Just Charlie G

I’ve had a few days hiatus, life’s been a bit busy (even though the girls have been away for a couple of days), but anyway, here I am back again with another Fortune Cookie Soap post. I only did my last one last week I think but I had my soap box arrive this morning and I couldn’t wait to blog about it!

I’m not a fan of subscription boxes. Never have been, I think a box full of samples I don’t want is totally unappealing (although once or twice there have been exceptions), until I learned about the Fortune Cookie Soap (FCS) Box Subscription. As you may already know FCS are based in the states, and regularly release new themed bath and body collections, but four (I think?) times a year they release big seasonal collections. The Box subscription allows you to get a box of 8 samples (decent sized ones at that) from the main collections, before the collection is released, so you can plan your orders and get a good first look. As well as a generous amount of samples, you also get a $10 (£6.52) voucher for your next order. Each box costs $34 including shipping which works out at £22.17. I’d say it’s well worth it. Its a real treat.

Soooo, I got my Spring Soap Box this morning and the theme is Wonderland. I imagine its a theme that will appeal to many.

Fortune Cookie Soap WonderlandP1160521I’d be surprised if you’ve seen a nicer looking subscription beauty box!

So lets take a closer look at what’s inside!

First of all, this little cutie, its a sweet touch.

P1160525Onto the products.

Starting with the Almost Alice Fortune Cookie Soap

P1160532Fresh green snap peas, juicy pears, sweet pea flowers, freesia and ripe berries. Really fresh and floral.

Twisted Tea Party Bath Tea

P1160530 This is incredible, I’m just gutted I don’t enjoy baths. I think what FCS excel at is innovative fun products and this fits the bill. It’s a tea bag for your bath. Green tea, sweet herbs, vanilla bean, cucumber, golden amber, neroli, geranium and spearmint. Just toss it in your bath and infuse!

Who Are You? Incense Cones

P1160528 P1160529Crisp ripe pear, limes, vanilla orchid and raw cane sugar, these are fabulous. Pop one on a non-flammable surface, light the tip and let it burn for 10 seconds, then extinguish. The scented smoke will fill your room. if thats not your thing, pop the sachet in your undies drawer for perfectly scented pants 🙂

It’s Only a Dream Whipped Cream

WhippedcreamThe Whipped Creams are one of my favourite FCS products. Light and fluffy but deeply moisturising. The scents have really great staying power on your skin and this pale pink beauty is gorgeous. Verbena, lemongrass, calla lily, citrus, leafy greens, ylang-ylang, rosewood, ozone and hints of rose and soft musk. It’s Spring in a jar. Gorgeous.

Off With Their Heads Bath Bomb

P1160531The classic bath bomb in mini version, this sweet little heart is covered in dried rose petals. The scent is Meyer lemons, oranges, wild roses, violets, star jasmine, bergamot and egyptian musk. Again I’m sorry I dislike baths so much, it smells beautiful.

Futterwacken Body Wash

P1160524Sun warmed lilies with grapefruit and fresh air. A beautiful spring, morning wash. The body washes are all excellent.

Eat Me Perfume Oil

P1160535My absolute favourite FCS products, the perfume oils are amazing blends of amazing ingredients. Eat Me is yellow cake with vanilla frosting, pineapple and cilantro (coriander). The coriander makes this really interesting. It’s not your average foodie scent. I applied at 10am, I can still smell it now. Beautiful.

Finally, We’re All Mad Here OCD

OCDI love the OCD’s. In fact I have far too many to get through. Bascially handbag sized hand sanitizers, these are heavily scented and not at all drying (well not if you don’t use them too much – I’ve not experienced any dryness). I have one on my desk, one in my handbag, one on my bedside table, one in the kitchen, one in my car and a few more in storage and I’m not particularly OCD about cleanliness! This pink beauty has a hint of shimmer and is mint water, rich cedarwood and leafy greens. Super clean and very Spring-like!

All in all, a very impressive box. A couple of products I won’t use because I shower rather than bathe, but I’ve already got swaps lined up for those.

I’d highly recommend the FCS Soap Box for anyone, they are beautiful, unusual and smell glorious. You can’t sign up for this box as they are all sold (but the Wonderland collection launches very soon), but you can sign up for the Summer box now. All the info you need is HERE.

There’s a lot going on with Elizabeth Arden at the moment and it all looks fantastic so here’s a quick run down of what’s going on, starting with this beauty.

