It seemed to appear last week that God decided to place a 100 watt bulb in the sky as finally the sun made an extremely rare appearance. Astonished, the people of Essex not use to such a natural phenomenon embraced this wholeheartedly by discarding their clothes in favour of bikini tops (note it’s really not acceptable to walk down Brentwood High Street half undressed). Cavemen pushed aside housewives as they filled baskets with burgers and beer in the supermarkets, parks were filled with screams of laughter from children who’ve only seen an X box and oh all the wasps came out to play. Unfortunately Karma took its turn on muggins here and decided that it was payback time – years of choking wasps with fly killer resulted in one being stung on the buttock which then turned into a very nasty skin infection – several hospital visits ensued, drugs taken and I have vowed to make sure I hit the wasps harder next time! Sadly such weather was just to tease as the sun rapidly disappeared and once again the heating was turned on and we could all breathe a sigh of relief as our children could walk the streets of Brentwood without being subjected to naked torsos. I, on the other-hand, due to the inability to sit down had to cancel a couple of planned features so this week I’m giving you the best of summer fragrances! You don’t need the sun to wear them although you may want to spray lightly to ensure those little flying pesky bugs don’t come and get you, whilst the only scent I’m wearing is insect repellent!
Nude by Rihanna 50ml from £20.00 Stockist Debenhams nationwide. An intimate fragrance from the showy pop star mimics ‘naked, soft skin’ and with fruity top notes of pear and mandarin, middle notes of sultry oriental jasmine and orange blossom, finally settling into base notes of second skin musk and sandalwood - it’s quietly seductive.
True Reflection by Kim Kardashian 30ml from £24.00 Stockist Debenhams nationwide. As you would expect from Ms Sultry herself, this fruity fragrance starts with plum peach, gardenia, chocolate orchid and lotus flower but leaves a lingering aroma of earthy woods and patchouli which give it a sexy vibe.
Daisy Eau So Fresh Sunshine 75ml £47.50 www.theperfumeshop.com Get your sunshine from a bottle! Daisy contains notes of jasmine petals reminiscent of walking past warm Spanish villas. The bottle is gorgeously girly and like the fragrance will put a spring in your step!
CK One Summer £24.99 100ml www.theperfumeshop.com The sea blue bottle gives an indication of the scent inside which is bursting with citrus fruits and a touch of green from the notes of cucumber and water lily, whilst the lasting base notes of musk and moss make this unisex! Like a frolic in the waves - if you like your oceanic scents you’ll love this!
YSL Elle £24.99 90ml Limited Edition www.theperfumeshop.com
Emporia Armani Diamonds For Men Summer £27.50 75ml www.theperfumeshop.com Men should change their scent to something lighter in the summer and whilst she may get heated up when she nuzzles up to your neck, this refreshing blend of notes of iced lemon, cool mint and revitalising basil will keep you cool, calm and collected.
Les Senteurs Gourmandes Figue Sauvage and Musc Blanc £22.50 100ml available exclusively at www.marksandspencer.com Move over Jo Malone there’s a gorgeous new range of fragrances created by Laurence Dumont, France. Each fragrance is grouped into a family of Orchard, Vanilla, Childhood Memories and Travel Diaries and whilst different in scent they share the same base of vanilla. Figue Sauvage reminds me of juicy figs bursting in the sun but trailing off with heady yet smooth notes of sandalwood. Musc Blanc is one of my favourites and holds delicate, gentle notes of lily of the valley – imagine open windows with billowing voile curtains floating in the breeze. With celebrities such as Kimberley Walsh raving about them these are perfumes to choose for a signature scent.
Finally if you like the iconic scent of Thierry Mugler Angel, then you’ll love their limited edition Angel Aqua Chic £40. Whilst the distinctive scent of patchouli and vanilla remain the addition of raspberry blossom, green apple granite and rose water make it uplifting and fresh – get it whilst stocks last at nationwide stores!
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