As the weather turns grey and the chill literally settles to my bones I long for the bright sun that warms your soul, and the light renders every colour in high saturation, as I lay on a white sand beach sipping on a cool fresh cocktail. Well this is just what Batucada by L'Artisan Parfumeur is! A lime and mint mix that sparkle right at the beginning. Within an hour the fragrance settles to a more flowery core as Tiare and Ylang Ylang come through, while the saltiness lingers throughout. In fact I do not pick up on the coconut and sea water facets except for the salty tones that add a key character to this citrusy-floral blend. Batucada is a fresh and friendly cocktail that does not disappoint its theme, that is the joy and rhythm of the Brazilian Samba however it does not do justice to its price, due to its spritz like qualities. Pleasant and Inexpensive citrus spritz are not hard to find and this is why I wish Batucada was something slightly extra special.
Welcome to the new year everyone!!
I have been away and after this brief hiatus am excited to share all that's in store for 2015.
Today I wanted to review a fragrance I particularly love! Encre Noire pour homme by the house of Lalique was launched in 2006. There are several reason why Encre Noire is special. It literally translates to "Black Ink" which I find to be a very fitting name for the type of a composition Encre Noire is. It's beautiful dark glass bottle that is reminiscent of the old ink pots of early 1900s does perfect justice to it, not surprising as Lalique is known to make some of the most beautiful glass artefacts. The fragrance smells dense, smoky and spicy all at once as it opens with the harmony created by woody cypress and the green vetiver root facets. The heart of Encre noire is very much the lovely organic cool aromatic notes of Vetiver and how it lends an overall complexity to this fragrance. The earthiness in this fragrance is so intoxicating that I am instantly transported to a cottage by the lake on a countryside, serene, austere, romantic and vintage. The woody facets that are contributed by the Cashmeran molecules steadily linger in the background throughout. This fragrance is a must try for everyone as it is very unique and distinctive and though it is a men's fragrance my opinion is that it transcends gender.
The food, the shopping and the nightlife....some of my best experiences of 2014 all packed into one vacation!! From retail overdose at The Dubai Mall to the golden molten hot chocolate at Paul cafe, perfect portion of my medium rare grass fed New Zealand cow steak at The Meat Company in Souk al Bahar to the all white Siddhartha lounge at Grosvenor House, the view of the Burj at Koubba Bar at the grand Al Qasr hotel to the serene boat ride through the waterways running through this medinat jumeira property.... will remember these fondly....but only until the next time!
Holiday season sees most retailers rejoice due to increased sales and footfall with people travelling from across the globe to be a part of the amazing and extravagant retails experience that Dubai offers. I was drawn to rows and rows of glimmering perfume bottles displayed in all their glory and my senses being tickled with every row and shelf I walked past. hundreds and hundreds of niche and exclusive designer scents to sample and choose from. What an experience!
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