JO MALONE - BLOSSOMS COLLECTION


I had the pleasure of being able to attend the recent launch of Jo Malone’s newest collection; Blossom. The e-vite came through and it promised to be an ‘immersive way to experience the new Blossoms Collection through sound, vision and scent.’ Having attended Jo Malone events before, I knew I was going to attend something rather special, and so I naturally jumped at the chance of going!

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JO MALONE - BLOSSOMS COLLECTION

The event took place at Victoria House in London, and as I made my way through the entrance, a whole sea of Jo Malone goody bags were there to greet us with different lights twinkling to set the mood. I then navigated through several dark rooms, and I stumbled across a long corridor with tranquil music playing throughout, again with different coloured lights changing with every beat. Once through the corridor, I walked into a large room with a long table in the middle of it displaying the most beautiful of flowers which proudly took centre stage with a DJ playing the latest tracks in the background.

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What initially caught my eye when I first walked in, were these 4 rooms, hidden behind a fuzzy screen, all of which were lit up in different colours to represent the four Limited Edition Blossom scents;

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  1. Green - Star Magnolia

  2. Pink - Silk Blossom

  3. Yellow - Frangipani Flower

  4. Orange - Orange Blossom

My personal favourites were the Star Magnolia and the classic Orange Blossom and much to my delight, the Orange Blossom was actually found inside my goody bag which made for the perfect treat in time for Spring! I will be doing a separate blog review on the Orange Blossom fragrance shortly, so do check back for that.

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The full Blossoms Collection includes:

Frangipani Flower Cologne 30ml £49 // 100ml £98

Silk Blossom Cologne - 30ml £49 // 100ml £98

Star Magnolia Cologne - 30ml £49 // 100ml £98

Orange Blossom Cologne - 30ml £49 // 100ml £98

Silk Blossom Home Candle - 200g // £49

Star Magnolia Hair Mist - 50ml // £44

Orange Blossom Hair Mist - 50ml // £44

Orange Blossom Diffuser - 165ml // £65

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I had a wonderful time at the Blossoms Collection Launch and I found it to be a unique, innovative way to experience fragrance! The Blossoms Collection is out now and is out for a limited time only, so do be quick to try out these treats! For more details, click here.

For more of my Jo Malone reviews and events, see below!

FRAGRANCE: Bronze Wood & Leather, English Fields,  English Oak & RedcurrantTobacco & MandarinDark Amber & Ginger LilyMyrrh & Tonka

EVENTS: Christmas 2016, Christmas 2017, Christmas 2018, Poptastic, The Bloomsbury Set

SKINCARE: Geranium & Walnut Hand Cream, Myrrh & Tonka Shower Oil

Have you smelt any of the Blossoms scents and fragrances yet? Do you have any favourites? If so, which ones? Will you be trying any of these out? Have any of these caught your eye? Let me know below as I would love to hear from you and don’t forget to click the ‘like’ button!


MOTHERS DAY FRAGRANCES 2019


With Mother’s Day fast approaching us here in the United Kingdom this Sunday 31st March, I have put together a little Gift Guide of fragrances that will win your Mother over and make her day!

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MARC JACOBS - DAISY (SUNSHINE EDITION)

  • Top Notes: Strawberry, Violet

  • Middle Notes: Marigold

  • Base Notes: Woody Notes, Wild Berries

A must have for any woman in your life, Daisy by Marc Jacobs is instantly recognisable with its floral-woody presence throughout its performance.

The Limited Edition ‘Sunshine’ fragrance differs to the original Daisy by feeling a little more fruity with the Strawberry note remaining prominent throughout that feels fresh, light and refreshing which is perfect for the upcoming Spring/Summer seasons.

If your Mother enjoys a fragrance that has a fruity kick to it, then this is the scent for her! To purchase, click here.

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TOM FORD - SANTAL BLUSH

  • Top Notes: Cinnamon, Caraway, Spices, Carrot Seeds, Fenugreek

  • Middle Notes: Jasmine, Ylang-Ylang, Rose

  • Base Notes: Musk, Sandalwood, Virginia Cedar, Benzoin, Oud

A sophisticated fragrance with its creamy, warm notes of the Sandalwood and Spices with rich and floral tones which makes this fragrance feel both mysterious and exotic. A confident scent that although has a soft projection, it leaves you wanting more.

Perfect for your Mother if she is a strong woman who knows exactly who she is, but wants to leave an air of mystery about her… To purchase, click here.

