100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Marks & Spencer Spiced Bergamot Eau De Toilette

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Marks & Spencer Spiced Bergamot Eau De Toilette. This post could be filed under “Revisiting Old Favourites”, but the heading would have been clunky. Regardless, this fragrance is an “old” favourite, and here’s why…

Let’s start with the notes! Spiced Bergamot has the following notes: bergamot, lemon and orange flower (top notes), white flowers and cardamom (heart notes), and cedar, amber and musk (base notes).  Sounds good!

Spiced Bergamot is an amazing fragrance. It’s starts very fresh – with lemon and bergamot. I can’t smell any orange flower or white flowers, but I can smell cedar and musk The fragrance lasts for about 3-4 hours (it’s a skin scent after about 1 hour) and I can sniff out some cardamom as the citrus notes disappear.

This fragrance remind me of Light Blue. It’s definitely NOT the same as Light Blue, but with lemon and cedar being such prominent notes, and with its cool, refreshing and unisex feel, Spiced Bergamot makes you think of Light Blue! Having said this, Spiced Bergamot is definitely “pink”, and it also has a more transparent feel. If you think of Light Blue as lemon and water, you could think of Spiced Bergamot as lemon / bergamot and air.

I cannot recommend this beautiful fragrance enough. If you’re interested, Marks & Spencer Spiced Bergamot Eau De Toilette is available as 30ml for £5 and 100ml for £9.50. I bought a special edition 200ml for £6.25 (half price post-Christmas clearance). Also, this fragrance is vegan and certified cruelty-free (it carries THE Leaping Bunny logo).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Giorgio Armani Armani Code Summer Eau Fraîche

Hi there! Today’s post is about a fragrance I’ve had for a while but never used until last week – Giorgio Armani Armani Code Summer Eau Fraîche. This fragrance contains the following notes: bitter orange, neroli and pear (top notes), orange flower, jasmine, ginger and cyclamen (heart notes), and musk, vanilla and woody notes (base notes).

I’ve been wearing this fragrance for a week now, and I like it a lot. Armani Summer Code starts with a burst of neroli, then develops into a more floral direction with a strong orange flower note and a hint of jasmine. I don’t get much from the base notes, just a hint of musk, almost hidden under the neroli and the orange flowers.

I think this fragrance is a summer holiday fragrance – it’s for a more sophisticated holiday though. Somewhere in Italy, away from tourist hotspots, but maybe in a nice, secluded casa by the orange grove where you spend your time relaxing in the shade, reading a book and enjoying the peace and quiet.

Armani Summer Code doesn’t last long. But it’s just an Eau Fraîche, so it’s clear you can’t expect a fragrant spectacle that would go on for hours and hours… I think Armani Code Summer lasts for about an hour or two, and it doesn’t leave much of a trail on clothes or scarves. But that’s OK. At least you can spray away to your heart’s content!

Giorgio Armani Armani Code Summer Eau Fraîche is available as 75ml. This is a discontinued limited edition, so it’s probably not easy to find outside of ebay. I can’t comment on the price for this fragrance, but I snapped it up at a clearance sale a long time ago.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Caudalie Thé Des Vignes Eau Fraîche

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Caudalie Thé Des Vignes Eau Fraîche which I bought last year.

The small 30ml bottle got lost in my stash, but I managed to find it a few months ago, and I’ve been using it on and off since then. So let me tell you about this fragrance.

Thé Des Vignes contains the following notes: tea, orange flower and jasmine (top notes), grape, neroli and ginger (heart notes), and musk, woody notes and honey (base notes).

The notes sound really lovely, but the fragrance is rather simple. All I get from Thé Des Vignes is a mix of tea and orange flower, with a pinch of ginger. I cannot smell any grape, musk or honey.

The fragrance is definitely nice enough and very suited to the warmer summer months, but it’s very one-dimensional and also rather fleeting (it’s just an Eau Fraîche after all). I’m happy to use up the bottle I have, but I wouldn’t repurchase this fragrance.

If you’re interested, Caudalie Thé Des Vignes Eau Fraîche is available as 30ml and 50ml. I have the 30ml, and I paid £13.20.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Lancôme Hypnôse Eau De Parfum, Hypnotising Shower Gel, Hypnotising Body Lotion

Hi there! Today’s post is about Lancôme Hypnôse Eau De Parfum, Hypnotising Shower Gel and Hypnotising Body Lotion. These 3 items formed a gift set which I picked up during some post-Christmas sale spree a little while ago. I’ve now heard that the fragrance Hypnôse is being discontinued, so I thought I’d give these products a try before they disappear from the shelves for good.

