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The Boots Advantage card is one of the cleverest loyalty cards out there.
After initially registering your card you just hand it over to the cashier every time you buy something for more than £1.00 in Boots and 4 points are added to your account for every pound spent although you don’t collect any points for certain items such as phone top ups, stamps or infant milk.
Each point is worth £0.01.
They often have points events in the run up to Christmas where you receive £12.00 worth of points (1200 points) for every £50.00 you spend in store and they sometimes have triple points events where you receive 12 points per pound spent instead of 4 points.
They also send you vouchers in the post which are linked to your Advantage card. The vouchers are often offering 500 points when you spend over £50 in one transaction or 200 points when you buy a fullsize item from Soap and Glory or £5.00 off when you spend over £40.00 on fragrance.
The clever thing about Boots Advantage card is that you can’t spend your points unless you have the full amount of points needed to complete a transaction for example if I am buying a £20.00 lipstick I can’t use £15.00 worth of points and then also use £5.00 cash.
For me this means that I am always buying things just to top up my points.
I tend to save for big items and over the years I have bought 3 expensive bottles of perfume and also some make-up with my points.
I am currently around £3.00 off having enough points for another bottle of perfume that I want.
I find that I end up buying things for the sake of it just so I am closer to my next points purchase. If I was able to make a partial payment and also use points then I wouldn’t have spent half as much money in Boots over the years.
I often find department stores offer better deals and a wider variety of brands than Boots does. I think it works out that I am worse off buying from Boots in a lot of cases, but the addiction continues because I get a thrill out of eventually being able to spend my points on a nice new fragrance, which feels like I'm getting it for 'free'.
I hate Boots Advantage card because I love it and I know that it’s bad for me.
After much research about which BB cream I wanted to buy I decided on this one by Dr Jart.
~ Price and availability ~
This BB cream will set you back £21.00 for 50ml and it is available from Boots.
~ Packaging ~
The BB cream comes in a silver tube, which sits on its flip cap lid.
~ Claims ~
Dr Jart+ BB cream claims to provide strong coverage for redness and spots which won't rub off as easily as traditional cosmetics. Skin will look brighter, whilst still suitable for problem and sensitive skin.
“This professional formula containing cutting-edge active ingredients covers and conceals imperfections whilst helping skin regenerate."
~ In use ~
I find that it is easy to control how much BB cream comes out of the tube. The ‘cream’ itself is quite thin in consistency and is a pale nude colour.
I don’t really think of it as a cream. It is more like a thin foundation or tinted moisturiser.
I apply it like I would my foundation, dotting it around my face and then rubbing it in. I find that you don’t need to apply much to get a good coverage and it doesn’t take too much rubbing in.
I think that it is much like a thin foundation. I think it is ideal to wear instead of normal foundation because foundation is thicker and it can look cakey, sticking to any dry skin and highlighting it. With BB cream you can still hide blemishes, dark circles and any other imperfections from the world, but without the cakey look.
The BB cream is a pretty good colour match for my pale skin. Dr Jart+ recommend this one for paler skin.
I have found it to be quite moisturising and it gives my face a slight glow, but I don’t mean that in a bad way. It also protects my skin from sun damage as well, which is great.
The BB cream gives me a natural, healthy look. It makes me look as though I’m not wearing make-up on my face, but I don’t mean that in a bad way either. It makes me look as though I don’t need to wear make-up on my face. It doesn’t clag or collect in any lines or dry skin on my face, like a foundation can do.
I have repurchased this BB cream and would recommend it if you have pale skin. I find the tube lasts me ages as well.
I lost one of the lens caps that I got with my digital SLR camera so I was keen to replace it as quickly as I could.
I like to keep my belongings in good condition and I wanted to protect the lens from dust or damage.
~ Price and availability ~
I found this Canon E-58 lens cap on Amazon.co.uk where I paid around £5.00 for it. I thought that was a bit pricey for what you get and I later found you can buy them on ebay for £1.00.
I ordered one from ebay as well in case I lose another one, but I found that it wasn’t a real Canon product when it arrived even though it had their logo on the front.