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CHLOE - NOMADE

  • Top Notes: Mirabelle, Bergamot, Lemon, Orange

  • Middle Notes: Freesia, Jasmine, Peach, Rose

  • Base Notes: Oakmoss, Amberwood, Patchouli, Sandalwood, White Musk

Nomade by Chloé is a take on its original ‘Chloé’ fragrance which was launched back in 2008 and is a staple in many womens fragrance collections!

The Nomade scent differs by feeling less floral than the original, and more ‘dirty’ by focusing on a more earthier, woodier feel. A fragrance that is possibly the heaviest within this Gift Guide, this is ideal for your Mother if she prefers a stronger, more powerful scent!

To purchase, click here.

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CALVIN KLEIN - WOMEN

  • Top Notes: Eucalyptus, Black Pepper, Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon

  • Middle Notes: Orange Blossom, Magnolia, Jasmine, Hedione, Raspberry, Tea

  • Base Notes: Cedar, Olibanum, Ambroxan, Cashmeran, Violet, White Musk

Created by Raf Simons, this fragrance is inspired by his passion for photography and the inspiration of strength and power in women. A fresh, clean and linear fragrance, Women feels citrusy with an undertone of the woody notes coming through during the dry-down. If your Mother enjoys a fuss-free fragrance that is fresh and light on the skin, then this is the one for her!

To purchase, click here.

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& OTHER STORIES - NOMADS POEM

  • Top Notes: Plum, Coconut Water

  • Middle Notes: Patchouli Leaves, Orange Flowers

  • Base Notes: Black Amber, Marshmallow, Patchouli

A light fragrance that feels spicy yet mellow with its earthy tones running throughout the fragrances performance. Nomads Poem could be classed as unisex, with its delicate touch yet dense feeling which is a complete contradiction in itself which lends for an interesting journey! This fragrance would be perfect if your Mother knows no boundaries and enjoys scents that have an interesting twist to them.

To purchase, click here.

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APPLEYARD LONDON - SECRET GARDEN

The bouquet of flowers which have been featured in each of these photographs were kindly gifted to me by Appleyard London for who I am a social ambassador for!

This stunning bouquet features soft pinks and delicate purples with sweet avalanche roses, antique carnations, delicate alstroemeria & soft pink sugar flair hypericum berries.

A perfect alternative gift for this Mother’s Day, and to make things extra special, I have a 20% off code for all bouquets at Appleyard London! CODE: LUKE20

(Please note, this code excludes any additional gifts/add ons and delivery charges.)

To purchase, click here.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this Gift Guide and I would love to know if any of these have inspired you for when it comes to choosing a gift!

Have you smelt any of these before? If so, which ones? Do you have any favourites? Do you already know what you will be treating your Mother too? Let me know below as I would love to hear from you and don’t forget to click the ‘like’ button!

*Please note, some of these fragrances were gifted to me for the purpose of this Gift Guide.


JUSBOX - GREEN BUBBLE


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When I had been approached to try out the Green Bubble fragrance by Jusbox, I was rather intrigued as the note ‘Marijuana Accord’ caught my eye…

Green Bubble is a nod to the Rastafarian Movement alongside Reggae music which was the inspiration behind creating this scent by merging the two influences together. The notes featured within Green Bubble are:

  • Top Notes: Grapefruit, Cannabis, Wormwood

  • Middle Notes: Saffron, Honey, Cedar

  • Base Notes: Labdanum, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Amber

The opening was rather sweet with the Grapefruit note being the most prominent which then had an earthy undertone to it which remained throughout the performance. Around an hour or so into wearing the fragrance, the scent became quite smoky yet still had that sweetness running through it.

Green Bubble as a whole had a warm feel to it and despite having had a quiet projection, it felt a little dense and heavy on my skin which at times was slightly overbearing. In terms of its longevity, this lasted on my skin for 6-7 hours and I would definitely recommend wearing this on a colder evening/night! I would just like to add, I really enjoy the design of the bottle as it’s chunky yet looks clean and minimalistic!

To purchase Jusbox - Green Bubble, click here.

Have you tried Green Bubble by Jusbox before? If so, what are your thoughts? Are there any other fragrances by Jusbox you would like me to review? Let me know below as I would love to hear from you, and don’t forget to click the ‘like’ button!


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VALENTINES GIFT GUIDE 2019


Despite being single, I do enjoy the Valentine’s hype as it is a time where all of the bold, cutesy packaging for various products come out (despite some being a little garish), and where London and many other cities decorate their shopfronts with striking floral displays!

It wouldn’t be Valentine’s without a Gift Guide here on my blog, so for this particular Gift Guide I have included some perfect gifts guaranteed to put a smile on your loved ones face, or even your own! After all, we don’t exactly need a reason to treat ourselves from time to time now do we…?

