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Prosody London might be a new fragrance brand on the block, but the elegant design of its bottles – and the mossy green boxes wrapped in burgundy ribbon they arrive in – has a timeless appeal. Much of this handmade-in-England range is 100 per cent organic, making it a great choice if you find synthetic perfumes headache-inducing, and it’s fully vegan, too.
Mocha Muscari stood out to us for its imaginative take on the coffee note, mixing it with mango, lavender and jasmine on a darkly woody base. Quality hasn’t been compromised for ethics; a daily spray on your pulse points suffices. This is the most expensive perfume on our list – if they made a 100ml bottle it would cost more than £300 – due to the fine essential oils it’s built on. If you want your fragrance truly “clean”, it’s worth paying for, and all its marketing is gender-neutral.
The mini 10ml bottles available for £36 are handy for travelling, and you can pick up a 2ml sample for a tenner.
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It’s time you introduced yourself to the newest luxury perfume brand on the block: Prosody London. Much of its range is 100 per cent organic, so totally free from the headache-inducing synthetic fragrances that dominate the fragrance industry. Instead, the finest essential oils take the credit for the 12 lush scents, which vary from rich, dewy rose to delicate, honeyed neroli and are all handmade in England. Our favourite is the botanical Jacinth Jonquil for its gorgeous aroma of blooming hyacinths that transports us straight to the Mediterranean, backed up by exotic ylang ylang and juniper berries (the ones used to make gin). Rest assured that quality has not been compromised for ethics; a couple of sprays lasted all day, before another spritz saw us through a night on the tiles. The cute 10ml spray bottles are handy for carrying around, but if you’re buying a gift for someone special or simply want more of the lovely stuff, the bigger 50ml bottles cost £135. The former come packaged in square cream boxes decorated with a colourful, floral-printed roundel, while the latter ooze contemporary elegance in mossy green boxes wrapped in burgundy ribbon.