I can’t quite believe that I have just won my first ever competition prize and what a lovely one it is too!

Luxury Hungarian skincare brand, Omorovicza, have a long association with the healing spring water of Budapest’s thermal baths, which were built in the 1500’s by the Ottoman Turks and are well known for their curative properties. Their award-winning skincare products contain “a potent blend of Hungary’s mineral-rich healing waters and their own patented Hydro Mineral Transference™ delivery system”. They use a combination of vitamins, essential oils and other natural ingredients, which are all paraben and silicone free. Products are fragranced with natural scents crafted in Grasse France and, are marketed as the “the Omorovicza experience”; one of “total luxury and maximum efficacy”.

Well, I’ve recently had the pleasure of sampling some of these ‘luxury’ products and they certainly haven’t disappointed – I should think not at that price either :-0  Ultramoor Mudmask, Blue Diamond Eye Cream, Gold Rescue Cream and the award winning Thermal Cleansing Balm are just a few of my faves!

But, back to my competition prize – Omorovicza’s first perfume, Bagatelle de Gabrielle. Apparently, this fragrance was “inspired by the dreamy and exotic atmosphere of the Omorovicza Spa in Budapest”. It’s “olfactory pyramid” is as follows…

Top notes: bergamot, freesia, lavender
Heart notes: orange flower, muguet, tuberose
Base notes: tonka bean, creamy woods, sandalwood

I’m no expert when it comes to deciphering fragrances and my preference, as those who know me will tell you, is usually either a unisex, but mostly men’s fragrance. I have been wearing Cacharel Pour L’Homme since I was 16 years old (long time :-0) and some of my other favourites are Comme des Garçons Homme 2; Aqua de Parma Colonia; Clarins Eau Dynamisante and, when he’s not looking, Mr Zodle’s Hermes Poivre Samarcande ;-).

However, I may be for the turning here, as Bagatelle de Gabrielle is really rather lovely and, seems to have the sillage that is sadly lacking in most of my other fragrances (apart from the Comme; that lasts all day). Bagatelle de Gabrielle is fresh, fruity and woody all at the same time but, not the least bit overpowering. It’s also very well priced – it normally retails at £65 but according to their website, is now £52 for 50ml.

So, if you’re looking for some last minute gift inspiration in the ‘smellies’ department, this might just be it!

Happy Christmas!