Fragrance is a very personal thing and what one person loves another person might hate. So imagine having the choice of over 100 different scents to choose from - all of which can be layered over each other to create your own custom blend.
The Library of Fragrance has just launched in the UK and has done exactly that. They've created a massive library of scents, each focusing on single notes and subtle blends. You can choose from anything from Fresh Ginger (a slightly fruity, spicy scent), to Lavender, and Leather to Snow (crisp, fresh and very hard to describe but lovely).
My favourite of the three scents I've tried has to be Gin & Tonic. It smells almost exactly like the drink, and while it won't leave you smelling like you've been in the pub a bit too long, it has a wonderful refreshing mix of gin botanicals and fresh lemon. It's very fresh and perfect for a pick-me-up daytime scent.
I especially love the fact you can layer these scents up to create your own custom blend. It reminds me a little of Jo Malone's infamous colognes, only at a fraction of the cost. While not all of them will work well together, there's definitely thousands of combinations to be had - and it means that you can create your own custom scent that no-one else is wearing.
The fragrances are all colognes, so aren't particularly long-wearing, however they do deliver a lovely burst of scent for at least a few hours after application. If you're out all day, then I'd recommend popping a bottle in your bag for a top up, but for a night out they'll be perfect. The scents are all pretty unisex which is a nice change - it's up to you which ones you prefer and how you choose to wear them.
A 30ml bottle costs £15, so it's much cheaper than other cologne brands and a selection of their fragrances has just launched into larger Boots stores and on their website. I think these would make a lovely gift option for men and women alike - there's really something for everyone. The price point means it's also a good treat to yourself without the usual feeling of guilt buying a bottle of perfume would usually involve. I tend to only get perfume as Christmas/birthday gifts as it's pretty pricey, but at £15 each, this is something I won't mind adding to my own Boots basket every now and then!
Do you like the sound of these new fragrances? Which do you think will be your favourite?