Liz Earle's second fragrance, Botanical Essence No15*, launched in John Lewis stores and online (link) on 1st October, just in time for those of you looking to pick up a comforting but fresh and spicy Oriental scent for Autumn.
The name signifies the 15 botanicals which combine into creating the perfect 'unisex' fragrance:
Bergamot, Cedarwood, Patchouli, Guiacwood, Sandalwood, Tonka Bean, Cypriol, Siam Benzoin, Damask Rose, Elemi, Cinnamon Leaf, Clove Bud, Pink Pepper, Bourbon Vanilla and Vetiver
Although I love sweet gourmand perfumes like Dior Hypnotic Poison, I'm also a fan of slightly more masculine scents for work, usually a Chypre which contains Vetiver and Sandalwood, as No15 does - to smell like you mean business! Despite containing a lot of what you would typically think of as sweet, feminine notes, the overall combination is pleasingly androgynous - sometimes a difficult feat to achieve. You can detect the Bourbon Vanilla, Patchouli and Damask Rose after the 'dry down', but they are not overpowering or girly. While I think this fragrance is obviously aimed at women, it wouldn't be a complete disaster if your other half spritzed it on by mistake. Great for saving packing space if you're going away together, too!
The understated and stylish packaging is typical of what we've come to know and love of Liz Earle. The wrap around box gives it that something extra and the quaint illustrations of the botanicals which contribute to the fragrance bring back fond memories of A Level Biology. Ok, maybe that's just me then.
The only drawback to this scent I would warn you about is if you have a particularly sensitive nose it may be a little irritating - I do and it made me sneeze a couple of times. If so, best to check it out in the flesh at your nearest John Lewis.
It's £45 for 50mls, and a little goes a very long way.
Check out Liz Earle's first fragrance, Botanical Essence No1 here.
What type of perfumes do you prefer for the work environment?