Jasmin By Fragonard Perfume Review


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Jasmin from Fragonard was released in 2015. Unusually it contains three different jasmine flowers types. To quote from Fragonard’s promotional material:

“In 2015 Fragonard is celebrating Jasmine. Grown in Grasse since the 16th century, jasminum grandiflorum is nicknamed by generations of growers and perfumers: the Flower!”


The packaging is adorable, a sunshine yellow box with drawings of jasmine boughs and a bluebird for good measure. The bottle is clear with flowers scattered across it.


Opening notes: Orange blossom and bergamot.

Middle notes: Grasse jasmine, Egyptian jasmine and Indian jasmine.

Base notes: Amber.

A regal serenade to jasmine, this oozes elegance and historical sophistication. The orange blossom is a vibrant force that introduces the jasmine petals to the wearer with a soft curtsy. The jasmine is a gentle caress, a ladylike ensemble which settles beautifully and is as delicate as a dove’s cooing.

Occasions: This is subtle and can be worn at any time.

Seasons: Spring and summer.

Rating: Silver medal.

Price: Extremely expensive.


Blossom By Jimmy Choo Perfume Review


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Blossom is a fruity floral released in 2015 from famed fashion designer Jimmy Choo.

The advert below shows a sunny, breezy summer scene with ladies grouped playfully. This is telling us that Blossom is about flowers blossoming, and women blossoming too. Revealing their legs in hot weather, coming together to have fun and dressing attractively.


The packaging is lovely and bright, a shocking pink glitter box, and an ombre pink bottle with inset paneled effect.

BLOSSOM BY JIMMY CHOO PERFUME REVIEW 1Opening notes: Bergamot, lemon and raspberry.

Middle notes: Sweet peas and roses.

Base notes: Sandalwood and white musk.

Mmm yummy citrus pops into the air, and brings with it memories of fruit picking in June, picnics on the lawn, and fresh lemonade in ice cold glasses. The base notes come through quickly and dampen the buzz somewhat, but this is still pleasant and inoffensive. Longevity is poor.

Occasions: Casual day time wear.

Seasons: Summer.

Rating: Bronze medal.

Price: Fair.

Amazing Grace By Philosophy Perfume Review


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Amazing Grace is the best selling fragrance for the Philosophy brand. It is a clean floral scent.

The packaging is light pink and has a philosophical text on the front to inspire the wearer. The bottle is a simple rectangular design with silver lid.


Opening notes: Mandarin orange, grapefruit and bergamot.

Middle notes: Freesia, jasmine and rose.

Base notes: Musk.

This opens with a soft whisper, it is gentle, mildy fruity, fresh, and comforting. This is so mild that any age can wear it, but don’t expect to draw attention, it stays very close to the skin. If you want a perfume that is uber light, this is ideal, it is a barely there scent. Longevity is poor.

Occasions: Subtle enough for work or college.

Seasons: Spring.

Rating: Bronze medal.

Price: Expensive.

Perfumer Rumors For Fragrance Fans


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There is a rumor around the perfumer community that spitfire singer Azealia Banks is in talks with famed celebrity perfume creator Parlux to create a hot new celebrity perfume line for her.

Azealia-Banks perfume

After her recent over the top twitter shenanigans (which caused her account to be deleted), she needs some positive news to feed the media, and the fragrance might be just the thing to give her some good news for a change.

What might this new perfume smell like? I can imagine with Azealia’s fiery creativity and unique style she will pick some spicy notes, perhaps pink pepper and coriander, and team it with some sexually vibrant accords to thrill her fans.

Let’s hope we don’t have to wait too long to sample it, talks with Parlux now could mean a new year 2017 release date. Don’t keep us waiting Azealia!


Ameerah By Al Aneeq Perfume Review


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Ameerah means princess in Arabic. Released in 2016, Ameerah is a new offering from Al Aneeq as part of their French Collection. Helpfully all of the notes are listed on the side of the packaging.

The box has red leaves on a pink and white background with red text. The roll on bottle has the same with black lid.


Opening notes: Blackberry and orchid.

Middle notes: Jasmine, orange blossom, and cedar.

Base notes: Musk, ebony, sandalwood, patchouli, vetiver, black vanilla, and amber.

This smells like a vintage classic perfume, it could come straight from a 1965 fancy fragrance catalogue and I love that. It has a sensual depth, an air of mystery and an underlying flirty aroma. This would make anyone sizzle.

Occasions: Wear this whenever you want to be noticed and attract positive attention.

