MAISON MARGIELA - WHISPERS IN THE LIBRARY


Maison Margiela have recently released two new fragrances; Under The Lemon Trees and Whispers In The Library. Both of these fragrances are part of the ‘Replica’ line which aim to evoke memories of places, times and people, and as we begin to move into the Autumn season here in the United Kingdom, Whispers In The Library is an ideal transitional fragrance!

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WHISPERS IN THE LIBRARY

  • Top Notes: Orange Blossom, Pepper

  • Middle Notes: Cypriol, Patchouli

  • Base Notes: Cedar, Vetiver, Vanilla Absolute, Tonka Bean

Whispers In The Library begins with a spicy kick that initially feels creamy and sharp, but then quickly softens into a warm, woody accord. Once the dry-down begins, the fragrance stays pretty linear and ultimately has an overall woody feel to it.

If you have ever smelt ‘By The Fireplace’ I would describe this as a ‘younger, softer’ version of that fragrance. They both equally have this warmth, enveloping feel to them which packs a punch for the colder, Autumn weather!

The overall longevity of Whispers In The Library stayed upon my skin for an impressive 7 hours given that this is classed as an Eau De Toilette, and its sillage is medium to heavy.

A little side note and I don’t particularly know why, but when I initially wore this for the very first time, it immediately took me back to my time in Paris 2 years ago… There’s something about the notes and the fragrance that highlights my time spent there, and that’s exactly what I love about the Maison Margiela ‘Replica’ fragrances! They always transport you to a different place or bring back forgotten memories.

Available in 100ml, and 10ml as a Travel Spray you can purchase and find out more details here.

Be sure to read my other reviews on Maison Margiela: Replica fragrances below -

Under The Lemon Trees | By The Fireplace | Filters | Gender Anonymous | Jazz Club Candle

Have you smelt Whispers In The Library before? If so, what are your thoughts? Have you smelt any Maison Margiela fragrances? Which ones? I would love to hear from you, so don’t forget to leave me a comment below and click the ‘like’ button!


HOLLISTER - FESTIVAL NITE FOR HIM


Hollister’s latest fragrance launch comes in the form of: Festival Nite. Inspired by the evening drawing to a close, but the night just getting started, this fresh, spicy fragrance aims to capture the essence of a breezy, Summer evening!

HOLLISTER - FESTIVAL NITE

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  • Top Notes: Tangerine Leaf, Apple, Bergamot

  • Middle Notes: Ginger, Timut Pepper, Ambroxan

  • Base Notes: Tonka, Musk, Sandalwood

The opening begins with a fresh burst of the citrusy notes that whilst makes the fragrance rather sharp and tart, there is an undertone of the spiciness from the Timut Pepper and Ginger notes which adds a spicier kick to a rather fruity opening!

During the dry-down, the Festival Nite then begins to feel rather earthy and musky with the woody note of Sandalwood and Musk blending together with that extra hint of Tonka which rounds off the fragrance rather nicely, making this feel creamy and well bodied.

The longevity of Festival Nite lasted for up to 7 hours on my skin which was rather impressive given that the scent is an Eau De Toilette! Festival Nite could be considered as a bit of a leap from the other Hollister fragrances such as Festival Vibes which I reviewed last year here in terms of its sillage and I would say that this is light-medium with a moderate projection.

To find out more about the fragrance, click here. (With every purchase of 50ml Festival Nite, you also get a free blanket!)

Have you smelt Hollister - Festival Nite before? If so, what are your thoughts? Have you tried any fragrances by Hollister? If so, which ones? Let me know your thoughts below as I would love to hear from you and don’t forget to click the ‘like’ button!

*Please note, Hollister - Festival Nite had been gifted to me for a review.


LIBERTY LONDON: CONSCIOUS BEAUTY


One of the biggest movements that I have noticed this year when it comes to Male Grooming, Beauty and Skincare, is that brands are now becoming more aware of our environment and are wanting to minimise and reduce waste by making changes such as introducing eco-friendly packaging, doing away with unnecessary plastic, and re-designing their products to make them recyclable or reusable. Don’t get me wrong, there are still a lot of brands out there who haven’t made any changes nor do they seem to listen to their customers when it comes to environmental issues, but for those brands who do, it’s a step in the right direction!

