Clinique Happy in Bloom
If you’re looking for something to put a real spring in your step, you won’t go far wrong with Clinique’s Happy in Bloom. A fizzing floral limited edition addition to their popular Happy range, Happy in Bloom is a subtle mix of lily of the valley, white freesia and a mimosa, with light fruity undertones, it ‘s a perfect little bit of spring in a bottle. Fresh, vibrant and yet delicately soft, it really is both Happy in name and Happy in nature. And at just £23 per 30ml., this pretty little bottle will soon become one of your handbag favourites.
Lancome Hypnôse Eau De Parfum Spray
With its gorgeous twisty turny bottle, it’s deep woody base notes and sensually captivating vanilla and passion flower musk, this is truly a fragrance for grown-ups. One whiff and you’ll be yearning to slip on a slinky little dress and present yourself seductively as the main course of a romantic candle-lit dinner. This is not a perfume for all occasions; it’s designed for evenings and intimacy and for feeling a little bit special. A feminine and contemporary reinterpretation of Lancôme’s 1950 Magie fragrance, Hypnôse has been likened to a modern-day love potion and will add a bit of glam to any beauty regime.
BSQ. Natural Couture White Muguet
Berkley Square Natural Couture is synonymous with the quintessential English rose, picnics in the park in elaborate 50’s-style sundresses and racing along quiet country roads in a convertible with the top down, angular sunglasses and floral headscarves waving in the breeze. Bsq’s Natural Couture White Muguet Eau De Toilette slips perfectly into the feeling of this golden age of fashion, with its vintage packaging, essential oils of jasmine, citrus base notes and specially blended Muguet. This scent is crisp and zingy and as refreshing as the wind in your hair on a hot summer’s day. We can’t promise that one spritz will make you come over all Grace Kelly, but it’ll certainly take you one step closer!
Miss Dior Chérie Eau de Parfum
John Galliano may feel like a couple of dirty words just now, but whether the allegations are true or no, you’ve got to hand it to the man; he knows a thing or two about fashion and is said to be the inspiration behind Dior’s latest scent-sual delight Miss Dior Cherie. A blend of sweet strawberry leaf, violet and jasmine with a warm caramel, musk, and patchouli base, this beautiful new chypré makes for a wonderful addition to the Dior collection. Fun and flirty, with a hint of girl-next-door purity thrown into the mix, Miss Dior Cherie feels like the earth beneath your feet on a warm sunny morning – the perfect antidote to any lingering winter blues.
Lush Orange Blossom and Imogen Rose solid perfumes
And finally, cheap but undeniably cheerful. At just £5.50 for a 12g stick, Lush’s Gorilla range has won the hearts and nostrils of many of us here at The Detour office. Pocket-size and perfect for the everyday, the Orange Blossom is a light blend of orange blossom, neroli, rosewood, ylang ylang, sandalwood and beeswax. Warm and relaxing, this is scent for sunny days and drinks in the garden.
Imogen Rose, by contrast, is a love or hate scent, with notes of rose, bergamot, vetivert, ambrette seed, tonka, and orris. At first it reminded me of a fresh-from the box Cabbage Patch Kid (remember them??) with that childish bubble bath and talcum powder mix, which I personally find quite appealing, but could easily be overpowering after a long period of exposure. However after an hour or so it fades to more of a grown up scent, not cloying or overpowering, but mellow and relaxing.
This one is very much down to personal choice, but with small pots available at just £4, I’d say that it’s not to be sniffed at!