Seasons: Summer.

Rating: Silver medal.

Price: Very inexpensive.


White Gardenia By Al Aneeq Perfume Review


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The name says it all – a white gardenia floral. This is a soliflore perfume oil from Al Aneeq.

The box shows photographs of white gardenia bouquets with sky blue background and white text. The roll on bottle shows the same.


Note: Gardenia.

Open the windows and let summer inside. You will find gardenia petals billowing beneath your windowsill, clouds drifting softly overhead, and everything seems sunny. Yes, this is a flower garden in a bottle. It has that fantastically tropical, fresh, mouth-feel that comes from good quality gardenia. Simply lovely.

Occasions: Weddings are blessed by this.

Seasons: Summer.

Rating: Silver medal.

Price: Very inexpensive.


Pivoine Angel By Thierry Mugler Perfume Review


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This is a flanker of the world famous Angel, in a twist which saw Angel blended with four specific flowers, with the name  ‘Garden of Stars‘. This particular perfume has peony as the extra floral. It was created by Olivier Cresp in 2005 and is unfortunately already discontinued.

The box shows a peony in full bloom whited out against the signature powder blue of Angel. The bottle has an angled flower petal inspired shape in pink.


Opening notes: Rose and lily-of-the-valley.

Middle notes: Peony and pepper.

Base notes: Vanilla and patchouli.

This is spicier than original Angel, and I can really appreciate the added layer of aroma that it provides. It is more whimsical, child like and innocent. I really like it, and can imagine this cheering up grey days and boring meetings. Unlike the premier Angel, this is subtle enough to wear everyday without fear of overpowering everyone around you. Longevity is brilliant.

Occasions: Wear lightly for work or college.

Seasons: Winter.

Rating: Silver medal.

Price: Expensive on the secondary market.





Epic Maze By Al Aneeq Cologne Review


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Epic Maze is a very inexpensive cologne, made from essential oils, from Al Aneeq. It is made in Switzerland.

The box shows a maze in dark grey on a black background. The roll-on bottle shows the same design with white text.

epic maze by al aneeq cologne reviewOpening notes: Myrtle, cardamom, cumin, mace, nutmeg, pink pepper, and saffron.

Middle notes: Frankincense, geranium, and myrrh.

Base notes: Cedar, leather, oud, patchouli, sandalwood, and musk.

This extremely spicy cologne opens with a huge blast of cumin and mace. It has oriental notes in overdrive, and would certainly wake up a guy when used as an aftershave lotion. It will please oud lovers, as it mingles manfully with leather and cedar in a parade of gentlemanly accords.

Occasions: Use lightly for wearing in the office or for after work cocktails.

Seasons: Winter.

Rating: Silver medal.

Price: Very inexpensive.

Faaiqah By Al Aneeq Perfume Review


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Faaiqah means excelling in Arabic. This perfume is part of Al Aneeq’s French collection, and was released in April 2016. It is classed as unisex.

The packaging has sun rays in yellow and orange across it with black lettering, and the bottle has the same.


Opening notes: Bergamot, mandarin, and peach.

Middle notes: Jasmine and lily of the valley.

Base notes: Cedar, patchouli, sandalwood, labdanum, and vanilla.

This is delightfully fresh, like a warm breeze blowing through a ripe orchard of succulent peaches ready to drop. Subtly sweet, moreish, and reminiscent of much more expensive fragrances. The drydown releases softly spiced woods, but remains juicy. This is good enough to give as a gift, and I rarely think that.

Occasions: Soft enough for work and college.

Seasons: Summer and autumn.

Rating: Silver medal.

Price: Very inexpensive.

Noora By Al Aneeq Perfume Review


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Noora means divine light in Arabic. It is an inexpensive floriental by Al Aneeq, which is made in Switzerland. It is unisex.

The packaging has flowers and leaves in shades of beige and yellow, with dark brown text.

noora by al aneeq perfume review

Opening notes: Lemon, saffron, coriander, and ylang-ylang.

Middle notes: Geranium, jasmine, orange blossom, and patchouli.

Base notes: Musk, amber, sandalwood, oud, tonka bean, and vanilla.

In contrast to the spicy coriander appearing in the list of opening notes, this actually has a very soft, sweet, opening, a girly lemon drop affair that reminds me of childhood. Even after the oud emerges this still has a lovely, light citrus feel with vanilla topping.

Occasions: Informal day time wear.

Seasons: Summer and autumn.

Rating: Silver medal.

Price: Very inexpensive.