Sandra’s London Trip June 2017 Photo Essay




Hey there dear APJ! How is everyone doing? Hopefully comfortably settling in with summer or winter.

It has been a hectic couple of months here in Rotterdam. What with school keeping us busy, family & friends visiting, it was a blessing to be able to get away for my son’s birthday over a long weekend at the beginning of June. He turned 8 this year and one of his greatest wishes was to see London (Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Tower of London, London Eye, and of course toy stores were all on his wish list). Not only did we manage to see all the sights, but we also had a couple of perfume activities which I would like to share with you today.

London Trip June 2017 Photo Essay

I finally got to meet Neela Vermeire of Neela Vermeire Creations! Wow! What an amazing woman – but I knew that already. It was absolutely fabulous sitting down with her in London and chatting for a while. Thankfully dear son and husband also enjoyed their visit. Thank you Neela!!!

Saturday was reserved for meeting up with Tara from A Bottled Rose. I last saw Tara in Vienna about two years ago and I was thrilled to be able to spend some time with her again. We started out by heading to the Natural History Museum. It was a bribe for my son so that we could go sniffing later! We headed off to Harrods afterwards and had lunch before heading to the toy kingdom which I must admit was exciting for us parents as well. The choice is staggering.

Now it was my turn – yay!! Tara took us upstairs to the beautiful area where many brands have their own small boutiques. I got to sniff perfumes from Xerjoff, Dior, Frederic Malle, Kilian, Ramon Monegal. The new Superstitious by Frederic Malle is gorgeous and powerful. Xerjoff is a brand that I like wearing and I was thrilled to see that the Casamoratti line is now offered in 30 ml bottles. I liked Monegal’s Flamenco quite a bit – the red bottle is eye catching and the perfume was a lot of fun starting off with a blast of raspberry and it stayed a happy joyful perfume.

This summer Dior will be shaking things up a bit. The SA was kind enough and said that I was permitted to write about it. I think that many of us will be super happy with the big news that they will be offering the Privée line in 40 ml bottles in addition to the current bottle line up. Dior will also be launching a new sub line to the Privée consisting of 10 new perfumes which are apparently easier to wear and more appealing to the mass market. I for one cannot wait to see what Dior comes up with and am so excited about the smaller bottles. My husband may have to hold onto my wallet!

When we meandered downstairs to the perfume hall I was taken aback at how bustling it was. One of the first perfumes I spritzed that day was Ormonde Jayne’s Ambre Royal. Truly a beautiful perfume with notes of osmanthus and iris and drying down to a wonderful unsweet amber. What a shame that I did not pick it up.

We then headed towards the Kilian stand where two handsome SAs Niko and Johan greeted us and walked me through the new releases. These two gentlemen were so patient and kind and both had a great sense of humor – here is a picture of us. I just love the box for Black Phantom and decided then and there to buy the perfume. Not necessarily smart to buy a perfume for the packaging – but had to do it this one time. The one perfume that I just adored was Single Malt. I walked around the city with my arm at my nose and had to go back in the evening to buy that one too. Reviews coming up of the two Kilians.

After all of that our noses were exhausted and we decided to head to Big Ben. We took some pictures with Tara and our full on day came to a close. A big shout out to dear Tara for taking time to spend with us. We loved seeing her.

I know that I could have seen and sniffed more, but we jammed as much as possible into the 4 day weekend. It just means that we will have to go back and SOON!

What about ya’ll? Any travels lately? Any fun sniffing lately? I would love to hear about it.

Sending you lots of sunny hugs,
Sandra xoxo

9 thoughts on “Sandra’s London Trip June 2017 Photo Essay

  1. Love the photos Sandra, what a wonderful weekend. I enjoyed reading about your day at the perfume and sightseeing with your son and Tara, felt like I was there with you too.
    Good news about the 40ml Dior range I have my nose on Leather Oud,hopefully here in Oz too.
    Our winter days are sunny 15 to 19 degrees but our nights are very cold as low as 1 degree.


    • Hi Anna Maria, I amnso excited about the new size for Dior! Must sniff Leather Oud. It aounds heavy – how does it wear on you? You guys are lucky at having such mild winter days. That sounds like my kind of winter. Nights I can do without though. Sandra xo


  2. Yay! Lovely to read your write-up, Sandra and so happy you all made it over. What fun we had.

    Those two Kilian SAs were great.

    You have to come back so we can get you your Ambre Royal 🙂


    • Hi Tara! Thank you for reading and for the lovely day we had. Fond memories. I will certainly be back – soon. Sandra xoxo


  3. Great pics of a bunch of my favourite people. We need to meet up in London. So much to do …… interested to read about the Killian. Cute pic. I need to be more convinced about them!! Love to you all. Xxxx


    • Hi Val, a meetup in London would be loads of fun! I have always liked Kilian – maybe I can convince you one day. Sending you lots of hugs, Sandra xoxo


  4. Really great pictures. I love to read these “travel & meet posts”.

    So excited about smaller bottles in the Dior line, since I have been eyeing at least three scents in their private line. Sadly they are not available here, but asking travelling friends to bring back a 40 ml bottle would be easier than the bigger size they offer now.


  5. London is always fun, even more so with fun people ! Hm, Kilian ?… – I’m curious about your reviews !


  6. I recently spent a week in London – and miss it already. What a lovely holiday you had! Thank you for sharing the pictures and a wonderful news about Dior – there are a couple of perfumes that I’ll probably buy once they have those smaller bottles.

    Enjoy your new perfumes! I liked them both when I tried them but I need more testing prior to making any decisions.


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