Yesterday we headed down to the Mandeville hotel in W1 for the ultimate beauty treat and no, it wasn’t a massage, but rather the Jasmine Training Course with perfumer extraordinaire Roja Dove. We reckon we haven’t learnt so much in one day since school and although we can’t deny that our concentration levels have got undeniably rusty in the time since we departed sixth form, we would officially like to declare ourselves fragrance addicts as of today.
Although we arrived thinking that we knew our fragrance stuff, Roja took us through several hours of blind fragrance testing that a) made us realise that we didn’t, b) taught us how to recognise florals, chypres and orientals, c) introduced us to a fair few number of new fragrance heroes which we never thought were our thing…
So new to our collection today?
Marc Jacobs Daisy EDP, £43; Perles de Lalique EDP, £45 Thierry Mugler Angel EDP, £41, Narcisso Rodriguez EDP, £54
And yes, it gets even better, just how fabulous is Roja’s travelling fragrance organ and his original Chanel fragrances sitting in that red silk box? Sigh…
p.s. It takes 306,000-308,000 roses to make just 1kg pf Rose Essential Oil - who knew?
p.p.s We’re hooked.
Stockists: Marc Jacobs 0800 083 6310; Lalique Harrods; Narcisso Rodriguez House of Fraser; Thierry Mugler Available Nationwide
by Rose Beer