Some would say I’m quite boring when it comes to perfume, I prefer to think of myself as knowing what I like, and sticking to it. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, is my mantra when it comes to scent and despite owning lots of fragrances, it’s once in a blue moon when I spray something other than my beloved Stella (raves here and here). There are positives and negatives to this – on one hand I have something identifiable, something that friends and family know as ‘my scent’ and also in a world where we are constantly being bombarded with advertising and always wanting to try the latest releases, there’s something kind of old-fashioned and nice about being loyal to a product, and old-fashioned can be good. Stella is the cement that holds my life together guys! Just kidding, kind of.
I really have to confess something here – I’ve had this scent unopened for quite a while. It turned up unannounced to my parents house and I’d just moved to London – I told my Mum not to worry, I’d pick it up when I came to visit. I admit, the prospect of a Liz Earle fragrance didn’t really get me going, it’s a brand I turn to for skincare and makeup and I foolishly assumed that fragrance wouldn’t be their strong point. I was stupid. This past week I dug it out amongst samples and gave it a spritz – ladies and gents I fell in love.
Now, describing fragrance isn’t my strong suit (is it anyones?) and as much as you can read about the base notes and top notes, nothing can replace actually smelling something with your very own nose. Scents smell completely different on everyone, so I’ll list the notes but I’ll spare you the pain of me trying to describe it too much.
Fresh, spicy notes of pink pepper, cinnamon and bergamot are complemented by captivating Damask rose, cypriol and Indian sandalwood, while the cocooning qualities of tonka bean and Bourbon vanilla create a feminine sensuality with a clean, fresh undertone.
I can definitely smell the bergamot which is something I love love love, and the scent is kind of sexy and masculine. I’m really not a fan of sickly perfumes, I’ll slick on a creme brûlée body butter and use a leave in conditioner that smells like a milkshake any day but when it comes to my perfume I like something a little more complex and dare I say it, grown up. The problem I have is that most ‘grown up’ scents are either very heavy, deep and cloying or light and insanely powdery in a way that makes you smell like gone-off talcum powder. This is sophisticated but something different.
I’ve heard people describe this as ‘oriental’ and as something that would be a good gift for an older relative (which makes me question my own taste?) but to me this is less old lady and more mysterious. It’s sensual without being sickly, deep without being too warm and cloying, and masculine with a feminine edge. The blend of 15 botanical extracts is definitely powerful and complex, but to me it isn’t too much. So many deep fragrances remind me of the kind of heavy scent that a smoker might use to cover up a cheeky cigarette – that probably makes no sense to anyone but I know what I mean (thank god!) but this has a cleanliness with the depth. Gosh, here I am describing the scent after I promised not to – I’ll stop, I promise.
Liz Earle say this is “like cashmere on the skin” and it certainly makes me feel like the kind of woman that might own several cashmere blankets as opposed to the Ikea ones I actually buy. It makes me feel grown up and different and I like it.
Liz Earle Eau De Parfum is £45 for 50ml here.
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