Forever Ambre

174 Forever Ambre

Ahem. I have something to say – er, confess? About a week ago, when I visited Bandra No. 190 (a store which is home to Moon River, Nappa Dori and yes, yes, The Charcoal Project) for a work-related something with my colleagues – I bought a scented candle for Rs. 3,500 (190 g)! From diptyque! That’s okay, RIIIIGHT? I think it is. I didn’t walk into the store thinking I would buy anything – for starters, it totally slipped my mind that Moon River was going to be there (I’ve heard so much about it already, and I’ve always wanted to check it out if I ever did visit the Delhi outlet – Akanksha (Redhu) and her sister Naina make it seem really pretty – I feel like I’ve read about Moon River on both of their blogs.) But I digress!

For those of you who don’t know, diptyque is a French company that produces a line of fragrances and scented candles; they’re based in Paris (le sigh!). I haven’t known about them for too long, maybe only since the past two years. As soon as I stepped into Moon River, I spent more than a couple of minutes sniffing all the candles at the diptyque corner. Such lovely smells, and I was in “perfume-heaven”! Before finding Ambre, I did take a sniff at the John Galliano one (that was very tempting, too!) After that, I took a couple more sniffs of Ambre (if the security camera caught any of it, shucks! Crazed drug-addict like behaviour.) – it was the ONE for me! It reminded me of this one perfume from AvonSurrender (I don’t think they sell it anymore!). It was an impulsive, but good buy, you know? Totally fills up my room with its sweet fragrance, and how (surprisingly, I’ve been lighting it for a few hours every day this past week. Yeah, no miserly behaviour from MOI!) – NOTE TO SELF: Must not let such extravagance get to my head! – I probably should thank my colleague Supriya (The Home Label) for making me consider it (I actually didn’t require much persuading as such.) – the fragrance was enough to suck me in completely. And it did. And now my head and heart is in this dreamy, dark place of Ambre heaven. Mm-mmm!

{ Rating – 9 / 10 }

P.S. Of course, this review is subjective! If you’re into fragrances and home scents as heavily as I am, diptyque is a company whose stuff you should get/er, invest in? I wholeheartedly recommend one of their candles (or perfumes)! The price is as much as you would pay, perhaps for an EDP of 50 ml, and hun, that fragrance is so deep – it’s like you doused the room in it. As a candle, it pretty much R-O-X! In terms of the fragrance, that’s something you will have to figure out based on the notes and smells your nose generally likes/is accustomed to. Ambre is a fairly intoxicating mix of spicy vanilla, smoky wood and Arabic incense (from what I can tell). Confession? I have never spent this much on a singular piece of clothing – except for a few of my perfumes. Idjit!

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Artwork and pictures by Roanna Fernandes

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Ode to October

Jupiter Skye, Roanna Fernandes, Ode to October, October 2013, October, Love

Look, I love to romanticise people and things okay? Er, I mean, like the fact that I don’t think I’ll ever stop getting excited about a favourite month coming along (even though it comes every year!). You already know that February tops my list but October is a special month as well. Plenty of kooky reasons, but I like ’em. Let’s raise our hats to a happy October? Yes? Yes! Okay. 

“Lavender-scented baths. Birthdays. Candied apples. Halloween. Witches. Red lipstick! Orange. Nutmeg. Pumpkins. Jack-o’-lanterns! Librans. Mysteries. Witchcraft. Voodoo. Scooby-Doo! Sweater dresses. Americano. Cardigans. Best friends. Moroccan lanterns. Drops of Jupiter. Boxy blazers. Starbucks. The Darker Half. Pleats Please by Issey Miyake. Apple pie. Bubble baths. Romances. Books. Love potion. Costumes. Wool. Legends. Coffee dates. Gloves. The Forbidden Game. Writing. Espresso. Autumn. Charcoal pencils. Trench coats. Pink ribbons. Dressing up. Moonlight. Shea shower cream. Cinnamon. Creepy stories. Holding hands. Graveyards. Conversations. Elle by Yves Saint Laurent. Black. Letters from strangers. Ruby Woo. Think of You by MS MR (RAC Remix). Frankincense. Sleep Balm. Music. Wolves. Scents. Celebrations. Scarves. Caramel toffee. Warm breezes. Scented candles. Pumpkin spice. Guys. Oh, October!”

P.S If you’re interested in my work and are thinking of a collaboration or project, please write to me and direct your queries. Just please DO NOT BRAND, LABEL, STEAL or USE my work as your own. It would thoroughly anger and disappoint me, to say the least. Translation: Pilfer my stuff, and you could die.