Alrighty, let’s start with Lancôme Hypnôse Hypnotising Shower Gel which has a colour-shifting (beige to blue) effect. It’s so pretty! I also love how well the shower gel lathers up – a little goes a long way. And the fragrance is so beautiful!

Onto Lancôme Hypnôse Hypnotising Body Lotion. This is a very nice body lotion! It’s rather runny, but despite the light formula, it hydrates my skin very well. And the fragrance is heavenly! Also, thanks to the light but wonderfully hydrating formula, I don’t need to use a lot of product, so I should be getting a few uses out of this 50ml tube.

Now let’s get to the star of the show – Lancôme Hypnôse Eau De Parfum which contains the following notes – passion flower (top note), gardenia and jasmine (heart notes), and vanilla and vetiver (base notes). I think the name Hypnôse is perfect for this fragrance. It’s charming, alluring and captivating – and yes, hypnotic! The blurple colour is also a great match for the fragrance. The colour of my EdP turned brownish after a few years in my stash – but that’s normal with vanilla fragrances, and the fragrance itself still smells absolutely perfect.

I love the strong vanilla note – it’s warm and sensual. As the fragrance develops, there’s also a warm and cuddly woody note. Nice! I cannot smell any gardenia or jasmine, but Hypnôse has the most beautiful passion flower note. Passion flower in fragrances can be a difficult note. It’s often too crisp, too dusty, too tangy (too sour even) – and just way too “in your face”. But not in this fragrance! Hypnôse gets passion flower right.

I’m enjoying this fragrance very much – my husband also said that it’s very beautiful. Based on my experience, I’d recommend it. Hypnôse is a quality fragrance which would suit people in most age groups. It’s definitely a feminine fragrance, but a man can also get away with wearing it. And I know because I tested it on my husband (who is the best husband / guinea pig ever). 😇😁

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Christina Aguilera By Night Eau De Parfum

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Christina Aguilera By Night Eau De Parfum. This fragrance contains the following notes: apple, pineapple, tangerine, rhuburb and freesia (top notes), heliotrope, peach blossom and lily-of-the-valley (heart notes), and vanilla, amber, sandalwood and oak moss (base notes).

I’ve given this fragrance a few tries, and I’m not blown away. Looking at the notes, it sounds promising. However, this is a very simple fragrance without much finesse or development.

The heliotrope note makes this fragrance smell like some vanilla sugar coating for tablets. But there’s also a touch of sandalwood which takes the fragrance from gourmand to cosmetic. I might have liked this fragrance when I was a teenager, and I can see that this type of fragrance probably appeals to a lot of younger women, but it’s definitely not for me. I’ll give it away.

If you’re interested, Christina Aguilera By Night Eau De Parfum is available as 15ml, 30ml and 50ml. I have a 50ml, and I paid £13.95.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Marks & Spencer Alphabet Personalised Beauty Gift Set

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Marks & Spencer Personalised Beauty Gift Set. They had a few random letters left on sale (half price = £6.25), and I opted for J over X or Q. This gift set contains 3 items – a fragrance, a hand cream and a lip balm. All of these products are vegan and certified cruelty-free – they carry the Leaping Bunny logo!

Let’s start with the fragrance which contains the following notes: red berries, pomegranate and musk. On paper, this doesn’t sound bad. However, this fragrance is the stuff of nightmares. They forgot to list one major ingredient – cloves! I’ve never smelled such a disgusting mess of cloves and overly ripe fruit.

I sprayed it once, smelled it, then I washed my arm and threw my cardie in the washing machine. The stink lingered for hours despite the window being open. I couldn’t and wouldn’t gift this to anyone. This fragrance is rubbish!

Onto the next product, the hand cream! The hand cream smells like an extremely watered-down version of the fragrance. Fortunately, the scent is very weak and fleeting, so it doesn’t stink up the room. The formula is very rich and nourishing. However, after the fragrance nightmare, I wasn’t too keen on the hand cream. So my husband is using it as a foot cream – and it works well.

And here’s item number 3 – the lip balm. This is the surprise of the month! Wow, what a beautiful lip balm! It’s very similar to Boots No 7 Protect & Perfect Lip Care! This beautiful lip balm has a very subtle vanilla scent, it glides on, it’s very lightweight, and it’s incredibly hydrating. I love it! 😍 One of my favourite products this month!

All in all, whilst the lip balm is the absolute bomb, I had to bin the fragrance and I’m also not using the hand cream. I would hope that M&S will bring back the lip balm next Christmas, or that it will be available to buy on its own!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Prada Infusion De Fleur D’Oranger Eau De Parfum

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Prada Infusion De Fleur D’Oranger Eau De Parfum.

