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Heavenly glow, Francesca Bianchi Angel’s Dust

There’s something glorious and tough in becoming a perfumer. No matter which one of them you’d ask they would tell you it’s a bumpy yet rewarding process. I repeat it over and over again that I love perfume from Italian creators. It’s only my subjective observation but unlike French perfumers, who like to play safe, perfumers from Italy are more eager to create more ‘weird’ scents that push the boundaries. But that’s just my opinion so I don’t know if Francesca Bianchi would approve it. Previously working in publishing she became curious about alchemy and perfumery, so she started to experiment. Nowadays she offers fully handmade fragrances that are done in her very own way.

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Angel’s Dust is very translucent for the first couple of minutes and then the structure of the perfume is slowly starting to take more ‘physical’ shape. That said, iris appears right away and it’s a very powdery one. It’s a very nicely structured accord that combines different nuances. The powderness is quite dry at first, like talcum but it transforms into more silky feeling that then gradually unveils floral tones. There’s also a vegetal aspect to it – that is when iris ‘abandons’ its powdery form to become more buttery with hints of roots and a little bit of damp earth.

This pale face of iris obtains a little bit of a rosy blush on its cheeks as soon as rose joins the composition. The latter one is quite saturated but definitely not overdone. It almost feels as if you could take a handful of bright red petals, squeeze them in your palm & a few drops of rose oil would drip off your hand – it’s that rich to my nose. Angel’s Dust is a real floral feast as there’s also mimosa note appearing later. Its yellow pom-pom like flowers spread a cheerful scent of a pollen puffs. Every time I smell these flowers beautifully entwine with one another, I want to smile wide.

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1,5 – 2 hours later heart notes of Angel’s Dust start to play around. If this perfume was turned into a piece of music, they would play completely new sounds. You could say that there’s some sort of cut-off. Floral elements are left behind and I start to experience more balsamic notes now. A diffusion of benzoin spreads around the wearer a delicate cloud of balmy, slightly smoky goodness with a hint of caramel flavor. Addition of vanilla enhances the feeling of deliciousness while tolu balsam makes it feel deeper and with more substance but still with brightness that would guide you through the night.

When Angel’s Dust reaches its drydown I can smell a lot of sandalwood, it’s creamy and smooth but with occassional splinters at times. There’s also a whole bunch of musk. The latter one is a combination of dust, some animalic traces and something more clean and fluffy. I very much like this perfume until its drydown, it has something in the base that annoys me. Luckily it then disappears. But I don’t want it to be the reason why you wouldn’t try it, it’s highly possible that you wouldn’t detect that thing at all. Available format is a 30 ml bottle of extrait. On me it lasts around 7 hours.

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3 new ways to turn your bathroom into a home spa

Apart from perfume I also like other scented products. I like to use candles but I rarely buy any because they are usually quite expensive & I feel a bit guilty if I were to spend money on something that will burn relatively quickly. That’s why I often treat myself to scented shower products. I’m especially happy if I can find something at a reasonable price and with a fragrance I like because then I know that I’ll enjoy the product. I would hesitate more were I to buy a more pricy item.

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That’s why today I’m happy to share my discovery from few days ago. Yves Rocher has introduced 3 new beautiful scents to their Plaisirs Nature shower range. All of them containt at least 98% of naturally derived ingredients and the new lines have a simply wonderful scent.
Magnolia & White Tea (shown left) – this pearly gel with delicate pink hue has a very gentle and silky scent of soft, watery magnolia flowers combined with a lightly green fragrance of white tea.
Pomegranate & Pink Berries (shown middle) – this red tinged shower gel will wake you up with an invigorating aroma of tart pomegranate mixed with the smell of sweet red berries, especially raspberries and strawberries. Interesting that in Poland this one is called Pomegranate & Pink Pepper [baies roses]. Pepper is also present in the composition in my opinion.
Cotton Flower & Mimosa (shown right) – this yellowish shower gel with a pearly effect will bring extra pleasure to your bathroom rituals. Its relaxing aroma combines a soft and fluffy scent of cotton flower with a delightful aroma of mimosa pom-poms. The latter one is very realistic, adding a sweet and powdery yellow aroma to this shower product. This one is my favorite from the bunch.

Best part about these shower gels is the fact that they cost circa 4,50 euro for a 400 ml bottle. What’s your favorite shower product? Which one, if any, would you like to see in your bathroom?

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