Lush – 25:43 perfume

25:43 perfume range

This one is described on Lush website as : “A truly romantic new perfume; fresh and citrusy with floral kisses.”

LUSH PERFUMES
We are very lucky in Derby because our lovely Lush shop in the Westfield centre has the entire range of Lush perfumes as well as the essential oil elements of some. Lush sells a fairly large range of perfumes now and every scent comes in three or four different forms. There is usually a solid perfume which tends to be the form which has the shortest staying power, the next is a small spray which is less concentrated than the 30ml black bottle which has the strongest concentration. Many of the scents also have a small 2ml sample bottle too which is usually in the same concentration as the mini spray or spritzers which I believe has 8ml in it. The solid perfumes weigh 12g so they are not huge but I rather like them to carry in my handbag as there is never a danger of any leakage and you can quickly pop a little on your pulse points without spritzing others in the bargain.

25:43 atomiser 30 ml

HOW MUCH?
The perfume I am reviewing here is the 30ml atomiser of 25:43. There is no solid perfume in the scent but the small spritzers are £15.00, the large 30ml version is £30 and the 2ml sample sells for £2.75. I think it would be nice if they added a solid version of this as the solid versions usually offer good value you don’t need a lot to get a pretty decent aroma but you do have to be careful if it is very hot weather as it does melt very easily.

THE STORY BEHIND THE CREATION
I love hearing the inspiration behind the creation of the different Lush scents. They are all so different and rather like poetry but of smell rather than words. This one is no different. I really admire Mark Constantine and his philosophy and the fact that he does things he really believes in. His story about how this perfume came to be is another great and very romantic story.

“Mark made this perfume especially for Simon’s wedding day. It was worn by the radiant bride Vicky as well as all of the bridal party on the big day. Its delicious blend of lime and tonka was perfect for the occasion. The groom’s party wore a different scent so it was a wonderfully fragrant celebration!”
After the event Simon felt he needed to tweak the scent and so it was Simon who the additional “notes of litsea, lemongrass and lemon myrtle, a vanilla ‘hug’ and a ylang ylang ‘kiss’ on the top.”

After this first outing of the scent Simon found out that since the Japanese Tsunami engagements and proposals have tripled in Japan and he felt it would be nice to share his perfume with the world.

Japan Day

This is a pretty new scent from Lush and was actually launched on Japans’ rather unique ‘White Day.’ On Valentine’s Day in Japan women give gifts and cards to men but on’ White Day’ the men give their response and give the ladies presents.

THE SCENT AND WHAT I THINK

This is a very lively fresh citrus scent with a deep heart of creamy tonka. It is quite different from the other Lush perfumes that I have bought. Unsurprisingly considering the ingredients this is very strong in lemony notes . These notes come from a combination of lemongrass oil, lime oil and litsea cubeba Absolute. The Litsea being a small tropical tree from the Far East with aromatic flowers and leaves, reminiscent of lemon grass.

The lemony aromas combine with the tonka which gives a creaminess which reminds me a bit of lemon cheese cake but still something sits behind this that I can’t quite put my finger on. It doesn’t really have any deep woody notes but there is definitely a sort of creamy slightly aromatic scent that reminds me a little of ylang ylang but there is none in this perfume so not sure what it is.

This lemon opening never really dies down fully but it becomes less intensive as it blends with the other ingredients and takes on the more herby slightly benzoin sort of creaminess but it stays strong and lasts well during the day.

This is just a lovely strong powerful perfume that is strongly lemony and fresh but with an interesting herby sort of deeper note. It is far from subtle so if you like flowery gently light perfumes you probably won’t like this.

WHAT HAVE THEY HIDDEN IN THIS ONE

The main notes in this are these :Tonka Absolute,Lemongrass Oil, Litsea Cubeba Absolute, Persian Lime Oil, Benzyl Salicylate, Coumarin,Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate, Citronellol,Famesol, Limonene,Linalool.
As you can see this has many more ingredients than many of Lush’s perfumes and many are not essential oils that I recognize. Many of these I have no idea what they contribute to the perfume which I am not so keen on as I like to know what I am getting. I know I could look up each ingredient on the internet but usually I recognize essential oils.

Tonka beans

Coumarin I have discovered is a constituent of tonka and helps perfume develop strength. Geraniol has a rose aroma and occurs naturally in essential oils such as rose. Geranium and lemon essential oils. Benzyl Salicylate again this found in some essential oils like ylang ylang and has a slight balsamic aroma. Maybe this is why I can detect ylang ylang! So maybe these are not so different but just have funny names and are not so recognizable to the average person like me.

AND ALSO
Once I sniffed this in the shop I just had to have it. It is actually quite hard to smell different perfumes in the Lush shop as there are so many smells going on in there. What I usually do is put the perfume on using the samples there. I then go off and do my shopping. I do one perfume at a time. If I like it still after I have finished my shopping it then does on my ‘Wish List’.

I have to admit I do buy a lot on Ebay as you can often get them cheaper there. I just look for which are on there and bid to a certain amount. I miss out on loads but I decide what I am prepared to pay and stick to it. I also ask for them for gifts from the family too and that is how I have built up my collection. I managed to get this one from Ebay for less than half the price so I was well chuffed.

I have the 30ml atomizer in this so when I put this on it REALLY lasts well all day long. The concentration is pretty intense so you have to be careful not to be too generous with your application. Instead of spraying in the air and walking through it like they advice for perfumes I just spray a small amount on my wrist insides and then spread this where ever I want it as it is quite dense.

Although I know it lasts all day I do find that I start to not be able to smell the perfume on myself after a while however my family often tell me they like my perfume when I am wearing this and other people often comment on the perfume I am wearing so I know it does last.

This is one of Lush’s lighter summery scents but it is still a lot heavier than many people like so I would suggest trying these perfumes one at a time like I do and then leave the shop so you can actually smell just that perfume on you as we are each different and perfumes react differently on different people.

This is not one of my top favourite as the slight ylang ylang scent I find a little cloying after a while so I have to choose when I wear this one. I like lots of different scents but I am usually drawn to the earthy notes.

I do have to say one negative thing about the little black bottle atomizers is firstly they are all identical apart from a small cardboard label so if you lose the label you have to rely on a sniff test or look underneath at the small sticky label. The other thing is that they are not entirely leak proof. I would never take one travelling at they do have a tendency to leak through the lid a bit. I keep mine upright and because they are in black bottles they are protected from the light so I can keep them out on top of my bathroom shelf.

