Today I emerged from my Thanksgiving induced coma to an inbox chuck full with Black Friday and Cyber Monday emails that sounded more like the coming of the apocalypse than the holiday season. Although that may be debatable judging from some of the news footage I have seen of hungry mobs clawing at the door of their local Asda for that ever elusive £7.00 blender. Aside from the delicious smorgasbord of delights I feasted on over the past few days, my weekend had a fantastic start at the Perfume Lovers London event which took place last Thursday to introduce us to The Library of Fragrance.
It was a super fun evening as Lila Das Gupta, with her usual warmth and enthusiasm, and Nick Gilbert, whose humor and witty take on some of the perfumes had us all in stitches, lead us through their selection of some of their stand out scents and, shall we say, more interesting selections from The Library of Fragrance. I’m not sure I will ever be able to think of pizza quite the same way!
We had the opportunity to sample Thunderstorm, Grass, Tomato, Iris, Mushroom, Honeysuckle, Riding Crop, Paperback, and the aforementioned Pizza (Nick and Lila’s Honorable Mentions include Apple Pie, Beeswax, Dragon Fruit, Fresh Coconut, Fresh Hay, Whiskey Tobacco, Tangerine, Stable, Salt Air, and Pumpkin Pie as it was Thanksgiving, which tickled my American sensibilities!) before going round to the tables to sample the rest of the 101 piece collection available from The Library of Fragrance, which was brought to the UK through the work of Clare Rees, who is also a member of the Perfume Lovers group and works as Marketing Director for The Library of Fragrance.
The evening culminated in a raffle where each of us was able to select two perfumes from the collection, from which I chose Beeswax and Peach. Reviews of both to follow later this week!
The Library of Fragrance perfumes are available to purchase from The Library of Fragrance web site, and 28 of the best selling fragrances are also available at Boots. Each perfume comes in a 30 ml size and costs only £15.00, which I feel is an incredibly approachable entry to fragrant exploration. I also think it could be quite fun to layer the perfumes to see what kind of alchemy can be discovered when they are mixed on the skin!
It is also worth noting that there is a competition running on The Library of Fragrance web site that offers the chance to win every fragrance on your wishlist. Anyone who creates a perfume wishlist before 12th December is in with a chance to win. The winner is to be selected on Saturday, 13th December so get crackin’!
The next Perfume Lovers London event, an Evening of Incense with Chris Bartlett of Pell Wall Perfumes, takes place on Thursday, 29th January. Tickets for the event can be purchased here.