I’ve had a special perfume in my collection for a while, and though I spritzed it generously at the start of summer I ended putting off wearing this gem throughout the hot summer days. Summer weather (when we have it!) usually has me reaching for light fruity and playful scents hence why this perfume has been resting on the back burner. However Autumn has popped it’s head around the corner for us here in the UK and there couldn’t be a better perfume for me to warm up my senses with than the L’Occitane Vanille and Narcisse.
L’Occitane have bought in an inhouse perfumer by the name of Karine Dubreil for the new(ish) ‘La Collection de Grasse’ to amp up the quality of their perfumes and I do believe it is a manoeuver that really has paid off. They’ve bought out four perfumes in the collection and this one just shouted out to me. I adore Vanilla in any perfume however can find it to be quite synthetic and cheap smelling in some perfumes however L’Occitane does the perfume note justice. This perfume just screams warmth, coziness and works well as both a day and night scent. It’s a perfume which develops, I find that the base notes slowly unfurl throughout the day and the Vanilla and Tonka Bean base notes become more apparent towards the end.
They say everyone picks up different notes from perfumes as every nose is different and I had a feeling I could note a floral element to the scent which I then discovered to be the middle note – Gardenia. Another white flower, surprise surprise… Nearly all my favorite scents hold white flower notes that can usually be found in Southern Asia, my parent’s birthplace. Fair to say I’m biased! The top notes are Blackcurrant and Bergamot (unusual!), heart/middle notes of Narcissus and Gardenia and base notes of Vanilla and Tonka Bean.
The minute we started getting grey skies here in the South East of England, this has been spritzed on every day. It’s quite subtle until it finally reveals itself and it’s base notes yet it is never overpowering. It’s a very unique scent unlike anything else I’ve come across and a really nice new take on the traditional Vanilla scent. You can pick this up for £49.00 for 75ml however don’t expect Eau de Parfum staying power as it is after all and EDT. You can pick this up here.
The notes and perfume I mentioned above may not appeal to everyone (though I don’t understand why not) however not to worry, L’Occitane have you covered. The collection ‘La Collection de Grasse’ contains four different perfumes which meet everyone’s perfumery needs. The collection is inspired by the fragrance capital of the world – Grasse, and this is reflected by the beautiful notes present in the collection. There is also Jasmine & Bergamot EDT, The Vert & Bigarade EDT (Unisex) and finally Magnolia & Mure EDT. All of the perfumes can be bought with matching skincare/bath products to prolong the scent throughout the day here.
I can’t spot the Petit Grasse Fragrance Collection which is the set of miniatures that I have online anymore, however pop into your local L’Occitane and see if they still stock it. If they do it retails for £28 and it is a great way to discover which one is your favourite.
I hope you enjoyed today’s post lovelies, do let me know if you have any Autumn ready perfumes that I should try! Love, Tanzina x