Monday, 19 December 2016

Fragrances For Him & Her | Ideas From Escentual

I think most people would agree that fragrance makes a great Christmas gift. Whether it’s your mum, dad, girlfriend, boyfriend, son or daughter – they are sure to enjoy receiving a new bottle of scent. A new perfume isn’t something I tend to treat myself to and I think that most people are similar, but if you do happen to see a nice one and you’re quick to add it to your Christmas list. The fabulous beauty team at Escentual sent me two of their lovely scents (which you may have spotted in my Christmas Gift Guides) but I thought why not share a little more detail with you all.

Let’s start with the ladies and the fragrance in question is The Jimmy Choo Original Gift Set*. This scent first launched in 2011 and it was the first ever fragrance from luxury shoes and accessories brand, Jimmy Choo. You can’t deny that the bottle itself is a work of art – the round bottle is decorated with different textures and shapes, designed by Tamara Mellon (former CCO and co-founder of Jimmy Choo – who wouldn’t want that on their resume)! Tamara also happed to be the face of the Jimmy Choo perfume campaign and once said that the bottle for the perfume was inspired by Murano Glass. She spent a lot of time perfecting it so you’d be proud to have it on your dressing table.

The scent itself is categorized as a Chypre-fruity scent – Chypre is a name given to a scent that celebrates having citrus top notes. The perfume opens with pear nectar and sweet Italian orange, has a heart of tiger orchard and settles down to a base of toffee and Indonesian patchouli. Jimmy Choo wanted it’s first scent to be feminine and luxurious and it’s effortless delivered with this scent.

The Jimmy Choo Original Gift Set includes a 60ml bottle of the delicious scent and a 100ml perfumed body lotion. Which is great for layering on the skin with the fragrance. The gift set retails for £42.60 at Escentual, grab it here.

Now let’s talk about the men and the fragrance for this section is Issey Miyake L'Eau D'Issey Pour Homme EDT*. Before my Christmas Gift Guides I’d never even heard of Issey Miyake, so I’m amazed that this scent was created by Jacques Cavallier in 1994. The brand prides themselves on using unusual and rare materials to create timeless scents and L'Eau d'Issey was designed to be perfect for any occasion. This particular set arrives in a pretty fancy box, it feels hip, cool and certainly not the packaging you’d expect for such a classic fragrance. This exact set is so popular at Escentual that it’s actually sold out, but the same can be said for all the different sets from Issey Miyake.

The fragrance itself is a wood fragrance, using green herby notes in the beginning (including Yuzu, Cypress and Coriander), nutty heart notes (including Blue Water Lily, Nutmeg, Saffron and Bourbon Geranium) and finishing with earthy base notes (including Tobacco Amber, Musk and Indian Sandalwood). As I previously mentioned this is designed to be a masculine scent and a timeless fragrance – it’s pretty inoffensive, so I think even if you have a fussy man on your shopping list, he’ll be pretty pleased with this. There are lots of different Issey Miyake sets available from Escentual, prices start at £20 here.

I would love to hear about any fragrances you’re gifting to people this year! More importantly, I’d love to know the names of your favourite scents in the comments below, I need a couple of ideas for my birthday wish list next month! 
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