Tuesday 30 October 2012

Liz Earle Botanical Essence No15 - Review

Botanical Essence No15 from Liz Earle is only the second fragrance from the brand and I was lucky enough to be sent a bottle to review.

Inspired by a myriad of scents and aromas from around the globe No15 is so named as fifteen precious botanicals have been carefully selected and handcrafted by one of the world’s leading female perfumers to create a fresh, spicy oriental scent.

The wonderful 15 ingredients making up this scent - Damask Rose Absolute, Cedarwood - Virginian Essential Oil, Vetiver, Bergamot, Tonka Bean Absolute, Clove bud oil, Benzoin Gum, Elemi Gum, 
Vanilla Extract, Pink Pepper Berry Oil, Sandalwood Essential Oil, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Guaiacwood Oil, Cypriol Root Oil and Patchouli.

Described as clean, sexy and addictive the eau de parfum is synonymous with feeling seductive and elegant.

My thoughts 

From the clean lines of the angled bottle to the classic pale green 'Liz Earle' brand colour, this eau de parfum is classy inside and out. The bottle is opaque and the outer packaging is designed with drawings of the 15 ingredients, which then unfolds to list the ingredients. Very nice and quite unusual, I like it a lot.

This is a beautiful grown up scent, spicy and warming but still managing to retain a freshness and lightness that makes it ideal for any time of day or night. Intoxicating, sensual and inviting, I am drawn to the fact that the spicy aspects mean that it is not overtly feminine but neither is it masculine. I find it complex to describe fully and yet for me it evokes everything that is found in the winter and Christmas months - with the inclusion of clove, sandalwood, bergamot and pink pepper berry.

I feel that actually, this would also make a really fantastic candle fragrance floating around the room.

As the clocks have gone back just this weekend signalling the start of winter and the nights drawing ever darker and colder we begin to seek solace in familiar things, comfort and warmth. Whether this is curling up in our favourite chair or wrapping our hands around a hot drink, I know that I will also be spraying No15, the newest fragrance from Liz Earle.  If ever there was a fragrance to describe winter, this is it.

Liz Earle Botanical Essence No15 costs £45 for 50ml

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