I’ve had this fragrance for a very long time, and I’m just over halfway through the bottle, so it’s definitely time for a review!

This fragrance contains the following notes: orange blossom, jasmine, neroli, tuberose and mandarin.

Infusion De Fleur D’Oranger Eau De Parfum is amazing. It captures only the sweetest, sunniest and most desirable nuances of orange flowers and neroli, mixed with a touch of feminine jasmine and with the brightest hues of juicy mandarins.

This fragrance has a certain soapy / clean laundry quality about it. It’s so fresh and beautiful!

Based on my experience, I would recommend this fragrance, especially if you love the sweetness and freshness of orange flowers without any of the bitter nuances. And if you like Prada’s Infusion D’Iris, you might like this one too as the feel of the fragrance (soapy / clean laundry) is the same – it’s just a different floral composition on top of the “laundry basket”. Personally, I think that this fragrance is more beautiful than Infusion D’Iris.

If you’re interested, Prada Infusion De Fleur D’Oranger Eau De Parfum is available as 50, 100 and 200ml. I have the 50ml. This 2009 version was a limited edition, but it has been relaunched in 2015. My fingers are crossed for another relaunch in the not too distant future (or maybe Prada can ditch the rose fragrance in favour of this gorgeous orange flower fragrance).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Antonio Banderas Her Secret Temptation Eau De Toilette

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Antonio Banderas Her Secret Temptation Eau De Toilette. This fragrance has the following notes: bergamot, orange, peach and pink pepper (top notes), orange blossom, sambac jasmine, rose and iris (heart notes), and cedar, musk, vanilla and amber (base notes).

Her Secret Temptation is a sensational fragrance. It has a beautiul and warm oriental-floral aura, filled with rose, jasmine, amber, musk and vanilla. I’ve seen it being compared with Black XS and La Vie Est Belle. While I don’t think that Her Secret Temptation is a dupe for either fragrance, there are some similarities. I’d say Her Secret Temptation could pass for a “cousin” of Black XS or La Vie Est Belle.

On another note, Her Secret Temptation is also rather long-lasting. It leaves its beautiul scent on clothes and scarves for ages, and if I use it in the evening, I can still catch a whiff of it on my skin the next morning. Awesome stuff!

Based on my experience, I’d recommend you give this beautiful fragrance a sniff! I think Her Secret Temptation is a safe blind buy for those who like sweet and warm oriental-floral fragrances. It’s also safe for the office (during spring, autumn and winter).

Antonio Banderas Her Secret Temptation Eau De Toilette is available as 80ml. I paid £12.15 which is a ridiculous price for such a quality fragrance!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Weekly Recap 28 February – 6 March 2022

Hi there! Today’s post is my weekly blog recap. Read on if you’re wondering what I’ve been up to on my blog this past week.

Monday 28 Feb – February Favourites

Monday’s post was about all the products I loved the most in February. Click here to take a look.

Tuesday 1 Mar – February Empties

On Tuesday I wrote about everything I emptied in February. Click here to read the post.

Thursday 3 Mar – A’kin Brightening Vitamin C & Niacinamide Correcting Eye Gel

No post on Wednesday, but on Thursday I reviewed an eye gel. Click here to take a look.

Friday 4 Mar – Pantene Pro-V Minerals Grow Strong Biotin + Bamboo Shampoo & Conditioner

And Friday’s post was about the new new hair combo I’m using. Click here to read my review.

And this is it for this week. Thanks for stopping by!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Oriflame Mirage Eau De Parfum

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Oriflame Mirage Eau De Parfum. Mirage contains the following notes: elemi, orange and mandarin (top notes), vetiver, rose and jasmine (heart notes), and amber, sandalwood and vanilla (base notes).

Mirage is one of those fragrances that cannot be described quickly or easily. It is spectacular. It is unique. I’d say this is the fragrance that Thierry Mugler (RIP, TM!) would have created for Moira Rose! The overall feel of Mirage is spicy, green, balsamic and mysterious. While vetiver and rose play important roles in this fragrant drama, the green, resinous and almost medicinal shades of the elemi note are the stars of the show. I can smell the elemi note on me for hours – and I’m loving it!

I think that Oriflame Mirage Eau De Parfum is one of the best fragrances I’ve ever had the pleasure of smelling. I will treasure my 50ml bottle (this means that I’ll use the fragrance, but I won’t waste it on random trips to the grocery store or the dentist, etc) because – unfortunately – Mirage has been discontinued. 😢

Mrs Strawberry Blonde