All posts filed under: Parfum

Back to school – Back to blogging?

Hey there! How are you? It’s been a while, I know. I’ve been away for a few months, and I’d love to reconnect with you.  My last post dates back to the 25th of May, and I kind of hit a wall around that point. In the months prior, I had been running myself ragged, stressing and fretting constantly, not only about life or work, but especially about blogging. Inspiration had flown straight out of the window, that love and passion seemingly evaporated and all but lost, and I just did not want to blog anymore. Sounds crude, I know, but if I’m being completely honest, that’s exactly what it was. I just did not feel like blogging anymore. The ever-changing nature of blogging, Social Media and PR had thrown me for a loop, and I just disconnected. I needed a break. So I did just that, I allowed myself to take a break. To catch up with friends and family without constantly feeling the need to IG Stories the shizzle out of it, to …

Goldfield & Banks Pacific Rock Moss

Raving about the most summer-y looking, sounding and evoking fragrance in the freezing dead of winter, quite the contradiction, right? And no, I see no issue whatsoever with that… I’ve never been the type to match my perfumes to the season and do that switch up twice a year, I just go with my mood each morning, and see my fragrance as the extension of my day ahead. Goldfield & Banks and I met by chance, a late night Instagram inspiration session (‘cause all modern-day couples meet like that nowadays…), a splash of blue, a ray of sunlight, an image that stoopped my heart, and I was sold in an instant! Never having held the bottle, never having experienced the scent, and still, the atmosphere and story of that image was so beguiling that I wanted to know more, smell more, experience more! Dimitri Weber was one of Belgium’s perfume PR exec’s par excellence. After a thriving career that saw him represent the best of the olifactory best, create the signature fragrance for an interior …

Atelier Cologne

To be honest, a lot of foot-dragging took place before I finally decided to write this post. First up, I’ve been in this weird mood lately where I want to create a structure and post with a fixed regularity, but at the same time I just can’t bring myself to write long reviews out of fear that they would become plain boring. Second of all, my perfume collection currently houses more scents than you can shake a stick at, so I feel like a spoiled brat for adding even more fragrances in, even when they are as cute and alluring as the two mini’s laying before me at the moment, namely the Atelier Cologne Figuier Ardent and the Atelier Cologne Clementine California. Atelier Cologne’s answer to Diptique’s Philosikos, and their take on the green succulence and wild richness of figs, Figuier Ardent seems to have a more natural and green  approach. Instead of burying it amongst sweetness, the fig is being placed centre stage amongst a sirocco of spices placing a spotlight on that that central note. …

The Cool Blue Classic

There are classics and then there are The Classics! All the Gisele Bündchens of this world, I am really sorry, but you still got nothing on Marilyn Monroe! Being the Caste Blanchett of perfumes (sorry Mr Armani), Davidoff’s Cool Water has always been on the fragrance block. Sometimes more on the forefront, sometimes silently waiting it’s turn, always cool, understated, elegant, fresh and demure but never dull and never twice the same. It’s latest incarnation is the Davidoff Cool Water Pacific Summer Edition For Her, a limted edition to help you suf through the Summer of 2017 (#yespunintended). Inspired by the ethereal aqua and floral fragrances of the ocean and exotic faraway beaches with coral reefs enticing you to explore them, it’s the fragrantic translation of summer casual cool. But how do you embody that scent of the sea, both fresh and lingering on your skin, like the morning dew of what promises to be a tropical day. Fruity notes such as mandarine, pineapple, pear, melon and a hint of mint open up the scent, before …

La Parfumerie Moderne – Années Folles

“The crazy years” – now there’s a way to tickle my fancy! Scent has always been the strongest sense emotionally. Sight can be visually pleasing, and a silky soft touch can soothe any temper, but a scent, oh the perfect scent, can take you home and around the world in one go. One whiff of 4711 Eau de Cologne and I am a little girl going for Saturday afternoon ice creams with my Nan. A hint of Ralph Lauren Glamourous, and I am that giddy, insecure college girl falling in love with Mr B. La Parfumerie Moderne finds it’s origin in that exact emotion. Enchanted by his family’s old hotel, La Royal Picardie in Le Touquet, Philippe Neirinck roamed the halls and rooms of the hotel after it had closed for business. Guests may have disappeared, but their memories still lingered here. A forgotten perfume flask glistening in a hidden corner triggers a young boy’s imagination, imagination evolved into fasciation, and a few decades later, this one fragrantic moment led to the creation of La Parfumerie Moderne. …

