I previously wrote about how blogging can bring amazing encounters into your life and I recently had something similar with the rather inspiring Imogen from the new Scottish fragrance house Kingdom Scotland. Can you believe that Imogen has just begun the very first Scottish fragrance house? I have to say I was surprised, Scotland seems ripe for the fragrance industry. This was also reflected in her struggle to find a perfumer to help Imogen develop her distinctly Scottish fragrances but she finally found a kindred spirit in Euan McCall, and together they have created some of the most rich and evocative scents I’ve had the pleasure of smelling. I’m rather besotted by the whole ethos of Kingdom Scotland. Every part of this brand comes from the heart. Everything has been so thoughtfully created, from the carefully selected typography to the historical context. This is a brand with heart, soul and passion.
Kingdom Scotland is launching with three core small batch fragrances (all are numbered, similar to whiskies). I was given three samples (and I’m under no obligation to write about them, Imogen never once asked if I’d share them on my blog or social. I genuinely love the products and the brand). The three are Metamorphic, Portal and Albaura. I love them all for different reasons but the one I wear most (ie every day) is Albaura. This is a fresh, crisp scent that has top notes of Iced Botanicals, with Artic Poppy at its heart and finishing off with Atlas Cedar, Rock Moss & Ambergris at its base. It’s just a gorgeous scent and I feel pretty bad-ass when I wear it. It’s a tribute to the inspiring Scottish botanist and explorer Isobel Wylie Hutchison, you should read up about her here and you’ll see why I feel like I can take on the world with this scent. I think this fragrance is perfect for the warmer months.
Metamorphic on the other hand is a richer, muskier and warmer scent that’s better suited to the dark, colder months. It’s a warm whisky in front of a roaring fire. Metamorphic is inspired by Scotland’s complex geology (Imogen studied Geology at Edinburgh University). The notes are: Top — Black Pepper & Tobacco, Heart — Incense, Minerals & Rose Absolute, Base — Amber Resin & Leather. It’s a deeply evocative scent, it’s glorious. And finally is Portal. This fragrance is inspired by Imogen’s family holidays in the Scottish countryside where she just relaxes and time slows right down. The notes in this green and woody scent are Top —Herbaceous Botanicals & Bergamot, Heart — Verdant Flora, Base — Vetiver & Scots Pine. And it really is very much evocative of the peacefulness that being deep in the trees can bring. A little bit of forest bathing in a bottle. You can buy samples of these very different but all beautiful scents here. I really do recommend giving them a try, they’re complex, evocative and just beautifully crafted.
Michael Buble’s By Invitation Rose Gold* is very different to the previous perfumes but no less worth your time. This fresh, floral and very pretty perfume is the perfect spring/summer perfume. It is a very “feminine” scent with top notes of pears, magnolia and red fruits, at the heart is peony, rose and plum, and the base notes are vanilla, praline and cinnamon. The bright floral scent is housed in a decadent rose gold finished bottle that drips with old Hollywood glamour. If you’re looking for a romantic scent that will last all day Michael Buble’s By Invitation Rose Gold is for you.
I’ve previously blogged about these gorgeous YSL perfumes but I love them so much I thought I’d recommend them again. Black Opium was launched back in 2014 as the darker, more edgier version of the classic Opium. The top notes (those are the ones that you smell first) are pink pepper, mandarin essence, and pear accord. The heart notes are jasmine (which I adore), orange blossom and floral solar. And it finishes with coffee, cedarwood, patchouli, and vanilla. YSL Black Opium is a nice balance between sweetness and warmth. It’s a very sexy fragrance but not heady in the slightest.
YSL Black Opium Floral Shock was released last year as a more floral version of Black Opium. Floral Shock is, unsurprisingly, more floral making it a slightly lighter scent to wear. But its not sweet, it’s still as complex as the originals. Both of these perfumes are my most favourite scents, I just adore them. Floral Shock opens with notes of pear freesia, lemon and mandarin. The heart is orange blossom, gardenia and solar flowers. And ends with notes of iced coffee, white musk and amber. Just the most beautiful fragrance and last well throughout the day. I can’t recommend YSL fragrances enough.
Do any of these scents take your fancy? What’s your favourite scent?
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