[sample/affiliate] At £6.50 a pop, I’m pretty impressed with these little alphabet fragrances from M&S. I’ve spent more time than I should, with no solid conclusion, thinking about how they broke the letters down and what research was done on how many of each letter. Surely there are less X names than B names for example, but whether there are more B names than D names is anyone’s guess. And yet, there must be that research out there otherwise it would be impossible to sales predict.
The scent is not by any means fine fragrance, but the soft floral notes of rose and jasmine are really pretty. I didn’t pick up any of the honey or amber that is supposed to be there but I know I could easily wear this as a day to day fragrance that will sit very nicely. In terms of longevity – it’s not huge, but not terrible either. The initial fragrance doesn’t really change as it warms on the skin, there’s just less of it as time passes. It’s sweet with a slightly soapy back note (which I like) and I think at the price, a lovely buy especially as it’s on offer for £5.20. It’s HERE, non affiliate HERE.
It’s not quite such a success story with the Alphabet Candles – this one is Grapefruit and Ginger, pretty much in name only!
There’s a bit of a lesson in quality control here – this had wax all over the glass above the solid wax. I have never seen them look this way in store so there is obviously a rogue batch out there and most unlike M&S who are usually meticulous about their quality control. In the burn, it took a very long time before there was even a tiny amount of fragrance and it didn’t really ever get to anything that I could describe as room fragrancing. I mean, it looked nice enough with the metallic lettering so if it’s atmosphere over fragrance that you want, no problem at all. They’re £5 HERE, non affiliate HERE. I should mention that the candle has 5 stars from 32 reviews on the M&S web site so perhaps it is that I have a rogue one that for whatever reason isn’t matching the standard of the majority.
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