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I had a meeting with Liberty London a few months ago and was told about their newly launched Beauty Conscious campaign which features brands who are changing the Beauty/Male Grooming industry by spear-heading the eco-friendly ethos towards a cleaner future by using organic, cruelty-free or vegan ingredients and being more conscious of zero-waste packaging.

I had kindly been gifted some products from the brands within the Beauty Conscious campaign which includes:

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  • Votary - Super Seed Facial Oil (Fragrance Free)

    Votary are vegan, cruelty free and a natural brand. The Super Seed Facial Oil nourishes dry, sensitive or irritated skin with a fragrance-free blend of 21 Super Seed oils. To learn more about Votary and their different products, click here.

  • Claus Porto - Favorito Red Poppy Bath Soap

    Suitable for all skin types, this soap bar is made with 100% Vegetable Oils enriched with Shea Butter. Hand-wrapped in decorative recycled wrapping with original graphics from Portos’ archive. To learn more, click here.

  • Truthbrush - Beautiful Bamboo Toothbrush

    A bamboo toothbrush which has an ergonomic handle, made with medium. castor oil based bristles and is naturally antibacterial and sustainable. To find out more about Truthbrush, click here.

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  • Sana Jardin - Tiger By Her Side

    A perfume created sustainably by artisans with zero waste. Formulated using naturally perfumed oils and free from phthalates, artificial colorants, parabens, formaldehydes and animal testing.

    Top Notes: Bergamot, Cinnamon Bark, Coriander Seed / Middle Notes: Rose Absolute, Thai Benzoin Resin, Patchouli Heart / Base Notes: Labdanum Resin, Vanilla, Olibanum

    To learn more, click here.

  • Omorovicza - Acid Fix

    Vegan and cruelty free, this Acid Fix by Omorovicza is suitable for oily, combination or normal skin. Using a potent blend of AHAs and BHA, this multi-purpose acid treatment deeply exfoliates, resurfaces, brightens and plumps up lacklustre complexions. To find out more, click here.

  • REN Clean Skincare - Clean Screen Mineral SPF 30

    REN Clean Skincare is best known for natural products that steer away from synthetic compounds and skin unfriendly ingredients. The tube for Clean Screen Mineral SPF 30 is made from 50% post-consumer recycled plastic and the cap is made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic. Formulated with Zinc Oxide, Yellow Passion Fruit Seed Extract and Rice Starch, this is suitable for all skin types which helps to leave skin feeling protected, comfortable, soothed and mattified. To learn more, click here.

Prior to Liberty’s: Conscious Beauty campaign, I had already become increasingly aware of brands packaging, the skincare ingredients within each product and ultimately, are they effective? I feel quite strongly now in doing my best for the environment whether that’s reducing single use plastic, not using plastic carrier bags and finding alternatives that are eco-friendly. Liberty London are also wanting your beauty empties! Within their store in London, they will recycle any of your empties in partnership with Teracycle. To find out more about their incredible campaign, click here!

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What do you think to Liberty’s: Conscious Beauty campaign? Are you aware of the environment more? Are you doing anything to be more eco-friendly? Have you heard any of the brands featured within this post? If so, which ones? Have you used any of these products? Let me know below as I would love to hear from you and don’t forget to click the ‘like’ button!


MAISON MARGIELA - UNDER THE LEMON TREES


Maison Margiela Replica fragrances are all created to evoke images, impressions and emotions of those memories that we have perhaps long forgotten about. A fragrance that reminds you of a certain time in your life, or perhaps a certain somebody that you knew/know of! For this Summer season, I have been wearing their newly released - Under The Lemon Trees which is a fragrance that is sharp, fresh and incredibly citrusy!

