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Luxury perfumed products review – part one

Thea Euryphaessa starts a two part series on quality smellies

Written by . Published on April 4th 2011.

Luxury perfumed products review – part one
SHIFFA is a young brand and one I was introduced to only recently. I initially approached their products with suspicion, if only for the fact I’d never heard of them before; until, that is, I smelt one of their ‘Signature’ candles called ‘Prosperity’ (the other being ‘Sensual’). Wow. Words cannot describe how I felt when I first opened the exquisite box and inhaled the treasure it beheld; I was so overwhelmed, in fact, my olfactory bulb dropped to its knees and wept tears of sensory delight. Shiffa’s candles make Jo Malone’s seem dowdy and passé in comparison.

Wild, heady, and enchanting, I’m not surprised Shiffa’s ‘Prosperity’ candle (£31.62 for 200ml – based on today’s exchange rate) is what the very best-dressed bathrooms are wearing. The highest grade frankincense, patchouli, cinnamon, and saffron contribute to a candle with a bewitching fragrance guaranteed to stop people in their tracks. I particularly recommend their ‘Gemstone’ candles (£31.66 for 200ml – based on today’s exchange rate) for healers and therapists who are looking to stand out from the crowd and exude an air of exclusivity and tranquillity in their practice or reception area.

And don’t even get me started on their body oils. As mentioned earlier, you really do get what you pay for, and with the highest-grade almond oil, Persian flower, Ylang-Ylang, and rose-scented geranium, their ‘Sensual’ body oil (£50.31 for 100ml – based on today’s exchange rate) is of such a high quality, it effortlessly doubles up as a sexy, seductive perfume with excellent staying power. Order online at: www.shiffa.com.

Korres (pronounced ko-RES) have their roots in Athens’ first ever Homeopathic Pharmacy and derive almost all their ingredients from nature, with an extensive natural and certified organic skin and hair-care range (400 products and counting). Their packaging, with clear listings of ingredients, is exemplary and a must for those who wish to know exactly what their skin and bodycare products do and don’t contain (with almost their entire range being free-from-nasties including parabens, mineral oils, propylene glycol, etc).

Korres NEW Saffron Amber Cardamom EDT

To be honest, I can’t say enough good things about this company – particularly their fresh, springtime ‘Fig’ scented range of body products which are ideal for those on a budget. Standout products include their Body Mists, Body Milks, and Body Butters – perfect for layering and with noteworthy staying power. I’m not in the least bit surprised this brand counts David Beckham, Angelina Jolie, Charlize Theron, and Woody Allen among its legion of celebrity fans.

Their Saffron/Amber/Agarwood/Cardamon eau de toilette (£24 for 50ml) is one my boyfriend has taken a shine to and, I have to say, has incredible staying power smelling nigh-on divine on him. A timeless woody, oriental, amber scent, this eau de toilette is intensely sexy yet gentle – definitely one to wear if you wish to stand out from the crowd. www.korres.com

Back in 2005 I had a lodger who was a die-hard fan of REN’s products. I can’t say I was particularly into rose-scented products back then, but that didn’t stop me appreciating the aphroditic smells emanating from my bathroom after she’d finished bathing or showering. I’ve only just laid my hands on products from their ‘Moroccan Rose Otto’ range, but can already say this is the stuff from which goddesses are made – what a sublime scent. I’ll be reviewing body and bath oils in a future article, but already the Moroccan Rose Otto Body Wash (£17 for 200ml) is worthy of praise – the epitome of luxury, showering in this scent will transport you to Marrakech’s fragrant and bustling souk. www.renskincare.com

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