Sunday, 17 May 2015

Hitting The High Notes - Liz Earle Botanical Essence No.15




Samples are often responsible for the further purchases, this is a case in point.
After ordering a few items from the Liz Earle brand last year, I had a mini sample of this glorious fragrance. 
To my delight, it was warm, spicy and superbly heavy - the fragrance grabs you and doesn't let go, which is my kind of fragrance. 


Fragrance is such a personal thing and frustratingly the scent can vary on each person, often to the point where it just doesn't suit. 
How many times have you smelt a perfume on someone and asked them what they are wearing, gone to try a tester and found it smells like bleach, rotting veg and mould on you?, these are seriously a few options I've been told by people who longed to wear certain fragrances and realised it wasn't for them. 
I loathe floral fragrances, they sit on my skin and really do nothing for me, I have always preferred very heavy, spicy, warm fragrances - I even find men's colognes are superb on my skin and usually have a sweetness running through them. 


The instancy of this is what I remember, spraying the fragrance and knowing - this spicy, sweet, warm combination with pink pepper, cedar wood, cinnamon, sandalwood, tonka bean vanilla, vetiver to name just a few of the notes that made this a must for me. 
The packaging opens around the box holding the bottle, it's a wardrobe to house your perfume. 
The bottle is simple, clean looking - it needs nothing more because the fragrance is the star of the show. 
90% of the fragrance is derived from sustainably sourced ingredients with NO animal extracts. 

If you prefer floral, this may not be for you - if you like a stronger perfume for evenings then this is an option. It hangs in the air with dignity, waiting to be noticed, think YSL Opium without the headache inducing very spicy note, the sweetness of Thierry Mugler Angel and the warmth of Chanel's Coco mademoiselle. 

Perfection for grab the back of your throat fragrance wearers like myself. 


Ingredients (taken from lizearle.com)

Alcohol denat., Parfum (fragrance), Bulnesia sarmientoi (guaiacwood) oil, Citrus aurantium bergamia (bergamot) fruit oil, Juniperus virginiana (virginian cedarwood) oil, Pogostemon cablin (patchouli) oil, Santalum album (sandalwood) oil, Canarium luzonicum (elemi) gum nonvolatiles, Cinnamomum zeylanicum (cinnamon) leaf oil, Cyperus scariosus (cypriol) root oil, Dipteryx odorata (tonka) bean absolute, Eugenia caryophyllus (clove) bud oil, Schinus terebinthifolia (pink pepper) fruit oil, Styrax benzoin (siam benzoin) gum, Vanilla planifolia (vanilla) fruit extract, Vetiveria zizanoides (vetiver) root oil, Rosa damascena (rose) flower absolute, Limonene, Citronellol, Linalool, Alpha-isomethyl ionone, Coumarin, Geraniol, Eugenol, Cinnamyl alcohol, Citral, Benzyl benzoate, Isoeugenol.


(on a funny note - once you work on a cosmetic shop floor, perfumes become fragrances and tights become hosiery - it always amuses me).


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