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August 28 2014

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Liz Earle Enters The Fragrance Game

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Anyone familiar with Liz Earle’s naturally active skincare range knows the commitment to purity that comes with each of her botanical-based products—Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, anyone? So it’s no surprise that Earle’s first fragrance is similarly distinctive. For the highly anticipated Botanical Essence Eau de Parfum No. 1, which just launched this month, Earle put in a few years with French perfumer Jean-Charles Niel to create a cardamom-infused scent that’s layered with other precious ingredients like Italian citrus, rose absolute from Turkey, and French lavender. The concentration of fragrant oils is so pure, in fact, that Earle recommends dispensing one pump in the air and walking through it to lightly perfume your skin without spreading the eau past what she refers to as your “scent circle,” i.e., into other people’s air space. As for me, I like to put a pinch behind my ears and on the nape of my neck. The aroma brings back a sweet rush of imagery of my grandmother’s cardamom-infused thumbprint cookies—a riff on the traditional spice cookie that’s topped with a thumbprint-size heap of fruit jam. Mmmm. Scent memories.

Photo: Courtesy of Liz Earle

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