Black “Fragrance” Friday

Black “Fragrance” Friday

Fragrance Friday

Following the great success of last years Black “Fragrance” Friday Sale we are going to be repeating it again this year on Friday 27th November. In true Black Friday tradition we are going to be giving 20% or more off on selected products so if you’ve had your eye on something particular and want to take advantage of this excellent discount then log onto: this Friday.

I can confirm that our extremely popular Orange Blossom Hair Perfume that has been absolutely flying off the shelf lately will be included in the sale!

Happy Shopping! 🙂

50 famous quotes on travelling

50 famous quotes on travelling


“To travel is to live” Hans Christian Andersen

‘Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.’ Ernest Hemingway

‘A ship in harbour is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.’ John A. Shedd

‘A good traveller has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.’ Lao Tzu

‘People don’t take trips… trips take people.’ John Steinbeck

‘Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.’ Lawrence Block

 ‘Once a year, go somewhere you have never been before.’ Dalai Lama

‘Paris is always a good idea.’ Audrey Hepburn

‘Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.’ Jack Kerouac

‘Not until we are lost do we begin to find ourselves.’ Henry David Thoreau

‘Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.’ Benjamin Disraeli

‘Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have travelled.’ Mohammed

‘A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.’ George Moore

‘All that is gold does not glitter; just as not all those who wander are lost.’ JRR Tolkien

‘Travel is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer.’ author unknown

‘I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.’ Oscar Wilde

‘If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home.’ James Michener

‘It is better to travel well than to arrive.’ Buddha

‘Travel makes a wise man better, and a fool worse.’ Thomas Fuller

‘I dislike feeling at home when I am abroad.’ George Bernard Shaw

‘All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveller is unaware.’ Martin Buber

‘Journeys end in lovers meeting.’ William Shakespeare

‘Great things are done when men and mountains meet.’ William Blake

‘If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears.’ Cesare Paves

‘He who is outside his door has the hardest part of his journey behind him.’ Dutch Proverb

‘The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.’ Gilbert K. Chesterton

‘Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.’ Ralph Waldo Emerson

‘This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England.’ William Shakespeare

‘There are no foreign lands. It is the traveller only who is foreign.’ Robert Louis Stevenson

‘He who does not travel does not know the value of men.‘ Moorish proverb

‘Curiosity is the one thing invincible in nature.’ Freya Stark

‘Great things are done when men and mountains meet.’ William Blake

‘The most effective way to do it, is to do it.’ Amelia Earhart

‘No one realises how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.’ Lin Yutang

‘For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.’ Robert Louis Stevenson

‘One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.’ Henry Miller

‘A traveller without observation is a bird without wings.’ Saadi Shirazi

‘A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.’ Tim Cahill

‘As a woman I have no country. As a woman I want no country. As a woman, my country is the whole world.’ Virginia Woolf

‘The Earth is what we all have in common.’ Wendell Berry

‘To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.’ Aldous Huxley

‘Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.’ Paul Theroux

‘The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.’ Rudyard Kipling

‘No, no! The adventures first, explanations take such a dreadful time.’ Lewis Carroll

‘It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end.’ Ursula K. Le Guin

‘Every man who possibly can should force himself to a holiday of a full month in a year, whether he feels like taking it or not.’ William James

‘A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.’ John Steinbeck

‘We hit the sunny beaches where we occupy ourselves keeping the sun off our skin, the saltwater off our bodies, and the sand out of our belongings.’ Erma Bombeck

‘Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.’ Greg Anderson

‘Adventures do occur, but not punctually.’ E.M. Forster

‘Vacation: a period of travel and relaxation when you take twice the clothes and half the money you need.’ Author unknown

Which ones do you like the most? – mine is indicated in bold.

Lustworthy Coffee Table Books

Lustworthy Coffee Table Books

Here’s a list of a few coffee table books that I’ve currently got my beady eyes on.

They say that one’s coffee table book collection is a glimpse into their life/tastes/character so here’s a glimpse into mine:

High Fashion


Dior Book 2


Chanel Book

Tom Ford

Tom Ford Book


Chloe Book

Black Beauty

(and it’s namesake)

Black Beauty Book

Vintage Black Glamour

A beautifully done book with lots of unseen pictures of historical black glamour

Black Glamour Book


Dior: The Perfumes

Dior The Perfumes Book

A book on Perfumes by the master perfumer Roja Dove

Roja Dove Book

Frederic Malle on Perfume Making

Perfume Making Book


The Luxury Alchemist: Love the title 🙂

Luxury Alchemist


Caribbean Hideaways

Beautiful photography from a beautiful part of the world!

Caribbean Hideaways Book


One of my favourite places in the world


A wonderful collection of arctic photography

Antarctica Book

Conde’ Nast


Conde Nast Traveller Book


The French Cat Book

Buddhism & Mindfulness

Buddha Book

Home Interiors

EOS Book

Glamorous Rooms Book

Verandah Book


Yann Arthus-Bertrand

I recently watched this french filmmaker/journalist/environmentalist/photographer’s documentaries HUMAN and HOME and I was utterly blown away. He has a coffee table book featuring some of his amazing work and I cannot wait to get it!

Arthus Book

One Planet Book

Inspirational People

Oprah Winfrey- her names precedes her

Oprah Winfrey Book

Naomi Campbell

A beautiful collection of some of Naomi Campbell’s best and some unseen work. A collection spanning her decades as one of the most successful supermodels in history. Unfortunately this book won’t be gracing my coffee table as it is extortionately expensive!


Nelson Mandela – What a man!

Mandela Book

David Attenborough

A passionate, intelligent, wonderful man. I just love him!

David Attenborough Book

And that concludes my list of lustworthy coffee table books! I hope to gift myself with one a month if I can.

What coffee table books do you have that you love? Which is your favourite out of the ones above?


Designing a Fragrance: From imagination to creation

Designing a Fragrance: From imagination to creation


Perfumery is such a mysterious business, and such a niche, that it is notoriously difficult to get into it as a career. Perfumers are known mostly by reputation and usually knowledge is passed down through the generations and kept within a small amount of families.

I found this article online about the process of making perfume. It shows the process of how perfumers get from an idea or concept from their clients to an actual product.

Make your own DIY Toner

Make your own DIY Toner


Check out this easy-peasy natural skincare recipe that you can make quite easily at home using just a few key ingredients.

Toners are a form of gentle skin hydration that is used after the removal of makeup which can sometimes strip the skin of its natural oils and moisture. Toners act as the much needed hydration and refreshment of the skin after makeup remove and before your moisturisers is applied. It’s a simple but effective way of making sure your skincare regime is a pure as it can be.

Here is an recipe for a skin toner that’s especially good for hydration

You will need:

  1. 1/4 Cup Tap Water
  2. 1 Tablespoon Witch Hazel
  3. 1/2 Teaspoon Vegetable Glycerin
  4. 5 drops clary sage (salvia sclarea) essential oil
  5. 5 drops grapefruit (citrus paradisi) essential oil
  6. 5 drops german chamomile (matricaria recutita)

First: Boil the water rapidly for around 3 minutes to sterilise, then cool. Combine all of the ingredients together in a small spray bottle and shake together to blend. To use, shake well then spray directly onto clean skin or on a cotton wool pad and apply. Follow up with a good moisturiser.

You can also change the essential oils used in this blend but try to stay away from citrus oils as they can irritate sensitive skin.

Enjoy! and do let me know how you get on with it, I’m always happy to hear from you 🙂