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Luxury perfumed products review – part two

Thea Euryphaessa concludes her two part series on quality smellies

Written by . Published on April 13th 2011.


Luxury perfumed products review – part two

Oskia
Fresh out of London and just over a year old, Oskia is a skincare range I’ve fallen head over heels for. The word ‘Oskia’ derives from the ancient Greek and means ‘delivering nutrients’ and ‘beauty’ – and my word how their entire range does. Most importantly, though, their products really work. Add to that their elegant packaging and this gentle, natural range stands head and shoulders above the rest, leaving the Big Guns of the mainstream cosmetic world for dust.

I’ll be reviewing their luscious moisturising range in my next skincare article, but wanted to recommend their ‘Rose de Mai Massage Candle’ here (£34.50 for 200g) – highly recommend it. As a recent attendee of a Tantra workshop, all I’ll say is this candle – made from beeswax, soybean, and coconut oil, and lightly scented with perfume from the May Rose – is just the ticket for lovingly lavishing on oneself or dripping and massaging onto a loved one. Silky, sensuous, and downright classy, this candle is, without a shadow of a doubt, sure to impress. A modern classic. www.oskia.com

Green & SpringI didn’t like Green and Spring’s ‘Indulging Home Candle’ (£29 for 235g) on first smell. In fact, I was quite disappointed – so disappointed, I sent it to stand in the corner of the bathroom and condemned it to wear a dunce’s hat. Handmade in the British Isles with essential oils including, among others, rose, elderflower, jasmine, it was described as smelling ‘sensual, balancing, and comforting’. I, however, disagreed.

Then, a strange thing happened: every time I lay in the bath, I’d get a whiff of a sophisticated, complex, intriguing scent. This happened several times. Eventually, after nosing through several lotions, I tracked it down to the dunce candle in the corner. Well, dunce no more – this is now my bathing candle of choice and one whose, free-from-nasties, scent I inhale deeply while soaking with a glass of wine in one hand and Kindle in the other. Let this be a lesson to me never again to write off a scent on first smell. Evocatively sublime. www.greenandspring.com

Hayfever Kit

Escentric Molecules
Here’s a curious one which sharply divided opinion in the Confidential offices; so much so, in fact, I’m going to revisit it in a later article as I’d like to invite you, dear reader, to head to your nearest Harvey Nichols and sample this for yourself (put it on your skin – not on a blotter card – and apply sparingly). ‘Molecule 01’ (£64.50 for 100ml) is what you’re looking for – a scent our Leeds’ editor, Simon Binns described as reminiscent of ‘a teenage girl’s first foray into cheap perfume’ before later saying it ‘smelt like piss’.

What’s particularly intriguing about this unisex ‘fragrance’, however, is that it’s not a traditional fragrance per se – you won’t necessarily smell this product on yourself (I could and I like it) but others will smell its effect on you: hence the company positioning this product as an ‘anti-fragrance fragrance’ – an ‘effect’ or ‘aura’, rather than a traditional perfume. The other scent I recommend readers try and, once again, I’ll revisit, is their ‘Escentric 01’ (£64.50 for 100ml). Once again, available in Harvey Nichols (incidentally, Escentric Molecules’ range is the fastest-selling fragrance range, ever, at Harvey Nichols London). Here’s the bumph from the Escentric Molecules’ website:‘Molecule 01 consists of one single ingredient, which is also known as ‘Iso E Super’ in the fragrance industry. On its own it is less of an aroma than an effect.

The wearer may notice a pleasant, subtle velvety-woody note which will vanish, then re-surface after some time, but more than this, she or he will notice the impact it has on other people, because Molecule 01 lends an indefinable radiance to the water. In fact, its effect is almost pheromonic. This is fragrance at its most radical.’Over to you. www.escentric.com

Weleda
Finally, if all this talk of perfume and what-not is getting up your nose –and irritating it – may I recommend Weleda’s new ‘Hayfever Kit’: a natural remedy manufactured from 100% natural ingredients. If, like me, you suffer from hayfever, the sooner you start taking their ever-so-soothing ‘Rhinodoron Nasal Spray’ (rrp £5.95 for 20ml) and homeopathic ‘Mixed Pollen 30’ remedy (rrp £6.95 for 125 tablets), the better. And if you buy both products together in the special hayfever kit, you’ll pay just £9.90, saving £3 on the usual combined retail price of £12.90. Available online at: www.weleda.co.uk

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