Ylang-Ylang

The solid perfumes usually have a use buy date about a year after they were made. These black glass atomizers just have a made by date so it is up to you to decide if they are less true or faded after a time. I have had some that I have had longer than a year and I don’t think they smell any less strong or altered in any way but maybe after five to ten years they might but I don’t know. I like mine too much to have them last that long as I use mine daily.

If you are lucky enough to have a Lush store like the one in Derby with a full range of perfumes I recommend you to give them a try. They are not to everyone’s taste as they are quite strong and a lot of them have quite deep strong and more heavy notes but I love them and spend ages listening to the stories as to the inspiration behind their creation.

To me perfumes are a sort of experience that is more than just the smell. They are a bit like fine wines and single malt whiskeys in that there is poetry and art in their creation. These to me are all part of the perfume, the inspiration, the poetry and the images that are created by you in your head as you first sniff the perfume as well as the effect you have on the scent, the way it changes on you and your own skin. It is all part of the magic to me.

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Taylor Swift ‘Enchanted Wonderstruck’ – eau de Parfum

Taylor Swift ‘Enchanted Wonderstruck’ eau de Parfum

 

Once again this little booklet cover with 1.5ml spray made its way via one of my many freebie sites that I scour on a daily basis. The outer cardboard ‘’book cover is a very stylish Turkish sort of design and colour scheme. It is a deep maroon with gold leaves and a colour scheme I would be happy to have as a feature wall in my bedroom.

Wonderstruck Enchanted bottle

THE BOTTLE
My little spray bottle is just a small phial with a spray lid but the real bottle is the same deep red or burgundy round bottle with the perfume name on the front and a ‘necklace’ around the lid with some little charms, a bird a flower and a leaf with one sporting a large diamante crystal. It all looks a bit young and like a child’s charm bracelet to me. It is not that unusual but not offensive either and does remind me of other pop star endorsed bottles like Britney Spears with its bling like charms and bracelet which to me tells me that they are aiming at a younger audience than me with the bottle although the box design is beautiful.

WHO IS TAYLOR SWIFT?
I had to find out for myself. She is a pretty young blonde singer song writer who achieved ‘fame’ in 2006, she appears to be more country style as she has been honored in the Nashville Hall of fame and has sold an astounding 26 million albums!!

Her first perfume ‘Wonderstruck’ was created as something she had always wanted to do since a young teen. This is a variation on the theme as it is a red version in colour of that blue bottle and box design. I quite liked ‘Wonderstruck’ it was light and fruity and certainly one I would be happy to wear for a day at a time on holiday somewhere hot maybe.

Needless to say Taylor swift was not actually the creator the perfume was launched in cooperation with the Elizabeth Arden once again but this one was the work Olivier Gillotin of Givaudan. This one was created as an oriental – gourmand fragrance.

Wonderstruck Enchanted box

ABOUT THE PERFUME
“Wonderstruck Enchanted is the next chapter in the story of my Wonderstruck fragrance. Wonderstruck is about that moment when you instantly feel a connection to someone, but then there’s that feeling of being completely enamored — enchanted — when you know a little more about that someone and still feel that strong connection,” according to Taylor Swift.

THE NOTES
Top Notes: Passionfruit, poppy and wild berries
Middle notes: Peony, Chambaca, sugar and freesia
Base Notes: white musk, woody notes and vanilla

On initial spray the first thing that hits me is sweet and fruity, I am not sure what poppy smells like but the fruity is prominent and quite strong at first. After about ten minutes it has faded quite dramatically on me and there is a warmer sweet floral note. It fades rapidly and ends as a sweet vanillary scent with not a lot of depth in m my view.

On my skin the fruit and vanilla very quickly seem to blend together. I find that it really doesn’t last that well on me and found that her previous ‘Wonderstruck’ lasted better on me. I do quite like this as I am a fan of vanilla but if you are not ,then avoid this as it is very sweet and creamy. To describe it as oriental I think is being rather hopeful as it is too light and sweet to be really oriental as I usually think of orientals as heavy and deep with some lasting power. In fact, after half an hour or so ,I find it quite hard to smell this on my skin altogether because it’s so soft and blended well into just a general sweetness.

I would describe this as almost like a vanillary spray I bought in Boots but with a little more fruitiness. It is generally a sweet, warm and smooth scent , but nothing very original and certainly not one to get excited about. It is not offensive unless you hate vanillary sweet scents but as it fades so fast that all I smell I a gentle sweetness as though I have had some talc on me.

PRICES
This is a newer perfume than her previous offering and is more expensive on Amazon. Personally I prefer the first as it is a bit more unusual and has a better lasting power. On Amazon 50ml costs £24.25 while her original ‘Wonderstruck’ costs £14.50 for 30ml on Amazon. If you are interested I suggest you try it first in a shop and then search on line for the best buy.

SUMMARY
It will be happy enough to wear this for the few days until my sample runs out. It is pleasant enough and do quite like the fragrance but not enough to make me want to buy a larger bottle. This is a very young and light feminine scent with a very short lasting power. This is an okay, forgettable scent. It doesn’t give me any more than a cheap body spray and certainly lasts about the same time.

Euphoria – Lush

This was not one of the first perfumes in the new range that I tried but I now own all of these new Lush perfumes and this is one of the ones I bought early on when they first came out. . I am wearing it as I write this and have had it on since around 10am this morning and now it is about 4.30pm and I can still smell it really well on my inner wrist wear I put this on this morning.

lush gorilla perfumes euphoria

My initial reaction was that this was not one I was rushing to try as I loved a few others but having enjoyed those for a couple of months I have now tried this several times and have grown to love it.

 

Initially you do get a blast of a floral scent but then it becomes more rose like but with a strong hint of honey to me. In fact it reminds me a lot of the new shampoo Fair Trade Honey.

THE STORY

“Like ‘Sun’, Mark longed for other healing scents, to make one feel a kind of euphoria. Taking cues from books on aromatherapy, euphoric sensations were conjured using clary sage, grapefruit, lime and neroli.”

LUSH SAY
” “Inspired directly by the techniques and oils of aromatherapy, the scent is designed to affect and enhance the mood of the wearer as it drops onto the skin. Euphoria is an elixir that indeed makes the heart sing. Composed with the most cheerful of the finest essential oils, Euphoria enhances the feeling of your day.”

 

THE BOTTLE
This new range is not presented in the plain black bottles that we are used to in Lush perfumes. These are in clear square bottles and some are round classic bottles depending on the size of the perfume inside. The labels are quite different; this one is green and black. The main picture is stylised beach and coast view from above. The name of the perfume is in black slightly squiggly text above the picture. It is sort of retro cartoon style with the colours and certainly very different from the plain black ones of the original perfumes. They look a bit like mini liqueur bottles to me.

