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The curved, modern glassware isn’t too masculine or feminine and the 50ml bottles are the perfect fit for the palm of your hand. They’ll look pretty on your dressing table too.
So the first scent I tried was the Santalum. Here’s how H&M describe it on the site (and the side of the box ;))
Mellow and creamy, deep and rich – a powerful, esoteric sandalwood fragrance. Sourced from mature trees in Western Australia. Perfumer: Olivier Pescheux. Species: Santalum album. Top: myrtle, cypress, pine. Heart: white peach, white flowers, jasmine. Base: red cedarwood, sandalwood, musk.
This really reminded me of that beautiful, intoxicating smell that you notice when you’re walking past an Arabian Oud: powerful, intriguing; complex.
SIMILAR TO: Le Labo Santal 33 (which is £180 per 100ml! :O )
ROSE ABSOLUTE REVIEW
The next day I decided to shake it up a little and go for the Rose Absolute. Now, I’m not usually a floral perfume kinda gal but my mum and sister have Jo Malone’s Velvet Rose and Oud and I’m a massive fan of Agent Provocateur’s EDP – it was probably the first ‘proper’ perfume I ever owned and I always used to sneak a spray or two from my mum’s dressing table when I was younger. Anyway, before I get carried away, here’s the official description of the scent:
Warm, honeyed and spicy, our Rose Absolute is derived from the essential oils of damask roses harvested in southern Turkey. Perfumer: Olivier Pescheux. Species: Rosa damascena. Top: saffron, cinnamon, clary sage. Heart: Turkish rose, iris, freesia. Base: cedarwood, patchouli, incense.
I am gonna describe it as a dusky and dark floral scent, not dissimilar to Jo Malone’s Velvet Rose but definitely not the same. I could really pick out the sage and of course the Turkish rose from the initial spritz.
Rose Absolute doesn’t have quite the sillage of Santalum and I didn’t find it as powerful – I think (if you’re anything like me) you’d want to top this up after 5-6 hours. Which is still an amazing amount of wear time if you ask me!
The rose element of the perfume lasted all day, and after a while it had a slightly powdery smell? Maybe it’s the iris. I actually love powdery fragrances so I really liked how this dried down. There was something quite ‘nighttime’ about this scent as well which was lovely. I get worried that florals can smell a bit dated but Rose Absolute doesn’t smell anything like a grandma. 😉
SIMILAR TO: Jo Malone Velvet Rose & Oud (£75 per 50ml), Agent Provocateur EDP (varies)
All in all, I’m THOROUGHLY impressed with both of these perfumes. I actually love it when a high street brand can deliver something like this – just goes to show that you don’t always have to spend £70+ to smell incredible.
Remember, if you’re part of the H&M Club, you can get 15% off these new fragrances! I tell you, grab em while you can because I predict a sell out.
Even if you can’t get down to an H&M to give these a sniff test first, you could always add a couple of these little handbag-friendly roll-ons to your next H&M online shop – they’re only £8.99!
I know I’ll be grabbing some of the mini sizes on my next shop.
God, I LOVE a bargain.