Red Door 25 Eau de Parfum (£78/100ml)

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Elizabeth Arden Red Door 25

Unbelievably, this Valentines Day sees the 25th Anniversary of Elizabeth Arden’s iconic fragrance, Red Door.

To celebrate there’s a special 25th Anniversary Edition of the bottle, available for a very limited period of time only from Harrods.

The packaging is fabulous. The glossy box which lifts to reveal the door bottle seated in a gold base. The bottle itself is stunning, monogrammed and shaped just like a door, but I just love the chunky lid and the red colour of the fragrance.

elizabethardenreddoorThe scent itself is inspired by the classic Red Door Fragrance but with the addition of modern rose extracts at it’s centre. It smells beautiful, with blackcurrant nectar, violet leaf absolute and that rose centre, along with honey, musk and my favourite, patchouli. It’s beautiful and because it’s an Eau de Parfum, it lasts extremely well on the skin.

If you want a bottle of this, you’ll have to move fast, it’s only available until Valentines Day!

Also newly launched are the new Beauitful Color Moisturizing Lipsticks, Matte (£21).

Beautiful Color Moisturizing Matte Lipstick in Bold RedAvailable in 5 shades these velvety, highly pigment lipsticks have gone straight to the top of my wishlist. It’s taken me a long time to admit it but I’m not really a fan of lipstick, the only products I wear on my lips are matte lipsticks or sheer/balmy type finishes, otherwise I go bare (with rare exceptions!), so I’m always looking for new lipsticks to add to my arsenal. These  promise a matte finish, up to 12 hours wear and a huge burst of moisture. Just what a matte lipstick needs, they can often be drying, so I’d be interested to know if these really do moisturise! And that packaging. Gorgeous.

The last thing I had to tell you about is Elizabeth Arden’s new foundation. Flawless Finish Perfectly Satin 24HR Makeup SPF 15 (£29)

Flawless Finish Perfectly Satin MakeupThis new foundation sounds promising. Anything with Flawless in the title has my attention.  Flawless Finish Perfectly Satin is available in 10 shades and promises a foundation that will last all day. I like the sound of a satin finish as matte can look lifeless, whereas satin sounds softly glowing. Shine should be controlled all day and imperfections  are not just covered, but blurred. What I really like the sound of is that it offers full coverage but has a light texture, long gone are the days where many of us are happy to walk around with mask-like foundation on. We want to look like we are naturally this flawless.

And that’s all my Elizabeth Arden news for now, let me know if anything takes your fancy, but hurry if you fancy the perfume!

*Item received free of charge for review purposes

 

 

 

I’ve had my beady eye on Fortune Cookie Soap for a long long time. I never quite got round to placing an order, being afraid of the shipping charges and possible customs fees.

Eventually I managed to buy some products from a UK fan and try them out and I was hooked. I’ve since placed three orders and today I’m going to blog about my latest.

I watch a huge amount of TV, American TV in particular, and I’ve especially loved Black Sails, Battlestar Galactica and Sons of Anarchy. Without question, my most enduring favourite is Game of Thrones. I don’t know what it is about it but I know I’m not alone. And when I heard Fortune Cookie Soap (FCS from here on in) were releasing a Game of Thrones inspired collection I knew I’d have to partake.

I’m going to start with a little gripe, but it is my only gripe so I hope I’ll be forgiven, and thats the shipping. It’s extortionate meaning I have to very carefully limit what I purchase as the shipping increases with each product I add to my basket. I buy a lot from overseas and am very much used to a flat rate shipping fee, buying as many clothing items as I like from Black Milk in Australia for free, or make up for flat rates of $10.90. That said, I do appreciate that shower gels and jars of body lotion, are considerably heavier and as I say I really don’t know what the actual cost would be to say whether the charges are fair or not, but I do know I’d buy a lot more if my basket didn’t go up by $4 each time I add a body butter. In fact it’s the scrubs and body creams that seem to increase shipping the most so I can’t really afford to buy them.

Enough, when I do order, I do so knowing what I am paying in shipping and budget accordingly. There are also UK Group Orders done once or twice a year for the bigger launches so they are worth looking out for (try facebook).

Sooo the products I ordered.

P1160411 I can’t review most of these as I haven’t used them but I can talk about the scents.