THE NOTES AND SCENT
The new perfumes Lush has just brought out are quite strong and perfume but this is not quite as strong as some. It is not a knock you over scent but it does last pretty well on me. It is a light herby sort of smell, a bit like brushing against leaves in a herb garden. Euporia is quite strong and initially smelling it in the bottle I was interested but not hooked. This is definitely one that takes over your interest and becomes far more worthwhile after some time on the skin and keep smelling it as it develops and changes as it really is wonderful, quite unisex, clean fresh but although it has a lot of citrus elements it is also quite leafy and herb like too which must be the clary sage combining with the other oils.
The label says it has: clary sage, grapefruit, lime and neroli in the mixture. Euphoria is slightly like an aftershave sort of smell in that it is not immediately feminine. Clary sage is not a smell I am especially fond of as it has an odd sort of smell but it must balance the citrus combinations of grapefruit which is fresh and lime pure strong and citrus while neroli gives the creamier orange notes.

To help give you an idea of the scents within:

Lime blossom

The fragrance of clary sage essential oil is not sweet at all sort of warm and woody and quite herbal, a hint of tobacco with an earthy smell. Clary Sage is used in aromatherapy for calming the nervous system, to ease tension and stress.

Neroli is orange like and used in aromatherapy as an uplifting feel good scent.
Grapefruit oil is sharp and yet refreshing and light in its smell and is very uplifting and another feel good scent.

Lime essential oil is fresh and another of the uplifting essential oils used in aromatherapy.

Rose oil absolute from the damask rose is a true rose scent and is also good for skin and yet another uplifting and feel good scent.

MY VIEWS
I absolutely love this perfume now that I have tried it a few times. It is indeed uplifting and a true feel good smell. It was designed to be a happy scent and create a feeling of Euphoria and I think it has succeeded as it is a lovely fresh yet herby, earthy scent with the two light and earthy elements swapping from time to time.
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As well as using this as a perfume the lady in Lush suggested dropping some on a warm radiator and then the room becomes filled with the lovely scent and it carries right into the room.

Sage

As a perfume I find this wonderfully fresh and natural as I said like walking past herbs in a herb garden and the combination of leaves and flowers and herbs. It changes as I am wearing it and even as I sniff from one time to the next it flits back and forth between citrus light aromas and then more herby earthy elements.
I love the new Lush perfumes. There is only one I don’t love ( Lord of Goatshorn)  but they are not for everyone. My daughter likes fresher lighter scents and most of these are deeper and heavier than she enjoys. This one she does like though.
The majority of these new perfumes are perfumes rather than eau de toilettes and as such they really last well on both me and my clothes. They are oil based with lots of essential oils and as such have great lasting quality and sillage as well. They also need to be worn on the skin to test them. Sniffing the bottle does not do the trick and even putting them on cardboard is not the same as they develop on you and change according to your skin chemistry it seems as they smell different on different people.

PRICES AND SIZES
There are five sizes available but save up as this is not a cheap perfume as it contains expensive oils. The smallest size is 7g for £10, then £18.50 for 25g or 28g ( not sure what the difference is here but one might come with a dropper. 43G with cost you £25.00 and 46g for £27.50 but if you are really lucky and can afford this then the 92g costs £40. I am rather hoping to buy the small bottle in the next few months as I have now tested it at least six times and have truly fallen for this one.


Everyone has commented on how nice this smells on me today and I have been all around visiting friends and shopping so a variety of different contacts there. So many complemented me that I know it has great lasting quality and sillage too. It lasted on my scarf for well over a week when I wore it previously and still smelled lovely whenever I wore it. I was reluctant to wash it as I enjoyed the smell whenever I put it on to go out!
If you are near a Lush shop and you are a fan then I urge you to go in and try their new perfumes. Put some on then go and walk around before you start to sniff the perfume on you. That way it has a chance to develop and you are not trying to pick the scent from everything else in Lush. Wear it for a day and you will see it becomes quite changeable flitting between citrus fresh and earthy herby. It is such a wonderful scent and suitable for both male and female wearers I would say .It is different and one you should try and wear before buying as it smell different on different people.

Rose

Just in case you were wondering sillage is how much fragrance follows you or is left in the room when or after you are in it and this perfume has great sillage qualities.

Taylor Swift ‘Wonderstruck’ eau de Parfum

 

I am very enthusiastic about my freebies and samples and am forever filling in forms to get freebies. It is so exciting when I get them in the mail and I do get to try so many things that I otherwise would never have heard of or tried so it does the job for the company too as often I am then tempted to go out and buy the full sized product after trying it.

This was one of my many perfume samples that I received through the mail. I have to say I wasn’t expecting much as so many of these young pop stars feel the need to add their name to perfumes and create their own ‘brand’ and they are usually pleasant but often pretty forgettable in my view.

My sample came in a cardboard folded ‘book’ with a small 1.5ml spray bottle of the perfume inside so it was enough for a two or three good uses. I love these little sample bottles as they are perfect for when we travel as I can put a few in my suitcase and a couple in my bag (the airport security doesn’t seem to pick them up) and it means I get to smell nice and once the little sample is finished I throw away the bottle and as we come home I have none left so have plenty of room for buying things when we are away ( fat chance as my husband doesn’t do shops).
‘Who is Taylor Swift ?’ I asked as I opened my sample and husband had no idea, step son said some girl singer from the USA – not his scene. So I had to find out for myself. She is a pretty young blonde singer song writer who achieved ‘fame’ in 2006, she appears to be more country style as she has been honored in the Nashville Hall of fame and has sold an astounding 26 million albums!!
Her perfume ‘Wonderstruck’ was created as something she had always wanted to do since a young teen.
“It’s a line from my song ‘Enchanted,’ and the line says, ‘I’m wonderstruck, blushing all the way home. I’ve always loved that line and that phrase, ‘wonderstruck.’ You don’t hear it very often. So I just felt like if I ever got the chance to make a fragrance, which I’ve dreamed of doing since I was about 14 years old … Ever since I wrote that song, I thought that would be the title. And I’d want to create a fragrance that smelled the way that word feels.”
Needless to say Taylor swift was not actually the creator the perfume was launched in cooperation with the Elizabeth Arden and the actual scent created by Olivier Gillotin of Givaudan.

THE BOTTLE
This is a fairly plain looking purple coloured rounded bottle with a gold lid. Around the lid is a chain with a few charms which does look a bit young teenager in my view and as such it probably would not have been attracted to buy myself as I am a touch older than the age I feel this is aimed towards.