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MAISON MARGIELA - UNDER THE LEMON TREES

  • Top Notes: Lime, Petitgrain, Cardamom

  • Middle Notes: Coriander, Mate, Green Tea

  • Base Notes: Cedar, Rock Rose, White Musk

The opening of Under The Lemon Trees begins with a sharp and tart blast of the citrusy notes which at first is a little overwhelming but soon fades away into a fresher, more green scent. As the fragrance became more ‘green’ the fragrance then transported me to a hot climate, somewhere where the grass has been freshly cut with the sweet undertones of the citrus in the air.

Under the Lemon Trees is a fragrance that feels light and airy, yet has that warmth to it which adds more depth to a otherwise clean scent! The dry-down began around 1 hour into the fragrances performance and I found that the fragrance as a whole lasted up to 3-4 hours on my skin. A little disappointing, but Under The Trees is an Eau De Toilette so it was to be expected. In terms of its silage, the fragrance starts off with a medium-light silage but very quickly becomes lighter. Perhaps ideal for daytime wear!

If you are a fan of sharp, citrusy fragrances that feel fresh yet with added layers, then I would recommend trying Under The Lemon Trees! To find out more and to purchase, click here.

Be sure to read my other reviews on Maison Margiela: Replica fragrances below -

By The Fireplace | Filters | Gender Anonymous | Jazz Club Candle

Have you smelt Under The Lemon Trees before? If so, what are your thoughts? Have you smelt any Maison Margiela fragrances? Which ones? Any favourites? Let me know below as I would love to hear from you and don’t forget to click the ‘like’ button!


TOM FORD - LAVENDER EXTREME


Tom Ford’s Lavender Extreme is fresh, creamy and bold. The bottle itself is worth a nod at too!

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  • Top Notes: Lemon, Violet

  • Middle Notes: Lavender, Geranium, Rose, Cinnamon

  • Base Notes: Coumarin, Tonka Bean

I first came across Lavender Extreme in John Lewis and what initially drew me to the fragrance (regardless of the fact it was Tom Ford’s latest scent), was the bottle. The fragrance Lavender Extreme is encased in a beautiful, glass mirrored bottle that screams out luxury! But, I digress, let’s get back to the fragrance itself.

Lavender Extreme begins with a bold, sweet blast that at first feels rather overpowering but as the fragrance develops during the dry-down, that sharpness of the Lavender soon gets lost amongst the other notes. The fragrance then becomes much more creamier, almost vanilla-like due to the Tonka Bean note. In my opinion, I think that Lavender Extreme is a beautiful fragrance, however, there is nothing ‘extreme’ about the use of Lavender here…

For me, this is a perfect fragrance for somebody who like me, can only enjoy Lavender in small doses and enjoys rich, creamy scents. The longevity of Lavender Extreme lasted for up to 5-6 hours on my skin and its sillage I found to be placed somewhere between medium to heavy. The opening of Lavender Extreme is definitely the winning point throughout this fragrances performance and I would class this as genderless. Perhaps better worn for an evening setting to really make an entrance!

For more details and to purchase, click here.

Have you smelt Tom Ford - Lavender Extreme before? If so, what are your thoughts? What is your favourite Tom Ford fragrance? Are there any you’d like me to review? Let me know your thoughts below as I would love to hear from you and don’t forget to click the ‘like’ button!


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SUMMER FRAGRANCES 2019


I have put together 6 of my current favourite Summer Fragrances for 2019. Ranging from spicy to aquatic, to green and earthy, to fruity and woody, there is a fragrance to suit your mood throughout the Summer season!

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CREED - AVENTUS COLOGNE

  • Top Notes: Pineapple, Green Apple, Mint, Ginger, Mandarin Orange, Pink Pepper

  • Middle Notes: Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vetiver

  • Base Notes: Musk, Styrax, Birch, Tonka Bean

You may have heard of the iconic Aventus fragrance by Creed before, (I even named this my number 1 fragrance for 2015!) and the latest launch of Aventus Cologne slightly differs from the original in the sense that it is fresher and much more lighter on the skin!

I found that the Aventus Cologne seemed to dry down a lot faster than the original and the projection wasn’t as bold. With that being said, if you are a fan of the original Aventus, then the Aventus Cologne is a great fragrance this Summer if you’re after a lighter take on such an iconic scent!

