TOP 5 LUXURY CANDLES THIS AUTUMN


One of the main things I look forward to during the Autumn season is the opportunity to indulge in a new candle! With the weather turning colder, there is no better excuse than to keep warm by snuggling up inside with a freshly lit candle. Candles have come a long way in recent years with many major brands now dipping their toes into the ‘candle pool’ so to speak, and as an avid lover of all things scented, here are my top 5 favourite candles for this Autumnal season!

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BYREDO - AMBRE JAPONAIS

Notes:

Top: Black Pepper, Coriander Seeds
Heart: Sandalwood
Base: Bourbon Vanilla, Sesame

My first purchase from Byredo was in fact the Bibliothéque candle which you can read the review in fragrance form here. As the wax began to burn out due to excessive use by myself (you can’t blame me when the scent is so stunning), I was on the lookout for another candle in replacement and came across Ambre Japonais! A sophisticated, rich and sensual scent that fills the room/space almost instantly. Perfect for the colder seasons as it gives off a warm, snug feeling. If you are a fan of oriental, spicy fragrances then this candle is definitely worth trying out!

To purchase, click here.

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DIPTYQUE - BENJOIN

Notes: Patchouli, Indian Cypriol

Benjoin is my all time favourite candle by Diptyque! It is so creamy and powerful yet remains delicate.

A blend that sits just in between caramel and vanilla, this candle comes in the instantly recognisable Diptyque glass jar, a staple in any beauty bloggers photography!

If you like fragrances that are heavy and rich, then I would definitely consider Benjoin!

To purchase, click here.

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JO MALONE - POMEGRANATE NOIR

Notes:

Top: Pomegranate
Heart: Casablanca Lily
Base: Guaiacwood

In my opinion Pomegranate Noir is what makes Jo Malone so special. A luxurious scent that fills the air with sophistication and class, I find that Pomegranate Noir can be burnt at any time of the year but smells crisp and fresh during the colder seasons!

If you have ever smelt Pomegranate Noir in fragrance form, then it is a given that you will thoroughly enjoy it in candle form.

To purchase, click here.

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MAISON MARGIELA - JAZZ CLUB

Notes: Vanilla, Tonka Bean, Vetiver, Tobacco Leaves

One of the top selling fragrances by Maison Margiela, Jazz Club is inspired by an evening in a hazy bar with the undertones of leather coming through. This candle when lit has a slight boozy feel to it and unlike the others previously, is a lot softer.

That being said, when leaving the area and returning to it moments later, the scent hits you lightly without being too overpowering.

If you are a fan of woody, oriental and spicy fragrances then I would recommend trying out Jazz Club!

At the time of writing this post, the Jazz Club candle has sold out online, but is available to purchase in departments stores such as Selfridges, John Lewis and Harvey Nichols.

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COMMODITY - LEATHER

Notes:

Top: Black Leather, Oregano Essence, Juniper Wood Essence
Heart: Cacao Bean Absolute, Myrrh Resinoid, Cade Essence, Akigalawood
Base: Styrax Resinoid, Cedarwood Essence, Haitian Vetiver Essence, Cistus Labdanum Essence from Concrete

A sultry and bold scent that imitates the texture of leather which lingers in the air long after burning! I find this candle to be rather similar to the Jazz Club in that it is a rather soft scent yet still has that spicy throw that fills up the room/area.

If you like leather fragrances (think Tom Ford - Tuscan Leather) then perhaps this candle will suit you!

To purchase, click here.

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Judging by my top 5 candles this year, I think it is safe to say that I like oriental, spicy and sensual scents! I hope you have enjoyed my choices and I would love to know which are your favourite candles! Don’t forget to click the ‘like’ button below, and do leave me a comment so I know which other candles I should look out for.


MAISON MARGIELA GENDER ANONYMOUS


Maison Margiela: Replica fragrances continue to be a firm staple of mine when it comes to my favourite scents, and whilst the Replica Collection seems to be ever-growing, I was rather intrigued by the 'Gender Anonymous' range, mainly due to the unique and rather special naming of each fragrance!