The bottle reminds me of Britney Spears and other teen aimed scents with a simple rounded shape and the rather bling like charms which look like ones you might buy a child to wear for dressing up. I think it would appeal to young teens because of this. Strangely the ‘book’ cover my sample came in is quite classy with gold highlights and a deep and blue design a bit like wall paper. I think the cardboard cover is similar in design to the box the bottle comes in.

THE SCENT
Top notes: Raspberry, dewberry, green tea, freesia, apple blossom,
Middle notes: vanilla, honeysuckle, white hibiscus,
Base notes: amber, musk and sandalwood,and peach

I used to absolutely love Body Shop’s Dewberry fragrance and this does have a very fruity initial blast with both raspberry and dewberry and it does remind me a bit of the old Bodyshop scent at first. The fruity scent stays as the peachiness comes in strongly as well despite being listed as a base note.
I am a huge fan of the creaminess of vanilla and in this it brings a creamy quality to the fruitiness. The hibiscus listed I can’t detect but hibiscus doesn’t smell, or at least all those I have ever grown have never smelled of much really.
The green tea note is also not easily detectable as the fruity sweet notes develop with the base notes on amber and sandalwood and musk to just become deeper, warmer and more creamy fruity sweet scents. To me it is a fruity sweet rather young although quite uplifting and pleasant sort of scent. It isn’t offensive yet is also not one that I will be rushing to but as it is a young smell. I think it must be the tea note that lifts it above sickly and cloying as it could become that very easily. This is definitely in the fruity and youthful and feminine group of perfumes.
It was happy enough to wear it for the few days my sample lasted and did quite like the fragrance but not enough to make me want to buy a larger bottle. This is a young and very feminine scent make no mistake. It will not appeal to those who favour more masculine smells. I find it quite light and refreshing though and one that suits summery sort of weather. I found it lasted well on me a good few hours on my skin and longer on my clothes as I could still detect it the next day on my top.

Looking around on line I find that prices vary as always but the price seem to be around 30ml costing £20 ,50ml for £29 and if you are really keen then 100ml will set you back about £38 . This is not too expensive and possibly because it is aimed at a younger market or maybe because it has rather more synthetic ingredients as these tend to be cheaper.

Freesia

This is a pleasant enough light fruity scent that I would be perfectly happy to wear during the day when out and about. I don’t think it is one I would choose for a special night out. It is the kind of perfume I like to use on the plane as it is quite strong enough to stay with me and yet light enough not to be sickly. I hate smelling of plane so do always have some perfume with me to try and counter the plane smell and this one is the kind that works well. I usually lather myself from the Duty free and then take some samples with me to spray on after a few hours to freshen up.

LUSH PERFUME SET 2 GORILLA EXCLUSIVES MINIATURES

LUSH PERFUME SET 2 GORILLA EXCLUSIVES MINIATURES

Lush used to sell two sets of miniatures or sample size perfumes and each set has eight small glass bottles. You can still sometimes grab one on Ebay if you are lucky.The set I am reviewing in this case has these eight mini bottles:
Love, Cocktail, 1000 Kisses, Ladyboy, Smell of Weather Turning, Ginger, Super World Unknown, and finally B Scent.

PRICES:
This little set used to cost £19.95 in Lush shops and online from Lush but I have not seen them around in a while and I can’t navigate the new Lush website so easily as the old one.
This sounds expensive for eight tiny 2ml bottles but if you buy these individually they do vary in price. Love costs £3, Cocktail costs £3.50 , 1000 kisses costs £2.50 , Ladyboy costs £3.00 , Smell of Weather Turning costs £3.50, Ginger costs £ 2.65 , Super World Unknown costs £3.25, and finally B Scent costs £3 so the total comes to in excess of £ 23.50 should you buy these individually. Again these were the prices when I last saw these in Lush but things have changed since I think.

THE PACKAGING
The bottles are all identical and fairly boring glass bottles with the perfume name on a black label along the side. Each bottle has a stopper lid which I actually find fiddly and tricky to open so that is something I would change. It is a kind of rubbery stopper which I can’t get a grip on and I have to wriggle it a bit back and forwards but I am always very worried I might spill the contents if I pull too hard and accidentally jerk the bottle while removing the stopper.

The tiny bottles come in a neat brown cardboard recyclable box. The tiny bottles are also recyclable of course where ever you recycle glass.

 

PERFUMES:
loveLOVE:
Love is a Floral Fruity fragrance and was created in 2011 at the same time as TucaTuca and a few others. The fragrance features bergamot, amalfi lemon, lemongrass, red apple, cinnamon, jasmine, rose and ylang-ylang.
This scent was created to try and capture the elusiveness of love. It was inspired by Mark watching his sons fall in and out of love. It is flirty and fun and teases with its changing notes. It is quite a light scent sort of apple with citrus and a hint of spiciness. I thought it was a bit underwhelming initially but once I left the shop I realised that is was quite evident and began to enjoy it more.
“Feels like: that first rush of endorphins” is the tag line on the website.
Initially all I got from this was the very subtle lemon notes, a sort of lemon meringue creamy rather than sharply citrus. Also blending with this creamy lemon are hints of apples and a very subtle cinnamon almost vanilla puddingish sort of scent.
After some time I began to notice the more floral notes coming through and the rose in particular but not sure I could detect the ylang ylang but that didn’t bother me as I am not the biggest fan of ylang ylang, I find it a bit sickly.

This mix of notes almost hops back and forth and this is the flirting that Mark was aiming for. The citrus creamy notes are still there and yet the floral sweet notes also pop through from time to time.
It is sort of like having a bouquet of roses next to a lemon meringue pie you can smell them both and each comes through at different times.

cocktailCOCKTAIL
This is one that I am never too sure about as it has a generous dose of ylang ylang. Others really love this and say it is a really sexy perfume. This is Lush’s homage to classic French perfumery and the leading note is ylang ylang.

This is a combination of ylang ylang, jasmine, orange blossom, oakmoss and sandalwood but for me it is just a touch too heavy on the first ingredients which I find too sickly and odd when in too heavy doses. I do know that some of my Lush friends love this one best so try it yourself and make up your own mind.
It may be my skin because as Mark Constatine himself says of this perfume “ I can put this on ten people and guarantee that they will all smell different with it on.” So try it and see or smell for yourself.

1000 KISSES
Mark Constantine one of the father and son team who create Lush’s special perfumes created 1000 Kisses Deep inspired by the love he shares with his wife. I can’t think of many things more romantic than to have a perfume created for you. This is what Mark says about this;
“”I always find Mo, my wife, difficult to understand, but that can then be expressed through music. I don’t really get her – she always leaves a little bit to be revealed. ….. there’s only so many words you can use to express love. It’s very difficult. I wanted a perfume that summed that up. I did call it Untitled (The Cure song) for quite a long time. It expressed that rather enigmatic, rather difficult to pin down feeling, when you’re involved with someone else, but can’t put it into words. So that piece of music really inspired me”.

