Karl Lagerfeld – Bois De Cypress 100ml (£34 from Boots)

Brand new release from Karl Lagerfeld. I’ve already got Boise De Cedre/Amber/Yuzu/Vetiver and like them all very much, but this is a new 2023 release and sounds like a gorgeous, green fragrance. Would love to try it.

Available from Notino or Boots

Maison Alhambra – The Trail 100ml (Around £30)

Inspired by Gucci’s A Midnight Stroll – sounds like a fab fragrance with a green/fougere vibe but also with smoky hints.

Just Jack – Amalfi Coast 100ml (£20-25)

Inspired by Tom Ford Mandarino Di Amalfi – super fresh. I love fresh summer style fragrances not only for the summertime, but also to brighten my mood in the preceding months.

Lattafa Maahir Legacy 100ml (Around £25)

Inspired by Parfum De Marly Sedley – another freshie from one of my favourite fragrance houses. Lattafa are an exceptionally good UAE-based fragrance house and I’ve heard this is a good take on Sedley albeit with Lattafa’s own stamp.

Maison Alhambra – Porto Neroli (Around £25)

Inspired by Tom Ford – Neroli Portofino (another freshie). Neroli is a wondeful note for spring  – being bitter orange blossom its floral notes have a certain something that to me makes it more suitable for spring than summer.

Maison Alhambra – Kismet (Around £25)

Inspired by Killian’s Vodka on the Rocks. I’ve got to say, this one sounds intriguing. Killian’s website says Ice cracks beneath a stream of silky clear liquid, awakening deep curiosity for a taste of Comprised of cool spices like cardamom and coriander plus aldehydes at the opening, Vodka on the Rocks evokes the frozen steam rising from ice cubes in a clear crystal tumbler. Bitter rhubarb accord, a splash of clear rose and Lily of the Valley harmonize with an intoxicating leather undertone of sandalwood and oakmoss. I already have clone of Killian’s Love the Way you taste, which is said to smell like Mojito, so why not try another from the drinks menu!

Abraaj – Enclosure (100ml) (Around £35)

Inspired by Amouage Enclave. Worth a try. Amouage fragrances are always interesting – never quite what you think they will be.


Azzaro Chrome Extreme 100ml (around £45)

I’ve read so much about Azzaro Chrome yet never smelled it. This one is a flanker that is said to be more intense and fresh than the original, so I really fancy trying this one.



Repair of my Panasonic Lumix LX7 (around £100)

My Lumix LX7 is a perfectly good camera, but the lens has a retraction issue. I got quoted around £100 to send it of for a repair.

Panasonic Lumix LX15 (around £400)

Both my LX7s died due to a mechanical issue with the lens. All I have left is my 13 year old LX5 which isn’t working as well as it should. I really miss taking photos with a proper compact camera.This LX15 would be my next-step camera with a larger sensor and higher resolution.

Small Stuff

Bulldog Vetiver & Black Pepper Shower Gel (around £4)

Love this stuff, but it’s not available in local supermarkets.