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Spring is well and truly here and I can finally take the roof down of the car! Something else to get you in the mood is the Body Shop’s new English Dawn White Gardenia collection which brings things straight back home with the floral scents of the British countryside. It is worlds apart from the usual exotic concoctions the Body Shop is renowned for, which isn’t a bad thing.

English Dawn White Gardenia is a fresh floral fragrance with notes of Bergamot, Tuberose, White Gardenia and Sandalwood and as with anything by the Body Shop, is ethically sourced with this collection owing its 100% organic fair trade alcohol to Ecuador. It is right up my street since I adore floral scents, and I’ve been wearing it nearly every day to work.

The range is comprises of an Eau De Toilette, Fragrance Mist, Body Lotion and Shower Gel priced from £6.50 to £15.

The bad news? Well there is bad news. The English Dawn White Gardenia collection is sadly temporary like British summer time with its availability only for three months from 18th March. Spritz it while you can.

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The Body Shop’s infamous cruelty-free White Musk is a scent that takes me back to my days at school when I first discovered the Body Shop. Thanks to the late great Anita Roddick, her seal of approval led this to become a best seller which is still going strong.

More profoundly White Musk was one of the first man-made, cruelty-free musk fragrances to arrive on the market in replacement of real musk, which is extracted from the civet deer via cruel and painful methods. Dad often likes to test my general knowledge by asking me if I know where real musk comes from. He also likes to tell me the real stuff is so potent it would make your nose bleed. I’m not sure if he’s pulling my leg but I am sure the genuine stuff is hardcore but I am relieved there is a much kinder way to replicate it thanks to the Body Shop.

Some of you are probably huge fans of White Musk Libertine. Well whether you like or or the other, or both, you will be thrilled to know there is a new addition to the Body Shop Musk family with the autumnal and alluring White Musk Smoky Rose. It’s love at first sight with the design of the bottle, the imagery and colours plus anything laced with roses is always going to pique my senses.

The soft fragrance has notes of bergamot, pink pepper, blackcurrant entwined with bitter-sweet tobacco flower, black smoky rose and orange flower for a velvety scent that oozes elegance, sophistication and and femininity.

It is probably the one I feel more attracted to out of the three and while it may be geared towards being a fragrance to wear in the evenings in the cold, dark winter days, I actually like to wear it in the day. It’s not a particularly long-lasting scent but this isn’t something that bothers me as it suits the occasions I want to wear it for.

White Musk Smoky Rose is ‘sexy’ in a bottle…and the eau de toilette is only £11 for 60ml. I haven’t forgotten Anita’s refreshing and groundbreaking approach to beauty, and this scent is a beautiful way of keeping her memory alive.

There is also a bath and shower gel (£6.50), body lotion (£10), eau de parfum (£14) and fragrance mist (£7.50) so you can layer up the scent. To quote Brian Fantana I think it’s “time to musk up”.

For this week only there is 35% off at www.thebodyshop.co.uk with free delivery. Use the online code ‘SMOKY’.

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When I heard global fashion house Reiss were bringing out their own fragrance, I sort of had my expectations sewn up. I hardly pay attention to fashion stores selling their own branded perfumes because they are poor (and sometimes terrible) imitations of what the big designers do best. Well, have you had a sniff at Zara’s efforts? Meh…exactly.

Personally I am very fond of the clothes and designs from Reiss and knowing the image and style they exude, I figured they probably wouldn’t cut corners if they’ve taken the risky step to create a fragrance for both men and women. And launch exclusively in Selfridges.

Reiss recently marked 40 years in the fashion industry but it’s only until this year they’ve waited for the right time to move into beauty and launch their debut fragrances. Ingredients were handpicked by founder and MD David Reiss together with award winning perfume designer Azzi Glasser to create unique scents that go hand in hand with any Reiss ensemble. I’m pleased to know Reiss’s approach is not to go down the fast route of commerciality but meticulously source, tailor and fine tune their fragrance, much like they do with their clothes.

The fragrances for men and women are named Black Oudh and Grey Flower respectively and they are housed in these spectacular silver and gold bottles. With the name of the brand and scent emblazoned in a bold fashion, somehow Reiss has pulled it off without appearing tacky. It’s a solid looking bottle yet it’s got quite an understated feel about it – no fancy glass design, just effortless and luxurious.

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The design of a fragrance bottle is as crucial as the fragrance and for me, it’s a big decider. If it’s going to sit on my dressing table, it needs to look good…and I mean, really good. Paco Rabanne’s Lady Million is a delicious scent but its bottle is hideous and cheap looking. Sorry, but it is!

So what can you expect from these fragrances? Grey Flower for women is a seductive and mysterious scent, and its blend has been driving me mad because I can’t quite put my finger on what it reminds me of yet I like it. A lot. With notes of Pimento Berry, Sequoia Wood, Jasmine Noire, Cocoa Leaf, Olibanum, Amber Crystals, Patchouli and Baies, it’s a perfume that will wrap you up. A truly warm and inviting scent for the autumn, Grey Flower is not like your usual run-of-the-mill fragrances and the careful creation of it has captured the elegance, style and design of Reiss. I’m genuinely surprised as it’s not at all what I expected and I’m relieved about that. It’s also a scent that lingers through the day.

Black Oudh for men is alluring and enticing, filled with fresh aromatic top notes of Laurel Leaf and green Cypress, followed by Sequoia Wood, Clary Sage and Vetiver and a base of Black Oudh, Black Musk and Amber. Although it is for men, I predict it will be a popular scent for women to wear too because it has that underlying appeal.

So much effort and time has gone into creating these fragrances but true to their belief of delivering affordable luxury, a 100ml bottle is only £49, with a 50ml for £35 and 30ml for £25.

Grey Flower and Black Oudh will be available in Reiss stores nationwide and on www.selfridges.com from 26th September. However the two fragrances are currently exclusive to Selfridges in store where you can get a free personalised engraving on a 100ml bottle until 3rd October. What did I choose? Well see below…and if you don’t get it, we can’t be friends.

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