1000 kisses
But when I heard Madeleine Peyroux singing Leonard Cohen’s Thousand Kisses Deep – there’s such wonderful lyrics in that; … – and it summarised the feeling for me for the first time ever.”
What does this smell like? It is really hard to describe but it is a wonderful combination of citrus from mandarin and the deeper notes of myrrh and musk this combines with osmanthus which gives a fruity note. Osmanthus which also known as fragrant olive is actually a shrub native to the Himalayas and it has small, white flowers which are used to create a beautiful floral absolute that has ‘green and fruity nuances’. According to Mark these combinations work together to creates the complex mixture akin to the entire spectrum of feelings experienced when in love.
I love the smell of this in its small pot and can sniff it all day long enjoying the orangey aroma blending with the deeper notes of myrrh and musk with that bit of mystery too. When I put it on my pulse points, inner wrist, inner elbows and behind my ears the warmth of my body quickly makes the aromas react and I can smell the fresh citrus smell first but it is very quickly followed by the other notes.

As with any perfume after a while you find it hard to smell on yourself as your nose sort of gets used to the smell. I notice it more when I put on something I might have worn the day before such as a jumper or maybe as I collect the clothes to put in the wash I can smell the perfume that I wore the day before. Even though the lighter notes are less obvious I can still smell all the notes combined with this. I don’t know whether that is because it is a solid fragrance and it carries differently to a liquid one.

I Love the initial orange freshness and when that fades I also love the smoky but still slightly foral with sort of autumnal notes. Not exactly dry leaves but that autumnal morning walking in a wood sort of smell missed with autumn berries. I just love it as every time I put it on I sniff and think of something else that it reminds me of.

lady boyLADYBOY
A rather strange sort of banana based fragrance which combines with seaweed, violet, chamomile, labdanum and oakmoss. I can’t decide about this one, sometimes I love it while at other times I am not sure. Lush describe this as like ”a surreal beach party”. This is a scent inspired by sunny Brazil, hence the beach party and sort of carnival fun element which does attract me.

SMELL OF WEATHER TURNING
This is one of my favourites from Lush and it has a lovely creation story too.
“”The story of how this fragrance was born is quite convoluted.  Initially, the smell of weather turning was a concept that was described to us by a girl who works for us, who is also a witch. She brought her magic books and we talked about the smell of weather turning. It’s a very surreal concept, so we tried all sorts of angles on it.Smell of weather turning

Then we did some work with musician Simon Emmerson, who is also a bard and part of a druid order. He did some pieces of music, which reminded me of staying in Finland at a place where the lady had decided to make it, as it would have been back in the Iron Age. She fed us nettles and dark rye bread. One morning, I watched a man outside weeding, but it turned out to be our lunch.
One night, all of this combined in a dream and I woke up knowing that I wanted to do The Smell of Weather Turning with old materials – materials that would have been available 5,000 years ago. At that time, it was also 2 degrees Celsius warmer in Britain – similar to how the weather is predicted to be here in 50 years’ time – so The Smell of Weather Turning developed an angle of climate change.”
What does this smell like? In my view it does really smell of how the world smells after the rain. The smell you get as the first drops of rain fall of the warm grass, roads and trees. On the Lush site it describes it as “a walk through hay after a rainstorm.”

It is earthy and deep but then you get that light smell when the mint comes through but very quickly the earthy aroma comes back. It is really a very unusual scent but one I love as I am drawn to myrrh, oak moss, patchouli and those sort of deep earthy smells.

It reminds me of walking in an English wood after the rain when all the real smells are so much headier, alive and fresh. Like the smell you get when working in a damp garden, someone’s gardening shed with the mix of earth and leather and herbs drying from the ceiling and so on. It is not that it smells like a garden shed but it brings to mind these comforting images.

gingerGINGER

This is another of the original scents that have been around since Cosmetic to Go and I remember buying it nearly twenty years ago. I am not sure if the recipe has changed but it is still a very pleasant scent and one I am very happy to wear.
Lush say “ Think Ginger Rogers , not gingerbread. A crisp and sophisticated floral fragrance.”

It really is not gingerbread and not that sweet. It has ginger in it but more the woody element of ginger root and this combines with the mimosa (wattle for all Aussies) which is a very distinctly Australian scent to me and reminds me of my garden back in Australia. Headier notes include rose, geranium, jasmine, juniper berry and ylang ylang.

This is one that I thought might be rather dated as I remembered it from years back but I tried it and found that it was a really unusual blend of warm and sexy scents that I loved so that is why I bought this one again.

SUPER WORLD UNKNOWN
This one was inspired by a singer Karin Park who went into Lush to buy a ‘Ladyboy’ perfume and left her album “Superworld Unknown” for Mark and Simon. They listened and thought the title track has such wonderfully lyrics that they would build a perfume inspired by the track.
“The sun is up today, challenging the rain, in this superworldunknown” – Karin Park, Superworldunknown
So taking the singer’s Scandinavian roots and the song they began to create “Super World Unknown” the aroma. They were adding their thoughts about the sea and the moors when the singer came back into the shop and was talking about circuses and fairgrounds so they added some sweet aromas reminiscent of fairgrounds and came up with what we can buy now as ‘Super World Unknown’.
“If running away to join the circus smells of something good, this is it. The smell of candy floss, sherbet fountains, toffee apples and the seaside, yet it’s also sophisticated… escapist perfumery really. Clever use of cocoa and vanilla absolute with cassia makes this fragrance really edible without having a single character that it can be labelled with. A new blend of juniper berry adds a breath of Norwegian fresh air and the feel of walking in the hills in summer. I’ve also used a new material made from tonka beans to provide a hint of reassurance. Petitgrain and bitter orange mixed with lime, lemon and bergamot create a dizzy fairground ride of top notes. All of this is rounded off with rose absolute and ylang ylang.”super world unknown

It is really a very unique scent that is quite hard to describe because it really does not smell quite like anything else.
What does this smell like? It smells initially slightly paint- like as it is strong but this is combined with a sweetness and slight oriental hints. There is definitely a ginger sweet and spicy blend but with a back note of something I am really struggling to place. It has an orange citrus combination that is very evident initially but as it calms down the creamier tonka comes through and blends with the beeswax sort of sweet warmth too. It is wonderfully sweet, slightly citrus like but has a deeper more grown up oriental tinge which creates the more exotic smell. It is very hard to describe as each time I sniff I detect something different. The heart notes of sandalwood become more evident as it sits on my skin over time.
It is sort of like their lovely orange blossom but then it catches you unaware as it becomes more lime after the sweetness of the orange. The sandalwood in the drydown is beautifully gentle and blends with the tonka for a creamy note.