This Is How French Rock Chic Smells Like

Zadig & Voltaire, aka the epitome of that elusive French Rock Chic, full of that je-ne-sais-quoi that I still haven’t mastered fully. That perfect flick of eyeliner? Got it! A rocking red lip? Mastered it! That rock & roll meets understated chic attitude? Still working on it! First step in that direction? Zadig & Voltaire This Is Her and This Is Him. Two perfumes to incarnate the brand’s casual rock and roll chic style, two fragrances to perfectly complement each other, a scent trail of Parisian life. Both This Is Her and This Is Him have been created in cooperation with Beauté Prestige International (BPI), with Sidonie Lancesseur and Michel Almairac in charge of This Is Her, and This Is Him helmed by Nathalie Lorson. Brief:  “to find a balance of something really clean and something darker, more mysterious.” Originally launched in September this year, I have to admit to only having started wearing them at the start of this month, as they are a tad too gourmand to match an Indian Summer for me (shame on me, I know…). …

A Tale of My Fig Fascination

Trifecta’s are for skincare routines, beauty talks with friends and Acqua Di Parma fragrances. Colonia Ambra and Rosa Nobile have tempted me before, but no perfume (of any brand for that matter) has enchanted me as much as my all-time favourite, Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo – Fico di Amalfi. A strong claim, I know, but hear me out. I first sniffed this fragrance at Parfuma over 5 years ago, and have been religiously loving it ever since. Yes, from to time I stray, so much to try, so much to discover, but like the faithful fan I am, I always return to my one (but not always only) fig fascination. Figs have always been an obsession of mine. The deep reds and purples of the ripe, lush fruit, their softness and form, a taste so elegant it caresses your taste buds, and the scent, oh the scent. Diptiqye Phylosykos and Hermès Un Jardin en Méditerranée might be the more well known fig scents, but when I’m writing, it’s Fico Di Amalfi that get’s a love letter! Like a …

Happy New Year!

2015 has come and gone, 2016 has begun, and so has all the fun! (See what I did there!). Even though the 1st of January is already behind us, I still wanted to take a little moment  before getting back into the swing of things. Before anything else, I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for all the love and support this past year! Every single read, like and comment (both on- and offline!) meant more to me than you’ll ever realize, and I am extremely grateful for each and every one of them.  2015 was a bit of a rocky year, both personally and on the blog, but a new year offers a chance to start afresh. Time to write that new chapter! For that new chapter, I would love your input! What do you want to see more or less of on LeenLovesStyle? Less beauty? Or even more beauty? Increase the fashion dose? Or maybe inject a bit more lifestyle? Maybe a bit more structure? Let me know …

Dior Sauvage – Not Just For Men

Unisex perfumes have always been my thing. If it is displayed in the male section, I’ll sneakily head over for a little whiff. Constantly turned off by most of the sweet and girly offerings known as female perfumes, I love it when a fragrance is headier, with a bit more body, and a less outspoken gender personality. Gotta keep everyone guessing, you know. Dior Fahrenheit 32 has been a favourite of mine for yonks (we go waaaaay back, Fahrie and me), and the Acqua Di Parma Colonia Ambra has been heating my skin up these last few months as well. Neither one can be pigeonholed as a clear male of female fragrance, and where my dress sense can only be described as decidedly feminine, my taste in scents is quite the opposite. Cue the new Dior male fragrance! Released with big fanfare earlier this year, Dior Sauvage is not only making a play to be the house’s next big male fragrance, but also to find it’s place in my carefully curated daily perfume collection. Not to …