Category Archives: Fragrances

The Floral Perfume That Surprises

Another fragrance review? Well, it seems that everyone in my family is currently rediscovering some perfumes and falling in love with ones that aren’t newly launched but worth a mention.

I love roses, rose water and skincare infused with it but somehow I’ve always thought that rose scents are too mature for me and even heavy. That’s why I wasn’t particularly interested in Valentino Donna EDP when it launched a couple of years ago. But when I was picking up a perfume for my dad about a week ago, I saw the beautiful bottle on the shelves, felt the gorgeous scent and purchased it.

Inside the studded heavy glass bottle the magic happens while accords of Italian Bergamot meet Bulgarian Rose, Iris Absolute, Patchouli, Leather and Vanilla. It is a floral scent but not one you’d expect, it is a powdery fragrance but not your typical one. Valentino Donna EDP is a surprise for the senses, it’s feminine, soft, leathery, modern. As it dries, the rose becomes more prominent, the scent is elegant, balanced, delicate. You may think it’s quite challenging to wear rose scents but this one is quite easy to wear while still remains unique.

There are notes in Valentino Donna EDP that remind me of La Vie est Belle but without being so sweet.
The longevity of the fragrance is amazing and I think it’s a great choice for spring and summer.

Donna is a classic like a Valentino gown but it’s also vibrant and fun. Don’t be afraid to take a look at this perfume just because you don’t like floral or powdery scents. Valentino Donna isn’t too overwhelming and is different from any other floral fragrance.


Shiseido Ever Bloom EDT

When I first see or hear Shiseido, I can’t help but relate them to skincare. I’ve been loving their Ibuki range in the past few months but somehow their fragrances have always been neglected by me. And now I realise that it’s been a mistake. Because Shiseido Ever Bloom EDT is now my go-to spring scent.

The stunning glass bottle is in the original shape but this time in frosted pink and white and captures the Shiseido vision of inner beauty, delicacy and femininity.

I don’t usually go for powdery floral scents but this one is so much more than that. It’s fresh, clean, a bit fruity and has this subtle elegance that makes it graceful but still everyday appropriate and youthful.

Shiseido Ever Bloom EDT is composed of two accords: Radiance and Presence. The radiance accord, the outer circle, is luminous and bright with notes of Cyclamen, Peony and Osmanthus. The presence accord, the inner circle, is tender, addictive and sophisticate, formed of Orange Blossom Absolute, Gardenia and White Musk. Together they create a radiant and pure white floral fragrance.

For me the EDP and EDT versions of the fragrance are quite different and I much prefer this one. Unfortunately, it doesn’t last too long on my skin but I still think it’s a divine scent.

If you like soft floral scents and even if you don’t like delicate sweet and powdery ones, go give Shiseido Ever Bloom EDT a sniff. It’s beautiful, elegant, clean and can be worn by ladies at any age.

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Intense EDP


A few months ago, Guerlain expanded their La Petite Robe Noire range with one more fragrance. I have to admit, I’ve been staying away from it for a long time simply because the word “intense” made me think it would be a lot stronger than the original perfume. La Petite Robe Noire Eau Fraîche is one of my favourite scents but the original one always seemed a bit too heavy for my taste and this put me off when I saw the newest member of the family. But I was wrong…

The fragrance comes in the typical for the range bottle but in beautiful deep blue colours with the drawing of a little black dress. La Petite Robe Noire EDP Intense has notes of Cotton Candy, Fresh Bergamot and Blueberries in the top of the composition. You can still find Bulgarian Rose in the heart of the perfume and a base of Patchouli, White Musk, Sandalwood and Vanilla.

It starts off sweet but not sickly sweet, the cotton candy is the first one to be noticed but it’s not sharp and heavy, it’s grown-up, creamy and lovely. The blueberry scent is not fresh, it is warm and reminds me of the times when I make homemade blueberry sauce. For me, the Bulgarian rose is the balancing note, you can’t really smell it but it makes everything elegant and simply perfect. The drydown is beautiful with the combination of the sweet vanilla, the woody sandalwood and the soft white musk. This perfume has amazing longevity on me and I’m in love with it.