I find it is lovely to wear day or night as it can adapt to either. It is light enough to wear during the day but the deeper more exotic notes can take it into a more evening headier scent too. It has a sort of note that reminds me of frankincense burning in a church.
Although it is light and citrusy initially there is a hidden depth and warmth which comes from the sandalwood which has to be one of the nicest wood scents around.

BScentB SCENT

This scent is one of the older ones from Lush and was originally one of the B Never Too Busy to be Beautiful perfumes which was Lush’s sister company but now they are all one and this is now a Lush perfume. The same aroma used to be in one of Lush’s older soaps which has now been around for some time B Scent Electro soap for those with scent memories. They may re release it as a retro at some time.
I was thrilled to have this given to me as the smell is very light but has that lovely slightly earthy after note which I love.
The scent in this one is strongly citrus and fennel giving a slight aniseed smell and the grapefruit also adds to the slightly un -lemony citrus. I do like the aroma of grapefruit as it is unique with a fresh but interesting smell.
The tag line on this one to describe it on the website is ;” Feels like : kissing a lover’s neck” and describes as “A stylish and utterly feminine combination of rose tempered with crisp citrus”
I really love the combinations. This is a light fragrance and fresh yet it has that certain je ne sais quoi sort of earthiness that brings it to a whole new fragrance.
The initial smell is citrus and the lemon, bergamot with that lovely aniseed fennel combining to bring a more interesting and layered aroma but after a short while the fennel fades into the background as does the lemon which becomes warmer and creamier. The rose and a hint of jasmine then develop bringing a sweetness and earthy floral to the mix. The sandalwood is the sweet earthy smell I am getting as it dries down. The other scents are still there but combining to create the warmer powdery muskiness with citrus lighter notes.
I find that this is a most unusual smell: really interesting and with constant changes as it warms and develops on me. It is light and refreshing and yet is also warm and earthy too. It is not harsh like some citrus scents can be nor is it truly light and refreshing because of the dry down of these warmer scents coming in to back it up. I just love the warm lemony rose which is still very evident even when I can smell the delicately musky dry down.

SO IN SHORT

This set is a great gift for someone wanting to try out which perfumes they like and want to buy a bigger version of. It also is a great set to take away on holiday as you get to carry eight different smells so that you can have different scents for different occasions.

Personally there is not one of these perfumes that I dislike. There is not really a single Lush perfume that I don’t like but I do have to swap around depending on time of year and my mood or the occasion. This set allows you to chop and change and try all eight so keep an eye out for a bargain on Ebay is my advice.

MORE TIPS ON PERFUME ENJOYMENT
When trying a new perfume let it develop on your skin. Lush fragrances because of their high essential oil content, change and develop on your skin over time. My suggestion is to spray some on then go for a coffee or wander around the shops and keep smelling yourself every few minutes. This will really tell you what the fragrance will smell like on you.
Don’t pre judge a perfume by reading the notes, allow yourself to be surprised! Sometimes I can be a little unsure of a fragrance at first, but once I have tried it for a day I am often pleasantly surprised.
If you find one you really fall in love with then buy the bottle because it will last longer. I love the solid perfumes as they are more reasonably priced and I have also found that if I put a smear down my cleavage I enjoy it and also sometimes I rub a little in the ends of my hair and that stays all day long and people really comment on my nice smelling hair.
Finally don’t just look at the ingredients and notes. Smell the whole perfume and then think of how it makes you feel or where it takes you to and that is what makes it fully you and personal. Remember if it makes you feel good and happy then that is what is important.

Super World Unknown – Lush solid perfume

 

LUSH PERFUMES
We are very lucky in Derby because our lovely Lush shop in the Westfield centre has the entire range of Lush perfumes as well as the essential oil elements of some. Lush sells a fairly large range of perfumes now and every scent comes in three or four different forms. There is usually a solid perfume which tends to be the form which has the shortest staying power, the next is a small spray which is less concentrated than the 30ml black bottle which has the strongest concentration. Many of the scents also have a small 2ml sample bottle too which is usually in the same concentration as the mini spray or spritzers which I believe has 8ml in it. The solid perfumes weigh 12g so they are not huge but I rather like them to carry in my handbag as there is never a danger of any leakage and you can quickly pop a little on your pulse points without spritzing others in the bargain.

HOW MUCH?
The perfume I am reviewing here is the solid version of SuperWorld Unknown. The solid version costs £7.50 while the small spritzers are £16.00, the large 30ml version is £33 and the 2ml sample sells for £3.25. This scent is one of the pricier ones that Lush create and that is why I decided to buy the solid one when I went into Derby a few days ago. I think the solid version offers good value as the 2ml wouldn’t give me many uses and the solid ones have given me plenty of uses over the last months and I still have plenty left in most of them. You don’t need a lot to get a pretty decent aroma but you do have to be careful if it is very hot weather as it does melt very easily. I would also suggest that keeping it in the fridge may affect the scent so would not advise that.

THE STORY BEHIND THE CREATION
I love hearing the inspiration behind the creation of the different Lush scents. They are all so different and rather like poetry but of smell rather than words. This one is no different. I really admire Mark Constantine and his philosophy and the fact that he does things he really believes in. His story about how this perfume came to be is another great, rather poetic sort of story.

This one was inspired by a singer Karin Park who went into Lush to buy a ‘Ladyboy’ perfume and left her album “Superworld Unknown” for Mark and Simon. They listened and thought the title track has such wonderfully lyrics that they would build a perfume inspired by the track.

“The sun is up today, challenging the rain, in this superworldunknown” – Karin Park, Superworldunknown
So taking the singer’s Scandinavian roots and the song they began to create “Super World Unknown” the aroma. They were adding their thoughts about the sea and the moors when the singer came back into the shop and was talking about circuses and fairgrounds so they added some sweet aromas reminiscent of fairgrounds and came up with what we can buy now as ‘Super World Unknown’.

“If running away to join the circus smells of something good, this is it. The smell of candy floss, sherbet fountains, toffee apples and the seaside, yet it’s also sophisticated… escapist perfumery really. Clever use of cocoa and vanilla absolute with cassia makes this fragrance really edible without having a single character that it can be labelled with. A new blend of juniper berry adds a breath of Norwegian fresh air and the feel of walking in the hills in summer. I’ve also used a new material made from tonka beans to provide a hint of reassurance. Petitgrain and bitter orange mixed with lime, lemon and bergamot create a dizzy fairground ride of top notes. All of this is rounded off with rose absolute and ylang ylang.”
It is really a very unique scent that is quite hard to describe because it really does not smell quite like anything else.

