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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Vetiver Vert by Czech & Speake

Last weekend, we packed our bags and trooped down south, to the countryside of Bohol in Central Visayas.  We went to see the Chocolate Hills, which are not so chocolatey at this time of the year. Instead, they’re of lush, green color. Very refreshing sight, I say.

Afterwards, we passed by a highway in Bilar, lined with mahogany trees, their leaves starting to brown, and fall. It is a stark contrast to the view of the Chocolate Hills.

Back here in Manila, I immediately looked for a scent that would remind me of our countryside tour. I looked for something woodsy, earthy, and yet green. And I found this,


Vetiver Vert by Czech & Speake.

Vetiver Vert by Czech & Speake opens with a very fresh citrus. I think it’s bergamot… I think I smell crushed leaves, bergamot blossoms, or squeezed rinds. Definitely, it is a very refreshing scent, as refreshing as the sight of the verdant Chocolate Hills. Smelling Vetiver Vert, to me, evokes the smell of the leaves of the trees, after the morning rain, on a springtime.

Then, it get’s a little sweet, and woodsy, and earthy. It might be the sandalwood. It is very masculine, and very classic. If I may compare it to our trip, it’s the feeling when passing by the mahogany lined highways of Bilar.

Then finally, at least to me, it goes back to where it started. It goes back to being green, fresh, and citrusy.

Vetiver Vert by Czech & Speake lasts long, well enough for an 8 day shift in the office.  It is very manly, and very classic. It is perfect for the office, or the gym, or a casual weekend date.  

And though it is a vetiver, it is unlike the vetiver of Guerlain. I think it is a cross between a vetiver fragrance, and an Italian bergamot fragrance!