The Library Of Fragrance - Vanilla Ice Cream.

In September of last year The Library Of Fragranced launched a selection of favourites of their linear, singular scents into Boots stores around the UK.

I believe the fragrances were once sold in the UK under the Demeter Fragrance Library name, which is the brand name they're sold under in the US. I don't remember the first time around but I'm glad they're back and more readily available on the high street as buying fragrance online is always a little risky.

The brand has more than 300 fragrances, 101 which are available on the UK website. The favourites Boots stock are as follows - Amber, Baby Powder, Cherry Blossom, Clean Skin, Daisy, Fireplace, Four Leaf Clover, Fresh Coconut, Fresh Ginger, Fresh Laundry, Gin & Tonic, Gingerbread, Grass, Four Leaf Clover, Jasmine, Mango, Marshmallow, Moonbeam, Musk #7, Orange Blossom, Patchouli, Peach, Pure Soap, Rain, Sex On The Beach, Sunshine, Thunderstorm and Vanilla Ice Cream.

They also have some rather ... interesting ones on the website such as Fresh Hay, Holy Water, Pizza and Wet Garden. I suppose there really is something for everyone.

Today I'm talking about a slightly more classic fragrance.

Perfumes can be hard to put into words as they have so many different notes coming through, that tend to change the longer they're on your skin. What I love about these is that they are singular fragrances and smell exactly like what they're supposed to.

Vanilla Ice Cream is a slightly warming, sweet vanilla scent with a creaminess to it. It's a different take on a classic vanilla fragrance. It's deliciously comforting and if you love vanilla scents, I'm sure you'll love this.

When I saw these were described as cologne I had to search what they meant as I always thought it meant mens fragrance. Apparently not, cologne is used to describe fragrance concentration.

As these are single noted fragrances you can layer them to create something completely unique to you. It's easy to experiment with difference scent blends and if you don't like it, you don't have to worry about having a whole bottle to get through.

If you're looking for something different I recommend trying these. I may have find my absolute favourite fragrance (not this one) in the selection of scents I picked out but I'll post about that soon.

£15 / 30ml

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Hello September.

Is it just me that isn't looking forward to the colder weather? Being able to wear make up without it sliding off your face because of the heat is a bonus. But you have to contend with the wind and rain so ... Of course with winter comes the holidays so I guess it's swings and roundabouts.

Wrapping August up, what did I get out of it?

» Probably the biggest thing that caused an absence in August was my hard drive. A few days after my last post my MacBook slowed down, seemingly out of nowhere. I couldn't do anything without getting the pinwheel of death, even just moving the mouse caused it.
After many attempts at troubleshooting I found that the root of the problem was my hard drive was failing. It was running ridiculously slow which meant I wasn't able to really save anything, including a whole ton of photos. I guess that'll teach me.
I ordered an SSD, fitted it myself with the help of FaceTime with one of my best boys and it's running like it's all shiny and new again.

» Halsey's debut studio album BADLANDS was released. I've been listening to it nonstop on Spotify since it's release which was only a few days ago but I can't get enough. I absolute New Americana, Colors, Roman Holiday and Ghost. Ahhh ... What the hell, I love them all!

» I overhauled my CV with the help of my cousin and I've started applying for new jobs. If I'm honest it's a much needed change. There's only so long you can work in retail.

Summer went by in the blink of an eye. What does September have in store?

» The way I run things on my blog is to have a folder full of photos which I can then edit and post when I wish. Instead of having to rush to take them to get a post up for tomorrow.
Since I lost a lot of photos in the SSD change over I'm hoping to try and not let it have too much of an impact. Hopefully things will be back up and running smoothly again soon.

» I have a week off work which I plan to utilise for getting photos, writing and scheduling blog posts. Whilst having a little 'me' time as I haven't been feeling so great recently.

» I'm getting a long overdue haircut and I'm contemplating bringing the full fringe back. Mainly due to the fact I have to wear my hair up for work and I prefer it up with fringe. Plus if I'm having a bad brow day it doesn't matter too much.

I really don't have much planned for September, I'm waiting to see how it plays out.

On a final note, please can we not do the whole Green Day song reference thing for the entire month?


Flamingo Candles The Melt Crowd - August.

It's pretty well documented that I absolutely love candles. I generally stick with Yankee but since their price increases I've been looking at other options.

I don't remember which blog I saw it on but I was catching up on my subscriptions and came across a post about this subscription box. It's a bit of a twist on the regular monthly boxes so I signed up and awaited my first delivery.

So what scents do we have to try out for August?

