and you’re bound to find small bowls of coffee beans set between various fragrances. A salesperson may advise you to sniff the beans in between smelling multiple scents. It is commonly believed that the smell of coffee beans creates some sort of palate cleanser for your nose, allowing you to continue to smell fragrance after fragrance.

But why would someone need to do that? Olfactory fatigue, or olfactory habituation, is a real thing, and it deserves some attention. Essentially, the olfactory glands in your nose begin to recognise smells after a period of time (like the perfume you’ve been wearing all day), and will stop alerting you to them, making you think there’s no fragrance there. It is an example of sensory adaption; the body becomes desensitised to stimuli to prevent the overloading of the nervous system, thus allowing it to respond to new stimuli that are ‘out of the ordinary’. Do coffee beans have some magical little molecular component that resets our palate, allowing us to continue to smell things? Turns out, the answer is no! ‘

– If you’ve over-sniffed too many scent samples in a row (we empathise!) and smelling your clothing / a scarf / your own skin isn’t enough to ‘re-set’ your nose, just step outside for some fresh air for a couple of minutes.

Instead, if you’re looking for the best ways to smell lots of fragrances at one time, here are some top tips so as not to get in an over-olfactory-stimulated scent muddle…

 

 

 

Give fragrances TIME. So many of us spray, sniff immediately (that’s just the alcohol you’re smelling, with perhaps a mere whiff of top notes) and either make a snap purchase or walk away. Those opening notes can disappear in mere minutes, you really need to let it settle for twenty minutes or more to smell the middle or ‘heart’ notes. The ‘base’ notes are made from ingredients with the heaviest molecules, so these can take several hours to warm and then evaporate on the skin.

If possible, try the fragrance on a blotter first (also known as a perfume ‘spill’). Make sure to write the names of the perfumes on the blotters! Otherwise you end up with a whole stack of them in your pockets or bottoms of bags, and no idea which is which…

Allow a few minutes for the alcohol and the top notes to subside, and then smell the blotters. At this stage you may be able to eliminate one or more, if they don’t appeal – but it is really the heart notes and the lingering base notes which you will live with, and which are crucial. Remember: blotters are a useful way of eliminating no-hopers and lining up possibilities, but they’re not really enough to base a perfume purchase on. You really need to smell a scent on your skin to know for sure that it suits you.

Try not to smell more than about four or five at a time. It’s not really your nose that’s the problem, it’s our perception of smells that take time to be properly considered (and allowing a scent to develop both on the blotter and then on our skin as it warms).

Jot down a few words to describe how you feel about each fragrance. These should be emotional words or things it reminds you of (a fabric / musical instrument / colour / place / time of day). They might sound abstract, but are a true reflection of how a fragrance is melding to your personality (or otherwise). Come back to the blotters several hours later and smell again – see if those words have changed.

 

By Suzy Nightingale

 

 

 

 

Scent Storage Solutions: How to Organise Your Fragrance Samples & Bottles

Once we start clearing away festive decorations, and the house can suddenly seem rather dull, now is the perfect time to sort out your scent collection, so that you can see what you’ve got and (most importantly) re-discover neglected perfumes you put away and forgot about…

Perhaps you have a collection of hundreds of bottles, or would just like to organise the few you have in a more aesthetically pleasing (and practical) way? Maybe, instead, you have completely lost track of all the gorgeous fragrance samples you’ve been collection from our Discovery Boxes, and are wondering how on earth to sort out the sample vials?

 

 

Don’t panic! Have a look at some of the ingenious storage solutions and suggestions below, and perhaps have a January re-jig of your own…

 

The first thing to ensure is that your fragrance bottles and samples aren’t going to be stored in direct sunlight or too-near a heat source (such as a radiator). Yes, we know, those stunning bottles are begging to be put on display, but just make sure they’re not right opposite a window or on top of the central heating – otherwise, your precious perfumes will evaporate far more rapidly, and even ‘turn’ (go much darker in the bottle, with some of the top and middle notes literally burned off). That’s such a waste of money, and can be utterly heartbreaking if a favourite fragrance is suddenly no longer wearable.

 

 

  • Of course the absolute dream is to have one of those walk-in dedicated fragrance storage rooms one often sees on rich influencers’ TikTok accounts, but that simply isn’t within the reach of most of us. So perhaps consider looking online or on your local charity shop or hardware store’s sale section for some shelving units (or corner shelving, to really maximise space) that could be painted and utilised for your scent bottle collection? If you want to add further shelves or units in the future – if they’re all painted the same colour you don’t need to worry about them all being from the same place or not matching!

 

 

Photo by thehappysloths.com

  • Rather than riffling through an old shoe-box, acrylic shelves and boxes allow you to store smaller sizes and decants, while seeing at a glimpse what you want to wear next. Muji always have a great selection, but do also check out Hobbycraft, stationery and art supply shops, and online sellers, too. Just search for ‘acrylic storage’ and lots of brilliant storage options should present themselves.

 

 

  • Places like charity shops, Etsy and Not on the High Street are great places to search for vintage cake stands – why not choose all those fragrances that are ‘sparking the most joy’ for you right now and arrange them on the tiers, with lighter scents on top, going down to more sultry or heavier, evening-appropriate ones on the bottom layer?