I can tell the difference between the two because all of the colour on the ‘Canon Ultrasonic’ written across the front has scratched off.
~ In use ~
To use the lens cap you simply hold either side of it and push the sides together to release or apply the cap. It is very easy to remove or replace and I find the bits you push in on either side are not stiff, but on the fake lens cap more effort is required to push these in as they are quite stiff.
The lens cap is to be used on lenses with a 58mm filter size. It fits two out of three of my Canon lenses.
I am pleased with the job that the lens cap does. It stops dust getting onto my lens, which is something I hate the idea of because to get the dust off you either end up with finger marks on the lens or smear marks if you’ve used a cloth. It also helps protect it from scratches.
I use a filter on my camera, which is just a single piece of glass that you thread onto the end of your lens. I mainly use it to protect the lens further. When I went on holiday last year I don’t remember my camera suffering any impact at all, but when my partner pointed the camera at me there was a big crack in the glass of the filter on the front. The lens cap must have been on the lens when it got damaged and it did not protect the filter from cracking, but the lens cap is not really designed to protect from impact and the crack could have been caused by a gentle knock if it was screwed on too tightly or something. It’s difficult to know what happened when we are unaware of any impact, but the point is the lens cap isn’t going to protect your camera from all damage.
I found The Narrowboat Girl on Amazon randomly and I read the synopsis and it sounded interesting! I kept the book in mind and a few months later I asked for it when my partner asked what I’d like for my Christmas present!
I read the book very quickly and thoroughly enjoyed it.
~ The story ~
The book is set in Birmingham in the 1920’s. School girl, Maryann and her family - her mother Flo and her father Harry, her younger brothers Billy and Tony and her older sister Sally - are not particularly well off and her mother is a rather selfish stresshead who takes things out on the kids a bit more than she should.
When Maryann’s loving father gets run over and killed by a car the family is devastated and local undertaker, Norman Griffin, who has been good to Flo since her husband died begins to spend a lot of time at the house.
As the synopsis states “Norman is not at all what he seems, as Maryann and her sister Sal soon discover.”
One day, while Maryann is out trying to get away from it all she finds herself wandering the streets of Birmingham. By the canal she makes a new friend, Joel Bartholomew, a young man a little older than she is, who lives on a narrowboat that is docked there - the Esther Jane, with his family working on the canals. Will this be the life for Maryann?
~ My thoughts ~
The story is fantastic and has many twists and turns along the way. It was a thoroughly enjoyable read with both happy and sad aspects to the story.
As well as the story being well researched and thought out with many surprises I love that the book takes you back in time as far back as the 1920’s to well-described parts of Birmingham and canal routes, where I otherwise would never have been!
I recommended this book to my sister, who I lent it to. My sister didn’t think she’d like this book as it isn’t typically what she’d read, but she too thoroughly enjoyed this book to the point she bought the sequel and passed it on to me to read!
~ Price and availability ~
This book is available on Amazon for £5.99 new or £0.01 and £2.80 postage used, but in very good condition.
I received this lip butter as part of a gift set along with a few other Chocomania goodies from The Body Shop.
I have used The Body Shop’s lip butters in the past.
~ Price ~
The lip butter costs £4.00 and is only available from The Body Shop.
~ Packaging ~
They come in tiny pots that look just like the pots their body butters come in, but a fraction of the size. They are really cute.
~ In Use ~
The lid screws off like it does on the larger body butter tubs revealing the lip balm.
The lip balm is a beige colour and it is solid. I think it is a little bit too solid and I feel as though I have to swirl my finger around repeatedly to get enough on my finger to transfer onto my lips or I have to push into the solid balm, which isn’t something you have to do with other solid balms such as Vaseline’s.
It looks clear on my lips and gives them a sheen. It looks nice and my lips look moisturised, but it doesn’t feel as moisturising or soothing as other lip balms I have used. I particularly like the EOS lip balms and Nivea’s pearly shine lip balm for moisturising and healing chapped lips, but I feel this Chocomania lip balm isn’t as moisturising. It feels a little bit greasy on my lips, but also a bit gritty and it doesn’t feel like it soothes my lips when they are chapped or sore. I find that it also feels quite thin on my lips even when I apply it thickly.