THE SCENT

What does this smell like? It smells initially slightly paint- like as it is strong but this is combined with a sweetness and slight oriental hints. There is definitely a ginger sweet and spicy blend but with a back note of something I am really struggling to place. It has an orange citrus combination that is very evident initially but as it calms down the creamier tonka comes through and blends with the beeswax sort of sweet warmth too. It is wonderfully sweet, slightly citrus like but has a deeper more grown up oriental tinge which creates the more exotic smell. It is very hard to describe as each time I sniff I detect something different. The heart notes of sandalwood become more evident as it sits on my skin over time.

It is sort of like their lovely orange blossom but then it catches you unaware as it becomes more lime after the sweetness of the orange. The sandalwood in the drydown is beautifully gentle and blends with the tonka for a creamy note.

Orange blossom

I find it is lovely to wear day or night as it can adapt to either. It is light enough to wear during the day but the deeper more exotic notes can take it into a more evening headier scent too. It has a sort of note that reminds me of frankincense burning in a church.

Although it is light and citrusy initially there is a hidden depth and warmth which comes from the sandalwood which has to be one of the nicest wood scents around.

WHAT HAVE THEY HIDDEN IN THIS ONE?
This is one of the more complex of the Lush perfumes and this has layers of notes which hit you as the perfume develops. This perfume has these main notes:  Cocoa, vanilla, tonka, cassie, juniper, petitgrain, neroli, lime, lemon, bergamot, rose, ylang ylang, benzoin, sandalwood. The first things that come to the nose are the lighter fresher citrus notes of neroli, lime and cassie, the rose is hard to place but the ylang ylang is definitely there but fortunately not too evident as I find it a note that is hard to like in too great a quantity. The benzoin and tonka are both creamy while the sandalwood is one of my favourite woody warm smells . I also love the creaminess of cocoa and tonka which blends with the vanilla. I am not an ylang ylang fan and fortunately I can’t smell it much in this as I find it quite a sickly sort of aroma but it does give the slightly unusual note to this..

WHAT DO I THINK?

I always try each perfume out a few times in Lush before I buy it. I put one smell on each wrist and allow it to settle. It is actually quite hard to smell different perfumes in the Lush shop as there are so many smells going on in there. What I usually do is put the perfume on using the samples there. I then go off and do my shopping. I do one or sometimes two perfumes at a time. If I like it still after I have finished my shopping it then does on my ‘Wish List’.

Sandalwood

I have to admit I do buy a lot on Ebay as you can often get them cheaper there. I just look for which are on there and bid to a certain amount. I miss out on loads but I decide what I am prepared to pay and stick to it. I also ask for them for gifts from the family too and that is how I have built up my collection.

I have the solid perfume in this and I am happy with how it works on me. Sometimes the solid ones smell different from the 30ml full concentrate. I haven’t tried the concentrate in this so I don’t know how that works in comparison. This does come through as very creamy ylang ylang and incense after some time when the lighter citrus notes fade.

I love the way the solid perfume lasts behind my ears and down my cleavage as I can smell the aroma rising as my body heat helps it dissipate.

Although I know it lasts most of the l day I do find that I start to not be able to smell the perfume on myself after a while however my husband often says you smell nice later on in the day when we have a hug or a quick cuddle. Also other people comment on the perfume I am wearing so I know it does last.

This is a lovely quirky scent that fits so well with Lush’s rather unusual collection. I love the way it starts quite light and develops into the deeper stronger woodier scent. I like lots of different scents but I am often drawn to the deeper notes, musk, myrrh, patchouli, vertivert, sandalwood and so this is a scent I would wear anytime. I do think it is an acquired taste though so I would certainly try before you buy.

Vetivert

The nice thing about a solid perfume is that you can put it exactly where you want it. It is also very handy for the handbag as it NEVER leaks unless the weather turns very hot. It isn’t a good idea for example to leave it in a car as the sun will cause it to melt. I had to be very careful when we were on holiday recently in the USA and I kept my solid perfumes in our cold bag with all our cold stuff when we were travelling from place to place. I also left them in the hotel rather than in my handbag as it was over 35°C most days and that was enough to make them very soft when in my bag.

The solid perfumes usually have a use buy date about a year after they were made. I have not had any that I have had last longer than a year so I am not sure how the scent lasts should you have one over the use by date. I like mine too much to have them last that long as I use mine daily.

Another good thing about these little solid perfume tubes is that when you finish them these little tubes or pots count as one container to recycle so if you take five back to Lush you can choose a FREE fresh face mask or fresh hair mask so even the container is worth something.

If you are lucky enough to have a Lush store like the one in Derby with a full range of perfumes I recommend you to give them a try. They are not to everyone’s taste as they are quite strong and a lot of them have quite deep strong and more heavy notes but I love them and spend ages listening to the stories as to the inspiration behind their creation.

To me perfumes are a sort of experience that is more than just the smell. They are a bit like fine wines and single malt whiskeys in that there is poetry and art in their creation. These to me are all part of the perfume, the inspiration, the poetry and the images that are created by you in your head as you first sniff the perfume as well as the effect you have on the scent, the way it changes on you and your own skin. It is all part of the magic to me.

I’ll finish by adding a quote from the ‘A-Z Guide to Perfume’ by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez;
“Nearly everything at first glance is wrong….This is why when you first put on Super world unknown you feel giddy disbelief, as if Venus were suddenly emerging from a Manila trash heap…. If I ran the world, this is how fragrance would work: all the money spent on the juice and the bottle an afterthought.”

Glamorous Magnolia – Gucci

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Glamorous Magnolia is from the perfume house of Gucci and is described as
“The striking recreation of the Magnolia’s silky statuesque flowers. Sensuous and compelling, the scent’s freesia top note gives way to a heart of peony and magnolia and a memorable sandalwood base.

Glamorous Magnolia is a reverent homage to the flower’s radiant freshness and smooth, velvety petals .”

I have tried a few of Gucci’s perfumes and on the whole they are appealing to me usually and so when they created this new collection I was keen to try them.

flora gucci

Flora Collection Advert

House of Gucci is an Italian fashion house and this collection which was released in May 2012 was created under the direction of Frida Giannini.The collection is called Flora by Gucci Garden Collection. The collection recreates the five most important blossoms outlined on the legendary Gucci scarf designed by Vittorio Accornero for Princess Grace of Monaco. These five new editions are: Glorious Mandarin, Gorgeous Gardenia, Gorgeous Gardenia, Glamorous Magnolia and Generous Violet.o.13413

Giannini says of the Flora perfume collection ‘“Creating The Flora Garden collection allowed me to express the depth of emotions of every woman. Each fragrance is distinct, yet together all the scents embody the beauty and allure of this muse.””

