May 8th, 2013 § § permalink
As many of our daily readers know, we at The Amazing Blog love writing about small natural and organic brands. Already familiar with Ancienne Ambiance and their natural Candles, you can imagine we were quite excited to receive their new Luxury Goddess Soap Collection. And after opening the box, we were certain we would not be disappointed.
Inside the box were two individually wrapped Goddess Soap Bars that instantly caught everyone’s noses by surprise as a delightful lavender scent filled the air. Similar to their candles, Ancienne Ambiance offers wide variety of blends to choose from. While my personal favourite has to be the Lavendula, their other fragrances include Rose, Jasmine, Honey, Almond Milk and Argan. And top tip, put a just single bar in your wardrobe to rid any pesky bugs and keep your clothes smelling fresh – I recommend it. Each blend smells delightful but the unique ingredients of Ancienne Ambiance truly separate their soaps from other brands. Each 100mg bar is made from a natural vegetable oil base specifically derived from coconut oil. The natural Glycerine from the coconut oil is combined with Shea Butter to provide extra vitamins to moisturise the skin. And the whole formula is completely free from parabens, synthetic materials and harmful chemicals.
Ancienne Ambiance says the Goddess Soap bars are perfect for daily use on both your face and body – I cannot disagree. Even after just washing my hands, I found my skin feeling soft and silky. So let your body and skin indulge in these natural soap bars. Their website offers a 3 bar soap gift set for £16 as well as a complete gallery of all their soap collections.
April 2nd, 2013 § § permalink
At The Amazing Blog we always love to test out new perfumes. After reviewing Oriflame Pretty Swan we couldn’t help ourselves but review another one Oriflames lovely fragrances. We decided we wanted to try a scent that would be perfect for a night out, instead of the Pretty Swan, which we believe could be worn all day.
Amber Elixir Night was introduced in 2009, which if I would have known how fantastic this smelled, I would have been the first one to buy it. Fortunately for us at The Amazing Blog we all got to test out this spray. We all agreed that Amber Elixir Night is a very rich fragrance that has a strong sweet scent to it, it almost reminds me of the rich smell of almonds. The Amber Elixir Night perfume out performs a lot of the other expensive perfumes that I have worn in the past simply because it lasts for around 6-7 hours. What I loved about Amber Elixir is that when it soaked onto my skin for a couple minutes or so, the notes of fruit and the amber seemed to become more prominent, and after a couple of hours the sweet almond fragrance became more noticeable, it was constantly evolving. It was as if I changed my perfume throughout the night.
I would recommend Oriflame Amber Elixir to anyone who was interested in a sophisticated yet fruity type of fragrance that is perfect for those nights where you just want to stand out. I personally can guarantee I will be wearing this as much as I can. For the resonable price of £20.95 you can have the perfect long lasting fragrance that will give you that sexy and desirable edge on your nights out.
February 28th, 2013 § § permalink
It’s nice to think that tomorrow is officially the first day of Spring – frankly in my view, not a moment too soon. I’m bored witless by the grey skies and the cold, damp weather. So roll on spring with its gentle fragrances of tulips, daffodils and bluebells. Which brings me on to revealing my very particular seasonal habit. I am fastidious about changing my scent to suit the time of year. So tomorrow it will be goodbye to the heavier amber notes in my current fragrance and hello to something a little more uplifting and floral. In fact, by a rather happy coincidence a new fragrance by Undergreen called Pink arrived for us to test this week at The Amazing Blog .
Pink has a flirtatious blend of fruity and floral notes that combine to make a elegant and fine fragrance. After spraying the Pink fragrance on my neck and inner wrist, I initially smelled a citrusy scent that mixed oranges and lemons together. This then faded away, giving a new essence of mixed pears and strawberries together with a very subtle aroma of cloves too. However, this is NOT a just fruity fragrance it is much more complex than that and after a while I noticed the warm base notes of caramel and vanilla appearing. My conclusion? Pink is a sweet and balmy composition which leaves a rather delicous and seductive scent on the skin that lingers on and on… Making it the perfect choice for anyone are looking for something a bit ‘different’ for Spring i.e. fresh, clean and yet fun, sensual and playful.
Pink definitely redefines the gap between natural, sweet, and fruity fragrance into a balanced classical scent. By the way Undergreen has also produced Black, White and Gold fragrances too. They are all made by an advanced environmentally-friendly extraction technique (Chimie Naturalle) where they also use only 100% natural ingredients in the fragrances. Pink is available to purchase from Harvey Nichols in stores and on-line for £120 for 100ml bottle and a little spritz goes a long way.
November 29th, 2012 § § permalink
I am always looking for new lines of body care products that moisturize and cleanse my skin but also smell fresh too! There are so many products out there to choose from so how can you possibly decide which ones are best for you? We at The Amazing Blog love the Korres brand, especially their new Fragrance Body Care Collection.
Our favourite body care product from this new collection is the White Tea, Bergamot, and Freesia Body Milk and Shower Gel. Both products include ingredients with vitamins and minerals that help hydrate your skin keeping it feeling fresh and energized. The White Tea, Bergamot, and Freesia Body Milk is the perfect body lotion for those living a fast paced lifestyle. It is light and moisturizes into your skin easily which is great when on-the-go. We absolutely love the airiness of this product. It not only feels great on your skin, but also moisturizes it deeply. The combination of provitamin B5, Shea Butter, and Jojoba oil enhances skin suppleness, while also providing long-lasting hydration. Other ingredients such as vitamin C and E, Zinc, and Antioxidant Enzymes enhance the skin’s immune system. The Shower Gel is also amazing and great for everyday use. The synthesis is based on Wheat Proteins, which form a protective film on the skin, maintaining its regular hydration level. Both of these products are great and smell fabulous.
The Shower Gels retails for £9.00 and the Body Milks retail for £10.00. The new Korres collection can be purchased on Oliver Bonas, Feel Unique, Asos, and Bath and Unwind online. We love Korres and their natural approach to beauty!
September 13th, 2012 § § permalink
As regular readers of The Amazing Blog will know we love to patronise all things British. So what better find than a ‘Made in England’ perfume. Imagine our joy having searched far and wide to find a new and usual British fragrance only to find that this one was quite literally right under our noses (excuse the pun). Enter Laboratory Perfumes whose aim has been to create a range of perfumes which evoke a strong sense of place. They have produced two fragrances No001 Gorse and No 002 Amber both of which they say are “Inspired by the flora of the countryside, these are both two clean, pure and modern fragrances, evocative of nature”.
My favourite is No001 Gorse – it is a heady fragrance that is quite understated and a little hard to define; even its appearance is minimalist and clean. There’s certainly no generalisations or classification with this Gorse fragrance so forget trying to put it in a generic a box. It is a standalone fragrance – individual to the last, which is why I love it! Floral and fruity but not sweet, it’s very mood enhancing and reminds me of a very fresh and breezy sunny day. As we all know every fragrance smells completely different on each person. When I spray it on me it has a complex combination with a hint of coconut, the tiniest trace of cardamom with a large dash of citrus. The elegant clear glass bottles and candle beakers echo the origins of the traditional perfumer’s laboratory together with the packaging in its understated brown cylindrical box.
So why not sit back and spray your Laboratory Perfume of choice and imagine a heathland walk, a stroll along a tidal estuary or summer’s day with friends on a quiet pebble beach. Because if these perfumes were a place, they’d probably be a heritage coast of East Anglia or Pembrokeshire. What better way to cheer yourself up in preparation for the grey skies and forthcoming inclement autumnal weather. Laboratory Perfume are priced at £48 are available online and from nationwide outlets including Liberty’s.