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Floraïku, Harrods

Floraïku, Harrods

During a grey, overcast morning (to match my state of mind), I’m trying one of Floraïku’s scents called First Dream of the Year. It’s a cheery concoction of grapefruit and orange blossom oils, as well as iris concrete absolute as the Floraiku assistant explains,  “In Japanese it’s said the first dream of the year is the most important dream, as it indicates how the rest of your year will go. If you dream of egg plants, or the phoenix bird, or Mount Fugi it means you will have a very lucky year ahead of you.”

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Jovoy, Mayfair

Jovoy, Mayfair

Jovoy is aptly named as stepping into this place is pure joy - no exaggeration. With its chic red and black interiors, it's home to a whole host of gorgeous niche brands from far flung corners of the globe. As well as their own perfume line, you can sniff out high end brands like Aedes de Venustas, Beaufort London, Eight & Bob and Grossmith London, as well as Nejma, Evody and The House of Oud. Together with the perfumes themselves, there are also a number of curiousities for scent lovers to discover - not least several bling-tastic perfume bottles, some of which go for a cool £6000  - you can also head downstairs to admire ambergris displayed in its raw form behind a glass cabinet (ambergris is whale phlegm basically, and the most expensive ingredient in perfumery).

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Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody

Sarah Rotheram, CEO of Miller Harris – is famed for her offbeat, somewhat maverick approach. We caught up over cheese and cocktails (our kind of girl) to chat all things fragrance...

I first met Sarah when she was Group CEO of Penhaligon’s, at a dinner party held in an NCP car park to launch the brand’s (now well-loved) fragrance ‘Juniper Sling’. They’d decked the place out to look like an underground speakeasy, complete with bathtubs full of gin. Needless to say, it was a memorable evening. Sarah held court, striking with her white-blonde cropped hair and red lips (reminding me of a childhood fixation with Annie Lennox) and knew this was someone I had to get to know better.

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Les Senteurs, Marylebone

Les Senteurs, Marylebone

"In the 70s and 80s, perfume wasn’t the sexy subject it is today. Nothing was known about it, people thought Chanel was mixing up perfumes herself! Scent never used to be talked about, but now it is; it’s such a big subject, there are books about it, the internet’s full of it. And I think a large part of that is due to this shop."

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