Within the Gender Anonymous/Eau de Parfums collection, comes 4 different fragrances:

  1. Across Sands
  2. Dancing On The Moon
  3. Flying
  4. Soul Of The Forest

Out of the range I received: 

Soul Of The Forest

  • Top Notes: Blackcurrant, Pimento, Moss
  • Middle Notes: Labdanum, Maple Sap, Balsam Fir
  • Base Notes: Incense, Patchouli, Atlas Cedar

Soul Of The Forest is exactly that. Everything you could imagine in a deep, dense forest which comes alive during the first spray! The sweetness of the Blackcurrant note settles down into a woodier, with a musky feel to the scent that then begins to dry down with the spiciness of the Incense note blending with Patchouli, giving it that earthy yet spicy feel to the fragrance.

In terms of the longevity, this was rather disappointing as it didn't seem to last very long, around 3-4 hours before finally fading away! Despite this, the scent itself is incredible, and I would recommend this to anyone who is after a 'green' fragrance!

You can purchase Soul Of The Forest here.

Across Sands

Fragrance Notes: Oud, Dates, Spices

Across Sands is a sweet yet dark fragrance that begins with a bold, spicy opening that slowly shifts to a more warmer scent with the Oud note coming through in a subtle, but bold way. This fragrance to me is incredibly rich and sensual, and is absolutely a show-stopper!

I have gained many a compliment from having worn this, and I found the longevity of Across Sands to last up to 7 hours on my skin. In terms of the sillage, this packs a punch and I would advise using this perhaps on a cool Summers evening. I am eager to see how this performs on my skin throughout the colder Autumnal seasons, so be sure to check back for an update!

You can purchase Across Sands here.

 

 

Between the two, Across Sands has to be my preference of choice due to its richness and how bold the overall fragrance feels upon my skin! Don't forget to check out my other reviews on Maison Margiela Replica fragrances such as By The Fireplace and Filters.

Have you smelt Across Sands or Soul Of The Forest before? What are your thoughts on them? Do you have a preference? Have you smelt any of the other Gender Anonymous fragrances? If so, which ones? Let me know your thoughts below, as I would love to hear from you, and don't forget to click that 'like' button below!


MAISON MARGIELA REPLICA; FILTERS


As a fan of the Maison Margiela fragrances; By The Fireplace and Jazz Club, I was rather intrigued to try out two new additions to the Replica collection; 'Filters'. I had been fortunate enough to have been sent the two 'Filters' which were, Glow and Blur!

Both of the Filters primarily add a new dimension to a fragrance. So perhaps you've worn a fragrance before and thought 'I really wish that smelt slightly more citrusy!' or 'I would have liked that fragrance to have been slightly more muskier.' That's where the Maison Margiela - Filters come in!

I have found that both of these filters, although are meant to enhance your fragrance, can be worn alone individually! That being said, they are much softer and don't command as much notice, nor do they have a strong sillage, but the longevity of these lasted for a very long time when sprayed upon my skin.

GLOW: 

  • Boosts radiance
  • Zesty and Solar notes

Out of the two, Glow features many citrusy notes and smells incredibly fresh and radiant! Perfect for the upcoming Spring/Summer seasons. I have found that Glow works best with By The Fireplace as the Glow filter adds a fresher take on what is otherwise classed as a muskier fragrance.

BLUR:

  • Boosts softness
  • Cotton and Musky notes

Between the two, the Blur filter is my favourite. Blur features the notes of Cotton, White Musk Accord and Grey Amber Accord. I have found this to be a softer scent, and although it features the Cotton note, it doesn't feel too powdery upon my skin. Blur works best with the Jazz Club fragrance, as it enhances the musky feel to it!

Both of the Maison Margiela Replica Filters are impressive, and I have found trialling these out and mixing them with other fragrances, a rather exciting process! You can purchase both Glow and Blur here. You can also read my fragrance review on the Maison Margiela 'By The Fireplace' here!

Have you tried the Maison Margiela Replica Filters before? Which was your favourite? Did you notice a difference? What fragrance did you layer them up with? Let me know your thoughts below, and don't forget to click that like button!


