I’ve loved Roget & Gallet for years – the original fragrance, Jean Marie Farina is a perennial favourite for soap because of it’s clean and somewhat old fashioned scent. It’s a refreshingly uncomplicated cologne fragrance – top notes of lemon and bergamot, middle notes of neroli, rosemary and bitter orange, and bottom notes of laurel bay, cedar wood and sandalwood. Not a whiff of woods that have been passed by the wings of fairies or pea shells picked at midnight etc, etc. It’s just a simple, traditional, soapy smell that errs to the masculine. However, Roget & Gallet’s newest product, Huile Sublime Bois D’Orange, is one of the most feminine orange zest scents I’ve ever come across. There’s no sharp hit – it’s all muted down with Jasmine and Cedar..delicious. The smell is almost secondary to the oil itself – a dry mix of argan, almond, camelia, macademia, evening primrose and sesame to make a softening and moisturising combination with no stickiness. You can spritz it over hair, face or body for instant hydration and it is suitable for sensitive skin, too. Find it from May for £22.
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