Category Archives: Perfume

Ancienne Ambience Colonia Seven VII: Pink Grapefruit, Blood Orange & Musk EDP 100ml.

Hello fellow beauty addicts,

My first post in a long time as I have been very under the weather. Anyhoo onwards and upwards!!

Ancienne Ambience was created by Adriana Carlucci with just 6 candles and a small jewellery collection, how amazing is that?Antonia’s family have dealt in ancient art/antiquities for generations and she created her products to compliment the offerings of the gallery. She created luxury goods with an ancient theme and oh boy has she done it very well.

COLOGONE EDP – Uplifting, zesty, cooling: They feature a whoosh of notes like lemon, bergamot, orange, grapefruit, mandarin. (These notes are also slightly randomly referred to as being ‘hesperidic’ – after the Hesperides, the nymphs from Greek mythology!) Fresh fragrances smell clean, and usually come in the eau de toilette and Cologne versions.

This stunning fragrance from Ancienne Ambience has been keeping me fresh & uplifted all summer. I use it on a daily basis because it is that morning burst of the grapefruit effervescence that helps wake you up and get your mind and body going.

Then the lovely warming blood orange comes through as it starts to soften with the hint of must that keeps this fragrance making you feel fresh all day. Some citrus fragrances fade very fast. I found this to have legs and staying power.

When settled this smells of a beautiful sweet lemon, warm blood orange and a hint of musk, absolutely beautiful and something you keep smelling. I had myself spritzed from head to toe in this fragrance and it made me feel fabulously fresh all day.

It would also be a wonderful fragrance to take on holiday as it is beautiful day or night and really does give you that air of confidence that you are beautifully scented from head to toe!

I am a bit biased when it comes to Ancienne Ambience as I have been in love with it for years. Their soaps are so good too. I love the Almond milk & Rose. The Rose Pure Floral Water which I keep in the fridge, is a natural hydrolat, skin loves it .. Wonderful for a pure tropical moment or just out of the shower on a hot day all over!

The Damask Rose Hand & Bodywash is divine too, it leaves your hands beautifully & lightly scented. Paraben, sls & cruelty free the products are non drying and gentle on skin. It is absolutely beautiful. I would like to try the other hand and body washes but I cannot get past this one, I am on my third!

They are such a beautiful brand, everything smells amazing including your parcel from them, they just make you feel really special and you know you are getting that quality, you can feel and sense it …..

If you are interested in taking a look at the new fragrances by Ancienne Ambience you can find them here along with their other products. .. NICOLA10 gets you 10% off and there is free worldwide shipping –Ancienne Ambiance

Bye for now folks

Nicola x

The Library of Fragrance Gingerbread Cologne is dark, Sexy and Utterly delicious!!

Hey fellow beauty lovers!

The Library Of Fragrance is not just any old perfume company. Since 1996 they have been producing well known scents that surround us in our everyday lives, scents that we know and love and that bring memories, love and comfort into our lives.

A lot of the fragrances are single notes, so that you can mix and match to find your own unique blend, that is true to you and you can make up your scent to suit your mood. I have tried a few of these fragrances now and have found them so true to scent it is unreal.

The Snozzberries taste just like Snozzberries! to quote Willy Wonka!

I have tried Sea Salt, a real favourite…living by the sea, it is a scent of home, so I love to wear it. I have also tried Pina Colada and I just wanted to drink it lol .. it was so fresh, fruity and creamy.


The scent I chose this time is Gingerbread, because I just love that warming, sweet, caramely, rich, deep, sexy scent .. it is just pure heaven! Ah I could eat my arm off it is so delicious! It gives me a sense of self and real comfort too, as it is a fragrance I have known all my life, as my father was a master baker and fresh baked gingerbread was my favourite.

The scent is so true to life, it is mouth watering and everyone has asked me what it is I am wearing, as they get a whiff of the delicious, spicy scent. I definitely chose the right scent for me!

Another scent I feel some of my friends will love is Gin & Tonic, as it is such a fresh, clean fragrance and again very true to what a real gin and tonic smells like.