Sometimes I find greasy lip balms can be good to put a protective barrier on your lips while soothing them and taking away the discomfort of chapped lips, but lip butter has a different sort of greasiness. It still feels quite dry on your lips and the grittiness does not help this.
It has a lovely scent of chocolate, which isn’t too strong.
It is an ideal lip butter to use if you are just wanting to add a little something to your lips or apply it under or over a lipstick, but I don’t feel it is very protective and it doesn’t feel very moisturising. It doesn’t soothe chapped or sore lips the way other lip balms and butters do.
I don’t think it is the most hygienic idea for a lip product as you have to dip your finger in so any bacteria on your finger could get into your lip butter and I find these lip butters take a long time to get through.
I wouldn’t particularly recommend this lip butter. I prefer more practical balms and butters.
When I bought my digital SLR camera I got a deal where I also got a camera bag and 2 Canon lenses as well as the actual camera body.
This EFS 18-55mm lens is the lens that I have used the most.
~ Price and availability ~
You can buy the lens separately from Amazon.co.uk for £89.99.
~ In use ~
The reason I tend to use this lens more than any other is because it is so versatile. It does a good job of photographing subjects close up or in the distance.
While it is not as good as a zoom lens at taking photos of distant subjects, it still produces a satisfactory result. It is smaller and lighter than my zoom lens as well.
It takes close up photographs and can autofocus on subjects just 25cm away.
The lens comes with a cap on the front and the back to protect the glass from dust or scratches. There is a switch on the side of the lens which you use to select auto or manual focus and there is a ridged rubber grip around the lens so that you can twist the lens to zoom in or out.
The autofocus is very good and fairly quick. It rarely fails, producing out of focus shots.
The front of the lens is 58mm so works with 58mm filters, which can be screwed on to the front of the lens easily.
The lens is very easy to use and I found that it was a good place to start experimenting with photography, being a more versatile lens with a good zoom range.
The quality of the photographs I have taken with this lens have generally been really good. They are sharp and clear.
I must admit that the photographs I have taken with this lens do not look as professional as the ones from my 50mm prime lens, which blurs the background a lot more giving the photographs more depth, but the prime lens only works well when you are fairly close to the subject so this 18-55mm lens gets a lot more use.
The lens is one of the cheaper Canon lenses available to buy. I imagine it is one that I will always go back to. It is really lightweight as well so it is great for holidays and it doesn’t become a pain to carry around with me like my zoom lens does.
It is compatible with all Canon EOS cameras.
~ Conclusion ~
It is a good price and it is small and light compared to other lenses. It works well for close ups or distant photographs and the image quality is great. The images are more often than not clear and sharp.
I would recommend this lens. It is a great lens for someone just getting into photography as it is cheap and versatile so it is great for experimenting.
I bought this album about 10 years ago and it is one of my all time favourite albums.
At the time I was only familiar with a few of their songs, but The Science Of Selling Yourself Short was regularly played on Kerrang and a few of the other music channels. I loved their sound and found this track particularly catchy.
~ About the band ~
Less Than Jake originally formed back in 1992. They are from Florida and are described as a ska/punk band.
The five band members play guitar, bass, drums, trombone and saxophone.
The band is named Less Than Jake because the drummer, Vinnie Fiorello had a dog called Jake who was treated better than all of the other members of the household.
~ Anthem ~
Anthem is the fifth studio album released by Less Than Jake. It was released in 2003.
Prior to this Less Than Jake seemed to release albums every few years, their debut being Pezcore in 1995. Their earlier albums seemed to have around 20 tracks each on so they had plenty of material to tour on.
I have always thought that this was a greatest hits album because firstly it is flawless from beginning to end and secondly because after enjoying this album I subsequently purchased Borders And Boundaries, which was their previous album and there was one track, Look What Happened, which was on both albums.
I have now found that the track was re-recorded for this album.