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VALENTINE’S 2019

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DIPTYQUE - DAMASCENA CANDLE

A bold floral candle with sumptuous, heady and honey notes, this candle is incredibly strong smelling and is ideal for those who love the scent of roses! It is sure to fill any space whilst lingering in the air long after its burn.

To purchase, click here.

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PRETTY GREEN - MUG SET

A must for any rock n roll fans out there! Pretty Green mugs emblazoned with their iconic Paisley print which in this particular Gift Set come in black and navy.

To purchase, click here.

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KIEHL’S - LOVE OIL FOR LIPS

A lightweight lip oil that hydrates and nourishes lips leaving them with a healthy, natural looking glow!

To purchase, click here.

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APPLEYARD LONDON - 50 RED ROSES

The most beautiful flowers that instantly add a touch of elegance and colour to any space in your home! To make things that little sweeter, I have a 20% off code for all bouquets at Appleyard London! CODE: LUKE20 (Please note, this code excludes any additional gifts/add ons and delivery charges.)

To purchase, click here.

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HOUSE 99 BY DAVID BECKHAM - SMOOTH BACK GIFT SET

This Gift Set contains Thickening Daily Shampoo, Face Moisturiser and Shaping Pomade along with a Hair Comb. Perfect for any man to create a ‘Pompadour’ hairstyle!

To purchase, click here.

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GLAMGLOW - GENTLEBUBBLE

A daily conditioning cleanser that not only effectively removes any impurities, but the bubbles gently cleanse the skin leaving it feeling soft and thoroughly cleansed!

To purchase, click here.

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FLOWER BY KENZO

A floral fragrance that feels sensual yet powdery on the skin which then comes alive with the incense note!

To purchase, click here.

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JO LOVES - VETIVER FRAGRANCE BODY SPRAY

I recently came across the JO LOVES brand by trying out this body spray which had kindly been gifted to me to try out and I have to say, this particular Vetiver Body Spray is simply divine! The fragrance is spicy with a unique twist on the classic Vetiver scent which lasts on my skin and clothes for many hours afterwards!

To purchase, click here.

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I hope you have enjoyed my Valentine’s Gift Guide this year and if I have included any of your favourites or ones that you have tried out then do let me know as I would love to hear from you! Also, don’t forget to click the ‘like’ button below, and have a gorgeous Valentines whatever your plans are!

(AD // These items have kindly been gifted to me for the purpose of this Gift Guide.)


JO MALONE - BRONZE WOOD & LEATHER


Jo Malone’s latest fragrance addition to their Cologne Intense Collection comes in the form of Bronze Wood & Leather. A dark, moody and sensual fragrance, Bronze Wood & Leather aims to encapsulate the feeling of escaping the everyday life…

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I had the pleasure of receiving a bottle of this fragrance, alongside an invitation to my local Jo Malone Boutique where I was able to have a hand & arm massage treatment! I took my Mother along with me and I opted to have my personal favourite scent; Myrrh & Tonka in the body creme whilst my Mother went for her favourite scent; Neroli & Basil body creme. The lovely assistant then sprayed the new Bronze Wood & Leather on top to layer it with our chosen body scents and combined with Myrrh & Tonka, this gave it a deeper, earthier feel to a bold, daring scent! Thank you to the team at Harrogate for inviting us along, we had a lovely morning and the glass of Prosecco wasn’t too bad either…

BRONZE WOOD & LEATHER

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  • Top Notes: Grapefruit

  • Middle Notes: Juniper, Smoke

  • Base Notes: Leather, Vetiver

The opening of Bronze Wood & Leather has a real smokey feel to it with a faint underlying note of the Grapefruit coming through giving it a sweet, fruity edge that fades away shortly after into a deeper, muskier scent. During the dry-down, the fragrance becomes predominantly more leather and woody which has a silage that is medium albeit heavy at times with an impressive lasting power with the fragrance staying close to my skin for up to 6 hours.

For me, Bronze Wood & Leather is a fragrance that lives up to its name in terms of the leather aspect and has a strong smokey effect, however, I have found that wearing this alone has been pretty linear and doesn’t alter that much. When comparing the fragrance to other Jo Malone scents from the Cologne Intense Collection, it doesn’t have that special touch that Myrrh & Tonka or Oud & Bergamot both have which is why I would recommend wearing Bronze Wood & Leather with another fragrance to give it another dimension and to add another layer!