No matter what memories or fragrances you want to find, The Library of Fragrance should have whatever it is you are looking for .. you can check out some of the scents on offer with this month’s Libbie Club offers here

There is Vanilla Ice Cream, Gin & Tonic, Baby Powder and Fresh Laundry to name a few ..and they are totally true to their names which I love. So if you find one you like, then why not give it a go? See for yourself and surround yourself in a scent you love, that fills you with happy memories, because that is what the Library of Fragrance can do for you!

Bye for now

Nicola x

Just What is the Libbie Club and How Does It All Work?

Hey everyone,

Today I would like to explain what the Libbie Club is and how it works. I have been with it from the very start and I find them really easy to be a part of.

The Libbie Club is a part of Latest In Beauty and You Beauty Box who have brought us some of the best Beauty Boxes there are. LIB is a no subscription box ..they bring us hot trendy boxes if and when they have them and You Beauty offers us a subscription alternative which I love as I can always see the value in these boxes and they bring me fresh, exciting and new skincare.


So the Libbie Club is their Boutique where they sell high end full sized products and as a Libbie I take the offers and share them around friends, family and fellow skincare and beauty junkies …and that is it really!

You get to really learn about the products and what makes that individual item special, sometimes an insight from the brand as to what makes it tick and I love that sort of thing. I love learning about my skincare and what is in it.

If you convert a sale (you can make a purchase yourself if not) then you get the next month’s box free to review and share and that is basically how it all works. Of course you need to be putting some effort into this and sharing the word but I find everyone in the LC very warm and happy to help with any problems.


Sophie our Chief Libbie is very approachable, warm and helpful and she is all hands on deck everywhere! She must get it crazy some days lol!

A word on the products. Anything I have had from the Libbie Club has always been really good quality. There is a lean towards natural, organic, cruelty free products and that suits me just fine. I think people are learning a lot more online that these products are the best way to go.

So that is it… simple, easy to do and if you do it right it will reward you back. There is no hard sell here but knowing your products and being able to answer questions gives others who are buying confidence in the products which I think helps a lot.


There is a small deposit to pay on your first box but the box is always worth a lot more than that, of course months and value vary but once you have paid this and converted a sale then your next box is free and so forth…

I have truly loved trying all the products that have been sent to me by the Libbie Club and I have found some remarkable products that are now staples in my make up & skincare stash.

If you want to take a look at the Libbie Club or some of it’s offers you can find it all here


Bye for now folks

Nicola x


The Perfume Society Love Scents Discovery Box an Ode to Spring!

Hi Folks,

Every few months the Perfume Society bring out a new fragrance box for you to try. It is in a league of its own when it comes to diversity of fragrances, value for money and quality! I have never had a so-called ‘signature scent’ and these Artisan Fragrances give me the change to try amazing fragrances that are mostly made by perfumers  and not found on the high street.


I signed up to become a member of the Perfume Society with a one-off payment of £25 and for that I got a free perfume discovery box and all other boxes i purchase after that are only £10 delivered and for what you get,  I find them not only amazing value but a true education into the world of fragrance!

So now to start on my new box the ‘Love Scents Discovery Box’  …


Roads.. Cloud 9  (floral) as you would expect Cloud 9 is a very happy place and scent, it really is as light and dewy as a cloud. I love this fragrance as I don’t always enjoy wearing a heavy fragrance and I would wear this endlessly! Light as air,  fresh and  clean this fragrance has top notes of Chamomile oil, Heart notes of fresh geranium, jasmine and base notes of amber, musk and sandalwood.


Valentino ..Umo (gourmand)  comes in the most beautiful little bottle 🙂 . It is the first men’s fragrance to feature in the Perfume Society’s box it has top notes of bergamot, myrtle, Heart notes of roast coffee (  love he scent of fresh ground coffee) Base notes of Gainduja cream which i had to Google and its like coca bean and hazelnut as far as I can gather (could be wrong) cedar and leather so it’s deeply edible and delicious, woody and a little mysterious .. just how I like my men lol! If you could put crazy in a bottle I’d probably love that too… oh the little bottle is beautiful too ❤


L’Occitane en Provence..  Arlesienne (floral) is inspired by the ancient Provençal city of Aries its more of a dry floral (imo)  with top notes of saffron, mandarin orange, Heart notes of rose and lily of the valley, it has base notes of sandalwood, violet and tonka bean. It is crisp and clean and would make a wonderful summer fragrance .


