This sleek white box contains the second of Liz Earle's forays into fragrance. Botanical Essence No. 1 was a light, fresh, citrus scent: great for summer, bursting with fruit and sunlight. Nice, but not really my kind of thing. No. 15, however, is right up my street. It's a deep, rich, almost gourmand oriental fragrance, and I kind of want to eat it.
It arrives encased in a sturdy cardboard box which folds out to reveal both the perfume bottle within and a detailed breakdown of the ingredients used in its making.
The bottle itself is a very minimalist affair - a simple cream bottle with a glass top, it bears Liz Earle's name and logo, the name of the fragrance, and that's it.
As for the scent itself, it's absolutely perfect for winter. Warm, rich ingredients like tonka bean and vanilla are tempered with woody, earthy vetiver and cedarwood. Add spice, such as clove and pink pepper, and you get a fragrance that evokes evenings by the fire with a mug of mulled wine, the scent of some kind of delicious cake floating in the air. It's a little bit foodie, a lot comforting, and it's exactly the sort of scent I turn to come autumn. There's something about it (probably that tonka bean and vanilla combo) which draws a parallel with my absolute favourite (and much more expensive), Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille. I'll definitely be repurchasing.
Find it at the Liz Earle website, where a 50ml spray bottle will cost you £45.
Disclosure: PR sample