PACKAGING AND PRICE
This scent comes in a hexagonal tall glass bottle with a transparent stopper. The perfume is a pale green colour which shows through the clear glass bottle so it is best to keep it in the box otherwise the light will affect the scent over time. I have no idea why they have made this green as Magnolia is either pink or white pink so pink or clear would have made more sense.

o.13412The box is very pretty and feminine with flowers and is actually quite classy and understated. The flowers are black and the box a white or pale creamy colour with green and black stripes on the base so a minimum of colours.The flowers look nothing like Magnolia but more like wild flowers however I actually like the box more than the bottle which I think is pretty ordinary for this price of perfume.

The scents come in 50ml and 100ml eau de toilette s and no eau de parfum is available. The 100ml spray varies in price from about £57 on line to about £70 in Boots and Harrods. The 50ml is £50 in Harrods and again cheaper in on line stores if you hunt around.

NOTES TO BE FOUND
Top notes: Freesia, green and citruses
Heart or middle notes: magnolia and peony
Base notes: musk, sandalwood and Mexican chocolate
Just looking at the notes you would think this might actually be a floral with a bit of depth but sadly this is not the case.

The initial scent that I can smell when I first put this on is fresh and green and a bit cucumber like and not a lot else at this stage. I also get a hint of watermelon at this stage and is really light with a slight hint of sweetness.

After a short while a little more sweetness come through but of Magnolia or peony I smell nothing of either of them. Both these two flowers are really pretty fragrant so how a perfume with these two notes in it can smell so little of any floral elements beats me.magnolia-purple-lily

The base notes are also fairly strong fragrances, certainly musk and sandalwood are very heavy strong elements but again they are hiding really well in this perfume and any hint of chocolate is beyond my nose to detect.

This light watermelon cucumber scent does stay with me quite some time but all in all I find this quite underwhelming and disappointing in its fragrance and its silage too.

The heart notes are no existent and there is no real warmth or depth from either the musk or the sandalwood and no creaminess from the chocolate. This is a very light and slightly sweet perfume that has little warmth or depth.

This is not a complex perfume in my mind. It is fresh, light and green. It is a perfume that I would be reasonably happy to wear during the day anywhere somewhere hot as it is so light and fresh and would be more like a body spray in its depth so it is better suited to a spring and summer fragrance .

It lasted quite a short while on me and I would say that about three hours later I could barely detect the scent on me. It is not a sophisticated heavy scent so might be more appealing to younger ladies although am not that young and do like the scent but just wished it hung around a bit longer as it isn’t a cheap one.

I like a range of scents I different situations but this is really so light that it is more of a body spray and lasts not much longer than the Soap and Glory body sprays which cost about £6. Considering the price of this there is no way I would spend that amount on something so light and undetectable.

magnoliaSome floral perfumes are too heady and one dimensional where this so light that it is almost not worth bothering with. It is not a complex scent as there are few notes but they blend and work well together and in a very light and green cucumber/watermelon sort of way and it just doesn’t last long enough for me.

WOULD I BUY AGAIN?
Well I didn’t buy this I got a sample and if I could afford the prices that this perfume is selling for then I think there are many others that I would choose before this. I do feel it is very expensive and that I can find other perfumes that I like for a lot less money. So in short even though this is a fresh light feminine fragrance it is so short lived and grossly over priced for what you get here.

A Second Liebster Award!

I’ve been nominated for another Liebster Award! Thanks very much, theoxfordowl  ! I’ enjoy your posts 🙂

 

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The rules, as usual:
1. Answering the 11 questions
2. Listing 11 facts about myself
3. Nominating 11 smaller blogs for the award, and setting them 11 questions.
Read on for my answers!
11 questions!
1. Where were you born? I was born in Khartoum in the Sudan!

2. What is your favorite fragrance? I am not sure I could choose but I love all Lush perfumes, Breathe of God and Scent of Weather Turning are two favourites from theirs.

3. What color do you most like painting your nails? I like a variety, I usually go with more conventional on my fingers and use blues and darker colours on my toes! I like French gelish when I have that done then I can paint any colour over the top as I feel in the mood.

4. Are you left or right-handed? Right-handed!

5. What is your favorite book? That’s even harder than favourite perfume! I tloved all Jane Austen’ books and Jane Eyre, Recently I have loved Rohinton Mistry’s books and … I could go on so I will stop as there are so many.

6. Beyoncé or Rihanna (or neither)? I’m not a fan of either, I far prefer other female singers. I think Carole King is great and Amy McDonald, Katie Melua to name just three I prefer to either of those.

7. What is your favorite thing about blogging? Writing posts. I love writing and sharing my views and interests .

8. What three things would you take with you to a deserted island? I hope I am never on one but suncream, a kindle full of books and a nice sharp knife to cut food, and help with making a shelter.

9. What is your favorite hobby? Travelling. I would spend my life travelling if we didn’t have two cats and insufficient money!

10. Cats or dogs? Cats, I think as they are so independent and not as needy as dogs.
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11. What is your favorite TV show? I am enjoying ‘Homelands’ at the present time but I really loved ‘The Bridge’ and further back I loved ‘The Forsythe Saga’.

11 facts!
1. I need to lose 10lbs and just cannot seem to get motivated to do anything about it
2. My favourite Weste End Musical is ‘The Lion King’ . If you have not seem it I suggest you try to as soon as you can.
3. I volunteer for a charity called ‘Homestart’ where we visit families with pre school children who are struggling for any number of reasons.
4. I lived in Australia for thirteen years and still yearn for the sunshine in Brisbane at times
5. I have recently celebrated my 60th birthday. Where did that time go?
6. I wish I could play an instrument. I learned the piano as a child and never achieved any grades!
7. I have two children and three step children. All now grown up and I am very proud of them all
8. My favourite poet is Pam Ayers – I love it when she reads her poems
9. I love cooking for special occasions but hate everyday cooking as it seems rather pointless
10. My favourite food is Vietnamese food as it is spicy and really fresh and tasty
11. I like my house to be clean and tidy and everything in its correct place. I hate mess and untidiness.

 

Nominations!
Sorry I struggle with nominations so I nominate these two blogs and hope they forgive me
1.The Otaku Judge
2. dapperdolly.

Thanks again to The Oxford Owl!