19 July 2021

Ormonde Jayne Bespoke Fragrances

I recently visited the Royal Arcade boutique of luxury British perfume house Ormonde Jayne to meet with the lovely founder Linda and discover the new Your Scent, Your Strength, Your Style customisable fragrances, all created in London.

Ormonde Jayne London - Your Scent, Your Strength, Your Style bespoke fragrances - luxury beauty & style blog

Choose your favourite fragrance from the range of 16 in the signature collection, strength of eau de parfum - either 40% extract or 50% intense - and preferred colour from the 8 new reusable, refillable "forever" bottles.

Linda walked me through the complex formulations and unique ingredients, and I chose the Champaca eau de parfum, a creamy floral fragrance championing a rare, sacred flower, with neroli, pink pepper and bamboo top notes, champaca absolute, freesia absolute and basmati at the heart, and myrrh, green tea and musk base notes.  It's the perfect summer scent, lingering beautifully for hours on warm skin.

The new refill service is available with a 10% discount in the Mayfair boutique, London and Manchester Selfridges stores, or online with complimentary delivery across the UK.  What will you choose?

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7 June 2021

A Taste of Provence

I took these photos ages ago but forgot to share them on here - I need to tell you about Tariette!  A couple of years ago, my good friend Thomas launched a gourmet hamper business here in the UK featuring traditional, artisanal produce from his native Provence.  Thomas started Tariette with his maman Sylvie to champion the simple, delicious food he missed from southern France.  They chose Proven├žal producers and farmers who share their common values: tradition, excellence, and a passion for their craft.

Tariette French Hampers - London lifestyle blog


11 May 2021

London in Bloom

Despite the cooler temperatures, London has been glorious these past few weeks, with magnolia, cherry blossom, ceanothus and fragrant wisteria blooming all across the city.  I'm as much of a fan of London in springtime as I am of dark florals - it may still be long sleeves weather, but I wore this current favourite at the weekend without a coat.

Ceanothus Camouflage - & Other Stories purple floral dress, Emma Louise Layla Berry - style blog

8 February 2021

Stories Parfums

I'm currently obsessed with Stories Parfums, a cool, up-and-coming fragrance brand created in 2018 by Tonya Kidd-Beggs, who has crafted two beautiful, unique, gender-inclusive scents.

Stories Parfums, luxury fragrance brand - London beauty & style blog

The award-winning No. 1, my favourite, is an intoxicating, citrussy eau de parfum which lingers on the skin for hours, opening with a delicate touch of jasmine, invigorating bergamot and grapefruit, cedarwood and sweet figs at the heart, and mellow amber and warm sandalwood base notes.  The heady, smoky No. 2 has aromatic rose top notes, spiced ginger and cardamom middle notes, and honey tobacco and musky cedarwood base notes.

Both eau de parfums are available in a 30ml size perfect for your travels (whenever they may resume), 100ml for your dressing table and a dinky 15ml for your handbag.  The scents are also available as a gentle, foaming hand & body wash and light, luxurious hand & body lotion.  If you're in the market for a new, unusual perfume, I'd definitely recommend trying one of the small bottles as a tester - and upgrading your bathroom rituals with the bath and body products too, because we all deserve a little at-home spa time at the moment...

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