British Fragrances and Fashion

I am on a self-imposed, partial pefume embargo.

As such, within the next three months, I SHOULD NOT buy any full bottles, samples/or discovery kits over Php 1000 (~USD 23). ( I would like to save up for perfumes that’s been on my wish list since, like, forever.)

And so, I have to make do with reading my favorite blogs, or revisiting my samples bin ( hey, I forgot I have Juliette Has a Gun samples!)

And from reading blogs and newsletters, I’ve noticed the rather, active British fragrance scene!

Iris Prima

Iris Prima

Penhaligons released Iris Prima inspired by the English National Ballet. It has bergamot, green amber, with a heart of iris absolute and jasmine sambac.

Soulle Ambar

Soulle Ambar

Floris released  Soulle Ambar, with notes of bergamot, jasmine, amber, and a slew of perfume notes unknown to me like lentisque, melilot and galbanum.


Rose en Noir

And finally, Miller Harris released Rose en Noir that hopes to evoke the darkness and sensual side of the rose bloom. It has a heart of Turkish rose, black pepper and violet leaf, and base notes of ambrette seeds, patchouli, and French tabac noir.

Lastly, I am most intrigued with the collaboration between fragrance houses and fashion houses last London Fashion Week.  I gather that Julien Macdonald used Floris Hyacinth and Bluebell candles for SS14 show, and Penhaligon was the Official Fragrance of London Fashion Week!

We have something similar here in Manila. Mega Magazine, a major fashion glossy, collaborated with Downy Mystique for the chic-est masquerade ball/fashion show of 2013!

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Histoires de Parfums Ambre 114

CaptureI know, Manila is starting to feel the summer heat but still, it is relatively cool during early mornings. Definitely, it is not yet too late to wear amber perfumes!

Histoires de Parfums Ambre 114

Histoires de Parfums Ambre 114*

To start off this week, I am wearing Histoires de Parfums Ambre 114.

Histoires de Parfums Ambre 114 opens up rather spicy and sweet, like a spiced dessert drink.

Immediately, it becomes more sweet than spicy, with the woodsy smell of sandalwood, or patchouli, announcing their presence every now and then. This might be the most complex part of the perfume as you can smell several notes, appearing and disappearing, like children playing hide and seek.

Then gradually, all those notes would all give way to the drydown of creamy and sweet musk and vanilla.

Histoires de Parfums Ambre 114 is most suitable for cold, dreary days. It’s as comforting as  sipping hot, spicy, creamy eggnog, while lounging on your cushy sofa bed, while watching the gray and cloudy skies outside.

Despite the vanilla, I must say that it is not too sweet, nor too heady, and never headache inducing. Again, it is comforting.

As an eau de parfum, it lasts long. A little definitely goes a long way.

Histoires de Parfums lists thyme, sandalwood, cedar, patchouli, amber, vanilla, musk, tonka bean, among others, as the notes of Ambre 114.

Here in Manila, it is available at Adora Greenbelt 5. Or you may order online at

* image taken from