Starting with the Valyrian Steel Body Wash $12.99 (£8.53 for 201ml)

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A blend of Italian bergamot, yuzu, fresh Meyer lemon and verbena perfectly blended with notes of olive leaf and sweet florals, finished with faint notes of patchouli, white musk, and cedarwood. It is BEAUTIFUL. I’m well used to the Body Wash formulas and they are highly lathering and heavily scented. A really fantastic product with the most stunning perfume.

Unsullied Shower Oil $12.99 (£8.53 for 201ml)

P1160413A warm arid blend of patchouli, sandalwood, and citrus with juicy notes of white peach and red mango. I’m delighted with this again. I’m so pleased with this collection, not only because of the Game of Thrones theme, but also because of my love of patchouli and earthy scents. This one is a touch lighter than the Body Wash thanks to the sweet fruit. It smells exotic and beautiful.

Take the Black Shampoo & Conditioner Combo Bar & Tin $9.99 and $4.25 respectively. (£6.56 and £2.79)

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P1160410Although Shampoo bars and Conditioner bars are not new for FCS, the combined bar is. The top layer is shampoo and the bottom layer is conditioner.  I’m not new to the concept of solid hair products having tried Lush’s offerings, but they always turned my hair to crap, and I’m told FCS’s products are so much better so I’m excited to try this. Again, the scent couldn’t be more up my street, inspired by Jon Snow, this is a beautiful combination of Leather and Amber.  Cannot wait to try this. The tin was just the obvious choice to store it in between uses.

Keep it in the Family Perfume Oil  (1 dram is $5.99 (£3.99) and 2 drams are $8.99 (£5.99))

P1160412Saving the best til last in my opinion, this is glorious. I’m also totally annoyed I didn’t buy the larger bottle. I did have a little leakage, but it was well wrapped and my bottle seems full enough so I’m no inclined to complain, although I do hear that the FCS customer service is excellent. As a consequence of the light leaking, I got this on my fingers as I unwrapped it a few hours ago. Clearly you don’t need much as I can smell it so strongly still, much to my joy.  Burgundy roses, carnations, and white florals with nuances of burgundy wine, sandalwood, and a hint of musk. I can smell it all, but I suppose overwhelmingly its musk and rose, it’s just, well stunning. Absolutely thrilled.

So all in all I’m absolutely chuffed to bits with this order. I’d like to go back and make another order for the larger Perfume Oil,  the Mother of Dragons Whipped Cream, the No Middle Ground Hydrate Me (my favourite products – a solid bar of moisturiser to be used on wet skin) and The Imp Mist Me, inspired by my favourite character Tyrion, it promises a rich blend of fresh black cherries, white wine, mahogany and teak woods, and a spicy note of freshly grated black pepper. I don’t get on with the Mist Me’s (body sprays) too well, finding the scent doesn’t last on my skin too well, I don’t even care, this sounds amazing.

So, despite the heavy shipping to the UK, I would highly recommend Fortune Cookie Soap products. innovative, unusual, functional and whimsical, who could resist!

Look out for the Soap Box subscription and the Alice in Wonderland themed collection due for Spring. I cannot wait.

Fortune Cookie Soap Website

I don’t know many people who aren’t fans of at least one Jo Malone London scent. I guess I’m not terribly fussy because I’ve liked everything I’ve ever tried. My absolute favourite JML scent is Blackberry & Bay, but I also really love the Limited Edition Elderflower & Gooseberry that was released as part of the Sugar & Spice collection, a couple of years ago, sadly no longer available. Oh and how could I forget Earl Grey & Cucumber which is gorgeous (despite the fact that I loathe the smell of cucumber!).

I always look forward to seeing what’s coming up  so I thought I’d share the news here for you.

First up, and available now is the My Wanderlust collection by Charlotte Stockdale.

JML My Wanderlust by Charlotte Stockdale

 

The collection is inspire by travel and is designed by Jo Malone London Style Editor, Charlotte Stockdale.

Available are:

Cardamom & Moroccan Rose Deluxe Candle £42

Inspired by the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, this complex scent is created with notes of Moroccan roses, honeyed spice, cardamom, ginger and chamomile.

Box Hedge Square Scent £40

Inspired by the traditional English garden on a sunny day. This is a clean, green scent, inspired by the newly clipped box hedge, with cypress, cassis and galbanum.

Night Jasmine & Oregano Linen Spray & Travel Bag £42

Inspired by Mediterranean islands after the heat of the day, this is a heady scent of jasmine, oregano, thyme and pink pepper.

