Thank you Mrs Howarth..

Where did it all begin, this love of fragrance?

I was the child who gathered rose petals, squashed them and placed them in water.

There were deep red velvety English roses in the front garden at my childhood home that my mum loved because the smell was so heady and rich and we used to smell them together.

Everywhere I went I picked leaves, crushing them between my fingers, pulled up grass to smell the sweetness. A large part of my childhood was outdoors – cycling, skating, running, climbing trees, smelling flowers, wading in rivers and I have vivid memories of bluebell woods, white flowers, trees and green – the beautiful scent of leaves, trees, bark and grass. Nature.

I had never owned a fragrance, I didn’t know about notes, fragrance families, ingredients or perfume houses. I just loved things that smelt amazing.

At secondary school sitting in class all I did know was that every-time Mrs Howarth, my English teacher, walked by the fragrance she wore was absolutely beautiful. I think it was her ‘signature’ fragrance as she always smelt the same.

I remarked on the fragrance, she told me what it was.

Tresor Eau De Parfum.

Tresor - upright

Fresh, floral, fruity, spicy, it is fine and elegant. Peach, apricot, jasmine, rose, vanilla and sandalwood.

Mrs Howarth came to my desk one day and passed me a tiny tissue wrapped bundle, I opened it up and inside was a tiny Tresor Eau De parfum miniature. For me, all for me. I was bowled over.

It is timeless and ageless  – I was barely 14 years old at the time and still love it now as a woman who is thirty-something 😉

Tresor really is a ‘treasure’ and so special to me. It takes me back to a time in my life when someone’s kindness introduced me to the wonder of fragrance.

Tresor has since been gifted to me by some very special people in my life and I have even bought it as a gift for myself.

Thank you Mrs Howarth for your thoughfulness and kindness shown to a young girl who at that point in her life would not have been able to purchase something so beautiful as a bottle of fragrance from an amazing perfume house, created by such a fantastic nose.

Sophia Grojsman has created so many beautiful fragrances that I adore and have adored at different stages and ages throughout my life – Ex Cla-ma tion! Calyx, Paris and Eternity to name a few.

Memories last and fragrance memories are everlasting.

Do you have a special fragrance memory?

My favourite candles, ‘mandles’, ‘fancy smelling fire hazards’

I adore fragrance. Full stop.

Not just scenting myself but fragrancing my home and surroundings albeit with flowers, room sprays, the scent of just cut grass, the waft of a fragrance I have just applied, the steam from the shower when I have applied a beautiful essential oil, the smell of a roast dinner cooking – the list goes on.

Fabulous smells are one of the joys of life.

I LOVE candles. So I thought I would talk you through a few of my favourites.

Diptyque – Feu De Bois

This beautiful candle in ‘gris’ smoky glass is one of my ‘classic’ re-purchases from the legendary French perfume house Diptyque. It is woody and warm, it reminds me of a crackling fire and has an unusual smokiness. For me it doesn’t matter what time of the year it is I love to burn this candle any-time and it is such beautiful quality and creates an elegant ambience. It does contain one of the ingredients of the moment – tea! Lapsang tea to be precise which only deepens the wood and is reminiscent of fine cigars and whisky, such a lovely rich aroma. This size of candle will burn for up to 90 hours, it always burns clean if you look after it properly. Trim the wick and burn the candle for a minimum of two hours at a time so the wax melts completely on top of the candle and you will achieve the requisite burning time and the candle will always look beautiful (good care advice for most candles).

Feu De Bois - candle

Neom – Tranquility – English lavender, Sweet Basil & Jasmine

Neom is an amazing brand and this candle is one of many that I have used from Neom for their therapeutic qualities. I have a highly pressured job which can be stressful at times and I know that some of you may also experience pressures like me and may struggle to relax. A candle from Neom soothes the senses and soothes my soul. This candle contains 19 pure essential oils which have been expertly blended and when you smell it – wow! Breathe it in. Neom truly do produce ‘scent to make you feel good’ and this scent de-stresses, calms and relaxes you to have enough of a mood-changing benefit for your happiness and well-being. I can’t recommend them enough.

Neom also do beautiful bath and shower oils with the same therapeutic benefits so let me know if you would like to hear about them as they are heavenly, creating clouds of scented steam when used in the shower.

Neom - candle

Smoulder Wolf – Bourbon

Fancy smelling fire hazards‘, ‘scented candles for blokes‘, ‘scent leaves a lasting impression, let’s make it count‘, ‘mandles‘ not candles. You have to check out the website for Smoulder Wolf, it will make you screech with laughter – very clever. Sex Panther Cologne aka Anchor Man springs to mind….I am a woman and I have very stealthily gone under the radar and I absolutely covet these candles.

I have all of the available scents Smoulder Wolf currently produce (so if you would like to hear about the others I can comment in future posts) but Bourbon is my favourite.

Think of the most exquisite, sophisticated, classy perfume you own – the scent is soft, not clawing, exudes quality, scents a room gently but is noticeably present. Bourbon is spicy, woody with a touch of soft fruit. Reminiscent of Tom Ford private blend fragrances (if Tom Ford made a Bourbon fragrance like this I will be the first in the queue!) – stunning! These candles come in a whisky tumbler and burn so clean. I don’t care if they are ‘for blokes‘ – I am always crossing the boundaries and love to use a lot of male fragrances too. Smoulder Wolf have created a great product here of supreme quality – very rich and very classy.

Smoulder Wolf - candle

*all opinions are my own.