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Posted by on Jan 23, 2017 in Bath & Body | 0 comments

Perfume of the day – The Body Shop Bowhanti

Perfume of the day – The Body Shop Bowhanti

So I haven’t written one of these Perfume Of The Day posts in quite a while. That’s because I’ve been wearing Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb almost exclusively for the past couple of years, and I haven’t been trying too many new fragrances. But last week The Body Shop® sent me this brand new Eau De Parfum to try, it’s called Bowhanti and it’s described as ‘Spicy Woods’. Bowhanti is a brand new fragrance, it was only released on The Body Shop® website last week, so you’re among the first to hear about it. I’d say it’s quite a masculine fragrance, spicy and exotic. It’s inspired by an aromatic tree from French Guiana and it has a blend of patchouli and incense. Think cinnamon sticks and smoke, log fires and general mystery… The bottle is really pretty, with a square glass base made from sustainably recycled glass with a wooden cap. I really like this fragrance, it’s a bit different and perfect for the cold dark nights of Winter. I’d suggest it’s...

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Posted by on Feb 19, 2016 in Bath & Body | 0 comments

Roger & Gallet – Precious Revitalizing Balm

Roger & Gallet – Precious Revitalizing Balm

Roger & Gallet are really good at taking one of their fragrances and then developing lots of bodycare products around it. They’ve recently released a new collection of moisturising body balms in three of their bestselling fragrances – Fleur d’Osmanthus, Fleur de Figuier and Rose. This trio of balms has been created to nourish and cocoon the skin in comfort whilst adding a gentle scent. I was sent the Precious Revitalizing Balm in the Fleur d’Osmanthus* to try out. Roger & Gallet suggest that the Fleur d’Osmanthus fragrance ‘transports you into a Chinese Garden of Eden’, it’s made up of the scent of the Osmanthus flower plus mandarin, grapefruit and benzoin essential oils. It’s quite a floral bouquet with a note of white tea. Personally it’s not my favourite of Roger & Gallet’s scents, it’s a bit too floral and Summery for me. My first observation was that the fragrance is quite strong with this body balm so it’s perfect for layering with the other products in this collection – including the Sorbet...

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Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in Random | 6 comments

Twig + Dot – Sugar & Spice Hand Poured Candle

Twig + Dot – Sugar & Spice Hand Poured Candle

I first came across this beautiful brand of candles at The City Girls blogger event that I attended in Leeds a few weeks ago where I was lucky enough to pick up a mini Carousel votive candle with scents of marshmallow, vanilla and cream. I immediately fell in love with the plain white jars and simple silver grey branding. All Twig + Dot candles are made from a custom blend of soy and mineral wax and each candle is hand poured in Great Britain. Today I am going to be telling you about one of the new Twig + Dot candle fragrances for Autumn 2015, it’s called Sugar & Spice and it’s scented with sweet vanilla and cinnamon. Sugar & Spice is a warm fragrance, mainly of sweet creamy vanilla but there is just a hint of spicy cinnamon. I like that the cinnamon isn’t too overpowering, it reminds me of a lovely apple pie served with vanilla custard! Sugar & Spice will be launched in the next few...

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Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Bath & Body | 0 comments

Perfume Of The Day – Roger & Gallet Fleur de Figuier Eau de Parfum

Perfume Of The Day – Roger & Gallet Fleur de Figuier Eau de Parfum

You may have guessed by now that I’m a bit obsessed with the Fleur de Figuier fragrance from French brand Roger & Gallet, this is the fourth product in the range that I’ve reviewed now! I first fell in love with the fruity scent last year when I tried out the Huile Gourmande (it was one of my favourite products of 2014) and now I’m using the Eau de Parfum*. The Fleur de Figuier range encompasses both the fruit and the flower of the fig, plus mandarin flowers. It’s quite fruity and reminds me a bit of The Body Shop’s 1980s favourite fragrance Dewberry, I could just sit and sniff it all day! Being an Eau de Parfum this product is much stronger than the Eau Fraiche that I reviewed a few weeks ago, as this one contains more alcohol. The Eau de Parfum also smells slightly more floral and less fruity than the other products in the range. The angular glass bottle looks a bit more old fashioned than...