To purchase Bronze Wood & Leather, click here and to read more of my reviews on Jo Malone see below:

FRAGRANCE: English Fields,  English Oak & RedcurrantTobacco & MandarinDark Amber & Ginger LilyMyrrh & Tonka

EVENTS: Christmas 2016, Christmas 2017, Christmas 2018, Poptastic, The Bloomsbury Set

SKINCARE: Geranium & Walnut Hand Cream, Myrrh & Tonka Shower Oil

Have you smelt Bronze Wood & Leather before? What did you think to it? Have you tried layering it with another fragrance? If so, which one? Let me know your thoughts below as I would love to hear from you and don’t forget to click the ‘like’ button!


CLEAN RESERVE - TERRA WOODS FRAGRANCE


A couple of months ago I came across Clean Reserve by accident whilst browsing through Space NK and initially, it was the sturdy yet minimalistic design of their bottles and branding that caught my eye!

A day later, I received an email asking if I’d like to sample a couple of fragrances by Clean Reserve, now if that isn’t some Black Mirror stuff right there then I don’t know what is… Of course, I jumped at the chance and was kindly gifted two fragrances by the brand:

  1. Terra Woods

  2. Skin

In this particular blog post I will be reviewing the Terra Woods fragrance so check back soon for the ‘Skin’ fragrance review!

TERRA WOODS - CLEAN RESERVE

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A unisex fragrance that is floral yet woody which launched in 2016.

  • Top Notes: Geranium, Jasmine Sambac

  • Middle Notes: Coconut

  • Base Notes: Musk, Woodsy Notes, Tonka Bean, Vanilla

Clean Reserve pledge to change the way you experience fragrances by creating a collection that highlights your individuality whilst tapping into their perfumers reserve of raw ingredients to remove the clutter, heaviness and complexity - so all you’re left with is CLEAN.

Each of the fragrances by Clean Reserve have been created so that you can pair it with another fragrance allowing you to create a fragrance that is truly special to become a firm, signature staple!

On the first spray I was immediately hit with the Geranium note with the ever so subtle hint of Coconut coming through which adds a warmth and a creaminess to the fragrance. The opening is quite bold but once the dry down begins, the scent stays pretty linear and fades after an hour or two… In terms of Terra Woods’ silage, I would say it begins medium/heavy but quickly wears down to a light and stays close to the skin and its projection again, starts off moderate but gradually becomes soft.

I did enjoy wearing Terra Woods for the initial scent itself, however, I wish it just lasted that little bit longer. With that being said, I would recommend wearing Terra Woods during the daytime and perhaps throughout Spring/Summer this may perform better?

To purchase Terra Woods, click here! To learn a little more about Clean Reserve and their brands message, click here.

Have you tried Terra Woods before? How did you find it? Have you come across Clean Reserve before and sampled any of their fragrances? If so, which one? I would love to hear your thoughts so leave me a comment down below and I’d love it if you could click the ‘like’ button too!


GIVE THE GIFT OF CREED THIS CHRISTMAS


For those of you who are frantically panicking for those last minute Christmas gifts, I wanted to share with you a fragrance that I have recently come across by the fragrance powerhouse; Creed.

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CREED: ORIGINAL SANTAL

Inspired by the spiritual and royal splendor of India, Original Santal captures the essence of precious Sandalwood trees from India which are best known for spiritual strength, calming power and the beautiful scent of Sandalwood. I was already a fan of Sandalwood prior to smelling this fragrance, and I was also already a fan of Creed, especially their fragrance; Aventus. So much so, that I named this my number 1 fragrance of 2015!

  • Top Notes: Coriander, Juniper Berries, Cinnamon, Sandalwood

  • Middle Notes: Rosemary, Ginger, Lavender, Petitgrain

  • Base Notes: Tonka Bean, Vanilla

A clean, sophisticated fragrance that felt light, dry and crisp during the opening, yet a little busy and manic with all of the different notes bouncing around off of each other. After 15/20 minutes or so, the fragrance began to turn a little more woody and with the Sandalwood note coming through which blends beautifully with the Tonka Bean and Vanilla notes which left the fragrance to feel creamy on my skin which was undoubtedly my favourite part of the fragrance!

The silage and projection began quite strong but sat closer to the skin a little quicker than I would have liked, which meant that every time I got a little hint of the fragrance on my skin, I kept wanting to go back to it. Original Santal lasted for up to 5/6 hours on my skin with the occassional ‘Ooo what aftershave are you wearing today?’ question being asked to me by my friends!

Overall, the fragrance had a really warm feel to it that may feel a little too rich to wear during the daytime, but would perform beautifully on an evening. To purchase Creed: Original Santal, click here!

Have you smelt Original Santal by Creed before? What did you think to the fragrance? Have you smelt any fragrances from Creed? If so, which ones? I would love to hear from you, so leave me a comment below and don’t forget to click the ‘like’ button!


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