I would recommend wearing this during a hot Summers day and to purchase and find out more, click here.

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ULRICH LANG NEW YORK - APSU

  • Top Notes: Green Leaves, Coriander, Violet Leaf, Bergamot

  • Middle Notes: White Tea, Jasmine, Water Lily, Pink Pepper, Iris

  • Base Notes: White Musk, Cedar, Amber, Olibanum

A unisex fragrance that has a very ‘green’ feel to it with its opening feeling very sharp and spicy. When I say it feels ‘green’ I mean exactly that. It reminds me of freshly cut grass which at this time of year is ideal!

With the fragrance being rather light to give off that fresh scent, unfortunately its sillage is rather weak…

This lasted for up to 2-3 hours on my skin but despite its performance being weak, I still wanted to feature this as if you’re a fan of the ‘freshly cut grass’ scent, then you will enjoy this fragrance!

To purchase, click here.

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DIESEL - SPIRIT OF THE BRAVE

  • Top Notes: Bergamot, Galbanum

  • Middle Notes: Cypress, Fir

  • Base Notes: Labdanum, Tonka Bean

A woody, spicy fragrance that has a linear performance throughout. This lasted for up to 5-6 hours on my skin which was rather impressive given that its sillage was medium!

Out of these fragrances, I would say that this is the most ‘safe’ in my opinion. Perhaps better suited to the daytime!

If you enjoy clean, safe fragrances that aren’t too loud, then I would recommend trying out Spirit Of The Brave.

To purchase and find out more, click here!

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ESCENTRIC MOLECULES - 03

  • Top Notes: Ginger, Lime Peel, Peppercorn

  • Middle Notes: Orris, Egyptian Jasmine, Tea Notes

  • Base Notes: Vetiver, Sandalwood, Cedar, Mellow Balsams, Musk

Possibly the strongest fragrance within this blog post, 03 by Escentric Molecules is bold, spicy and intoxicating.

The opening begins with a woody, earthy feel that then dries down into a more fresh fragrance and if you like the note ‘Vetiver’ then this is sure to be a winner for you!

The note Vetiver is very strong and remains prominent throughout the fragrances performance.

In terms of longevity, 03 stayed on my skin for up to 6 hours and its sillage is medium to heavy. I would recommend wearing this fragrance on a cool, Summer’s evening!

To find out more and purchase, click here.

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MAISON FRANCIS KURKDJIAN PARIS - MASCULIN PLURIEL

  • Fragrance Notes: Grapefruit, Lemon, Lavender Absolute, Leather Accord, Cedarwood, Patchouli, Vetiver

Masculin Pluriel is a fragrance that is sophisticated, smooth and well rounded!

I’ll be honest, Lavender isn’t one of my favourite scents and I try steer clear from that note in any fragrance however, in this fragrance there is something rather modern about it that gives off a clean feeling.

In terms of its longevity, this is one of the longest lasting fragrances featured! The fragrance lasted for up to 8 hours and left a gorgeous, sweet scent long afterwards.

Its sillage was medium to heavy and I would recommend wearing this on an evening. To purchase, click here.

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PENHALIGON’S - BLASTED BLOOM

  • Top Notes: Wild Berries, Sea Water, Green Leaves

  • Middle Notes: English Rose, Pink Pepper, Hawthorn

  • Base Notes: Cedar, Moss, Musk

Blasted Bloom by Penhaligon’s is crisp, tart and clean. This fragrance has a real aquatic vibe that transports me to a beach somewhere!

During the dry-down, Blasted Bloom then becomes slightly woody and its performance remains rather linear.

The longevity of Blasted Bloom lasted for between 4-5 hours and although this is a very light scent, I was rather impressed by its longevity.

Its sillage is light-medium and I would recommend wearing this both during the day for a refreshing boost, or at night on a warm Summer’s evening!

To purchase, click here.

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Have you smelt any of these fragrances listed? If so, which ones? Are there any you would like to try out? Which are your favourite fragrances to wear for the Summer season? Let me know your thoughts below as I would love to hear from you, and don’t forget to click the ‘like’ button!

