The Sweet scent of Baby Powder from The Library of Fragrance

The very best of perfumes and fragrances are always evocative. They evoke the memories of a special time, a place, an event or a person, and this makes them important as they transport you from the daily norm. When I smell Lancome Miracle I go back to my wedding day, Lou Lou still reminds me of my teenage years  – it was my first grown up perfume, whilst if I smell 4711 I think of my nan, she loved it so I sometimes wear it in her honour. Scent has a powerful way of moving us, and evoking so many memories.

But it is not just perfumes that do that. How many of us love the smell of freshly cut grass, or that strangely wonderful and intoxicating scent that permeates the air after a virulent storm. Unusual flowers, ripe fruits or just that clean, wonderful smell of soap, there are just so many memorable scents. Now perfume brand and New York favourite, The Library of Fragrance, has introduced a whole range of those intoxicating scents to the UK market, with 28 fragrances available exclusively at Boots, and the complete range of 101 available online.

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I was asked if I would like to review one of the fragrances, and have to admit I was sorely tempted by many of the choices, from Daisy to sunshine, as well as Cherry Blossom and Peach, but in the end, there was only one choice that could be made by a woman who used to stock up on Johnsons baby powder long before she had a child. Could a perfume called Baby Powder really live up to that fabulous product? The answer is a resounding YES!

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Library of Fragrance Baby Powder Eau de Toilette 30ml 

The baby powder fragrance smells just so fresh and soothing. It is a clean scent, slightly heavier than actual powder, with that lemony hint of citrus that just comes through. It can only be described as an iconic scent – one that offers to comfort, and does just that. Please don’t ask me why, as I can’t really explain, but wearing  this is just a warm and soothing experience, just lovely.

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The fragrance is a single note fragrance, which means it is one definitive scent. This makes these perfumes perfect for layering to build up a new scent. I haven’t yet tried this, but have been advised that Daisy and Baby Powder work really well together, so will be heading to Boots to give this a try very soon. Boots are currently running a two for £25 offer on the Library of Fragrance, so now is a good time to be treating yourself to a couple of scents.

The Library of Fragrance perfume range cost just £15 each for a 30ml bottle, which I think is very reasonable. The scents last pretty well, and those unusual flavours make these a perfect gift and a real talking point.

Do you have a favourite, or one you wish to try. Leave me a comment and let me know.

Next launches a stunning new fragrance range

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to a very exciting product launch by Next. To be held at the plush Hempel Hotel in London, and concerned with all things fragrance, beauty and pampering, I was really looking forward to the event when disaster struck. My three-year old bumped his head at school and ended up with an injury that required hospital treatment. Instead of a luxurious pampering event I spent an afternoon in a minor injuries unit.

This was a real shame as I am a huge fan of Next fragrance. I have been using Just Pink for many years, and often find it in my Christmas stocking as a gift from friends and family. In a similar way, my mom adores the Cashmere range, and usually has a bottle in her handbag for both everyday and evening use. Next fragrances have a reputation for having beautiful scents and pretty packaging, but they are also inexpensive – making them an affordable treat for yourself or gift for a loved one.

This season Next are launching four new fragrance ranges, the City collection. Comprising of the complete fragrance experience, from eau de Parfum, body lotion, and candles and diffusers for the home, the collection is aimed at the fashion-concious, with each collection named for the fashion weeks, Paris, London, New York and Milan.

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Each collection has a distinctive scent that will appeal to different woman. London is gorgeous and zesty, with a scent that is a mixed of citrus and cederwood. I think this is a very unisex fragrance that you may find your other half stealing. Milan mixes fruity and florals to make an intoxicating sweet fragrance. Paris is definitely the most sensual of the fragrances, having a musky undertone that makes it feel like a very  grown up fragrance. And last, but never least is New York, which blends tuberose, white gardenia, orange blossom and my Ylang, Ylang.

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With clean and elegant minimalist packaging, and the gorgeous black and white bows on top of each box, the City Collection has all the style of Jo Malone, but with prices starting at just £8, this is a collection that offers great quality products at really great price points.

Click here to view the complete collection.