Lime Basil & Mandarin Deluxe Diffuser £58

A Caribbean scent, limes, mandarins, orange, grapefruit, amberwood, along with basil and white thyme this is zesty with a warm note.

Acacia & Honey Deluxe Soap £28 (for two soaps)

An Australian beach, golden sweet honey, with ginger and acacia, tonka bean and cedarwood. Warm and rich.

Beautiful collection, items most on my wishlist would be the Linen Spray and the Box Hedge Square Scent.

The other collection  is the Rock the Ages Collection.

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A very British collection with beautiful bottles, I love the bottles! Launching in March, each 30ml bottle will retail at £42.

Tudor Rose & Amber

Inspired by Tudor Britain, this cologne contains notes of Tudor Rose, with clove, rose absolute and amber.

Lily of the Valley & Ivy

Inspired by Georgian Britain. Green Ivy is complemented with Lily of the Valley.

Pomegranate Noir

This classic scent capture Victorian Britain. This is a dramatic combination of pomegranate, Casablanca lily and guaiacwood.

Geranium & Verbena

Geranium & Verbene is Edwardian Britain epitomised. Verbena and geranium, a clean, herbacious scent.

Birch & Black Pepper

Conjuring current day Britain, this is spicy black pepper and smoky birch.

I already own Pomegranate Noir and love it a lot, but from the remaining scents, I really love the sound of Birch & Black Pepper and Tudor Rose, especially if you can really smell the clove, it sounds gorgeous!

Do any of these make your wish lists? I’ll be asking my husband to buy me Birch & Black Pepper and put it away until my birthday in May!

Library of Fragrance

Some time around the year 2000, maybe as early as 1998 or as late as 2002, I learned of a fragrance brand known as Demeter. I think there must have been some press coverage or something as I certainly wasn’t heavily active online then,  and mostly it was jut on a couple of message boards when I was. Strange that I should read about Demeter in magazines though as they were very difficult to get hold of.

The range was like nothing I’d ever heard of. Prior to this time my perfume tastes were based on whatever I received as presents for Christmas and Birthdays, although I do recall loving Opium. What stood out about Demeter was their line of unusual (for perfumes) fragrances, with Dirt and Tomato being talked about in magazines, it was the foodie scents I was really drawn to.  Living down here in the South West, there certainly weren’t any retailers locally, and in fact I couldn’t find any online either. Eventually I found them stocked in Harvey Nichols, in Knightsbridge and for a period of time I used to call them up and order my fragrances of choice and pay over the phone and they would post them out to me. I bought several, the only ones I can really remember are Dirt (I didn’t like it but it was certainly an accurate smell and evoked memories of my Dad’s allotment) and Sugar Cookies. I have a vague memory of having something cinnamon…oh Cinnamon Buns. Yes, I definitely had that one too. And I loved them.

Eventually though, they disappeared from our UK shores and I was unable to buy any more, and the years passed and I forgot about them.

Towards the end of last year, to my absolute joy they relaunched in Europe as The Library of Fragrance. The products are exactly the same as I remembered them, with a different name, due to a trademark issue.

I have a really really long wishlist but I started off by getting my favourites. They are available from either the Library of Fragrance website where they stock 101 different scents (although the brand actually has 300 available worldwide), or there is a limited line available from Boots. If you buy direct from Library of Fragrance they are £15, but in Boots there’s an offer where you can buy two for £25. This offer seems to be running for a long time so I’m not sure if its permanent.

So anyway, my first purchase was Sunshine. It smells like a sunny day, warm, sweet and a little like cotton, although not mentioned anywhere in the description, I personally think there’s a hint of sun cream in there too. I love it. It’s light but the scent lasts all day on me beautifully. This isn’t the case with all of fragrances from this brand, but all of the ones I’ve tried or tested seem to have good wear times, so perhaps it’s something they’ve changed over the years.  For Christmas I received Thunderstorm, which I LOVE. It was after a testing session in Boots I discovered the two of them together work really well. I can’t even begin to describe Thunderstorm to you, its just amazing. And the two combined is beautiful. It just smells like a hot, thundery summers day.

Next on my list is Grass. I like it alone, its nice, but combined with the two above it’s just heavenly. Standing in a field on a hot stormy day. It just smells good.

Anyway, one thing to note is that when you first spray them, for a moment you’ll get a strong alcohol smell that’ll make your eyes water if you take a big sniff, so just leave it a few seconds before smelling. I’m so happy they are back!