La Petite Robe Noire EDP Intense is irresistibly chic, charming, sophisticated. It’s definitely the sweetest of all fragrances from the range but I love how it is youthful yet elegant at the same time.

Flora by Gucci – Gorgeous Gardenia

Fragrances are special because they are something personal and individual. I rarely pick up a scent just because it’s new and I like how it smells. Perfumes remind me of places, people, events and that’s why they’re appealing to me. It’s sometimes surprising how I fall in love with scents I never thought I would.

That’s exactly the case with Flora by Gucci – Gorgeous Gardenia. Floral scents aren’t my favourite ones but a few years ago, when the Gucci Garden Collection was released, I really liked the Gorgeous Gardenia fragrance. It actually didn’t seem to be a floral one, maybe because of the Pear and Red Berries notes. However, I couldn’t relate it to anything and I didn’t want to purchase it.

Until a few weeks back… I won’t go into details but when I tried it again at the airport in Amsterdam, it just brought back so many amazing memories from an incredible trip and unforgettable experience. And I knew it was now one of the special scents for me.

Flora Gorgeous Gardenia is delicate, charming, feminine, romantic, sensual. It’s fresh, a bit sweet, sophisticated but also playful.

Top notes are of Pear and Red Berries, heart notes of White Gardenia and Frangipani Flower and base notes of Patchouli and Brown Sugar Accord.
At first it’s a bit more fresh and sweet and later, it gets more flowery but without being too overwhelming and noticeable on my skin which I really like.

I love the elegant bottle and the cute little bow, it’s very pretty and dainty. Even the box that it comes in is lovely. One thing I’d say is that I wished it lasted a bit longer because I don’t really feel it at the end of the day.

Flora by Gucci – Gorgeous Gardenia is a beautiful scent for the spring and summer months and I can’t stop wearing it at the moment.
Have you tried this fragrance?

The Perfumes I Can’t Get Enough Of…

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When it comes to fragrances, I find it very difficult to find the ones that I really love. There is always something that is missing or that is too much for my taste. I usually go through years without liking any new releases or times when I’d like to purchase 10 fragrances by once.

YSL Black Opium EDP has been on my wish list for a very long time but I was never sure if I really needed another winter fragrance. I can’t explain when I like EDP or EDT more, it’s different with every scent but with this particular one, the perfume choice was the right one for me. And when my boyfriend got it for my birthday, I was pleasantly surprised that he knew which one I’d prefer. Because YSL Black Opium EDP is deeper that the EDT but in a feminine way and without being heavy which makes it a great autumn/winter choice. For example, the original Opium is much stronger and grown-up for me but Black Opium EDP is more spicy and edgy.

It has top notes of Pink Pepper and Orange Blossom, heart notes of Jasmine and Coffee and base notes of Vanilla, Patchouli and Cedar Wood. I love that it’s not only a night time fragrance, it’s wearable and putting it on in the morning, guarantees you that you’re going to smell amazing even in the evening.

The newest member of the Black Opium family is the other fragrance that I can’t get enough of right now. YSL Black Opium Nuit Blanche EDP* is inspired by the annual arts festival in Paris that turns the French capital into a giant arts event for one “sleepless night”. Nuit Blanche is mysterious and unpredictable, sensual and feminine…
The bottle design of the two fragrances is similar with different details added like Nuit Blanche‘s white sequins and rose gold cap, such a beauty!

It has top notes of Silky Smooth Rice and Bourbon Pepper, heart notes of Orange Blossom and Coffee and base notes of Vanilla, Sandalwood and White Musk. This makes YSL Black Opium Nuit Blanche EDP* a bit more deep and woody than YSL Black Opium EDP but still soft, warm and sultry.

YSL Black Opium Nuit Blanche EDP* is already available in Norway and comes in 30 ml/ 520 kr and 50 ml/ 730 kr.

Black Opium EDP and YSL Black Opium Nuit Blanche EDP* are dark…sexy…seductive… The sparkly and glamorous packaging adds the finishing touches to these mesmerising fragrances. And I simply can’t get enough of them right now…

*PR Sample