Whilst I'm in preview mode, I ought to mention that a recent visit to the ever-enchanting Les Senteurs led to a sniff of Frederic Malle's new Portrait Of A Lady, composed by Dominique Ropion. I shall attempt to restrain my excitement until I'm in a position to offer a more thoughtfully constructed appraisal, but I'd be lying by omission if I didn't reveal that I was completely smitten. It's the kind of rose I haven't experienced for ages: peppery, incense-laden and deeply crimson, it seduced me in one fell swoop, just like Guerlain's Nahema. I'm not convinced by the Henry James reference - the scent feels more Middle Eastern than European - by one thing I do know is that I will be waiting with bated breath for a sample.
Please don't forget that you've still got a bit of time to enter the giveaway for a set of three Grossmith samples. Have a great weekend!