I adore the Santa Maria Novella (SMN) brand. It has a history to rival any competitor that likes to talk about its heritage credentials. SMN was established in Florence in 1221 by Dominican monks who grew herbs and flowers to make balms, pomades and medications for their […]
April has been and gone and spring is here. One minute I’m seeing people sunbathing on the beach and the next day it’s windy and out comes the cardigan. I do love spring and seeing the back of winter. The hay fever is off the […]
Recently I met Juliette Espinasse – Dubois from July Of St Barth to learn more about her perfume range. Juliette is an avid collector of perfumes, with over 20,000 bottles (I think I heard that correctly) and spends time between the French and Italian Riviera. St Barth is her beachy lifestyle brand with […]
Neela Vermeire Creations (NVC) enjoys a cult following and is easily one of the most consistent collections in the niche perfume world. Each scent has a convincing character and is beautifully composed by Bertrand Duchaufour. They all smell divine. The Pierre Dinand bottles are classically elegant but […]
Happy Monday. My Scent Of The Day is Seville à l’aube from L’Artisan Parfumeur. It’s simply stunning. Watch out because this gorgeous blend of orange blossom, honey and incense will bewitch and entice. Find out my thoughts on this perfume by clicking here.
It goes without saying that this 2014 release from Guerlain, Shalimar Souffle de Parfum is not going to knock your socks off in the same way Shalimar is prone to do. Shalimar is the Queen Bee of oriental perfumes and even though it was created nearly 100 […]
Here’s a link to a short piece (a couple of paragraphs!) I wrote about my favourite scented travel memory from the French Riviera for the website Scent Corner. Scent Corner has a great premise that I think is a brilliant idea. It promotes sustainable and ethically sourced […]
French Pharmacies really are the bees knees. The internet is brimming with posts extolling the virtues of French pharmacy products and the enthusiasm is well placed. Wandering into a French Pharmacy is a real treat. Shelves are jam packed with interesting, strangely named products. It […]