Today I’m reviewing the newest Lacoste fragrance for women.

Perfect for Spring, or dare I say it, Mother’s Day this lovely fragrance is the evening partner to  Eau de Lacoste which was released last year. I’ve not tried that one so I can’t compare the two but this is lovely. I find the box appealing and the bottle is simple and lovely.

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The glass is deep, dark blue and the bottle cap is designed to reference the classic Lacoste polo Shirt.

The scent itself opens with pink pepper and blackcurrant, softening down to reveal Turkish Rose and sweep pea, along with Gladiolus Infelxus and right at the heart there’s nougatine and amber. For many this would be an evening scent but for me, I favour the unsubtle approach and am drawn to overpowering heavy scents. So for me, this scent is lighter than my usual tastes and makes a beautiful day time scent! It’s  spicy and fruity but settles down to a warm rich and lovely scent.

I have had this a couple of weeks now and have worn it every single day without fail. I liberally spritz on in the morning and I can still detect it on my skin in the evening which is brilliant as so many scents (except all the Angel Variants I’ve tried) disappear on me quite quickly.

I’m so happy with this perfume, I’m really enjoying it, and I’ve had several people ask what I’m wearing and commenting on my “nice smell”.

Love this and would recommend to most people bar those who like a more sophisticated scent. Personally, I love it and it’s my new day time favourite.

30ml EDT is £33, 50ml EDT is £45 and 90ml EDT is £61.

Available now, you can buy this from the usual suspects and it’s here now.

*Press Sample received for Review Purposes*

Gosh this weather huh? Well I’m in Devon as you probably already know, and we’ve been taking a beating weather wise, for what seems like an eternity… and with this oppressive onslaught of miserable weather can come lethargy and general lowering of moods… but I’ve got just the thing to shock you out of your wintery, rain-y slump.

Step forward Calyx from Clinique.

Clinique Calyx

Okay, so while the fragrance is new to Clinique, you may have heard the name before. That’s because it was actually released in 1986, when fragrances such as Opium were all the rage, and Calyx was intended to be a fruity floral breath of fresh air.

A Calyx is the protective covering of a flower bud, it’s green, protects a beautifully scented flower that will ultimately become a fruit. And so the name is perfect for this fragrance.

I don’t know what happened with the company that originally produced this fragrance but at some point the company and the fragrance disappeared until Clinique decided it was high time to bring this classic back!

Top notes are grapefruit, mango, passion fruit, papaya, mandarin, guava and green leaf, Middle notes are freesia, muguet, rose, neroli, jasmine and marigold and the Bottom notes are oakmoss, orris, sandalwood and vetiver.

There’s no escaping the fact that if you don’t like grapefruit then this isn’t for you, it’s extremely grapefuit-y. For me this is a good thing. It wakes the senses and energises, it’s perfect for spraying on first thing in the morning and in the Summer it’s going to be so refreshing, but it’s also perfect for now. While it’s so miserable outside, this brings a bit of Summer freshness to my life. It takes a while to settle down, but when I have a sniff of my skin after half an hour or so, it’s mellowed out and and along with the grapefruit I can detect a hint of greenery and a touch of white flowers. It’s really lovely.

I didn’t know what to expect from this at first, I thought it might be too much, but it’s just what I needed in these dark months and will be a blessing in the Summer!

Available exclusively from Debenhams from the 6th to the 27th of this month, it will be available nationwide  and online at www.clinique.co.uk from the 28th February.

50ml is £46 and 100ml is £66

*Disclosure – PR Sample*

 

Dear God. Look at Gwyneth. She made me put down my Krispy Kreme.

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She is looking mighty fine at the moment and it’s no surprise that she’s back for her second campaign as the female face of BOSS Parfums.

BOSS JOUR Pour Femme is inspired by the first light of day which is quite magical, and the scent is created to reflect three important female facets, light, elegant composure and inspiration. Clearly the creators live nowhere near where I live…

I digress. It’s a beautiful beautiful scent. I’ve not tried BOSS Nuit Pour Femme but it’s said that the new BOSS Jour scent complements the Nuit scent perfectly making an effective day to night combination.

The bottle itself is beautiful. Slender, sleek and classic. It’s also heavy. Gold and Cream, you can’t really go wrong with that combination!

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Okay so those facets of femininity we were talking about earlier? Well they are the facets of the fragrance too. Here’s a run down.

The Light Facet

Citrus freshness from grapefruit flower and lime.

