On the previous page I discussed how exclusive designer luxury fragrances represent the hottest new perfume trend. Tom Ford, and Armani before him, have developed their own select niche
perfumes. Chanel have also launched a small group of ten exclusive fragrances that use rare ingredients. Ex Gucci designer Tom Ford regards the twelve scents in his new Private Blend Collection as his
Now that Body Shop have launched 'Invent Your Scent'; you too can have your own scent laboratory to produce a designer perfume.
They have several approaches to this and I'd like to begin with the very inexpensive perfume kit selling for just £15. It contains 9 vials of fragrance so you can experiment
making your own private collection of perfume blends.
The Body Shop are well known for their no-nonsense,
high quality ingredients. If you enjoy shaking a cocktail,
a cake then you will enjoy mixing up your
own scent from a limited range of well formulated fragrances.
Read what I thought about the samples I received at the bottom
of the page.
You too can blend your own scents using The Body Shop 'Invent
a Scent'. I think it sounds like great fun. It may also
make a good present at any time of year, especially when coupled with some
of the perfume bases, and perhaps team it with a decorative perfume bottle, or atomiser.
This is what Body Shop have to say about their 'Invent Your Scent'
Having found your perfect fragrance, how annoying is it to then
have your best friend, or worse, mother-in-law, waft out to
greet you wearing exactly the same perfume? Well itís a problem
no more, thanks to the exciting introduction of The Body Shop
'Invent Your Scent' Eau de Toilette fragrances.
With 'Invent Your Scent' Eau de Toilette fragrances you are your
own perfumier. Experiment to your heartís content and create your very own bespoke, designer perfume by combining two or three
of the nine, sophisticated fragrances in the collection.
Each Eau de Toilette in The Body Shop Invent Your Scent
collection is designed to complement every other fragrance
within the range. Each fragrance is made up of naturally
inspired top, middle and base notes to create individually
complex fragrances that can also be worn alone.
combinations for an individual, harmonious fragrance are up to
you and how you feel at that moment. Whilst you can layer as
many fragrances as you wish - 362,880 combinations are possible
Ė The Body Shop recommend layering only two fragrances to start with.
Each fragrance is available in a stand-alone 30 ml fragrance
bottle with an ingenious moon shape cut out of one side, so your
chosen fragrances can nest together. Invent Your Scent offers so
much more for your money as the layering concept means you buy
two fragrances and get three different designer perfumes. Three
fragrances gives an amazing seven different fragrance options.
All nine fragrances are also all available in a 3 ml mini vial
within a superb collection pack. The Collection has been
especially developed to encourage experimentation and includes a
selection of the perfect fragrance blends to start you off. It
makes a great gift for friends and loved ones or even better Ė
All images courtesy of The Body Shop
Invent Your Scent
Invent Your Scent is a comprehensive range of nine beautiful
fragrances based on naturally inspired, simple blends of top,
middle and base notes to be blended or worn alone. Itís possible
to layer any number of combinations,
The Body Shop recommends layering only two fragrances at once
for best designer perfume results.
Minteva - Get fresh with this green fragrance with top notes of
green basil leaves, fresh lemon, orange and aromatic mint. Heart
notes are ozone, peony and white lilies with base notes of
spices and musk.
Beleaf - A gorgeous green fragrance with top notes of baies rose,
cassis and bergamot, heart notes of fig, muguet and rose, and
base notes of santal and musk.
Citrella - Add zing with a citrus fragrance with top notes of
pink grapefruit, kumquat, orange and cranberry, heart notes of
gardenia, jasmine and pink freesia and floral base notes of
lingering gardenia and jasmine.
Aztique - A fruity little number with top notes of aqua leaf
accord, bose pear accord, white peach, banana and lime peel,
heart notes of cyclamen, rose and muguet and base notes of
sandalwood, amber, blonde woods and musk.
Zinzibar - Add a touch of spice with top notes of ginger,
bergamot, lime and tangerine, heart notes of ginger, cardamon,
pepper and freesia and base notes of cedar wood and sandalwood.
Velique - A floral muguet fragrance with top notes of violet
leaves, bergamot, red pepper berries, palmarosa and rose leaves,
heart notes of rose petals, peony, muguet, fresh jasmine and
cyclamen, and base notes of sequoia, sandalwood and White Musk.
Chymara - A fabulous floriental fragrance with top notes of mandarine, pineapple and berries, heart notes of muguet, rose
and white lilies, and base notes of woody, cedarwood, praline,
musky and amber.
Altaro - An oriental woody fragrance, with top notes of aldehydic
and cinnamon, heart notes of sandalwood and clove and base notes
of amber, vanilla and musk.
Amorito - Lick your lips! - a gourmand fragrance with chocolate
top notes, jasmine and chocolate heart notes and vanilla and
chocolate base notes.
The collection is designed for any two fragrances combinations
to work in perfect harmony together, but a suggested menu of
fragrance combinations are:
Vivacious: Citrella and Velique -
Romantic and energetic, this combination is for the
high-spirited in love.
Elegant: Altaro and Beleaf -
Passionate and graceful, this is a classic combination.
Charismatic: Chymara and Aztique -
Flirty and playful, thereís something about this combination we
just canít put our finger on.
Captivating: Amorito and Beleaf -
Graceful and warm, youíll be the focus of everyoneís attention.
Sexy: Altaro and Aztique -
Passionate and playful, this combination guarantees an exciting
So, for the perfect treat, just follow your nose to The Body
Shop and create your very own magical, fragrant elixir, designed
especially for you, by you.
Invent Your Scent full-sized 30 ml bottle, costs just £8.00 (Two
fragrance pack for £12.00)
The Collection of 9 small vials as shown at the top of the
header page sells for £15.00 and is available
The Body Shop International PLC has over 1,900
branches in 51 markets worldwide. The Company is not simply a
global retailer of toiletries and cosmetics, they are committed
to environmental protection and respect for human rights.
They develop trading relationships with communities in need and
they are against animal testing in the cosmetics industry.
The Body shop sent me their latest Invent Your
Scent Collection which contained a few new additions to the
range. My samples contained Chymara, Amorito, Velique,
Rougeberry, Aztique and Zestini which I tried in various
combinations. The only one I did not take to was Zestini
which might have worked for me with some other greener blends.
Amorito is a gourmand perfume and quite rich with chocolate
notes at all stages. The Aztique and Chymara as suggested
above also made a good blend.
I have to say I enjoyed mixing the perfume
samples they sent me which were surprisingly sophisticated with
some lasting power. Best of all, none of them got up my
nose to make me sneeze for hours after as some modern perfumes
do. I suggest you follow their beginner advice in their
press release above for making blends until you get a feeling
for mixing the scents to your liking. All of them developed a
warm fragrance after 10 minutes into richer deeper fragrances
than the initial spray suggested. I'm still reeling that
none of them made me want to sneeze as so many modern low cost
and high cost scents often do.
It's impossible to describe the Invent Your
Scent Fragrances I concocted. generally I was less keen on the
top notes than the middle or base notes in all cases.
After 10 minutes they all settled down on my skin. So for me
these would be perfumes to apply half an hour before setting off
somewhere. But none of them were annoyingly in your face and at
dry down all were more soft and subtle and very suitable for day
At such a low price point you could easily try
them yourself and two Collection size mixers would be easy to
carry with you.
Special thanks to David of http://www.prshots.com/ one of the best sources of PR material.
All images courtesy of The Body Shop. My thanks to the Body Shop
staff for the Invent Your Scent Collection sent to me.
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