1. Welcome To The New South
2. The Ghosts Of You And Me
3. Look What Happened
4. The Science Of Selling Yourself Short
5. Short Fuse Burning
6. Motown Never Sounded So Good
7. The Upwards War and the Down Turned Cycle
8. Escape From The A-Bomb House
9. Best Wishes To Your Black Lung
10. She's Gonna Break Soon
11. That's Why They Call It A Union
12. Plastic Cup Politics
13. The Brightest Bulb Has Burned Out / Screws Fall Out
Less Than Jake have a unique sound, which is beautifully exhibited on this album.
Their tracks on this album are generally quick paced and upbeat. The ska sound is enhanced by the trombone and saxophone, which they play along with guitar, drums and bass. The lyrics are often written with many short lines, rather than a few longer lines.
The music is enjoyable and catchy. The album is great for singing along to alone in the car or at home alone (preferably when the neighbours are out).
I think this album is consistently brilliant to the point I thought it was a greatest hits album. I think there are some stand out tracks (Look What Happened, The Ghosts Of You And Me, Motown Never Sounded So Good etc.), but the rest of the album is still excellent.
When I bought my Canon digital SLR camera it came with this Canon LP-E10 battery.
~ Price ~
I wanted to buy a spare battery as well so I checked on Amazon.co.uk. This Canon battery was originally £49.99, but is currently £24.99. I was quite surprised that the battery was so expensive and I ended up buying a non-branded LP-E10 battery from ebay for under £10.00.
~ About the battery ~
The battery is about 1.5 inches long by about an inch wide and about 1cm in height. It weighs 41g. ‘Canon’ is imprinted onto the top of the battery.
The battery is compatible with the Canon EOS 1100D, Canon EOS Kiss X50 and Canon EOS Rebel T3. The camera will usually come with a battery if it is bought new. I was surprised that the battery didn’t fit more of Canon’s cameras. I thought they may have made the same battery across the board for all of their digital SLR cameras, but it may be that they make different batteries for different cameras so that they can sell you a spare and keep the cost of the competition high as Duracell also make a version of this LP-E10 battery and there are lots of unbranded alternative options.
The Canon battery is available in different strengths.
The ‘mAh’ (milliamps hour) number on a battery distinguishes the strength or capacity of the battery. The one I got with the camera has 860mAh.
Canon also make a 1500mAh LP-E10 battery, which is the same price on Amazon.co.uk.
My spare, unbranded battery has 1200mAh, but I don’t see a major difference between the two of them.
The Canon battery impressed me. It lasts really well. I can have the camera on and off taking photographs for 8 hours and there is still life in the battery. I don’t feel like I need a spare, but I like to have one for reassurance when I am out and about or on holiday. I went camping for three nights last year and had nowhere to charge my batteries so it is reassuring to have a spare, but I found that I didn’t need it. I took lots of photos and a few videos over the course of the camping trip and I felt confident that the battery would last and didn’t feel I needed to ration it or limit the amount of camera use at all.
If I leave my camera alone for a couple of months I do find the battery life has barely deteriorated when I go back to it, which is really good. Today I had to grab my camera to capture a wildlife photo in our back garden and it would have been really annoying if I’d missed it as the battery had died.
I have had lots of digital cameras over the years and the battery life is something that concerns me as there have been many occasions when the batteries have given up which is always disappointing.
I bought this gift set last year. It was reduced from £29.99 to £12.50!
The fragrance and body lotion are displayed in a card box with a clear plastic cover over it. To be honest the box seems a lot cheaper than other gift sets I've had. It is a lot less rigid.
The fragrance comes in a dark purple glass bottle. The bottle is the shape of a crescent moon.
The body lotion comes in a dark blue, shiny, plastic tube.
I absolutely love the fragrance. It is very musky and deep, but there is also a sweet, creamy vanilla, which really makes this fragrance.
It has top notes of Indian rose and Belle de Nuit blossoms.
It has heart notes of orange, white tree and apricot.
The base notes are vanilla, amber and musk.
When first sprayed it has quite a citrusy scent, which I think must be the orange note. It also has a slight floral scent, but I am unable to pick out any note individually.
The fragrance gets better as it wears down and the strong vanilla scent comes through with the musk. It has a slightly masculine edge, which I like.
The scent lasts on my skin for around 5 hours before fading away.