The Inspiring Facet

A bouquet of white flowers, freesia and lily of the valley are the heart of the scent with honeysuckle added.

The Elegantly Composed Facet

This is the earthier, more grounded part of the scent, comprising of white birch and amber.

I can’t rave about this scent enough, it’s beautiful. It’s a scent strong enough to last several hours on my skin, but still not so heavy it’s too much for day time. It’s a perfect blend of light and fresh and earthy and I’m in love. I can’t wait to try the BOSS NUIT Pour Femme now since I love this so much but I also love a scent that fills a room. I can’t really imagine anyone not liking this, it’s absolute perfection.

It’s available in various sizes, 30ml, 50ml and 75ml and prices are £35, £49 and £63 respectively. In addition there are the usual Shower Gels, Body Lotions, Deodorants and Gift Sets available. Available from most stores nationwide now.

Before I go though, here’s a festive Q&A session with Gwyneth Paltrow. Alas it wan’t me asking the questions!

How far in advance do you start your Christmas shopping?

I generally start my Christmas shopping at least 2 months before. I like to get things personalized and my gifts usually require some advance time. I’m definitely a planner.

Do you rope anyone in to help you – are you a solo shopper or do you do it as an activity with friends?

I’m a solo shopper; I don’t rope my friends into it. I spend a lot of time searching for things on the internet.

You said you like to personalize your presents – is that getting things engraved on them?

Yes, I think it’s really nice that when someone opens a present it has something personal. Last year I gave everyone these beautiful handmade cutting boards, everyone in the family’s name was engraved on one side. I’ve done ceramic plates, jewellery with initials. It takes it from being a normal present to being something that’s actually really special and requires a lot of thought and planning.

Who your hardest friend or family member to shop for?

I think men are really hard to shop for, much harder than women. Probably my husband, my brother, my husband’s brothers – they’re usually the hardest.

What kind of Christmas Day rituals do you have as a family?

Our Christmas rituals are pretty much the same every year; it’s basically trying to keep the children in bed until at least 7am! Father Christmas always leaves a stocking at the end of their bed, which is great because then they wake up and they have lots of little bits to unwrap. Then they wake us up and they just go to town on the present opening. I do a lot of the cooking before Christmas but then I usually spend a lot of Christmas cooking too. All the smells, all of the mulled wine, all of the trimmings for the turkey. We like to have all the family around. A very traditional Christmas.

Christmas often gets a bit hectic. How do you manage the madness at Christmas?

I have a master list of presents and people that I need to get presents for – work presents, kid presents, godchildren, friends. I start thinking about it a few months in advance and then I see on this master list what I got them last year and the year before. I also send Christmas cards, so it takes some preparation but I think it’s such a nice, warm time of year, and it’s so nice to give gifts. I really enjoy it.

Fragrance makes a great gift at Christmas. How would you go about picking a fragrance?

I think it’s nice to buy a fragrance that they’ve never tried, or buy them their favourite. It’s a luxury gift, it’s personal and it’s always wonderful to get perfume. I think it’s a nice time to try something new. But for people who are really married to their scent it’s also a really good time to give them that.

You said you like to do all the cooking at Christmas. Do you get your kids involved?

My kids are very involved in the kitchen with me, especially my son. He loves to cook and he’s very engaged when we do it – he has a lot of patience for it, it’s very cute. He helps me measure and he cracks eggs perfectly, he’s very good.

Do you start the Christmas festivities early?

Not too early. Normally we go to America for Christmas so we really wait and do it all there. It’s really just the week before that I make the house all full of Christmas decorations.

So you have Christmas in the sunshine?

It depends where we are, sometimes we have Christmas in London and sometimes we have Christmas in New York. We like a wintery Christmas.

What’s your fondest memory from Christmas growing up?

I remember being probably about four years old and coming down and my presents were so tall, they were taller than I was. It was this incredible moment where Santa Claus had brought me all of these presents and it was the most astounding thing to have a mountain of presents that was taller than myself.

Do you have turkey and all the trimmings?

Christmas dinner is very traditional – turkey, stuffing, gravy, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie, pecan pie.

Do you throw Christmas parties for your friends or do you do things in the run up to Christmas with your girlfriends?

This year we did have a Christmas party, we were in Los Angeles the week before Christmas and we had a really nice Christmas party. We sang carols, but that was the first Christmas party we’ve had that was a pre-Christmas entertaining thing. But it was fun, maybe it could become a tradition.