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes

Fountain of Youth

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Some weeks ago, The Four Fountains Spa wrote to me asking if I’d like to review a massage treatment at any of their spas, and I thought it might be fun to actually to experience one of their relaxing massages (I love spas, and this one was complimentary!) and see for myself. My appointment was booked at their spa in Bandra for last week, and I got there early. One of the spa assistants there gave me a menu to peruse and choose a massage. I had already gone through their treatments et cetera on their website so I settled for the Relaxing Aromatherapy Massage (I picked this one because it would be conducted using lavender and ylang-ylang oils… mm-mmm!). After that, I had to also answer a little test (on the spot, haha!) that would roughly analyse my stress levels – my score was 13 which is apparently pretty high. Shucks!

Anyway, so shortly after, I was led into one of the rooms (it was scented, as expected) – it was a very small space (there’s a tiny cupboard to keep your valuables, and some hangers on the wall for your clothes – I wouldn’t advise that you carry too much with you to the spa anyway, to be on the safe side). There’s a self-contained shower room (woo-hoo!) so no issues arise when you want to take a steamy bath and rinse off that oil after your pampering. Coming to the massage, so my masseuse was this girl named Afreen, she started with gentle strokes and then worked it up to a slight pressure (she also didn’t talk much or ask me too many questions – I don’t really like talking at salons and spas so that was a win-win for me!), and since the oil was a blend of lavender and ylang-ylang, it all just smelled (and felt) very nice. Needless to say, it was a relaxing one hour, and she worked on all of my knots (but my back was still a little stiff as it was before the massage – my shoulders, more than anything).

I’ve only had two body massages before this and those were good, and this one wasn’t any different (nothing to complain about, really). I would definitely think of booking myself for an appointment in the future (I want to try the Energising Aromatherapy Massage next!) or buy a gift voucher for a friend. Before booking an appointment, go through their website which is satisfactory when it comes to the basic details, plus you can check their prices too. Spa this weekend? (Think about it!) Ooh, and I nearly forgot – before I left, they sent me off with a little tub (it’s like a lip balm pot) containing a home-made cream with relaxing properties – it smells medicinal and feels especially calming. I’ve used up all of it this past week! :-/

P.S. By the way, what do you think of my artwork? I didn’t have a representational picture nor did I take any photographs at the spa so I made this one rather hurriedly! I had added candles and everything but it ruined the effect overall so I finally stuck with this illustration. 

The Scent of a Rose

122 The Scent of a Rose

I know it has been more than a week since I last wrote here, and I’m sorry! I almost feel like the apology is directed at myself, more than any of you (I’m not even sure who’s reading, haha) because I don’t like it when I let stuff bog me down and make me forget everything else, which is what happened this past week. June is here, and sticky, summer days have bid us farewell. However, I do like the weather, and I appreciate it even more since I’m currently out of a job (if I had to travel during the rains, all the muck would certainly get the worst of me).

This post is a product review, do you remember the last one I wrote? It was sometime last month when I discovered that Zara perfumes are available here. I’ve used some of their make-up products before (lip gloss, mostly) back when I was living in the land of Arabia so yeah, I was pleasantly surprised to find the perfumes being sold here. I was with Nina and Val at the time, and I think we collectively squealed in delight when we saw the fragrance shelf at the Zara store! After spraying some on and sniffing at a few, we decided we all liked the Zara Black EDT the best. Priced at Rs. 590 for 30 ml, it was not a bad bet at all.

To describe the fragrance, I’ll start with some background. Like most department store perfumes that don’t stem from bigger brands or names but are similar in some ways, this too, is said to resemble a popular fragrance, Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf. I feel that the Zara Black EDT classifies as an evening wear perfume. It’s sensual and sweet, spicy and has a fresh zing in the form of citrus; the fragrance is a bit smoky as well. Vanilla definitely rules the composition, and I’m not complaining. It won’t be too long before I head to the store again to pick up more of this fragrance or sample one of the others (I’m eyeing the Zara Girl EDT for little girls which smells like bubblegum and cotton candy).

Though I have ONE trusty signature scent and a few others (that I’ll never compromise on when it comes to pricing), I love buying bottles of inexpensive perfumes to carry around in my bag on a daily basis. They’re handy to cart around without fear of breakage, and are perfect for a quick spritz when you’re out travelling.

{ Rating 7 / 10 }

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Artwork and pictures by Roanna Fernandes

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