Thursday, 22 January 2015

The Library of Fragrance

From September 2014 you may have noticed a new product range available from 400 Boots stores around the UK.

You may not have seen them yet and you may not be familiar with the brand, so allow me to introduce you to the hugely popular US Fragrance brand, The Library of Fragrance.
This is no ordinary fragrance brand let me tell you, oh no. Established in 1996 it launced with an iconic capsule of just three scents. These scents were ‘Grass’, ‘Tomato’ and ‘dirt’.

Yep, really.

Their mission is to capture the scents that surround us in the everyday, and they truly smell spot on!
Today, they boast over 300 scents, ranging from fairly typical fragrances such as ‘Jasmine’ or ‘Freesia, to the far more unique and unusual, such a ‘Baby Powder’, ‘Gin and Tonic’, ‘Fireplace’, ‘Pizza’, ‘Play Doh’ and the one I tried, ‘Pina Colada’!

Before you all shout at me ‘But who wants to smell like an alcoholic beverage or dirt?’ allow me to explain further.

The idea is that you can create your own signature scent from their vast range of smells.

The Library of Fragrance enables its wearers to ‘layer’ the scents and wear them together to create new and unique iterations. The most basic rule of thumb is that if things smell good together in real life, they will smell good on you.

For example, ‘Grass’ + ‘Sunshine’ + ‘Vanilla Ice Cream’ smell incredible worn together, whilst ‘Gingerbread’ + ‘Marshmallow’ is a comforting duo that gourmand fragrance fans will fall for.

It gives you the opportunity to customise your own scent and indeed the company and Boots encourages you to do so with its ‘2 for £25’ promotion (Each fragrance costs £15 alone.)

You all know how much I love sweet scents so I gave Pina Colada a try and boy does it smell like it! Its amazing and so realistic smelling, I adore it! I would say that on its own, it is VERY sweet smelling, but if combined with a more subtle, musky scent such as vanilla or even peach, would be much more wearable.

A capsule collection of 28 of the brand’s best-selling scents are available at Boots stores and a more extensive collection of 101 fragrances are available from the brand’s UK website.


  1. The concept is interesting and intriguing~ ^ ^
    But a couple of the scents do sound a little off-putting! ^ - ^

  2. I remember smelling the Play Doh one a few years back and then forgetting where I smelled it. No one believed me! I'm not sure if I'd wear the pizza one, although my OH would. He's a pizza fiend!


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