What’s your go-to Christmas outfit if you’re going out to a party?

I always feel like I end up wearing something black. I have a number of black jumpsuits that are always very easy because then you don’t have to think about much else.

In England people get really dressed up on Christmas Day. Do you do this?

We get dressed up for Christmas Day. It’s not a tuxedo or anything but just a little bit nicer.

Is there a beauty look that you like for Christmas, like a red lip, or do you keep it quite neutral?

I always think it’s a good idea to have a red lip at Christmas but I’m not very good at doing that so I usually just end up looking very natural.

You mentioned that you like to send traditional cards – are you someone who prefers that over the popular e-card?

I definitely send my Christmas cards as a physical paper card, not as an e-card. I think I’m more traditional and prefer a paper card more often than not.

*Disclosure – PR Sample*

Today I’ve got a couple of lovely things to share with you. I’ve got a couple of bits from the new Roger & Gallet Fleur de Figuier collection. I was wondering how you pronounce Figuier? Is it Fig-You-EE-Ay or Fig-oo-ee-ay. Or something totally different? My french is very very rusty so if you know please leave me a comment. Anyway look!
Roger & Gallet Fleur De Figuier

I’m such a sucker for packaging and this is so gorgeous.

The collection has been inspired by a little-known region of France, Massif de l’Esterel. Fig trees grow all over the South of France but they are most abundantly found here, in Massif d l’Esterel. I’ve just been reading the press release stuff that came with these samples and was surprised to learn the scent has been created by Francis Kurkdijian. If you don’t know who he is you can read all about him here, but  in short, he’s a perfume legend.

The central product to the collection is the Eau Fraiche spray.

Roger & Gallet Fleur De Figuier

The inspiration for the scent is both the bark and flowers of the fig tree along with the fruit itself and you end up with quite a strange, but absolutely beautiful combination of scents which is milky, fruity and woody all whilst remaining fresh thanks to the inclusion of grapefruit and mandarin.

Essentially, the citrus fruits are carefully blended with fig leaves and pulp, caraway seeds, musk, fig milk and cedar to create the essence of the Mediterranean in a bottle. The scent itself, not being an Eau de Toilette or a Eau de Parfum doesn’t last the longest time on my skin but I layer with the beautiful Replenishing Body Lotion  to get as much longevity as possible. With the combination of both products I can, if I put my nose against my skin, smell it all day long. The body lotion isn’t just a product to enhance the Eau Fraiche though, it is a beautiful moisturiser in itself  which does a more than adequate job on my parched limbs.

The Eau Fraiche is available in two sizes, the 30ml is £16 and the 100ml is £32. The Replenishing Body Lotion is £12.50 and also in the collection are soaps, £13 for three, and a shower cream which is £9.

This is truly beautiful and wearing it just helps to extend that beautiful Summer we’ve just had.

I would recommend Escentual as a retailer since the prices are a little cheaper than those listed above.

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Ahhhhh Jo Malone. How do I love thee, let me count the ways…

  1. Beautiful scents
  2. Beautiful home scents
  3. Beautiful body lotions
  4. Classical bottles
  5. and now super super pretty boxes.
Jo Malone London Peony & Blush Suede
I know it’s just outer packaging but come on, who could resist. Watercolour peonies and a pink suede bow. So pretty. I keep all my Jo Malone London (henceforth referred to as JML) anyway even though I don’t keep the bottles in the boxes I just can’t throw them away, but this is so pretty I almost want to keep it out on display!
When you open the box, you’ll find the usual bottle but nestled into pink floral tissue.
Jo Malone London Peony & Blush Suede
 Onto the contents.
Peony & Blush Suede is a combination of peonies and red apples, along with jasmine, rose and gillyflower and touch of suede of course. No ordinary suede of course, blush suede. 🙂
It is, as you might imagine, absolutely beautiful. The red apple is what hits you first and it’s so true to an apple, it’s beautiful and then there’s the floral element which is kept light by the fruit and then as it settles you get the warm suede scent. Suede is just a softer version of Leather which is in lots of scents now and this is a much subtler note.
Peony & Blush Suede is truly beautiful and I can’t imagine who wouldn’t like it but if you can, do give it a sniff.
The scent is available in 30ml and 100ml Colognes (£39 & £96),  Body and Hand Wash (£32), Body Creme (£50) and the Home Candle (£39).
Available now from Jo Malone online.

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