Summer roses

Check out L’eau D’Issey Florale – very much true to the original but with a good layer of romance going on – very floral but still edgy.  I can smell a good red rose but it is still most definitley Issey Miyake.

A rose theme has also been introduced to the Orla Kiely perfume range.  Orla Kiely combines mandarin, coriander, black pepper, cedarwood and rose to make ‘Rosie‘, an up to the minute floral fragrance.


I am always on the search for the most perfect perfume.  A line from ‘In a lonely place’ , a noir novel by Dorothy B Hughes just about sums it up for me.  The main man Dixon Steele describes Laurel’s perfume as the smell of skin.

To me, perfume should smell like skin; deep, warm and part of your own being.  I get close to this with Mitsouko by Guerlain – but it is Mitsouko at about five hours old that I like!……tricky to wear during the day but dabbed on subtly at 3pm in the afternoon and I am ready for a romantic night at 8pm!

Maybe….I fell in love with the story line of Mitsouko.  It holds the story of a beautiful married Japanese woman who falls for a British Officer during the 1905 Russo-Japanese war.  Mitsouko possesses great dignity despite the tragedy of her love affair.  Not suprisingly I have to feel strong and chic to wear this one.  My all time favourite every day scent must be Shalimar Initial – a fresher version of the original Shalimar.

For me story lines are an important layer when choosing a perfume and this is why I fell for Chanel no.5.  Watch the video and dream of being admired from afar.