Molton Brown Exquisite Vanilla & Violet Flower

Decent violet fragrances are hard to find – I love the scent of violets but generally don’t like them when they’re doused in something else… such as vanilla. So, this was a sugar coated mess waiting to happen, and yet, it hasn’t. Somehow, this veers away from cakes and candy (ironically, as it’s part of their Patisserie Parlour Collection) and allows the violet to properly cut through the surrounding tonka and musk.

It’s powdery, pretty and pleasing in its current format as a bath and shower gel – I think it’s right for a shower gel in that violet is so distinctive that most people like it fleetingly. There is a body lotion and a candle but personally, I’d stick with the gel (£20 HERE at John Lewis) and that flash of spring joy.

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