 

 

  • In the days when travelling was infinitely more glamorous, one carried one’s essentials (perfume, obvs) in specially made trunks. Look on auction sites, in second-hand shops and boots fairs for similar vintage cases. Stack them up in a corner, with the top case open, holding your chosen fragrances for the month(s) ahead.

 

Photo by lipstickandlibraries.com

 

  • Sample bottles and tiny vials can be tricky to store en-masse, so consider using lab equipment items like test-tube holders and racks, or look for bullet boxes, makeup caddies, fishing tackle boxes, and tool boxes. You can often find these on Ebay and similar sites, so when trying to store these smaller items, search for these terms and… think outside the box!

 

 

  • Spice racks used to be a feature of everyone’s 1970s kitchen, but now we’re more likely to have whole cupboards-full of exotic ingredients than a faded jar of ‘Mixed Herbs’, so you can usually find the racks cheaply in charity shops. They’re perfect for holding miniature bottles! Also search for ‘nail varnish shelves’ online, and consider the homeware section of your local £1 shop or hardware store.

 

 

  • Consider challenging yourself to trying new fragrances each week (be they samples or bottles you have but rarely use). Lay them out on a pretty tray – easily found in a charity shop, Facebook Marketplace, or jumble sale – and it will focus your attention on them, rather than falling back into the same old habits of wearing the same old thing. And if they’re not sparking joy? Swap them with friends, or treat yourself to something you’ll really love from our Discovery Box selection.

PS: Our Discovery Boxes boxes are also the perfect size to store your samples neatly – sort them alphabetically, by name of house or type of fragrance and add a label to the edge so you see this clearly when stacked on a shelf. But however you choose to arrange and array your collection, the most important thing to remember is that it’s easy to find what you want (or those you didn’t even know you had, in many cases!) that they are ready to hand (and wrist) and so you can fuse and enjoy them afresh.

Shopping your own stash is a complete joy and, often, an olfactory revelation. That sample you once sniffed a year ago and wasn’t sure was ‘you’? Well, maybe it’s right for who you are right now…?!

Written by Suzy Nightingale

Creative Ways to Festively Fragrance Home, Gifts & Guests!

Of COURSE we are lighting candles and putting out the most beautiful diffusers from our curated Home Scents selections, but when the festive season really gets going (and to be honest, at any time of year), we’re always looking for news ways to scent every corner of our lives.

 

As fellow fragrance-lovers, we know you will understand the thrill of digging through your stash of perfume samples (as you can imagine, we have rather a number kicking about at any one time!) and finding something we’d forgotten about, or hadn’t gotten around to trying yet. May we urge you to do that right now – rifle the boxes and tins and drawers of various samples you’ve collected from our amazing Discovery Boxes, and let’s get to using some of them in even more creative ways: to scent our surroundings for Christmas…

 

 

3 Unglazed Ceramic Hearts £4.30 hobbycraft.co.uk

Consider purchasing a few ceramic shapes (you can get them from art / hobby shops, or online) and spritzing them with something soothing to hang around the house – even on your Christmas tree! We most love hanging them over the end of a radiator to ensure a continuous subtle scent diffusion for every room. And you can change-up the scent whenever you wish, all year ’round!

P.S: A great little stocking gift for friends if packed in a pretty box with a few scent samples, and a little note saying why you chose those perfumes for them.

 

 

 

Scented Table Settings

If you have several candles on the dinner table, having them all be scented can be a little overwhelming during a meal. However, how about using some naturally fragrant foliage and additions to a central table display? Buy an extra jar of cinnamon sticks and twist some florist’s wire around them to pop in a swag, add sprigs of rosemary atop napkins, and even think about spritzing the table cloth with a seasonal scent! (Be sure to check if it will mark the fabric, though, beforehand by spraying on a tissue).

 

 

 

Perfumed Presents

Grab some samples of scents that perhaps weren’t for you or you want to use up, and spray tissue paper (from a distance, so you don’t mark it). It adds an extra-special touch to a gift bag or box, and you could even add the sample to the gift as well!  Who knows, it could be that your gift recipient will fall madly in love with it and thank you forever. And everyone appreciates those finishing touches that shows you’ve made an effort (and this one is so easy). You can also scent wrapping paper and ribbons, or tie aromatic herb sprigs to gift tags.

 

 

 

Make & Fill Your Own Cracker Kit £9.82 thecrackercompany.co.uk

An excellent idea at using up some of your extra fragrance samples or minis is to make your own Christmas crackers. (These also make really gorgeous gifts, which you could personalise, and are SO much more welcome – and far more affordable – than some of the plastic tat shop-purchased ones can be.) Who wouldn’t rather have a beautiful little perfume in a cracker than yet another unusable mini nail file or teeny screwdriver?! There’s lots of patterns and designs for every occasion on this website, because scent crackers aren’t just for Christmas!

 

 

 

 

With all these fragrant ideas for scenting your home and gifts this Christmas, make sure you don’t run out of samples (or choose specific ones if making themed crackers for guests) by browsing our always-expanding selection of Perfume Society Curated Discovery Boxes, and the stunning collection of Brand Boxes (featuring new, niche and beloved designer names). And however you choose to use them – we know you, your home, and your guests will be smelling amazing this season!

 

Written by Suzy Nightingale