[unpaid/sample/affiliate/ad] I did a quick archive check and saw that I last reviewed this product in 2013 – I think a nine year gap is long enough? But, I’ve also got some new thoughts around the Noble Isle options – man gifts. Aside from the fact that Noble Isle has really grown since I took notice of it last (which is great to see) but it’s also branched out into body scrubs, sanitizers and home fragrance.
I’ve flagged Rhubarb Rhubarb! in the title of the post because it’s the one that I’m gravitating towards naturally – I love the scent of rhubarb with its sharp-sweet fruity notes. This is all those things – there’s no searching for the full rhubarb experience because it’s there from the get-go. As a body wash, it’s perfect – you get all the juicy fragrance but it doesn’t really hang around too hard afterwards. It’s more that there is a little trail for a while. I’m slightly averse to using the body lotion because enjoying a full blown rhubarb experience in the bath or shower is one thing, but carrying it around all day is another.
Now, here we are with the two godsend gifts when you’re wracking your brains for a man appropriate gift – because they are harder to buy for! Noble Isle works with other Brit brands to create a picture of Britain through their products. As you can see from the label, they’ve sourced their barley from a Scottish distillery for Whisky & Water and their beetroot from Wales for Fireside. So, while Rhubarb Rhubarb! smells a lot like rhubarb, Whisky & Water and Fireside smell less like their namesakes. Whisky & Water has got an undercurrent of whisky but mostly it’s just warm and aromatic with slightly malty notes – it’s a very smooth aroma. Fireside is heavy on the woods (don’t be thinking of embers) that give it a balsamic edge with wafts of pine (cypress actually). A sprinkle of cinnamon gives it spiciness and another layer of interest. I see they are still referring to this as ‘oriental’ but that word isn’t considered okay in fragrance any more – I understand why (not least because the fragrance genre was born in France) and because we have words we can call it something else instead. So, spicy and resinous is where I’d put Fireside.
All the options of hand wash and body wash have corresponding body and/or hand lotions – I’m not sure what the difference is between a body lotion (Fireside) and a body hydrator (Rhubarb) is but they’re both light and effective. I’ve spotted on FeelUnique that if you spend £50 on Noble Isle you get a free 75ml Golden Harvest Body Lotion so if you do have gifts to stock up on, there’s really something in it for you too! The Hand Washes are £20, Lotions are £21 while Bath & Shower is £21.95 and Body Lotion is £25.90. There aren’t many products like this that edge to traditionally male perceived fragrances unless you go the full Brut but if you prefer these kind of notes, or you have man gifts to sort, everything is HERE.
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