The Body Lotion
The lotion is white in colour and is rather thin in consistency.
I find that a little goes a long way and I don’t have to use much of this lotion to get a good coverage. As long as you don’t apply too much it is very easy to rub in and sinks in to my skin very quickly. The lotion leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturised.
I like how thin it is as it makes it much easier to rub in.
To me, the lotion focusses more on the citrusy scent than the vanilla or musk, which I liked about the fragrance. It has a clean, lighter scent. The vanilla and musk are still there, but are less prominent.
I prefer the scent of the fragrance to the body lotion.
When the fragrance is applied on top of the body lotion the scent is enhanced. Even though I find the body lotion more citrusy I don’t find the body lotion and fragrance combined to give a more citrusy scent and I actually find that the vanilla and musk seem more intense.
I think the body lotion and fragrance work together really well; much better than either of them do on their own.
When used together the scent lasts longer and has much better projection. I can smell it on myself after hours of wear and I’d say it lasts on my skin for a good 2-3 hours longer than the fragrance lasts on its own so it is definitely worth applying a bit of lotion before using the fragrance.
I have never been too bothered about matching scented body lotions in the past, but these two work together brilliantly.
When I bought my digital SLR camera I got two lenses and this 100EG camera case as part of the deal I got in Curry’s.
~ Price ~
The camera bag normally costs £49.99, but it is reduced down to £27.94 on Amazon.co.uk.
~ About the camera bag ~
The bag is 228.6mm wide by 177.8mm deep by 139.7mm high. It is not too big.
It is mainly black, but there is a khaki stripe around the bottom. There is a metal ‘Canon’ logo on the front.
The top of the bag can be unzipped to reveal the main compartment, which is lined with waterproof material. There are two compartment dividers, which are just padded and wrapped in waterproof material. They can be attached to the inside of the bag with Velcro strips, which on either side of them.
The main compartment fits my camera body and two lenses in, but now I tend to keep my camera body in another camera bag I have so I just keep my lenses in this bag. It fits 3 of my lenses in it.
There are lots of other small compartments handy for keeping things like lens caps or even batteries in.
The bottom of the bag has two large rubber feet, which the bag sits on and the base of the bag is hard, but inside the bag the base has thick padding.
The bag feels very good quality and I’ve never dropped it, but I think that my camera and equipment are well protected in it and I think it would protect them from damage if it was dropped.
The bag is made from nylon, which feels tough and the bag has no damage or scuffs on it.
The case has an adjustable, padded strap for your shoulder. It is comfortable, but I do find that the equipment gets quite heavy and carrying it around irritates me. The bag itself is not heavy so that is not the problem.
Now when I go out with my camera I take my camera with a lens attached in another camera bag that I have and if I want another lens I normally put it in my handbag wrapped in the bubble wrap that the lens came in.
This camera bag gets left behind with the lenses I don’t want to take out with me and any accessories that I don’t need.
This bag is good if you are a serious photographer, wanting to take your time, changing lenses and filters regularly, but for days out I much prefer to take what I need and to carry a smaller, lighter bag.
Even if I take the camera body and one or two lenses in this bag it will be lighter, but it is bulkier as well so I still prefer to use my other camera bag.
Let Go was the first album from Avril Lavigne released in mid 2002, when she was just 17 years old.
Avril Lavigne is a Canadian singer-songwriter. She plays guitar, piano and drums and is known for her polka straight hair, black eyeliner and skater style! She married Sum 41 frontman, Deryck Whibley in 2006, but they divorced in 2009. She married Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger in 2013!
The CD album can be purchased online at Amazon.co.uk for £3.44 with free postage, which I think is great value.
1) Losing Grip
3) Sk8er Boi
4) I’m With You
8) Anything But Ordinary
9) Things I’ll Never Say
10) My World
11) Nobody’s Fool
12) Too Much To Ask
The album is guitar pop, but I think she’d probably prefer to be put in the rock category.
I think all of the tracks on this album are strong. There are some great, catchy tunes and she has good vocals.
I played this album a lot when it first came out and haven’t played it very much since then, but I often find myself singing some of the album tracks.