I think the one most people are excited about is the preview of Circus Doughnuts. It smells just like hot, sugar coated doughnuts. Brings back of memories of being at the fun fair as a teen.

Pomegranate Cider is a summery fruit fragrance, with a hint of vanilla that isn't overly sweet.

Fresh Cotton is a box exclusive, which is a shame as it's so lovely. It reminds me of curling up in fresh bed linen or big fluffy dressing gowns.

Strawberries and Champagne reminds me so much of the Creamy Candy bubble bar from Lush.

Kir Royale is from their new cocktail inspired collection. I don't mean to use another Lush example but this is the Comforter. It has a lovely rich crème de cassis scent which is quite frankly, comforting - for lack of a better word.

Green Apples threw me off a little as it's a red melt in a green wrapping. At first I thought it had been packed wrong but nope. It's crisp and refreshing with hints of lemon.

Dahlia is the other box exclusive. I generally favour fruit and foody scents but this smells quite floral to me. It's slightly sweetened without being too overpowering.

Ginger and Lime is not something I expect to like but I can't stop sniffing it. It's very citrusy but the ginger gives it warmth. The scent reminds me of something so much but I can't put my finger on what it is.

A little bit about the box. You get 8 melts through your letterbox each month. Each with an average burn time of 30 hours. It will contain old favourites, current scents, previews of upcoming releases and scents exclusive to The Melt Crowd box.

Your first box will come with a wax burner to get you going at no extra charge. You will need to be in for this delivery but any boxes after that are small enough to fit through the letterbox.

The box is priced at £10 but the contents and delivery is almost £20 in retail value. The melts individually are £2 each so you're getting a total bargain.

All boxes get sent out on the very first of the month so if you want to sign up, you need to do so before the new month starts.

I absolutely cannot wait to get stuck in to these. When the postman handed me the box I was hit straight away with the delicious scent coming from inside. These melts are have a powerful throw and I've not even started burning them.

If you love candles and you're looking for something different through your letterbox each month, definitely check this out.


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Hello August.

I realise it's a little late into the month to be writing this, since we're almost a week in. But how is it August already? It was raining earlier today so it really doesn't feel like we're in the midst of summer.

I heard that on Monday Selfridges launched their Christmas shop in the Oxford Street store. 143 days before Christmas, absolute madness! There's just no need for Santa statues, christmas trees and baubles at this time of year. Can we just slow down on trying to rush past this year and into the next.

But with the start of a new month I thought I'd reflect on the last one and what's to come in August.

July has been and gone in a flash. So what happened?

» IMATS was almost 4 weeks ago. It seems to have flown by and seem like it was ages ago but at the same time, not long ago at all. If you missed my posts on it you can check out an overview of the show here and the goodies I picked up here.

» I made a friend. It sounds kind of silly now that I type it but from someone who has extreme anxiety, it's really quite the achievement. I've known him for months but over the past couple of weeks we became the best of friends. Things happened that I won't go into but it was one of those make or break situations. It could have gone either way, thankfully it was the former and he has literally become my rock. I don't know what I'd do without him right now.

» I'll be the first to admit my blog posts can be a little scattered at times. In July I managed to make 11 posts, which may not seem like a lot to daily bloggers but I haven't posted that many in a month since January '14 (also 11). Very proud of myself for that and hoping I can get back on with regular posting. I think the key is to set aside a time each week to write and schedule posts so I don't have to do it at the last minute.

» I discovered the wonder that is Spotify. No idea why I hadn't used it before but I'm so glad I finally downloaded it. It's so nice not to have to download music and then sync it to my iPhone. I have access to millions of songs right at my fingertips. Plus it's a great way to find new tunes I wouldn't usually listen to.

So what does August have in store for me currently?

» Some of the Lush Oxford Street specials are making their way into stores on August 7 but some are already stocking them. I cannot wait to finally get my hands on the Comforter shower gel. Plus some of the exclusive bath bombs look absolutely amazing.

» The Great British Bake Off is back on our screens. I watched the first episode earlier on and I must say, I really expected Dorret and her mudslide show stopper.

» I get my first Flamingo Candles Melt Crowd box. It's a monthly subscription box that contains 8 solid scent melts, which you use in a wax burner with an unscented tea light. For just £10 (including delivery) and featuring exclusive scents, it really is a bargain. A lovely smelling one at that.

That's about all I can think of right now because I'm not doing what I said above about writing posts in advance. Instead I'm writing this to go up in 6 hours, whilst I try and stop myself from falling asleep. Oops.

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