Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Scents of Summer

Hey girlies,

So summer is slowly coming to an end, I know I know, it barely lasted a week, but I thought I would share with you some of my favourite fragrances for this time of year. A couple of these hold really distinct memories for me, which is probably why I love wearing them so much!

I have to say a little thank you to Kirstie, who runs a beautiful blog called Behind the Scent, as I went to her in a bit of a panic, and she was so lovely and gave me some great tips on how best to describe perfumes. So here goes!

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1. Jo Malone Mimosa and Cardamom Cologne 30ml - £43
2. MAC Turquatic 20ml - £20
3. VS Pink Sweet and Flirty 75ml - $75
4. Origins Ginger Essence Sensous Skinscent 100ml - £45
5. Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Eau Fraiche 100ml - £50




Jo Malone can do absolutely no wrong in my eyes. The whole brand oozes with luxury, and their range of cologne's, candles and body creams are the perfect gift for a loved one or, perhaps yourself. (Ok so I might be keeping the last candle I bought as a gift, it smells too good to part with.) This is their Mimosa and Cardamom cologne that was brought out in August 2015, and having forgotten to pack a perfume, I purchased this one in Duty Free on the way to Florida. It's a warm, spicy yet floral fragrance, that's perfect for daily wear, but also works beautifully when layered under another Jo Malone fragrance for evening wear. It's a really comforting scent, but it takes a good 10 minutes for the delicate hints of cherry blossom and mimosa to peek through. Well worth a spritz on your next shopping trip!




When I first purchased MAC Turquatic it was a limited release for summer, so I used it really sparingly as it's such a unique and fresh scent. Luckily for me there was enough of an outcry from my fellow perfume lovers out there, (ladies, I salute you), and MAC made the very sensible decision of making this permanent last year. This is my second bottle, and I went for the cute 20ml bottle as it's the perfect size for travelling. MAC describes it as their "classic sea-inspired fragrance with notes of anemone, lotus, orris and Corsican blue cedar". Now I've not sniffed an anemone recently, so I cant tell you how true that is, but I can tell you that it's beautifully crisp and clean smelling. It's also unisex, so if you're not a fan of girly fragrances, this might be the one for you!




Has a girl ever walked past you close enough that you got a little whiff of her freshly shampooed hair? (And then you start wondering if your hair smells that gloriously fruity all the time? Or is that just me again..) That is why I love VS Pink's Sweet and Flirty; it appeals to the thirteen year old me, obsessed with body sprays from Hollister and Victoria's secret, and yet it's still not too sweet. The notes are sugar berry and pink grapefruit and is described on the website as "fruity but floral". I love to spritz this over my whole body as it's really lightweight, and it makes me feel all cute and girly.




Excuse the bottle's tatty appearance, this one's been well loved. (There's a story attached to this scent, so I'd grab some popcorn if I were you.)  I'm very lucky that I've been brought up watching Disney movies, singing Disney songs and most importantly spending my summer holidays in Disney World (It really is the most magical place on Earth). In 2008, my parents decided to book our Florida holiday for October, so we could experience how they do Halloween across the pond. Universal Studios has a sell-out event every year called 'Halloween Horror Nights' which is honestly one of the scariest and most exhilarating things I've ever done. (It's a series of 'scare houses' or mazes, each one with a set theme, e.g. The Walking Dead, Bloody Mary, Halloween etc. The sets and scare-actors that fill them are equally amazing.)

ANYWAY, I was 15 at the time, and extremely scared of Bloody Mary so I treated my poor, traumatised little self to some retail therapy, which was when I purchased this rollerball. Like the name suggests, Ginger Essence has notes of "spicy ginger balanced by a citrusy twist of lemon, lime and bergamot". If you aren't a ginger fan, then it's probably not going to be your cup of tea, but it's a really delicate scent that gets me a lot of compliments!




Last but definitely not least we have the highly coveted Bronze Goddess eau Fraiche by Estee Lauder. This stuff really is heaven in a bottle, so it's absolutely no surprise to me that it sells out every summer. It's the newest addiction to my perfume collection, and it's already one of my favourites. (That's a big deal btw, I have A LOT of perfumes). A couple sprays of this by the shop assistant and I was transported to a tropical island; drinking a cocktail from a coconut, as the salty waves crashed at my sandy toes, the scent of my recently applied sun cream still in the air. In reality I was begging the shopping assistant to take my money so I could smother myself in this stuff forever. The sensuous notes of "Coconut, Vanilla and Mandarin, are balanced out by the radiance of the Magnolia and Tiare flower". I emplore you to find a woman that dislikes this. Oh and in the mean time? Buy it now.

So that's it for this post! As always I hope you enjoyed reading this, would love to get some feedback on how I did at describing these fragrances! What are your favourite scents or smells for summer time, and what memories do you associate with them? I'd love to know :)



Thanks for reading your Dose of Scent



10 comments:

  1. I love Bronze Goddess, it's so lovely!! I should treat myself to some next summer! I've been loving fruity body sprays this summer!!

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    1. Ahh it's gorgeous isn't it! You 100% should, duty free always seem to have it like a whole £10-15 cheaper too FYI! Yeh they're just so yummy and fuss free aren't they :)

      loves xxx

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  2. I need a new perfume and even though it's practically autumn I want the Bronze Goddess perfume! It sounds so up my street. Also well done with the descriptions of the perfumes! I would be so rubbish at it haha.

    Kezia
    gingeybee.com

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    1. Yes yes go and smell it you'll love it! As much as I hate thaf Summer's ending I'm looking forward wearing cosy layers and boots haha. And thank you Kez, I really tried hard!!!! Xxxx

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  3. You did brilliantly at the descriptions! I quite want to try the Jo Malone now- very intrigued! I'm so boring with perfume there's only two I ever wear - Chanel Coco Mademoiselle or Escentric Molecules 01 and I never change them up! Perfume is hard! X

    Sarah | www.sarahdeluxe.com

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    1. Aw thanks Sarah! Yeh you should book yourself in for a free hand massage and they'll use any scents and body creams you want! Coco Mademoiselle is such a classic I love it too! And I'm really intruiged by Molecule 01, what kind of scent is it on you? X

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  4. Omg, I've not tired any of these before but they all look amazing! I so want to try the jo malone and Estée Lauder one! Love this post! Love Rachel xo
    www.rachelxblog.com

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    1. You should! Jo Malone shops are gorgeous, the ladies are so friendly and helpful at trying to find you a scent that matches your personality, and their great with samples if you're unsure, as the colognes are a little on the pricier side :) loves! Xxxx

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