*Please note, some of these fragrances had been gifted to me.


FATHER'S DAY FRAGRANCES 2019


With Father’s Day approaching us here in the U.K on Sunday 16th June, I have put together a few fragrances that will win your Father over! Failing that however, at least you’ve managed to gain yourself a new fragrance...

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HUGO BOSS - BOTTLED INFINITE

  • Top Notes: Apple, Mandarin Orange, Cinnamon, Sage

  • Middle Notes: Lavender, Patchouli, Rosemary

  • Base Notes: Sandalwood, Olive Tree

A woody, aromatic fragrance that feels clean and sophisticated which has a strong projection and lasts on the skin for around 6-7 hours! Ideal for the Father who likes to make an impact without worrying about the scent fading away. To purchase, click here.

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CALVIN KLEIN - ETERNITY FOR MEN: FLAME

  • Top Notes: Pineapple

  • Middle Notes: Rosemary

  • Base Notes: Labdanum, Amber, Leather

A fragrance that takes you on an interesting journey, starting off with a sweet, punchy hit of fruitiness, that then settles down into a dense, smokey scent with a long lasting performance around 7-8 hours on the skin! If your Father enjoys interesting fragrances, then perhaps this could be one to try! To purchase, click here.

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VERSACE POUR HOMME - DYLAN BLUE

  • Top Notes: Water Notes, Calabrian Bergamot, Grapefruit, Fig Leaf

  • Middle Notes: Violet Leaf, Papyrus, Patchouli, Black Pepper, Ambroxan

  • Base Notes: Musk, Incense, Tonka Bean, Saffron

A solid fragrance in that it delivers a fresh, aquatic scent that epitomises the Summer feeling. Perfect for this time of year and despite feeling so light, its performance is rather impressive with the fragrance lasting for around 6-7 hours! A perfect fragrance for your Father if he enjoys a fresh, aquatic scent. To purchase, click here.

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JUSBOX - BLACK POWDER

  • Top Notes: Blackcurrant, Apple, Pimento

  • Middle Notes: Suede, Tobacco Leaf, Olibanum

  • Base Notes: Sandalwood, Tonka Bean, Patchouli

Possibly the most interesting and unique fragrance within this Gift Guide. A leathery and spicy fragrance with a few of the fruity notes bursting out during the fragrances opening with a heavy silage and long lasting performance. If your Father enjoys having the attention on him and likes to impress, then I would strongly recommend Black Powder! To purchase, click here.

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DSQUARED2 - WOOD

  • Top Notes: Calabrian Bergamot, Sicilian Lemon, Mandarin Orange

  • Middle Notes: Ginger, Cardamom, Violet Leaf

  • Base Notes: Vetiver, White Woods, Ambroxan

WOOD opens up with a citrusy feel which then quickly turns into a more woody scent. A pretty steady fragrance in the sense that its performance is quite linear. Ideal for daytime and those who prefer a fuss-free fragrance that simply does its job! Its silage is soft-medium and lasts upon the skin for around 4-5 hours. To purchase, click here.

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LACOSTE - EAU DE LACOSTE L.12.12 POUR LUI FRENCH PANACHE

  • Top Notes: Lemon Zest, Mandarin Orange, Cardamom

  • Middle Notes: Apple, Lavender

  • Base Notes: Sandalwood, Patchouli, Narcissus

A woody, aromatic fragrance that has a spicy kick throughout its performance! Eau De Lacoste French Panache lasted for up to 6-7 hours with a medium to heavy silage. I would recommend this for those Fathers who enjoy a fragrance that has a clean and sophisticated feel to it. To purchase, click here.

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I hope you have enjoyed this Fragrance Gift Guide for Fathers Day! Are there any which you know will win your Father over? Perhaps any you think he might like to try out? Do you have any other recommendations when it comes to fragrances? Let me know below as I would love to hear from you, and don’t forget to click the ‘like’ button!

*AD/Gifted for the purpose of this Gift Guide.