DKNY BE Tempted*


I feel like the season has finally shifted firmly into autumn, and as a result, I’m shifting around my most loved beauty goods like a crazy person! The light, citrus-based fragrances I wear throughout the summer have been popped back in the cupboard, and I’m in the mood for something a little deeper, and dare I say it, sexier.


DKNY’s newest scent, Be Tempted, is ticking all my boxes, and has been described as a more sultry take on DKNY’s Be Delicious fragrance. The bottle, designed to look like a red apple, is adorable, and is incredibly eye-catching on my vanity. The fragrance itself is, as the name might suggest, absolutely delicious. Top notes of red berries, apple with a touch of patchouli feel both fruity yet grown up. There are heart notes of vanilla and rose which feel incredibly feminine and alluring, whilst the base notes of myrrh gives the perfume a wonderful depth and warmth. DKNY’s Be Tempted is a gorgeous choice if you’re looking for an autumn update!

DKNY’s Be Tempted is priced at £69.00 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Lacoste L.12.12 Energized*


I feel like Lacoste are really killing the fragrance game these days. If, like me, your a fan of fragrances which smell clean and fresh, they’re definitely the brand for you! I love their male fragrances almost as much as their more feminine counterparts as they don’t feel too complicated to wear, not to mention that they fall squarely into ‘steal-from-your-boyfriend’ category of scents!


The L.12.12 Energized is a new take on the brand’s classic L.12.12 fragrance, with the addition of mint and ginger, L.12.12 Energized feels like it was made for summertime wear. Not to mention the pumped-up Lacoste gator, which has been transformed into a patchwork of flags, making the bottle feel like it was made to be used during this month’s Olympics.


Other than the supersized gator (and of course, the title, not much else has changed about the Lacoste packaging. It’s still a super chic white glass bottle, with the detailing on the side of the bottle as a nod to Lacoste’s iconic tennis shirts. Like the fragrance itself. the bottle is simple, fresh and clean, and really, what else do you need?


On the skin, L.12.12 Energized Edition just feels like a shower in a bottle. The top notes of mint and ginger smell so cooling and fresh – just the thing you want to wear on hot, sticky summer days! The heart note of tuberose might sound surprising for a male-oriented scent, but it rounds off the sharpness of the ginger ad mint, and gives it an over-all soapy quality. The base of vetivert really grounds the fragrance and gives is a clean, green quality. It also means that it lasts on the skin, keeping you smelling amazing all day long!

Lacoste L.12.12 Energized edition is priced at £30.08 (it’s on offer) here

Lacoste Eau de Lacoste L.12.12 Pour Elle Sparkling*


When it comes to beautiful fragrances to wear all day every day, I think it’s hard to beat Lacoste fragrances, and right in time for the balmy (I hope) days of summer, they have just released a trio of perfumes which aim to celebrate sophisticated femininity, and I have to say – I’m a real fan!


Packaged in a gorgeously simple pink glass bottle, which is adorned with a single glittery Lacoste ‘gator, Pour Elle Sparkling is just made for wearing all summer long! Thankfully the fragrance itself is as beautiful as the packaging, as it mixes fruity, floral and even notes of macaron to create a perfume which feels wonderfully new and modern.


When first applied, Pour Elle Sparkling smells wonderfully fresh thanks to top notes of mandarin orange, blackberry and red apple. It’s not too ‘fruity’ but just feels wonderfully summery! Then, after a little wear, the heart notes  give the perfume a rich sweetness thanks to notes of blogger-favourite macaron, as well as cotton candy and lily-of-the-valley. Despite sounding incredibly sugary – they just lend a hint of gourmand, and subtle sweetness. The base notes of vetiver and cashmere moss give the scent a wonderful longevity, and a touch of warmth.

Lacoste Pour Elle Sparkling is priced at £30.00 and is available here


Philosophy Pure Grace Summer Eau de Toilette*


Ok, I know that the site is going to get pretty fragrance-orientated this week, but bear with me, they are all absolutely super! The only one that’s a real girly one is the newest offering from Philosophy with their Pure Grace Summer eau de toilette, which really is a summer vacation in a bottle!


Packaged in a chic, rather minimalist glass bottle, Pure Grace Summer feels absolutely perfect to wear throughout balmy summer evenings. This is one of the rare perfumes I think smells better worn on the skin (as opposed to being spritzed onto clothes) as I think the body heat just gives it a little something extra.


At first application, Philosophy’s Pure Grace Summer just smells of warm summer nights. When first applied, the notes of coconut and solar musk are the most noticeable. It smells just like long days at the beach, and I love how it just feels so transportive to wear!


Then, as the fragrance warms with the skin, it settles into a reassuring mix of coconut and citron with a touch of vanilla. It’s so beautiful and smells just like your perfect day at the beach! My only little quibble would be that it does tend to fade away after three or four hours, but the bottle isn’t too big or heavy, so I can easily just pop it into my handbag.


I feel like Philosophy have absolutely hit it out of the park with this scent. It’s a wonderfully wearable scent that feels like such a treat to wear!

Philosophy Pure Grace Summer Eau de Toilette is priced at £33.00 and is available here (UK) and here (US)


Atkinsons 1799 Scilly Neroli*


When you first hear about a perfume house that was founded 217 years, it doesn’t really seem like the place to find your summer scent. But I have to say, I’ve only recently been introduced to Atkinsons 1799, and to say I’ve fallen in love is something of an understatement.


Their new Scilly Neroli eau de parfum was the first scent I was introduced to, and I’ve hardly worn anything else since it arrived. Packaged in a rather luxurious cardboard drawer, the whole box feels more like something to hold fine jewellery rather than perfume.


Inside is an absolute jewel of a bottle – the bottles are a hefty 100ml, complete with shining label and etched cap. The whole thing just feels wonderfully glamorous and grown up, and I feel like the packaging really adds a little magic to the scent.


As if the packaging wasn’t jaw-dropping enough, the scent is incredible too! Scilly Neroli is part of the brand’s Contemporary Collection, which includes seven different perfumes which have been designed to be modern takes on ingredients which are emblematic of Atkinsons 1799. I think it’s such a fun idea, as I just love the idea of an updated classic (also, I’m something of a history nerd, so the idea of wearing a perfume similar to something someone had during the Napoleonic Wars kind of gives me a kick).


The perfume itself just feels like summertime in a bottle. It’s described by the brand as ‘sea drenched’ and ‘sunlit’, and I have to say, I absolutely agree! When you first apply Scilly Neroli, there are serious citrus notes, coupled with petitgrain and a touch of salt. It’s such fresh, clean scent which straddles the lines of unisex. Honestly, this would smell as incredible on a guy as it does on me.


Then, as the parfum warms on the skin, it almost deepens into a more cologne-esque scent. The Neroli essence and orange blossom give a slight orange slant, which feels so clean and soapy – it feels so fresh to wear, and I just love the slightly fruity edge of the orange. It smells delicious, and it’s such a gorgeous, wearable scent, that it’s really tempted me into trying out more from the brand.

Atkinsons 1799 Scilly Neroli is priced at £120.00 and is available (I think exclusively) here.

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