This is a little bit of a two-in-one post as I wanted to show you the beautiful new Stella Eau de Parfum Print Collection* but I've also been meaning to review the actual fragrance for months as it's quite possibly my favourite scent.
Last year Stella brought out The Print Collection, a set of 30ml travel appropriate bottles bedecked in botanical prints taken from Stella McCartney's 2011 Resort collection. This time the designs borrow bold geometric prints from the Stella McCartney SS12 RTW collection, with Bouillard spots and oriental circles. There's something a little '1920s on the Orient Express' about them, which I absolutely love. The Print Collection 30ml bottles retail for £38 and are available now from Boots, House of Fraser and John Lewis. To give you an idea of how long 30ml would last, below is my 100ml bottle of Stella EDP which I've used at least three times a week for the last fourteen months!
As for the fragrance itself, which has been around since 2003; the brand describe it as being 'inspired by a rose in full bloom...with a bright, modern edge', which is both accurate and something that I would normally shy away from. The opening notes are a pungent, but thankfully not artificial, rose scent. However once this settles there is a slight citrus hint (mandarin, apparently) which breaks through to prevent everything from becoming too heavily floral or 'old fashioned'. The final notes are amber which lend the scent a warmth and slight sweetness, which is something I notice lingering on my scarves when I've worn this in wintertime. None of the notes really diminish in the seven or so hours that the scent sticks around; rather they seem to change in combination a little throughout the day, meaning it is one of the few fragrances I'm aware of all day.
The changeable nature of Stella EDP is what makes me wear it all year round. It's fresh enough for everyday wear, but has enough body from the amber notes to carry it right through to evening wear.