Smells like an Apothecary

The House of Fraser Apothecary has been going from strength to strength, adding in more curious finds and fabulous brands so that it’s quickly becoming a ‘go to’ gift destination and a treasure trove to compete with Space NK. What I find more interesting though are the ‘own brand’ Apothecary products which are all packaged in a universally palatable mint green shade. They’re always great quality, a reasonable price and packaged so well that you want to give them to your Mum as an early Christmas present. House of Fraser have just expanded their line by introducing their debut fragrance, which was created in partnership with acclaimed fourth generation perfumer François Robert.

The fragrance contains top notes of Peach and Blackcurrant, mid notes of Lily of the Valley and Hyacinth, and a base of woody notes including Sandalwood and Patchouli. François describes the scent himself as: “A sparkling fresh citrusy top note, with a delicate Melon and Cantaloupe fruity note gives the fragrance a transparent feeling. A beautiful floral bouquet of Jasmine, Hyacinth, Freesia and Lily of the Valley is enhanced by delicate and discreet woody notes and White Musk.” 

The scent for me is refreshing and uplifting. There’s something in it that I would traditionally think as an older person’s fragrance (I’m thinking Lily of the Valley and Hyacinth) but it doesn’t offend me. It wouldn’t be the kind of thing I would normally pick up, but it settles down to be something quite fruity and light – perfect for summer days. The bottle is absolutely stunning, being packaged in a way you’d associate with the old school apothecaries that inspired it. Frosted glass, a metal stamped logo and a gorgeous moulded lid all make this something that you’d be proud to have on your dressing table. I like a lot!

The beautiful lid – just in case you were wondering!

At £25 for a 100ml bottle this is an absolute bargain. Get yours exclusively from House of Fraser Apothecaries (selected stores only)


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