FOR HIM; 2016


As a follower of various other bloggers, I know that I am probably very late to the game with regards to my 'Christmas Gift Guide'! Nevertheless, if you're somebody who leaves things to the last minute, such as myself, then perhaps this Gift Guide will give you a little nudge to get a move on! After all, Christmas Day is only 17 days away...

My Gift Guide consists of all of the items that I personally have used, what I love, and are what I feel, would make great presents for that special man in your life! *Please note*: Some of these products can be classed as unisex! Also, make sure you keep your eyes peeled for my upcoming 'For Her' Gift Guide this Sunday!

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FRAGRANCE:

Each of the three fragrances that I have chosen all have that smokey, musky undertone to them and I find that with each fragrance, they are all equally as powerful as they are captivating.

HAIRCARE:

I chose Gentlemen's Tonic as their products all make my hair feel soft, well nourished, and their luxurious scent of 'Babassu and Bergamot', always leaves my hair smelling divine!

Maison Margiela Replica - By The Fireplace

Review || Purchase }

Jo Malone - Black Cedarwood & Juniper

Review || Purchase }

Tom Ford - Tobacco Vanille

Review || Purchase }

Gentlemen's Tonic -

Gentle Body Wash

{ Purchase } 

Protein Conditioner

{ Purchase }

Daily Shampoo

{ Purchase }

Shower Gift Set

Purchase }

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CANDLES:

There's nothing more cosy, than lighting up a gorgeous scented candle at Christmas time, and I must have more candles than I care to count! However, these three candles stand out by a clear mile to me, due to their stunning design, their longevity, and most importantly, their scents!

SKINCARE:

I am lucky enough to try out a lot of skincare samples and products, and although I wish I could feature a lot more in, these are just a handful of skincare products that I keep going back to!

Kiehl's -

Hand Salve

Purchase }

Lip Balm

Purchase }

Midnight Recovery Concentrate

Review || Purchase }

The Dapper Duke - Molten Marshmallow Beard Oil

Review }

Clinique - SPF 21 Moisturiser

Review || Purchase }

LAB Series - Urban Blue Detox Clay Mask

Review || Purchase }

 

Diptyque - John Galliano

Review || Purchase }

C.O. Bigelow - Smoke

Review || Purchase }

Byredo - Incense

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Have you tried any of these products before? Will you be considering any of these as a gift? Which is your favourite? Any products on here that you've seen that I haven't reviewed yet, but want to know more about it? Do let me know! I reply to every comment, and always appreciate it when you reach out to me, and don't forget to click that 'like' button down below!


MAISON MARGIELA REPLICA; BY THE FIREPLACE


The 'Replica' fragrances by Maison Margiela are designed to evoke a nostalgic feel to them, creating memories and thoughts from various places, eras and times throughout the years.

I received By The Fireplace and I must admit, prior to receiving this fragrance, I was first made aware of this scent earlier this year. By The Fireplace was the fragrance which stood out to me amongst all the other Replica fragrances, due to the fact it stood out by a clear mile!

The notes featured within the fragrance are:

  • Top Notes: Pink Pepper, Orange Blossom, Cloves
  • Middle Notes: Chestnut, Guaiac Wood, Juniper
  • Base Notes: Vanilla, Peru Balsam, Cashmeran 

What I love about the By The Fireplace fragrance, is that it is exactly what it says. When first sprayed, I get a real 'caramel' feel to it, and the longevity of By The Fireplace is by far one of the longest lasting fragrances upon my skin that I have tried this year. In terms of sillage, I would say this is heavy, and I've often been told that people know where I've been due to the fragrance lingering around in the air!

I would suggest wearing this fragrance on a cold, Autumnal night, and only minimal sprays are needed! Also, how slick is the bottle? It reminds me of the laboratory glasses I used to see in the Science classes at school! Or perhaps that's just me..? By The Fireplace is available to purchase here, and comes only in the 100ml.

Have you smelt any of the Replica fragrances by Maison Margiela before? Which did you try? If you liked this post, don't forget to hit the like button down below, and also leave a comment! I reply to everybody.