I just flicked back at my other two perfume posts and realise that like this perfume, the others also smell like food.

Esprit du Roi smells like the green stalks when a tomato is plucked off the vine. This particular smell reminds me very much of my father – who grew tomatoes annually and with great vigor. There is nothing better than home grown tomatoes.

The official jam: “Originally created in 1983, Esprit du Roi returns as a lush woody citrus, heady with swirling scented foliage. Fresh tomato leaf, mint and raspberry leaf are combined with rich florals, warm woods and potent musks to create this masterpiece of contrasts.”

I find with the Penhaligon’s scents you either love it a lot or find it vile – you can’t recommend one to someone based on the fact they like another. They vary so much with such a big range. Also I can’t say “check” because the three people that reviewed it, two slated it completely.

Any, if you want to smell like being in the garden with your dad, this is it.


After the response to my last perfume post, I have decided it must be worth doing a second. This time I choose a British perfume made in England.

Amber is made by Laboratory Perfumes and is an Eau de Toilette or a scented candle. I like the science lab packaging for the bottle and the bottle itself is labeled like a beaker on the back. The sculpture in the background is an original “piece” called “Hobart” as made by yours truly. Dora my cleaner saw my sculpture and picked it up and looked at it, then looked at me and said “I hope you didn’t pay money for that.”

Officially, the scent is described as balmy layers of wood, earth and ambergris, with green spicy top notes. More simply I would describe it as sophisticated pineapples. Good for men and women.

The other scent made by Laboratory perfumes is Gorse – “Subtle notes of cardamon transport us to the coast and countryside. Gorse is fresh and zesty with citrus top notes.” Equally delicious. I was standing in Liberty and had a hard time choosing between the two.

If you like the Comme des Garçons scents like the Sherbert series, Leaves series or Incense series it might be worth giving this a try for a change and buy some “local product”.