Birthday perfumes

Don't ask me where the time goes but another birthday hit me this month. The advantage of getting older is that your friends and family learn your taste. My love of perfume is very well known and I am delighted to say that none of my nearest and dearest would consider getting me something from Duty Free. No, my tastes run a little more exclusive than that darlings.

The award for most attention paid to this blog goes to my two dear friends who scoured, scoured these pages I say, to decide what to get me. I wrote about Tom Ford's Neroli Portofino 15 months ago! That's what I call an eye for detail. I can't even begin to tell you the joy that this perfume gives. It's properly, perfectly wonderful. I've just come back from Mallorca and I do love a perfume you associate with holidays and this will now be one of them. It's perfect for sunny climes. In fact, it's exactly how you expect Portofino to smell like; orange blossom and lemon. It's very sexy, in fact it is unisex and it's complex yet fresh. Worrying CoverBoy took a shine to it so I shall be hiding it obviously.

Speaking of CoverBoy, he got me a very indulgent present.

Bois Des Iles is my desert island fragrance and my wedding scent. I have a 200ml bottle of it which is lovely and all but you can't take it with you anywhere. It's really a bit of a trauma as I know you'll understand. Since the Chanel exclusives are now available in 100ml bottles, I dropped hints. OK, I told him exactly where to go (Selfridges) and lucky me, he trotted off. Since he pretty much hates central London on a Saturday, I call that love.

Finally, my brother and his family got me Liz Earle's perfume. Again, I did ask for this (before I knew I was getting a perfume bonanza!)

I've been wanting this for a while and it's gorgeous. Very summery and I think excellent value as a French house would charge twice as much for it. I also took this to Mallorca (yes, I took two perfumes, what of it?!) and it was perfection. You can read more about it here.

I was also given a bottle of Apres L'Ondee by another dear friend and so I am wafting around in a cloud of scented glory. I don't understand people who don't wear perfume, it really gives me so much pleasure and I genuinely believe you can never have too much of it.

I have plenty more to tell you about too. Givenchy, Opi and Essie nail varnish, St Tropez sun cream, Liz Earle make-up (very exciting), Bliss body scrubs. It's been a big beauty month. Watch this space...


Adele said…
Love your blog but just wanted to mention I work in duty free and we sell both Tom Ford and the Chanel exclusives! :)

Adele xx
Cover Girl said…
Which duty-free Adele? (and thank you)
Jenni said…
I also want to know which duty free, as this is a revelation to me! xx
Jenni said…
I've been on the hunt for a new scent, and was keen to try the Liz Earle one here, but couldn't get anywhere to smell it. This weekend, I happened to be in London and popped in to the Jo Malone shop in Covent. I know JM perfumes are quite weak, they require topping up during the day, but I do adore the Nectarine & Honey Blossom, and more recently their limited edition Plum Blossom (surprisingly clean and linen fresh). Anyway, they were giving away samples (YES! Jo Malone have given samples away in the UK! I've only ever experienced that phenomenon in the US) of their new permanent scent, Blackberry & Bay. I was intrigued. I don't usually like their herb based scents, but gave this a whirl after I was offered a free hand massage. And it's divine. A whole new level of clean scent, and the longer its on, the longer you smell of a fresh country walk, while blackberry picking. I adore it. I can't sniff it enough on me. May not be for everyone, but Im really chuffed I've found it x
Cover Girl said…
I am intrigued by the new Jo Malone range - it was due a bit of a revamp. If I needed any more perfume and didn't have enough to last me for the next 10 years, I'd be looking more closely. The blackberry one sounds intriguing but I am not wild on fruit scents. I can't stand the nectarine one and had to give mine away! By the way, I once found, yes FOUND, a Jo Malone sample in Waitrose. I snapped it up!

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