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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 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 ..is 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