Established in 1996, The Library of Fragrance set out to create fragrances that captured all the wonderful smells that surround us every day, but are too often under appreciated in our busy, pressured, multi-tasking world. Although you may not think smelling of Play-Doh or Gin & Tonic is aspirational, the scents manage to capture the idea without dosing you in an overwhelming and unwearable note. The Play-Doh scent has a very distinctive undertone, but it's not until you know what you're smelling that you realise what it is; the same with Baby Powder and Gin & Tonic, which capture the emotions and tone that you recognise, without making you smell all kinds of odd.
The sweeter scents are much more obvious - I instantly recognised Chocolate Chip Cookie and Lemon Meringue - but incredibly wearable. However, the incarnation of Thunderstorm is unexpected and somewhat revolutionary; smelling like the aftermath of a downpour, you can definitely detect the notes of freshly disturbed soil. What's great about this brand is that you can mix, match and layer fragrances to create a whole new scent; their 'single note' nature means that they express a single, identifiable smell or idea and do not change over time. You can play around to tone down a fragrance with a splash of something more subtle such as Baby Powder, or spice it up with a touch of Gin & Tonic - the possibilities are endless.
You may think these bottles of wonder will set you back a small fortune, but the great news is that they're available from Boots priced only £15.00 each. There's so much more to choose from too - including Black Pepper, Apple Pie, Cherry Blossom, Cucumber, Espresso, Fireplace, Ginger, Coconut, Leather, Lychee and Honey. Their repertoire is endless, so it's definitely worth a look to see if you can find a fragrance with a special place in your heart; I know that my mum will love the Lemon Meringue scent, as it's always been her favourite desert and a birthday treat. What better way to treat her this Mother's Day than a scrummy pudding bottled?
The Library of Fragrance scents are available online and via Boots, priced £15.00.