The album doesn’t have any filler tracks. I think they’re all pretty good and there was never any that I used to skip when I played this album repeatedly as a teenager.
The songs on this album are really catchy and most of them make you want to join in and sing along. It is a very strong album with no filler tracks.
I think Avril Lavigne has a great voice. At times her songs can be a bit whiney. It seems she has a lot to complain about, but I enjoy the songs.
The album has a lot of blazing guitar tracks. It is a really good pop album.
It will not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I would recommend a listen. I can still enjoy it 13 years after its release.
I have never bought a pair of Apple earphones. I have always got them with ipods that I have bought.
I have had a few ipod shuffles as well as my ipod classic.
~ Price and availability ~
These earphones cost around £8.00 from Amazon.co.uk. Apple no longer sell these earphones and from what I can gather, ipods now come with in-ear earphones.
Apple used to sell these earphones for £19.99.
I think £8.00 is reasonable, but I do think you can get better quality for your money.
~ In use ~
The earphones are white and have a white wire to match. They look smart at first, but I have found that the wire has become grubby from being thrown around in my handbag and even when I clean the wire it is not restored to its original immaculate condition.
The earphones are comfortable to wear and the sound quality is good. I find that occasionally they do fall out of my ears, which is a bit irritating, but I have found this with many of the earphones I have used in the past so it is something I have learnt to put up with and it is only now and then, not constantly.
Around the outside of each earphone there is a piece of grey rubber, which is probably there for added comfort. After a lot of wear I have found the grey rubber starts to come off making the earphones look even less presentable. I still find them just as comfortable without the grey rubber around the earphones.
I think the wire seems quite fragile and a bit flimsy compared to other earphones I have used. I have gone through a few pairs of these headphones that have developed kinks in the wire, which means that sometimes music only plays out of one earphone and I have to try to straighten out the wire to find where the break is.
~ Conclusion ~
These earphones are pretty basic. They look smart until the wire becomes grubby. The sound quality is good, but I have found with more than one pair of these earphones that breaks can develop in the wire quite easily and the grey rubber around the earphones comes off leaving the earphones looking tatty and old.
These earphones are pretty standard. I wouldn’t particularly recommend them. I have some JVC Gumy earphones, which I feel are much more durable and better quality.
Marble Madness was a game I really wanted to be good at when I was young.
My sisters and I give the game a good go, but it was just too difficult and I don’t remember us ever getting through the third level successfully.
The game actually only has five levels. On each one you use your controller to guide your marble through a course, but your marble can fall off the edge of the run, fall down a hole in the run or be knocked off the edge of the run by another marble.
There are only a few other marbles in the game and they are just there as another obstacle in your way of the finish line.
The levels give you a time limit and count the time down and if you haven’t got your marble through the run to the finish line by the time the clock ticks down to zero then you have lost the game. You can have as many chances as it takes while the clock is ticking down. If you fall off the edge of the run for example your marble will then be placed back near to where you fell off. The moves that your marble has to make are too precise and it is really difficult to get all the way through any of the courses without making any mistakes.
~ The levels ~
The first level is shorter and simpler and you get less time to complete it, 60 seconds, but it is still quite difficult. I have seen the game played to the end and the levels get more and more difficult. On the fourth level your marble rolls upwards instead of downwards so you start at the bottom of the course and work your way to the top. The last level is really difficult with parts of the course disappearing and reappearing and you have to wait for the next part of the course to reappear while the clock is ticking down.
~ My thoughts ~
I’d say we used to spend about 20 minutes at a time playing this game and then we would get fed up with it and play something else. The first few levels are quite challenging, but then after that it becomes really difficult and you feel as though you will never get through it. The clock ticks down and you have to start again.
It is frustrating and we rarely reached the third level and never reached level four.
If you’re good at it, the whole thing can be completed in 5 minutes and there are some videos on youtube of people getting through it in that time, but even they make mistakes and fall off the edges because it is so difficult to keep control of the marble.
I loved the idea of this game so would have loved it to have been a bit easier so that I could find it enjoyable.
I bought Victoria’s Secret Bombshell last year.
