Love & Toast Perfumes in Gin Blossom, Mandarin Tea, Paper Flower and Sugar Grapefruit

Love & Toast fragrances are not only packaged in sleek glass bottles, they are also decorated with the whimsical illustrations that are typical of Margot Elena’s artistic style. After Soap ‘n Sorbet gave me sample vials of four to review, I discovered that their notes are generally simple. However, these botanical essences make mélanges of unique and memorable sniffs, when put together.

Here are my thoughts on the Love & Toast perfumes available at Soap ‘n Sorbet.

Notes: Citrus zest, mandarin blossom and verbena leaves

An olfactory highlight of the year for me, Gin Blossom is fresh, clean and absolutely uplifting! I adore this bracing scent for its citrussy notes balanced with the almost-sparkling, green and crisp verbena accents. A sprinkling of sugary hints rounds off this beautifully-refreshing fragrance.

Notes: African rooibos tea, pomegranate, neroli and orange blossom

At first sniff, Mandarin Tea is sugary with citrussy tones; its sweetness underscored by a soft powdery after-whiff. There is no sour tang, just a hint of tartness to lift the sugary touches. It’s light but not flighty; fresh but not brash. The rooibos tea gives it a unique whiff – there are woodsy, earthy hints in the dry down but not so warm that they overpower the citrus. It’s quite a comforting sniff (think sweet treats) and is unmistakably feminine.

Notes: Waterlily, dewberry rose and ylang ylang

To me, Paper Flower is a distinctly modern scent. Of the four fragrances featured here, it is the most complex, with the deep notes of ylang ylang mingling with the rich floral tones. Laced with a delicate fruity sweetness, this perfume – also the strongest sniff of the four – is an intimation of feminine strength, contrary to its whimsical name.

Notes: Pink grapefruit, orange citrus and warm musk lily

More citrussy than Mandarin Tea, this scent awakens the senses with its burst of juicy pink grapefruit notes. Fresh and invigorating, the citrus tang of Sugar Grapefruit is tempered by clean sugary tones. The sweetness accentuates the fruity notes, while the hints of warm musk lily give the fragrance a very soft floral after-whiff.

Fragrance preferences are subjective, of course; my favoured sniffs may be your miffs. As such, it would be best to personally smell these fragrances before placing an order. You can do this at Trixilini, which stocks Love & Toast products. Alternatively, you could order sample vials to try them out before committing to a bottle.

From now till 24 October 2010, receive a free Love & Toast Handcreme with every purchase of a Love & Toast fragrance. To have an idea of what their hand creams are like, you can read my review of Love & Toast Handcreme in Mandarin Tea.

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