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Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in Random | 0 comments

Home fragrance from Orla Kiely

Home fragrance from Orla Kiely

You might know Orla Kiely as a textile designer and creator of bright prints that feature simple repetitive leaves and floral patterns. But did you know that Orla Kiely also offers a range of home fragrance products that include candles and diffusers? I have to admit that I didn’t, so I was very excited when I was sent this Orange Rind Scented Candle* to try! I love home fragrance products, I think a house that smells good feels so much better to live in, and I’m trying to increase the number of candle and home fragrance reviews that I write here on Beauty Best Friend. Orla Kiely candles come in 9 different scents, I’ve been trying out Orange Rind, but other fragrances include Sicilian Lemon and Rhubarb – they all sound quite zingy which I think matches perfectly with the bold prints of Orla Kiely textiles! I love fruity scents so Orange Rind is perfect for me (although I’m not keen on the ‘Rind’ name, it reminds me of a shrivelled...

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Posted by on Apr 27, 2015 in Bath & Body | 5 comments

Ted Baker – W Eau De Toilette Gift Set

Ted Baker – W Eau De Toilette Gift Set

It’s such a shame that we’ve already had Mothers Day here in the UK, because this Ted Baker W Eau de Toilette Gift Set would make THE perfect gift for mum. Nestled inside the pretty pink gift box is a 30ml bottle of Ted Baker W Eau de Toilette, plus a matching Body Wash and Body Lotion. The rose and dragonfly design on the box, and the front of the two tubes, is really pretty and Summery. What’s more it’s super affordable, at less than £13 for the full set! I hadn’t tried any of Ted Baker’s fragrances before I tried W and I really love it. It’s quite strong at first, it reminds me a bit of a 1980s type of perfume where you got a huge hit of scent as soon as you sprayed it. I would describe it as quite a ‘green’ fragrance, notes include Lily Of The Valley, Bergamot and Vetiver, but there are a lot of floral notes in there too such as Freesia...

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Posted by on Mar 4, 2015 in Bath & Body, Makeup | 2 comments

Feel Unique – Latest Products & Offers

Feel Unique – Latest Products & Offers

I haven’t done one of these ‘products & offers’ posts for quite a while so I thought it was about time that I resurrected them! Now is a great time to get fantastic offers, a lot of the Winter stock is being sold off to make room for all the new Spring products, so you can grab yourself a bargain – and who doesn’t love a discount?! This post is focusing on Europe’s largest online premium beauty retailer Feel Unique – plus they offer FREE worldwide delivery on all orders over £10, so no matter whether you just want one item or a whole haul, it won’t cost you any extra to have your beauty products delivered. With Spring just around the corner now is the time to be perfecting your fake tan! Save 25% OFF this Cocoa Brown Luxury Gift Set, worth £27 it includes Cocoa Brown One Hour Tan Mousse 150ml, Cocoa Brown Tanning Mitt and Cocoa Brown Chocolate Whip Oil-Free Body Moisturiser 200ml. I have tried...

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Posted by on Jan 30, 2015 in Bath & Body | 3 comments

Perfume of the day – The Library Of Fragrance Gin & Tonic

Perfume of the day – The Library Of Fragrance Gin & Tonic

The Library Of Fragrance only launched in the UK in September 2014, but has been a staple of the USA fragrance market for almost 20 years trading as Demeter Fragrance Library Inc. I was lucky enough to be one of the bloggers consulted about The Library Of Fragrance’s new image and products, and was rewarded with my pick of their unusual fragrances – so I chose their 2nd best-seller here in the UK, Gin & Tonic. The Library Of Fragrance is a range of single scent cologne sprays, many with very unusual names such as Dirt, Fireplace and Leather. The fragrances can be worn on their own or mixed and matched to create millions of different unique scents. I was expecting Gin & Tonic to have a very perfumey top-note, the one you get when you open a bottle of gin. However it’s much more citrusy and crisp than that – it’s sharp and quite masculine. The fragrance I get when I first spritz it is fresh, citrusy and slightly...

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