~ Price and availability ~
It is available from Victoria’s Secret stores or you can buy it from allbeauty.com or amazon.co.uk.
The 50ml bottle currently costs £38.60 from amazon.co.uk.
~ Bottle ~
The bottle is tall and quite flat with eight sides. It has pink glass and there are vertical stripes on the back of the bottle which you can see through the front.
‘Victoria’s Secret Bombshell,’ is written in black lettering across the front of the bottle.
The neck of the bottle has a black ribbon around it and there is a small, silver, ‘VS’ symbol on the neck.
I really like the bottle. It is cute and girly. I love the colour and the stripes and I love the shape of it.
~ Scent ~
The fragrance is also really nice.
It has a lovely, fruity scent. I can detect orange in it, but it isn’t really girly as you may expect. It actually really reminds me of a masculine fragrance that my husband wears.
It certainly has a masculine edge to my mind.
The top notes are tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, strawberry and passion fruit.
The heart notes are jasmine, red berries, lily of the valley, peony and vanilla orchid.
The base notes are musk, woods and oakmoss.
It is a sweet scent. It has a tropical edge to it and the passion fruit note is very obvious, but the orange note remains present throughout and the fragrance keeps the masculine edge that it has from when it is first sprayed to when it has completely worn away. When the fragrance settles into my skin the floral notes are revealed. They are soft and sweet and combine well with the fruity notes. As the fragrance wears down it takes on a bit of an earthy scent, but the sweet, fruity notes are still evident.
It is still evident on my skin after 8 hours. It also has good projection and I notice it on myself throughout the day.
I think it is a fragrance best suited for daytime wear, but I have chosen to wear it for nights out also. Having the masculine edge I think it is quite an interesting scent.
I would recommend this fragrance.
It is marketed towards younger women and I think being quite sweet and fruity it would not appeal to more mature women as much.
I would definitely buy this fragrance again if my bottle were to run out. It is very unique.
I bought Lalique’s Encre Noire Pour Elle last year.
~ Price and availability ~
It is available from allbeauty.com where the 50ml bottle costs £25.95 (RRP £57.00) and the 100ml bottle costs £31.95 (RRP £73.00).
~ Bottle ~
It comes in a beautiful, cube shaped, black glass bottle and has, ‘Encre Noire Lalique’ written on the front side in gold, fancy letters and the words, ‘Pour Elle’ written on the side of the bottle in the same style gold lettering.
Encre Noire means black ink in English so perhaps this is meant to represent an ink pot.
~ Scent ~
The fragrance has top notes of Sicilian bergamot, ambrette from Indonesia and freesia.
It has heart notes of Turkish rose, Chinese osmanthus, honey and Kephalis molecule of the house of Givaudan.
It has base notes of Haitian vetiver, cedar from Texas and musk.
The list of notes seem to have been brought together from all over the world.
The ‘Kephalis molecule of the house of Givaudan’ refers to a molecule created by the house of Givaudan (you’d never have guessed, would you?), which is said to give a fragrance warm and rich aromas of amber and tobacco.
When first sprayed the fragrance has a slightly citrusy scent, but it isn’t too full on. I can detect the honey in this fragrance as well, but the Kephalis molecule dominates the fragrance with a strong amber scent.
This reminds me of Cartier Delices, which also has a strong amber scent, but I prefer Lalique’s offering.
The fragrance has a warming, comforting feel. As well as the heavy amber note I can detect a woodiness in this fragrance, which is not too harsh and it blends with the other notes really well. I can’t really pick out any of the floral notes in this fragrance; they seem to be masked by the heavier notes.
Encre Noire Pour Elle was released in 2009, 3 years after Encre Noire, which was a scent marketed towards men. The feminine version was supposedly released after hundreds of women confessed to borrowing the original from their man.
I have never tried the masculine version, Encre Noire. I don’t think Encre Noire Pour Elle is a particularly feminine fragrance, but I love it. Being quite heavy, I think of this as more of a night time fragrance.
It is still evident on my skin after 8 hours, which is great and I notice it on myself when I am wearing it.
I would recommend this fragrance and I would repurchase it.