Dear Rose ..I love my man is another floral but it could be floriental!  This fragrance has heart notes of Bulgarian rose, Centifolia rose, cinnamon and base notes of tonka bean and sandalwood. This is more my kind of floral with the spices in . Having been a chef for many years I adore spices and I love that kickback of warm cinnamon and smooth sandalwood on my skin. Definitely one for a warm summers evening or hot date!


Lalique L’Amour ..Lalique is a floral fragrance, it is a strong long-lasting scent yet warm with lots of different floral scents in there. It has heart notes of bergamot, rosebud and neroli, heart notes of tuberose, gardenia, jasmine petals with base notes of warm cedar, sandalwood and musks. It you like a long-lasting scent this one will get better and better as it warms down to the warm scents at the base.


Salvadore Ferragamo.. Signorina Eleganza  scent family Chypre is for me another beautiful scent its fresh a tad fruity and warm it has top notes of pear and grapefruit flesh, heart notes of almond powder, Osmanthus absolute, base notes of white Leather (hmm) accord, patchouli heart .. there is a hippie in my somewhere because I seem to love the scent of patchouli! The fragrance has combined into a lovely zesty, juicy warm fragrance that is light but has real staying power..  all that is truly Italian in a bottle!


Van Cleef & Arparels.. is another floral fragrance  it’s a ‘Ode to the rose’ and it keeps the true rose essence at its heart all the way! With top notes of bergamont, violet leaves, heart notes of rose absolue, golden honey, iris and bast notes of precious woods and benzoin (a natural mood enhancer) these scents all manage to combine to show the rose scent off beautifully…


Juliette Has a Gun.. Lady Vengance  is another floral but this fragrance is simplicity in itself. With just 3 scents this perfume is apologetic, feminine and powerful! With a top note of Bulgarian rose, Vanilla and Patchouli it would be a wonderful fragrance for a warm summers evening or a hot date.


4160 Tuesdays Sexiest Scent On The Planet ..(they must be friends with the printers) comes from the Woody scent family. With a top note of bergamont,heart notes of woods, ambergris, base notes of vanilla and musk. I have really taken to this fragrance as it has warmed to my skin. I can really smell the vanilla but its a beautiful pure vanilla pod, rich and expensive! This scent does ooze a deep sexiness at its heart, warm, musky and mellow…


Penthaligons.. Artemisa is a floral and it is truly beautiful (imo) with top notes of nectarine, green foliage, heart notes of green apple, lily of the valley, cyclamen, jasmine tea, violet and base notes of oak moss, sandalwood, musk, amber and vanilla. Although there seems to be a lot of scents in there this perfume for me is something truly stunning. I think the green notes really pull me into this fragrance, it’s not sweet, it’s not dry, it’s what I would class as a  truly special fragrance … it oozes sensuality,  warmth and class!


Carven another floral with top notes of Italian lemon, sweet pea, peony, heart notes of freesia, white Hyacinth, wisteria, base notes of sandalwood, white musk’s and amber. This perfume is very light, maybe a beautiful fragrance for daytime and ladies who love to lunch 🙂


This Perfume Society Box is a wonderful nod to spring time and bring able to shake off the wind and rain and hopefully put on lighter clothes and fragrances too!

As  a member of the Perfume Society my box cost me £10 delivered! Along with that i got a mini L’Occitaine Rose Et Reines hand and nail cream for my handbag and a lil mini packet of love hearts. I have thoroughly enjoyed this box and I will continue to enjoy the fragrances in it for a long time to come as they just ooze summer, sensuality and femininity…


You can find out more about the Perfume Society  and their wonderful fragrance boxes here Perfume Boxes .  I have learnt it’s not just the fragrance you wear … its how and when you wear it too. Such a wealth of fragrance!

That’s it for now folks

Nicola x